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Ridley Scott Story & Screenplay: Dan O'Bannon 1979 Alien was released to an audience that was used to the sci-fi genre, where aliens killing humans was no longer a
new thing. However, Alien still managed to tenfold it’s budget in profits, and is an iconic movie. Whenever
someone thinks of humans vs. aliens, Alien is the first to be mentioned, even after 33 years.
In a very short time,science-fiction films have developed their own jargon that's now become a part of the grammar of film.
(V.Canby:2003) It was still very much the most typical sci-fi film, yet stood out.Only 4 years after the Vietnam war had ended, the population were still horrified by what could be done byhumans, the horror was still fresh in their minds. Also, since 1969, NASA had made 2 successful men on the
moon landings. Also, NASA’s research in space generally throughout the 70s, and the first ever human face lift
was attempted, the first genetically engineered organisms were made, which fascinated and again, scaredpeople. The idea of augmented life scared the people, but fascinated.The movie features a brutey stern female taking the lead role, with her crew on a space cargo ship, when theyreceive an intercepted message, which they are bounded by law to explore to check for life, which indeed theyfound. One of the crew members was attacked when exploring, and dragged back to the ship for treatment,where he is infected, and brings the alien life to the ship. They are stuck with an alien which seems toconveniently feast on humans, which he catches when they are singled out.