Board the Spooky Spacecraft for an Extra Terrestrial Terror!


Stefan Wroblewski, Brimstone Reporter

The air’s getting cooler, the days shorter, and Halloween season is officially upon us. There’s nothing quite like getting cozy in bed with a bowl of popcorn, turning off the lights, and scaring yourself with horror films made for this time of year. What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than watching the classic horror movie, which was one of the first films to introduce horrifying creatures screeching down hallways, Alien


In this science fiction fright, the audience follows a crew of astronauts aboard a commercial freight spacecraft, the Nostromo, making their way back home after several years on a long journey from a mineral refining operation. While their objective of returning home is simple in concept, a strange distress signal from a dark, dangerous planet complicates things. Captain Arthur Dallas reluctantly sends down the shuttle to investigate the mysterious call, where crew members Joan Lambert and Thomas Kane join Dallas to track the location of it. Instead, they encounter a bizarre structure beaming out a warning signal, but by then, it’s already too late…


Many aspects of the movie were revolutionary for the time it was released. Up until this point the only other franchise science fiction films were Star Wars and Star Trek, and here came a fresh adaptation of space where not every creature was able to speak English and willing to help human crews. A major factor of the film is its soundtrack where clanking machines, opening air valves, and horrifying cackles pierce the ears of the viewer to engulf them in the frantic experience of a crew trying to survive an alien abduction. Paired with the cinematography capturing barely illuminated hallways and the fear in the faces of the astronauts, this film delivers an intense encounter straight to the audience and leaves them on the edge of their seat.


Although it was first released over 40 years ago, the concept and execution of this futuristic horror remain just as creepy as when it scared audiences in 1979. Director Ridley Scott, known for his many other films including The Martian, Gladiator, and Blade Runner, was in charge of expertly capturing the mysterious life form on the silver screen. The cast of the film includes Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, Ian Holm as Ash, John Kurt as Kane, Veronica Cartwright as Lambert, Tom Skerritt as Dallas, Yaphet Kotto as Dennis Parker, Harry Dean Stanton as Samual Brett, and Bolaji Badejo as Alien. 


While there are moments of this movie that have not aged too well in terms of effects or concepts, the final product as a whole remains a classic among horror movies. It may not be the most terrifying movie out there, but it certainly possesses the eerie, spooky, and unknown aspects of scary films and doesn’t fail to provide the viewer with more than a few shocks that gets the skin crawling. Alien is available to watch on Amazon Prime as well as Hulu, and definitely deserves a watch on nights where the wind is howling and the moon is full.