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Alien

An empty-headed horror movie (1979) with nothing to recommend it beyond the disco-inspired art direction and some handsome, if gimmicky, cinematography. The science fiction trappings add little to the primitive conception, which features a rubber monster running amok in a spaceship. Director Ridley Scott relies on suspense techniques that looked tired in The Perils of Pauline: for the most part, things simply jump out and go "boo!" Under the circumstances, the allusions to Joseph Conrad (Nostromo) and Howard Hawks (The Thing) seem unforgivably presumptuous. Instead of characters, the film has bodies; some of them are lent by Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, and Yaphet Kotto.

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Director:

  • Ridley Scott

Cast:

  • Tom Skerritt
  • Sigourney Weaver
  • John Hurt
  • Veronica Cartwright
  • Harry Stanton
  • Ian Holm
  • Yaphet Kotto

Writers:

  • Dan O'Bannon
  • Ronald Shusett

Producers:

  • David Giler
  • Gordon Carroll
  • Ivor Powell
  • Ronald Shusett
  • Walter Hill

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