Some confused people
classify Alien as a science fiction film, while it is in fact
primarily a horror film in a science fiction setting. It is easily the
scariest (and arguably the only truly scary) film in the series, and
while the second installment is my personal favorite, the first one
evokes all kinds of eerie emotional notes that the other films don't
quite capture. You really get a sense of the vastness and loneliness
of space in this film, and director Ridley Scott wisely shies away
from directly showing the creature in the light, so there was a sense
of mystery and fear here that was lacking in the other films, which
took on a more action/adventure sort of approach.
Those of you who have seen the film (and if you haven't, shame on you)
know exactly what scene I'm about to discuss, because it's one of the
most famous and talked-about scenes in horror movie history. For years
there were rumors that none of the actors except John Hurt had any
inkling what was about to happen, but this is of course, absurd. The
latest DVD commentary reveals they were all aware of the basic gist of
the scene, but none of them knew quite the extent of how intense and
messy it was going to be.
But first a slight bit of background: a ship called the Nostromo is
heading back to earth transporting mineral ore when they receive a
distress signal from a nearby planet, and three of the crew go down to
investigate. During this excursion, crew member Kane (John Hurt) ends
up getting face raped by a spider-like alien creature, and the rest of
the crew rush him back to the ship in an effort to save his life.
The science officer
tries to remove the creature but determines that doing so may kill the
patient. Before a solution can be found, they discover that the
creature has removed itself from Kane and has vanished mysteriously.
Eventually they find its corpse, and Kane wakes up and he seems okay,
so things more or less go back to normal.
The crew are having
their first dinner together after Kane wakes up when all of a sudden
Kane starts choking after laughing, as if some food went down the
wrong pipe. It quickly becomes obvious that something is seriously
wrong as Kane starts twitching and writhing around in horrible pain.
The rest of the crew try
to hold him down, but his shirt jerks outward and explodes in a spray
of blood. Actress Veronica Cartwright's surprised reaction in this
scene is genuine, as she did not expect to be showered in fake blood.
Then of course we have
our happy little baby alien burst out of Kane's chest, surprising the
hell out of the rest of the crew. The chestburster pops out, pokes his
head around and checks things out a bit, and then hisses at everyone
before darting out of the room quicker than any of them can react.
This of course creates problems later as it grows up and starts eating
people. This scene was also famously parodied in Spaceballs,
where they even got the original actor John Hurt to have a slightly
different alien burst out of his chest all over again.
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life could have been one of the movies she stared in. Raised in eight
different foster homes, married at seventeen. She started out as a
nightclub singer, jumped to pictures, landed a contract with Universal
and had a pretty film solid career in the late 40's and 50's. But
Cabot hated the endless small-time ingénue
roles she was cast in and when a young Roger Corman offered her an
exclusive contract, she jumped on it. He let her play everything, a
Viking warrior queen, a psychotic sorority girl, even Machine Gun
Kelley's Moll opposite a young Charles Bronson. But it's in her last
role, Wasp Woman, that she somehow stays with you. Something about
that feisty little brunette transforming into a giant wasp, stinging
foes and suitors alike to death. Brrrrrr. She retired after
that, went back to lounge singing. Twice married, twice divorced, she
had a highly publicized fling with King Hussein of Jordan. She had a
child, a dwarf, but never said who the father was. On December 10th,
1986 she was found beaten to death with a weight bar in her Encino
home. Her son initially told the police he'd seen a "Latino
intruder dressed as a ninja warrior", but later confessed he'd
killed her himself. At the trial it was ruled that the experimental
growth hormone she'd been giving her son for fifteen years had driven
the poor boy quite insane.
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