Ridley ScottUSA117 minutes1979ColourEnglish
"In space, no one can hear you scream" — the tagline for Ridley Scott's canny genre mash-up of sci-fi and horror neatly articulated Alien's dark, fearful vision of interstellar exploration. Ordered to investigate a distress signal emanating from a seemingly uninhabited planet, the crew of the space freighter Nostromo inadvertently picks up a most unwelcome passenger: a gut-busting alien parasite that quickly grows into an enormous, sharp-toothed, acid-bleeding beast. As the crew members are slowly whittled down, the ship's warrant officer Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) soon finds herself having to face down the fearsome, canoe-headed creature all by her lonesome. "At once graphically elegant and viscerally effective[,] Scott's film still shreds nerves" (Manohla Dargis, Los Angeles Times).