Allder, and many others who deserve to be mentioned but can
t be, creates in the confined space of his main set a sweaty little world on its own that responds ideally to his obsessive close-ups and
restless, magnifying style.”
Using the right camera movements and shot is vital to thesuccess of any cinematic experience. The extreme close ups Scott chose limited our perception of thecinematic space forcing the
eyes to be drawn to singular objects rather than to wander acrossthe screen from a wide angle shot. Scott focuses on the terrors of the human characters, the fascinationwith alien features and objects inside close up shots allowing a sense of realism to settle about the alien.Alien is recognized as a famous symbol of the Freudian ideology. The set designed by H.R Giger,presented a wet and ribbed fleshy structure to the alien ship. Freudian ideology focused on, using phallicand vaginal imagery within biomorphic entities to allude to the sub conscious fears of human nature.
“The alien monster itself is Freudian nightmare, and a powerful symbol of evil technology. It was
designed by Swiss artist H.R. Giger. His style is described as biomechanical. This is significant becausethe monster seems to represent the ultimate mixing of biology and technology
and ever since
Frankenstein, writers have been leery of mixing Mother Nature with science.”
Giger’s artwork plays a vital importance to the cinematic spaces of “Alien”. The film has been argued to
build fear through the forced sexual imagery and growth of creatures inside of the humans throughscenes such as; the birth from the alien eggs and on the shape of the space craft to represent vaginalimagery whilst phallic imagery is grown around the alien itself.
developed fear from our subconscious view of reproduction building a gruesome beauty around attitudes towards life and survival.(Notice the phallic shaped imagery on the Aliens head and tail in (fig.2)).Figure 2.
applied a grotesque yet oddly fascinating beauty the Aliens with convincing futuristic sets tohook the viewer. This was displayed through the technology, the use of camera work and also therepresentation of the cast.
major success however comes from becoming one of the first majortitles to encapsulate clearly the theory of Freud, by combining H.R. Giger
s surrealist sets and ideas withthe cinematic spaces of a future environment.Malcolm. D (2009).
Derek Malcolm's Alien review from 1979.