Starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm
1979 / 117 Minutes / 20th Century Fox
As the resident horror expert here at the Roobtube, obviously Ridley Scott’s Alien is going to be one of my sacred cows. It is damn near perfect. The script could be used as a blueprint for how to write a movie properly because it nails every story beat required.
The characters are realistic and distinct enough so it never feels like they’re there just to cross the alien’s chow zone. I also love that they’re not scientists, so you don’t have to sit through “bleep bloop science explanations”. I don’t give a shit how these test tubes or spaceships work. They’re basically just space garbage men living space paycheque to space paycheque.
Some of the effects look a bit dated (duh), but a lot of the alien bits are kept in the shadows so it still works. PLUS on top of all the other good stuff we get an orange tabby cat. Nothing keeps me more emotionally invested in a film than wondering about the safety of cats and dogs. Well played.