Movies 26 Oct 2007 04:36 am
#5 — Alien (1979) I have a great deal of nostalgia for this movie. Because it was rated R and came out in 1979, I wasn’t allowed to see it when it was first released; the one kid in my class who was allowed was the lunchroom hero for the next few weeks. Another kid I knew had the comic book adaptation by Walt Simonson. That and the book by Alan Dean Foster, the dean of sci-fi movie novelizations, were my two primary sources of info about the plot in those long-ago days (daze) of my youth.
Years later, as a college freshman, I was part of a group that reviewed “Alien” for a film criticism class. This was in 1986, when access to VHS players was not guaranteed, so we passed around bootlegged copies, as I recall. I was in charge of writing a paper and presenting information on the special effects , a project I carried off by watching the (in)famous chest-bursting sequence over and over and reading a few articles in Fangoria and Starlog magazines. Such squandering of my undergraduate opportunities may explain why I’m not more successful today.
Anyway, this is a fun movie. Like two of my other choices, “The Thing (From Another World)” and “The War of the Worlds,” this bridges the gap between horror and science-fiction. It’s claustrophobic and has a great monster design.
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