Alien movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Alien is a scary, intense, violent and well-built sci-fi horror movie for teens and up. The film was released in 1979 and involves great alien tension that’ll keep viewers on the edge of their seat.


The crew of a spacecraft intercept a distress signal from a planet and set out to investigate it. However, to their horror, they are attacked by an alien which later invades their ship.

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Movie details

Director: Ridley Scott
Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Ian Holm, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton, Tom Skerritt, Danny McBride
Writer: Dan O’Bannon
Release Date (Australia): 6 December 1979
Runtime: 117 minutes/1h 57m
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: UK, USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

The film contains horror themes and science fiction themes, including space travel and depictions of people being attacked by an alien. A robotic character is decapitated and an alien bursts out of a man’s chest.

Violence (MA15+)

The film features bloody depictions of an alien bursting out of a man’s chest and people being attacked by the alien.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains the words “f**k”, “s**t”, “goddamn”, “hell” and “bitch”.

Nudity (M)

The film contains a scene that includes brief images of a nude woman.

mpaa rating

R (for sci-fi violence/gore and language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Ridley Scott’s Alien is as much of a horror movie as it is sci-fi, and as much of a sci-fi movie as it is horror. Set far away from the earth’s peaceful land and out in the dreading silence of space, all of his well-designed scary sequences of alien-based adrenaline and fear are always increased by the confined amount of room inside the spacecraft, and the amount of bloody deaths, surprises and depictions of the menacing creature. This film creates and slowly builds more and more tension as the horror progresses.

Alien is an old classic tale that’s aged very well and always manages to startle you, about a spaceship crew investigating a planet when one is attacked by an utterly freaky alien creature which invades and creepily lurks in the ship. Being a plain horror fan is more than enough you’ll need when watching this movie, despite the massive science fiction theme relating to space technology and a fantastical villain. The final motion pictures are exactly what you’d see splattered in old-fashioned nightmare. The sounds and eeriness will invade your mind long after the credits have rolled.

We’re gifted with a truly iconic horror protagonist executed masterfully by Sigourney Weaver, who eventually ends up having to battle and defeat the extremely well-created alien killing the crew one by one. Alongside the depiction of the classic antagonist, Ridley Scott’s shooting and portrayal of the spacecraft is so realistic and pays close attention to detail, meaning the cinematography and visuals as a result are both absolutely splendid.

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