I didn't watch when I was younger, since I believe I was afraid... There was some reason for it, specially for the things that are not there, and the darkness that looms, still the cat was scarier.It's a lovely different from the others and a little over the place at times, I mean too many loose ends for things to go south. Spaceships are like submarines and the real enemy is the outside, the entrapment.
A masterclass in suspense and a beauty in design. The futuristic aesthetics remain fresh and claustrophobic as the first day. Ridley Scott sends shivers down the spine with the horror and methodical devastation along the corridors of the Nostromo. But what might elevate this film onto the Olympus of cinema is Sigourney Weaver's final solo against the alien, a danse macabre charged with sexuality and primal fear.
After playing Alien: Isolation in 2014 it says a lot how much of an impact the original Alien film had. It's basically the 'default' science fiction horror film straight from the imagination of H.R. Giger himself. Watching this on BluRay I'm amazed on the amount of detail that is in this film. 'Making of Documentry' is also a must watch. John Hurt's chest burster scene is still the most memorable. Classic!
It should be studied in film class as a prime example of how to integrate design and story. Its emotional impact and meaning (substance) is so integrated with its unique aesthetic configuration (style) that one cannot really separate the two when analyzing it. The "science" aspect may or may not be bollocks, but it is presented in such a textured, believable way that is uncanny.