Horror Patch’s HALLOWEEN MONSTER MASH – Day 27: Alien!
In this holiday feature, we will showcase the best monster movies ever made during each day of the month, leading up to Halloween.
In deep space, the crew of the commercial starship Nostromo is awakened from their cryo-sleep capsules halfway through their journey home to investigate a distress call from an alien vessel. The terror begins when the crew encounters a nest of eggs inside the alien ship. An organism from inside an egg leaps out and attaches itself to one of the crew, causing him to fall into a coma.
In 1979, the film Alien ushered in a new era of monster movies. It was a film that would influence hundreds of films for years to come. For example, just as Night of the Living Dead influenced hundreds upon hundreds of films that would use the setting of a group of people trapped inside a house under siege by nameless, faceless monsters.
Countless films would use the setting of a crew on a spaceship or some similar abode fighting an alien creature. Anyways, it’s such a great film with an incredible creature. The great Swiss artist, H.R. Geiger designed the alien for the film and we had never seen anything like it. The alien was a nightmare-inducing creation for a whole generation.
What a cast for a film including the great Sigourney Weaver as the ass-kicking Ripley. A role model for future women in film. The rest of the crew featuring Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, and Yaphet Kotto are incredible.
Directed by the legendary Ridley Scott, whose masterful direction created an instant classic of horror. Alien was a futuristic horror film for a new generation of fans. It would go on to inspire several sequels of varying quality.
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