Released on May 25, 1979, Ridley Scott’s Alien took a simple plot and shot for the stars. A ragtag crew of space miners, led by female hard-ass Ripley (Sigourney Weaver, in a career-making role), gets an order to detour from its trip back home and stop on an uncharted planet, from which a mysterious signal has been received. Once there, the Nostromo crew’s members fall, one by one, to a variety of extra-terrestrial threats. Namely a tall, lanky, reptilian beast with no eyes and acid for blood.
Under Scott’s watch, Alien is full of genuine scares, palpable tension, and dazzling visual effects. Speaking of the FX, the alien’s design, credited to H.R. Giger, is the freakiest of its kind; with a long, jai-alia-racket-shaped head and Velociraptor-like arms and legs, the film’s monster is the stuff of intergalactic nightmares. It’s also the benefactor of one of cinema’s all-time great taglines: “In space, no one can hear you scream.”
With that, one of our favorite YouTubers, Oliver Harper, has released yet another epic retrospective, this time looking back at this fan-favorite genre flick. Check out some insightful commentary, little known facts, behind-the-scenes footage and other things any fan of the Alien franchise should enjoy.
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[via Oliver Harper]