Rewatched, this time the 2003 Director's Cut on blu-ray... which elevates even further the production design and cinematography of this gem. It's the introduction to one of my favourite sci-fi sagas: Ellen Ripley rises as the ultimate badass heroin, HR Giger's design work on the alien is legendary... and I freakin' love the poster and opening titles. It was also nice to see all the connections with "Prometheus".
A master study in cinematic space and atmosphere. The suspense and ominous feeling of anticipating the encounter build throughout the entire film. Jerry Goldsmith's score is enthralling, and the heart-beat-like thumping is inescapable. Science fiction horror doesn't get any better than this.
The claustrophobic atmosphere and the doom hanging over everything is what sticks out most to me. It's nowhere near as gory (or, honestly, as scary, IMO) as it is often viewed, but It's one heck of a ride every time you watch it.
I watched the 2003 "Director's Cut" for the first time last night, only to later find out that Ridley Scott himself has disavowed it. Turns out it was just a marketing ploy by Fox to get the movie back in theaters. The 2003 cut actually shortens a whole slew of scenes and is missing deleted sequences from the laserdisc. What a disappointment. I can vouch that the blu-ray transfer is absolutely stunning, though.
Iconic sci-fi horror from director Ridley Scott. Dan O'Bannon's great monster film story was turned by HR Giger's designs and Scott's imagery and subtext into such a poweful horrific sexual alleghory that still terrifies today. Hard to believe the film was fueled by a cast of unknowns since nearly all went on to further stardom/success. Effects were ground breaking and still look great by today's standards.
Alien is like a completely different movie after not seeing it in many years. Ridley Scott's use of sound damn near makes the movie. His direction, the acting, the story, set design... practically every aspect of this movie adds to the flawlessness that is Alien. Best of the series and Scott's best work. Yes, this trumps Blade Runner for me...
It's such a revolutionary picture, when you think about it; it solves the one of the biggest problems in the horror genre just by being itself. There's no leaving this haunted house. One of the greatest horror films ever made.
What most movies about extra terrestrials get totally wrong (especially modern ones: District 9, Avatar, Monsters) is their attempts to humanize the aliens. Not so in this film. It's a fucking demon that wants to eat your DNA.