Pop Junk’s 31 Days of Halloween #13; Alien

One thing I’ve been torn on since I started this list was the inclusion of Jaws because it’s certainly one of the most frightening movie’s of all time.  The question still remains is it a horror movie, a thriller and is there a difference. Well today I decided No Jaws.  Jaws has made enough “best of” lists and enough has been said about Jaws, not to mention Jaws is a summer time movie, not an October movie.  So for number 13 I have to decided to talk about the movie people dubbed “Jaws in space.” Another movie I didn’t know if it would be considered a “horror” movie but after watching it again, it’s exactly what the film maker was going for, and it’s a damn good horror film.  Ridley Scott’s 1979 Horror/Thriller Alien definitely has science fiction elements but it’s core is a group of people trying their hardest not to get killed by a terrifying monster.  Being released in 1979 this one really set up what was the come with Slasher movies in the 80’s with the monster stalking people one by one and killing them in horrific ways.

Alien is the creation of a gaggle of creative people; Ridley Scott the acclaimed director helms the project.  The film is written by sci-fi writer Dan O’Bannon and creature design by Swiss Surrealist H.R Giger.  The Story follows a commercial towing spaceship Nostromo on it’s return to earth.  The crew is awaken from stasis by the ship because of a transmission received from an unknown source.  By orders of their employer the crew touches down on the planetoid that sent out the call and they damage their ship in the process.  The Capt of the ship Dallas (Tom Skerritt) his rescue team discovers a bizarre pod field, but things get even stranger when a face-hugging creature bursts out of a pod and attaches itself to Kane (John Hurt). Over the objections of Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), science officer Ash (Ian Holm) lets Kane back on the ship. The acid-blooded incubus detaches itself from an apparently recovered Kane and everything seems cool.  Well of course shit not cool, here comes an Alien through your chest! This scene is so ironic in film history and is still really gross. Afterwards The alien grows to full size and starts stalking the humans, pitting Dallas and his crew (and cat) against the alien killing machine.

I think people often forget how truly terrifying this movie is from the moment they touchdown on the erie Alien planet to one of the crew members losing his head which still catches me off guard and still looks fucking awesome.   Other elements that just work so well is the cast is great, not to mention this movie gave us one of the first true sci-fi heroines in movie history in Ellen Ripley.  The real show stealer in this movie as a kid and today was the design on the Alien itself.  H.R. Giger came up with a frightening twist on the  alien life form, far removed from what the 1950’s and 60’s gave us not to mention that it was played by a man in a suit works mainly because  unlike computer effects we can sense that the actors and the monster are physically in the room together.

This movie also spawned a kick ass sequel in James Camerons”Aliens ” but was more of a straight up action/thriller. Plus  more spin offs and sequels but the original is the only one of those movies that will horrify it’s audience.  Alien is a classic that really needs to get it due as one of the scariest movies of all time.

Even the trailer is fucking creepy!

 

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~ by ATOM on October 19, 2011.

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