Monday, October 8, 2012

Night 8 of the Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween

Welcome to night 8 of the second annual Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween. Make sure to stop by our Giveaway Post and enter to win a goodie bag full of frightfully good treats from 12 different shops! Tonight we have the next movie review off our Halloween Movie List. Follow along for an extra 25 entries in the giveaway. But first lets get to our featured item of the night from Laughing Vixen Lounge.

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Attack of the 31 Nights of Halloween Movie List.
Follow along with us for a month full of classic and fun spooky movies. Each night there will be a movie review of the next movie on our Halloween Movie List. Leave a comment on each post with your opinion of that movie. On the last day you will find the magic phrase you will use to unlock the entry worth 25 entries in the giveaway. You must comment on each post.

Night 8 - Alien

Taglines - In space no one can hear you scream.
                Sometimes the scariest things come from

Directed by Ridley Scott and released on May 25, 1979 by Twentieth Century Fox (Rated R). The crew of the Nostromos are awaken from hypersleep to check out a SOS signal from a nearby planet. Once they land they discover it was no SOS but a warning which has come too late! As they head back to Earth something has decided to hitch a ride with them and it doesn't like to play nice.

This is one of the greats. It's a classic horror story but set in a Sci Fi setting. The atmosphere is dark and spooky, the suspense is good and the monster is still too cool. It may seem very slow paced by today's standards but if you like a well made movie the pace is just fine. And the little face huggers? Oh, you know they're still creepy little bug things! Eeek! Where did it go?

Take a look at the original trailer

Some trivia about the movie
1. An early draft of the script had a male Ripley, making this one of at least three films where Sigourney Weaver played a character originally planned to be a man. The second is The TV Set and the third is Vantage Point.
2. Three aliens were made: a model; a suit for seven-footer Bolaji Badejo; and another suit for a trained stunt man.
3. Ridley Scott's 2003 director's cut largely came about when over 100 boxes of footage of his 1979 original were discovered in a London vault.
4. For the awakening from hypersleep segment, Veronica Cartwright and Sigourney Weaver had to wear white surgical tape over their nipples so as not to offend certain countries.
5. To get Jones the cat react fearfully to the descending Alien, a German Shepherd was placed in front of him with a screen between the two, so the cat wouldn't see it at first, and came over. The screen was then suddenly removed to make Jones stop, and start hissing.
6. The character of Ash did not appear in Dan O'Bannon's original script.
7. The original title was "Star Beast".
8. The original name for the spaceship was Snark. This was later changed to Leviathan before they finally settled for Nostromo.
9. The dead facehugger that Ash autopsies was made using fresh shellfish, four oysters and a sheep kidney to recreate the internal organs.
10. Ridley Scott reportedly said that originally he wanted a much darker ending. He planned on having the alien bite off Ripley's head in the escape shuttle, sit in her chair, and then start speaking with her voice in a message to Earth. Apparently, 20th Century Fox wasn't too pleased with such a dark ending.


  1. This one is before my time so I have not yet watched it...but I am now growing my list of movies to watch.....


  2. Well before my time as well. My list is sooo long.

  3. i havent watched this since i was young, but it freaked me out sooo bad! i remember thinking ripley was sooo cool.

    1. im gonna watch this again tonight i think =]
      thanks for reminding me of it, lol

  4. Alien is so scary. Great pick for horror movies.
    The monster is so gross.
    Like the movie triva. Ripley was such a strong character.

  5. fantastic mix of sci-fi and terror!!


  6. A truly important and influential film, I love the whole series!!


  7. I loved this movie...still love it. There are so many great scares and images in it. We saw Alien when it first came out at a midnight screening in my home city and I still remember hearing people groaning when Ripley went back for the cat.

  8. I like sci-fi classics, but they're even cooler when mixed in with horror. So this one, I have always kind of liked.. I really like that so far the movies you have reviewed have been older movies. I think they're the best :)

    -Rachael Henzman

  9. sheila musselman askinsOctober 8, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    This movie ROCKS! Being a huge fan of horror and sci fi mix the two and bam! you get a great movie! I have seen this movie so many times I have lost count. Ripley was a kick ass heroine tough as any man character..which was the norm in this type of film!

  10. Who doesn't love a face sucking alien? strong female lead and really scarey dripping dark scenes...shivers

  11. One of my forever favorites! I could watch it many zillion more times, still freaks me out every time, and thrills the socks off me at the same time.
    First got to know the genius of HR Giger through his design of the Alien for this one and almost everything for the sequels...the man's a screaming genius!

  12. Right!! Giger is a genius! What was everyone's take on Prometheus?

  13. I LOVE these movies...everyone of them...that alien baby was creepy...

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  15. Haven't seen this one in eons... might need to revisit!

  16. I LOVE the Alien movies, all of them...Sigourney Weaver as Ripley is a classic alien-horror charcter, for me anyway. I can watch these movies over and over, any of them. :) FANTASTIC MOVIES, they still scare me and I find myself screaming at the TV to "turn around" or "run"...hahaha.

  17. Never saw this one!But I mus see it as soon as possible :)