Alien (1979) History of Horror

Mike Matei / October 21st, 2007


  • April 8, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I have the Alien Anthology on DVD! I’m surprised you haven’t talked about James Cameron’s 1986 sequel Aliens yet. But hopefully we might expect a review of it sometime soon!

  • K6CTX

    April 14, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Alien is my personal favorite combination of Sci-Fi and Horror. The Alien universe is so rich and has been satisfying in both comics and novels. Did you know that Dark Horse comics had originally made their Aliens comics a sequel to the movie Aliens before Alien 3 came out? However, do to continuity issues once Alien 3 hit the scene, the characters of Newt and Hicks we renamed. However, the comics remain an interesting idea of what could have happened after the events in Aliens.

  • icehead

    April 21, 2010 at 5:01 am

    The really cool part is that according to rumor, in the scene where the alien bursts out of John Hurt, John Hurt himself was the only member of the the cast who knew what was going to happen. Assuming that’s true, the rest of the cast weren’t really acting; they were really that freaked out!

  • ddogg1

    May 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm

    could you do a review of aliens and predator for monster madness 2010 i love both movies and i want to hear what you think about them.

  • Johnthegamenerd

    May 23, 2010 at 2:54 am

    I’ll always remember this movie as one of the first horror movies I ever saw,my babysitter put it on when I was like 7 years old and freak the shit out of me,the scene where the alien burst out of the guys chest will likely stay with me for the rest of my life.

  • A.Regular-Person

    June 5, 2010 at 11:30 am

    I saw this review before i saw the movie on AMC, and the part were the alien comes out of no where and kills that dude still startled me. This movie is a classic, along with it’s sequel, but the aliens 3 and alien reserection or whatever it was called, didn’t pull me in like the first two.

    Fan of the alien genre, and this movie will never be forgotten.

  • June 10, 2010 at 12:56 am

    Ultimate Haunted House Story!!!! Only this haunted house is a gigantic space tanker adrift in space and there is only so far you could go to try and hide but sooner or later the alien will find you.

  • MagicLoogie77

    June 16, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Aliens is better.

  • WatchmenFTW

    July 24, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    One of my favourite movies ever, best in the Alien series. I wished you’d talked more about the actual creature and the seuqels and stuff, a little bit disappointed, but all in all, pretty good.

  • mcmikec84

    July 30, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    classic, yep. it always reminded me of like an Evil 2001: A Space Odyssey…

  • Alyxx

    August 9, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    @ Ice Head: That’s not entirely true. The cast had read the script and knew more or less what was gonna happen. What they weren’t prepared for though, was how effective his acting was and how bloody it was going to be.

  • August 15, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Comparing this and “Aliens” is pointless, since the first film is a sci-fi-thriller and the second is an action movie.

    You don’t watch the first film for the action!

  • venom 51007

    August 17, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    the one thing i’ve always thought about was if theres a queen why don’t we see the king alien i’ve always wanted to see the king alien in one of the alien films sense the queen alien was in aliens alien3 alien 4 alien vs predator but not in any of the alien films have i seen the king i really hope they make an alien 5 with the king alien cause i’ve been wanting to see it for years they made predator3 A.K.A predators but why not alien 5 fans such as my self have been waiting for it and i read that they were about to make alien5 but for some reason the director had a little issue with 20th century fox and it got cancelled i mean come on u made predator3 but why not alien5 it’s frusstrating and to tell the truth i’m about ready to throw out my alien legacy dvd and give it to a hoboe named billybob i’m dead serious so please…..MAKE AN ALIEN 5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • venom 51007

    August 26, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Rumors are being spread that a prequel to alien might come out and another AVP film but this one will take place in space and it was going to be released in 2011 or 2012 but it got plugged by fox cause the directors of AVPR wanted it to be in space but fox thought they were taking a risk of putting actors in space seriously what was fox thinking it wasn’t gonna take place in real life space otherwise that would be dangerous and endangering innocent actors plus it would look like crap but i am looking forward to ALIEN 5 and PREDATORS 3 if ALIEN 5 does make it to a theatre and it would be directed by ridley scott but for the love of god if its not a prequel and is a sequel… PUT THE KING ALIEN IN IT PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Imgema

    September 28, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    Mentioning Metroid was a nice touch James…

  • Tenkage

    September 29, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    Alien is one of my all time favoite movies, why, the aliens of course, I felt fasinated by them, and in Aliens, I was hooked, Alien 3 and Alien Resurection was ok but they can never match 1 and 2.

  • October 1, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    advertainment advertainment minus for you Rofle!!! I fucking hate it all i want to do is watch monster madness πŸ™

  • GialloHorror

    October 4, 2010 at 8:34 am

    This film is fucking AMAZING! Another film that uses the setting and atmosphere to it’s advantage, and it works perfectly!

    God I love this shit!

    I, actually, own a film called “Inseminoid” AKA “Horror Planet” (1982) which is a, really, cheesy, British rip off of Alien. That film sucks, but dammit, I love it anyway.

  • cormac888

    October 10, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    that movie is amazing ! the specaol effects were very advanced for the time

  • October 13, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Thanks for adding this one up, James. I didn’t know you did this one till you posted it up with the rest of your past reviews. I enjoy the three alien movies, and many people believe Metroid was inspired by the films.

  • RaDioHeaD4life

    December 8, 2010 at 1:43 am

    I always was scared of this movie as a kid. all of them except the 4th one.

  • January 5, 2011 at 2:05 am

    These adverts get so annoying! but the videos are worth it just wish most of the monster madness videos were longer than a couple of minutes! I know people need to make money but I’d like an advert that I can skip atleast D:

  • January 15, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    get this clear james does not like having a living creature inside him self and pops out any minute… dont think he wants to be a women πŸ˜›

  • Decoy

    May 3, 2011 at 11:40 am

    A pitty the review for such a good movie wasn’t longer.

  • movienerd1237

    August 18, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    which movie do you like best alien or aliens

  • penpan

    August 25, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    I love this film too, for its quiet and suspenseful atmosphere. And gotta love Sigourney Weaver, seeing her in Aliens and Ghostbusters was a part of my childhood.

  • ravinspawn

    September 7, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    take a look at the origanal traylur it was so saspencefull & creepy, not to menchin that ya hardly see the “xenomorph” in the movie untill the end, we have nothing like that add in moder times

  • probablytheonlyswede

    October 7, 2011 at 11:06 am


    you canΒ΄t fucking spell
    go to school you little fucknugget!!!!!!!!!!!


  • October 26, 2011 at 6:40 am

    I really love the sound design in Alien, too. Nothing else sounds quite like it. Absolutely amazing movie and unquestionably the beginning of Ridley Scott’s three great films, the other two being Blade Runner and Legend, IMO.

  • Tekkenfan

    November 13, 2011 at 5:54 pm

    there’s gonna be another alien movie called prometheus.

  • NeilHammond

    March 7, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Man should have been made in HR Gieger’s image.

  • HorazStCruz

    March 20, 2012 at 6:00 pm

    Firtst Dead Space did pay a great homage to this film, in a more than respectful way, and up to date, is the only game i can consider to be an all-around survival horror nowadays.

  • jacko wacko

    July 14, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Who would win in a fight:Xenomorph vs Necromorph

  • thatepicguy

    July 17, 2012 at 6:13 am

    as most of you should no we never see Dallas death, all you see is the alien then hes cut of and i was telling this to my Dad and saying that maybe he did’nt die. Well my Dad showed me a deleted scene and it turns out him and brett did’ny die! the xenomorph cocooned them and Ripley finds them as shes excaping but Dallas says is “kill me” and she flame throwers them. i thought that was pretty cool

  • Connor Mann

    February 12, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    It always amazes me when i think that alien was released only 2 years after star wars.

  • Romero

    May 19, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    When it comes to why Ripley was the last one left…. I’d say ‘LUCKY’! πŸ˜€

  • Stian Nielsen

    June 23, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    Awesome episode, I love the alien movies. Check out my favorite movies, if you have the time Stan Movie Nelson on Twitter

  • October 12, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    This is one of my most personal favourites. I was so excited when the director’s cut came to the theaters, my chance to see it on the big screen. I’ve always liked how the film is so… well, minimalist in reality. From the seemingly generic title to the fact that sometimes the film is scariest when little happens. It’s one of the few films that really understood how to blend more traditional visual horror with psychological horror, and the art design, sound design, etc. are amazing. Aliens is also a majour achievement, but I lie in the camp that still prefers the original film. I dunno, that’s just how I feel. Though Aliens is still one of the best, especially in actually being smart – its so damn rare to see an action movie that pays so much attention to detail to its weapons, technology, etc. But this one is the ultimate classic to me though I <3 both. I'll also admit Alien Resurrection is a guilty pleasure, its an awful movie but its fun.


    October 17, 2014 at 7:53 pm

    This movie is one of the greats. A scary movie in it’s truest form. It’s got suspenses, jump scares, disturbing moments, and an unstoppable monster. Oh and their in fucking space! Sigourney weaver is badass!

  • Elliott Melling

    May 25, 2016 at 11:59 am

    you reviewed the best movie ever made

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