So, it was raining here, there seemed little point in a Sunday outing, thus we set aside a few hours with the kids and watched the original Alien (1979) instead. Like all proper-thinking persons, the kids now [heart] Ripley. As a package, Alien fully deserved that Oscar – screenplay, direction, score, performances, set design, creature design and the special effects (no CGI in this) – all work together beautifully.
Apparently the original script called for Ripley to be a man, then there was meant to be a sex scene between Ripley and Dallas (the captain). Thankfully both of these earlier concepts fell by the wayside.
Sigourney Weaver is allegedly keen on reviving the role after the sidetrack into Alien vs Predator movies, with Ridley Scott also interested in a new film. I would love to see that.
Some reviews of Alien:
- best-horror-movies.com – is Alien merely a horror film that happens to take place in space, or is the outer space setting an essential part of the appeal?
- Arrow in the Head – some minor quibbles.
- Reelviews.net – comes right out and says it – Alien was the first film to feature a female action hero (although it was the sequel Aliens where Ripley really let loose, Sigourney Weaver’s portrayal of Ellen Ripley in Alien meant that the sequel simply could not be made without her).
- A collection from rottentomatoes.com