Movie Review: Why Alien 1979 is so scary


Greysen Alfred, Staff Reporter

Alien is the 1979 horror movie directed by Ridley Scott and written by Dan O’Bannon is a classic in the sci fi horror alienmovie world. Lacking the feel it had for the first movie, the others (Aliens,

Alien 3, Alien Resurrection, prometheus, and Alien covenant) were not rated as highly .

Alien was rated 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, and a 94% for audience.

The movie took place on a commercial ship called the nostromo. The ship (mother) wakes up the crew because of a distress signal on a planet called lv 426. They investigate and find a bunch of eggs. one opens up and kane gets attacked and he’s knocked unconscious and brought back in to recover.

When the team takes the suit off they see something attached to Kane’s face. The crew tries to get it off by cutting its legs off but when it bleeds acid is squirted on the floor and goes through the 3 of the ships floors.

They head back to Kane and the parasite is dead on the floor next to Kane’s body. He wakes up shortly after and acts completely normal like nothing happened.  Later, they decide to have lunch. Kane starts to gag, choke, and scream in pain as his chest is ripped open by a little baby alien (Chestburster).

 It grows fast and starts to pick the crew off 1 bye 1 until only Ripley remains (and her cat, Jonesy). She decided to get off the ship so she sets it for self destruct and gets supplies and gets into an escape pod.

She leaves with the alien on board and she manages to shoot it into space and she goes into cryo sleep and the movie ends with the words(ripley:this is ripley the last survivor of the nostromo signing off.)

The movie’s monster (the alien) actually has a name Xenomorph. What does Xenomorph mean? The film has a passing reference to the alien species as Xenomorphs. The word derives from the Greek xenos, meaning “stranger” or “foreigner,” and morph ,meaning “form.” A Xenomorph, then, can be taken as an “Alien-shaped thing.” … The word Xenomorph isn’t used often in relation to the species within the films.

Mrs. Marchese, Dobie teacher, said she is a fan of Alien. “Alien was a very suspenseful movie with great special effects, especially for its time. I’m also a fan of sigourney weaver so that was an added perk,” she said. “It has been a long time so my memory is rusty but I remember it was about a ship that was terrorized by an alien that escaped on board  and the crew had to fight it off. I particularly remember the suspense of the air duct scene.”

Mrs. Marchese says she would recommend the movie for others to watch. “Yes, it’s a classic!” she said. 

I thought the movie was great it was scary and the alien seemed unstoppable as it stalked the crew amazing.  

From Rotten Tomatoes review:


R (for sci-fi violence/ gore and language)


Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy

Directed By:

Ridley Scott

Written By:

Dan O’Bannon

In Theaters:

May 25, 1979  Limited

On Disc/Streaming:

Jan 6, 2004


117 minutes


20th Century Fox