“Alien, in space no one can hear you scream” is one of Ridley Scott’s 1979 classics. Alien is one of the most exciting and visually disturbing monster films of all time, and its success prompted three sequels; Aliens (James Cameron, 1986), Alien 3 (David Fincher, 1992) and Alien Resurrection (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 1997). It is one of the most famous fiction/horror movies of all time. Some of the characters were turned into action figures and certain themes from the movies were used in various games.
One of my favorite scenes in Alien was the birth of the Alien from Kane's stomach. I think it plays on a birth of a child. Just like small kids don’t know how they were born and they think they came out of the belly button or the stomach in general.
The dinner sequence is one of the most thrilling moments in motion picture history. In the scene the dinner room is filled with the crew of the spaceship. Kane is laying on the table screaming his pain out and we see his chest moving upwards and then suddenly a alien bursts out. The unbelievable part about that scene was that the actors were not aware of what was coming and so they’re reactions to the alien were totally natural. It was real horror what they experienced.
One of the other elements of that scene was that the whole crew is wearing white uniforms and the table and even the room is white and that the lighting was very hot. So it had an even more violent, disturbing and disgusting look when the alien exploded out of Kane’s chest and everywhere was blood and organic pieces. This was a huge contrast to the white of the walls and the lighting in the room.
In other Horror movies when men get infected or have a baby the result is either that the man turns into a monster or gives birth to a monster.
Another famous film in this genre with a similar situation is David Cronenberg's “The Fly (1986)”.
One of the terrific features of this film is the extraordinary design for the Alien creature. It is one of the most disturbing creations in the history of cinema. It is a terrifying creature that changes its form by injecting “substances” into a mans chest which grows into a terrifying monster that bursts out and kills the whole spaceship crew.
The problem that the crew has now is that the creature seems to be indestructible. When they try to get it off the mans face they cut the creature and it sets a acid free that burns almost a hole threw the whole spaceship.
In Alien , the dominant focus is the appearance of the Alien itself. The creature is only seen a few times at the beginning in its involved form so it is quiet a shock to see how big the alien has grown in only a few days. (Second kill/ in the storeroom/we see the first time how big the alien has grown)
The Director creates the sense of terror in that we know the characters are going to die or are already dead, but their deaths aren’t portrayed in detail. In this image the Alien is about to bite in a head of a Crewmember and we don’t see the crewmembers head but we know he/she died for sure.
In this scene the commander is in the tunnels of the ship, searching for the alien. He has a flamethrower with him. With it he lights the tunnels in front and behind him. But there is nothing there. The Crew also has a radar where they can see where the alien is. It is coming towards the commander and everyone starts to freak out. Then suddenly when the alien “reaches” the commander he uses his flamethrower the last time and lights the tunnel. So we see the Alien jumping at him and “killing” him. This scene is one of the scariest in the whole movie and it was one of my favorite ones to. I like it because it build’s a lot of tension and then releases it in one moment.