Science fiction and fantasy
directed by Ridley Scott
When one of them is attacked by a face-hugging alien the crew have to decide whether they should try to save him, or let him die. But giving him medical help means breaking quarantine procedures, potentially endangering the whole crew. Inevitably they underestimate the alien.
What follows is a tense horror as the small crew are stalked around the ship by a nightmare creature. H. R. Giger's alien design is a gothic monster that suggests a mixture of everything we're primed to fear. It's demonic, dragon-like, with a little snake and reptile in the mix as well, and altogether strange. Yet this movie is more terrifying thanks to the way Ridley Scott holds back from revealing the monster in its entirety for as long as possible.
The claustrophobic atmosphere on the Nostromo is brilliantly suspenseful. Systems thrum like a racing heartbeat, water drips, and the dark, dirty ship with its creaking machinery puts you in mind of a crypt.
"You still don't know what you're dealing with, do you? Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility."