Directed by Ridley Scott
So I am about to praise Alien after panning Stalker. Do film buffs want to strangle me right about now? Well, you have will have to get in line behind the music fans.
What's not to like about this movie? It's a slasher film in space! The Nostromo is a spacecraft returning to Earth with a seven member crew. The ship picks up a transmission from a nearby planetoid and the crew goes out to investigate. They find some pretty disgusting things. More gross moments ensue.
I absolutely loved that there was a strong female character in this one. Sure, there is usually one woman that survives a slasher film, but that is mostly through the power of her untouched vagina, rather than actually using her brain. I am also quite pleased that this director cares if his audience is bored. That doesn't seem to be a concern of our filmmakers lately.
Passes the Bechdel test! Yay!
Ridley Scott has said that the Alien universe is the same as the Blade Runner universe.