“In space no one can hear you scream.”
This was the tag-line that was used to advertise what has become one of the greatest sci-fi films in cinematic history and the first in an impressive series of movies that developed and exploited its success.
Some of you will have been lucky enough to see Ridley Scott’s, ALIEN when it hit cinemas on original release in 1979, but for others this will be the first chance to see Ripley, Ash and the crew of the Nostromo battle the Xenomorph on the big screen!
So join us here at BrewCinema this Halloween for this special screening and remember that, “In space no one can hear you scream” – but they’ll definitely be able to hear you from the Box Office.
As The Guardian says : “After 40 years, this sci-fi horror masterpiece still feels lethally contemporary. Ridley Scott created an essay on the hell of other people, the vulnerability of our bodies, and the idea of space as a limitless new extension of human paranoia. Alien also functions as a nightmare parody of the Apollo 11 moon landing, which had happened just 10 years previously, and the biological weapons industry.”
The film’s plot has become a landmark in sci-fi history : On their voyage home to Earth, the crew of the deepspace tug Nostromo are awakened from stasis when their ship’s computer detects what is believed to be an alien distress signal coming from a nearby planet.
While investigating the desolate landscape, one of the crew is attacked by an alien creature that latches to his face and is rushed back to the Nostromo to receive medical treatment. Ripley, the ship’s warrant officer, advises that her injured colleague can’t be brought aboard due to quarantine regulations – but her orders are ignored, inadvertently bringing the Nostromo under threat from a mysterious extraterrestrial life form with violent and lethal survival instincts.
The film’s undoubted shock value is matched by its extreme sense of claustrophobic tension and horrific inevitability. It is a film that more than stands up to repeated viewings and never loses any of its stunning impact.
The blue laser lights that were used in the alien ship’s egg chamber were borrowed from The Who. The band was testing out the lasers for their stage show in the soundstage next door.
At the premiere of the movie, religious zealots set fire to the model of the Alien (Xenomorph), believing it to be the work of the devil.
In order to heighten the sense of claustrophobia for the actors and actresses, director Ridley Scott had the walls of the sets pushed slightly closer to each other every day.
31 October 2019 7:30PM