I couldn't walk into a darkened room for a week after seeing this movie for the first time. If you're in the right mood, it'll scare the bejeezus out of you. If you're not, well, it's still pretty good sci-fi.I would count ALIEN as one of Ridley Scott's best movie ever. (yes, there's a pack of rabid BLADE RUNNER fans waiting outside to kill me when I get done with this review). I've only seen it once (that's rare for me and a movie I like) but I still get goosebumps thinking about some of the scenes.
There are two rising stars in this film: Sigourney Weaver, and the alien.
ALIEN is the movie that cemented Sigourney Weaver firmly in place as an ass-kicking superwoman. Her character in ALIEN is a bit more subdued than her characters in ALIENS, ALIEN (cubed), or ALIEN: RESURRECTION, but you get a chance to see what turned her into the half-human killer that stalks the screen in the fourth installment of the series. Above all, she's a survivor--and the only member of the crew who has any sense.
The alien was the harbinger of a new kind of movie monster, sleek, efficient, and horrifying. You weren't going to see any more actors in gorilla suits with old-fashioned diving helmets being billed as beasts from outer space. The first audiences of ALIEN were treated to a new kind of terror. Comparing this film to earlier representations of the same plot (Maltin points to IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE for inspiration) is like comparing the first THING with John Carpenter's remake.
I can't say too much more without giving away the plot, but this film is a must-see.ALIEN produced an armada of films, books, comics, toys, gadgets, jokes, parodies, and imitations. All that, and it had a great tagline.
IN SPACE, NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM.....