Alien (1979) Ridley Scott Alien is a science-fiction horror film that was directed by Ridley Scott and

released in 1979. The film was originally envisioned as a low-budget film. O'Bannon wanted to direct the film but the studio went for Ridley Scott as director who previously worked on commercials. The film became a huge hit and was quickly considered as a milestone in filmmaking-history because it introduced a new generation of horror, thriller and suspense film. The whole film is set in space where the crew members of the “Nostromo” are returning to earth and stumble across a signal on an alien planet. They investigate where one of them is attacked and has an alien attached to his face. It eventually dies and detaches its self shortly after an alien bursts out of his stomach and begins to hunt all the crew members killing them. Ripley the only surviving member sets the selfdestruct and escapes on a shuttle, which the alien managed to bored before the destruction of the ship. Ripley manages to eventually blast the alien into space where she then sets a course for earth

Fig 1. Alien (1979) and puts herself and the cat in status.

What really set Alien apart from previous films and future sequels of Alien is the atmosphere, and fear that was generated. The idea a fearsome creature is stalking everyone to their deaths with no-where to run, or hide and no way to defeat it. "In space no one can hear you scream" – it was the brilliant advertising line for Alien, and it caught the creeping sense of isolation and loneliness in that unexpected film.” (Thomson, 2010)

Fig 2. Alien (1979)

The main role being played by a woman, who is shown in a more masculine way, is refreshing. Ripley is a more modern look on a lead female character, easier to relate to and not so annoying. “But Ripley steals the show, played brilliantly by Sigourney Weaver, here's a character I can feel totally identified with. She reflects my ideal concept of a woman heroine in this movie. Her look, expressions, every move is perfect.” (Winehouse, 2012)

Along with alien giving impressive atmosphere delivering horror and sciencefiction in a way that hadn’t previously been done, the whole movie echoes a rape fantasy; one could describe it as a Freudian dream. From the very start you are introduced with sexual imagery. The chamber where they all sleep resembles a womb, the colour white hinting at the innocence of birth, the ship being called Fig 3. Alien (1979) mother just emphasising the whole idea of their sleeping chamber being in a womb. Not to mention that the alien itself is has a very phallic shape. A small alien attaches itself to your face, essentially mouth rapes the victim and lays an egg in your stomach which eventually bursts it’s way out of the chest cavity all emphasizes rape, and helps cement fear into your mind. Dan O’Bannon went on and said this of his film “One thing that people are all disturbed about is sex … I said ‘That’s how I’m going to attack the audience; I’m going to attack them sexually. And I’m not going to go after the women in the audience, I’m going to attack the men. I am going to put in every image I can think of to make the men in the audience cross their legs. Homosexual oral rape, birth. The thing lays its eggs down your throat, the whole number.’” (O’Bannon, (s.d)). Fig 2-4 all depict some of the sexual aspects of the film, all being very phallic in nature. Fig 4. Alien (1979) In conclusion the film is a classic, many when they watch it have never seen it’s like, and the intrusion of the human body, the graphic nature of it is unnerving, only adding to the experience of watching the film. It has been the seed for many sequels and even a prequel, and it is sure to continue that way for many years to come.

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