Director: Ridley Scott
Producers: Gordon Carroll, David Giler, Walter Hill
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt
commercial towing vehicle 'The Nostromo' crew: seven cargo: refinery processing 20,000,000 tons of mineral ore course: returning to earth
Alien is science-fiction horror film about a menacing, unstoppable, carnivorous, stowaway, hermaphroditic alien beast trying to
have sex with eat a small bunch of blue collar space workers on a spaceship—resulting in a tense game of kill or be killed. And that is Alien in a nutshell… a terrifying, fleshy, mucus-covered, otherworldly nutshell.
The film starts us on a quiet mining vessel, the Nostromo, traveling through open space on a heading towards Earth. The command and control computer system, Mother, receives a signal from a nearby planet, reroutes the Nostromo, and begins the process to awaken the crew from hyper sleep to investigate—because well, you do whatever your mother tells you. And also the crew’s contract states that not investigating means they must forfeit their paychecks—geez that’s why you really should read your employment contract, people!
Does that sound like a bad idea? Sure does.
Disengaging the Nostromo from the refinery, the crew lands on the planetoid and damages the ship in the process. While Parker and Brett begin repairing the ship, Dallas, Kane and Lambert comes across a derelict spaceship of unknown origin. The trio explores the otherworldly craft and its weird architecture. Seriously, who was the interior decorator?
In the alien ship, Kane discovers a chamber containing hundreds of eggs. And because it’s a sci-fi horror, he is promptly attacked by some creature.Yeah, I saw that coming. A hatcling springs out and attaches itself to him—a high five, but in the face, literally.
Back at the ship, Ash tries to remove the creature from Kane’s face, but acid blood and the wee beastie’s temperamental personality prevent him from doing so. Eventually, the thing simply lets go and dies. Kane survives with a sore throat but seems otherwise unharmed.
So we’re all good, right? Yeah, let’s eat.
However, during the crew’s final meal before hyper sleep, Kane chokes and convulses in pain before a small alien creature bursts from his chest—and yells, “Mommy!”
The crew decides they won’t be able to hyper sleep soundly with that thing on board, so they plan to capture the little critter and toss it into an airlock, blowing it into space.
Which is, always easier said than done.