Originally published December 3, 2011 on Tumblr
So yesterday not only did i see Kiki’s deliver service for the first
time…. i also saw Alien…. our school has a theater and every friday they
open it up and watch movies.
so some things to keep in mind about me while you read this.
I’m not a huge sci-fi fan if only for the reason that it takes place,
most of the time at least, in space… i don’t like space very much…
which is odd cause i love stars and planets and the whatnot…
Also i don’t like horror because i can’t find it scary (unless it’s a
plague horror…. those things scare the shit out of me)… i focus too
much on the “they did this effect like this” or “wow they did a good/bad
job on the blood” to actually get immersed and scared.
So…. thats brings us to Alien.the version we watched was the ‘original 1979 theatrical version’ according to the Blue ray disk…
I would call this film a deserted Island sci-fi horror. We start with
a title screen slowly coming to light over title cards…. then we are
introduced to the ship which has a crew of 7 and a cat.
They all wake up from freezing expecting to be brought to earth but they seem to have gone way off course.
Captain Dallas goes to the computer system, MOTHER, and asks what is
going on…. apparently there was a 12 second loop that they think is a
distress call and their company protocol is to check it out or forfeit
so they go to this planet and three of them try to go find the source
of the loop. Back on the ship Ridley, played by a very young Sigourney Weaver, checks over the message and finds out it doesn’t seem to be an SOS…. it sounds more like a warning…
oh this can only end well.
anyways one of the three guys comes across some odd
looking eggs…. one opens up and we are introduced to the face huggers.
they bring the guy with Alien stuck to his head on board, breaking all
the quarantine rules, and try to treat him.
again… nothing could possibly go wrong…
so apparently these aliens bleed acid and will not
let go on the guys face… but the guy doesn’t seem to be dying… just
comatose and paralyzed. Eventually they even see that the face hugger
has let go and it somewhere in the room.
They do find it… and it’s dead…. hm… that didn’t
seem so scary…. oh… except now there's a freaky alien bursting from the
guys chest…. that can’t be good.
so now they have this vicious killer alien on the
ship and people start getting killed off… eventually we find out that
one of the crew members is a robot that was told to bring the alien back
alive even if it was at the crews expense.
so the remaining crew + 1 cat end up trying to kill
the alien with no luck and eventually decide blowing up the ship is the
best course of action.
after a lot of painful flashing and a few more deaths
only Ridley and cat are left, they make it to the escape pod and the
ship blows up 3 times… too bad the alien made it onto the ship as well….
but it just seems to want to survive and doesn’t seem to be out to kill
her right now…. still she dons a suit that’ll give her air and puts the
cat in the freezing thing then gets the alien to go to the airlock…
then shoots it with a grappling hook and when it tried to get back in
through the thruster she turns them on and burns it to a crisp.
so… seeing as she’s the only survivor she does her report and goes to sleep and hopes one of the scanners will find her ship.
now i know that's a lot of spoiler but honestly…. if
you haven’t seen a movie this old then you deserve to get spoilers…. i’m
surprised i hadn’t heard any spoilers to be honest….
but yeah… what did i think?
I liked it…. the practical effects looks amazing
even by todays standards…. except the robot head…. that looked so bad
that when it switched from prop to actor the entire audience laughed.
also the explosion looked like a drawing but that's okay… it was the
70’s…. but the face hugger looked like real flesh and the alien had this
crazy sheen on it and the sets were great.
the story was pretty good…. i mean like i said i
don’t like sci-fi or horror but this was enjoyable. unfortunately i
already knew ripley survived cause i’ve heard she’s in the second one so
that took a little suspense out of it.
things i didn’t like… The flashing… in a dark room
it was just painful to look at everyone had to put a hand over their
eyes to be able to avoid headaches. oh and i guess there was a tone of
sexual imagery that just seemed silly… but otherwise a pretty good
film…. i’ll eventually see Aliens as i’ve heard argued that it’s the
better of the two films….
but for now…. i need some princess tutu~