Comments: Alien.....

I got talked into going to see the first Alien on LSD in the college town I was living in at the time.

Don't ever do that.........ever.

Posted by bitterman on June 6, 2008 07:57 PM

The only ALIEN movie I really liked was the one with Winona Ryder in it. Only because of Winona Ryder. She has always stirred my gonads even though she's a real kook.

Posted by Tbird on June 6, 2008 09:05 PM

Probably my favorite horror movie of all time. Basically they took a classic killer in the house script and put it into outer space (really, not too much different than Friday the 13th in space). Then they made great use of the atmosphere of dark shadows, dripping pipes, and clanking chains that might be found on an old spaceship to up the creep factor. Add some clueless space travelers who spend more time looking for lost cats alone (how many out there knew Harry Dean Stanton was a dead man the second he was told to go find the cat by himself?) and you've got a classic horror tale told in outer space. They even threw in a sort of "motive" for the killer's actions (remember Special Order 937?).

My favorite scene was not the "chest-burster" scene ("a quantum leap in grue" at the time, according to Stephen King), but the scene where Tom Skerritt is hunting the alien around the airshafts only to discover, too late, that the alien was hunting him. Great movie.

I really enjoyed the second movie, Aliens, as well, even though it focused a little more on action than horror. After that, IMHO, the series went downhill fast.

Posted by diamond dave on June 7, 2008 08:32 AM

I saw Alien on opening night at the Eastwood Theater in Indianapolis, a wide-screen 70mm experience. Went with two friends and we all had to sit separate, all over the theater, as the show was sold out. I'll never forget the scene where that squid-looking thing jumped up out of the pod and attached itself to John Hurt's helmet. Jesus!

Posted by Jerry on June 7, 2008 08:05 PM

"somehow I just don't imagine that there are a lot of dark corners OR leaky water valves in the International Space Station or the orbiting Shuttle"

Right now... not so much, but space travel is still new & overpriced.

Eventually it'll become as cheap a commodity as going by oceanliner.

And, as a Navy guy who traveled on an oceanliner that launched aircraft, I can tell you that there were plenty of dark & drippy places.

Posted by Harvey on June 7, 2008 10:54 PM

If I recall, I saw it on television. I wasn't a big fan of horror type genre so it didn't do much for me. Like you I always thought it was ridiculous that there were no lights. However darkness can cover a multitude of sins and I'm thinking they did it so they didn't have to think too hard about the sets.

Oh and I was just reading headlines from one of my news readers talking about how they were having trouble fixing the toilets on the space station.... so maybe the dripping water wasn't too far off. *grin*

Posted by Teresa on June 8, 2008 12:30 AM

I loved this movie and it scared the crap out of me. Just looking at a fork(reminds me of the Alien's teeth) can bring back the memories of watching this movie.

Posted by LeeAnn on June 8, 2008 02:51 PM

A great jump-out-of-your-seat-horror flick.

Not only did the dark 'n' drippy atmosphere amp up the scare factor, it was a statement about how the Company was willing to cut corners on anything not absolutely essential. Cheap. If lighting up a corridor was not necessary, why waste the energy?

Despite the holes in the plot you could drive a Mack truck through, it works. And H. R. Giger's designs are a big part of it, from the Alien itself to the organic-mechanical E.T. spaceship. Creepy.

Your dad had an evil sense of humor, parking that Alien action figure ("Chest-Bursting Excitement!") by your bedside. He must've enjoyed fucking with your head.

Posted by Elisson on June 9, 2008 06:29 AM