Alien (1979)

MOVIE: Alien

DIRECTOR: Ridley Scott


CAST: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt

Winner: Best Effects, Visual Effects
Nominated: Best Art Decoration/Set Decoration

To this day, this film continues to be one of the scariest horror films of all time as well as being a fantastic science-fiction epic. Not only did it win an Oscar for Best Visual Effects, it also is currently in the National Film Registry in the Library of Congress and has appeared in various American Film Institute countdown lists. This film proves that genre films can also be as engaging, provocative and influential as the heaviest dramas. Originally called “Star Beast” before it went to production, Alien is about a deep-space mining crew that responds to a transmission from an unknown source on a nearby planet. Soon after arriving, a crew member goes down, and a predatory beast stalks the crew one-by-one in the confines of their spaceship. Alien spawned a Quadrilogy of sequels (including the amazing Aliens), spin-offs (Alien VS Predator) and most recently a prequel in Prometheus (sort of.) In space, no one can hear you scream.

Alien is available for purchase on DVD and Blu-Ray, as well as disc rental through Netflix. It is available for Digital purchase and rental via Amazon Instant Video and iTunes.

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