Alien (1979)

Directed by Ridley Scott.  Written by Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett.  Starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto and Veronica Cartwright.

Plot: a commercial spaceship picks up an S.O.S. from an unknown planet and what they find when they get there is a dangerous alien.

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The Nostromo spaceship discovers a distress signal and goes to investigate.  On site, they find a bunch of alien eggs and one of them hatches, attaching itself to Kane’s (Hurt) face.  After that, a series of poor decisions on behalf of some of the crew leads to the murders of many.  Dallas (Skerritt) is a particularly hypocritical bastard, talking about all the rules one minute and breaking all the rules the next minute.  And Lambert (Cartwright) would’ve gotten punched in the head a few times by the both of us.  Honestly, we only really liked Ripley (Weaver), Brett (Stanton) and Parker (Kotto).  The rest we didn’t care if they lived or died.

Also, we don’t love this movie in general.  We get the appeal.  We do.  It’s a good movie.  We just aren’t in love with it.  It’s a little slow in parts and you don’t really get to see any death details except for the one I think everyone already knows about and remembers fondly.  There’s no real rules though.  There’s no Freddy Claws.  And DJ doesn’t even consider it a “real” horror movie since it’s mostly just science fiction in his eyes.

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There were high points though.  The acting is amazing.  The specials are out of this world – pun intended.  The ending was good and the cat got to live.

My score: 57.  DJ’s score: 52.

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