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  • Dir. Ridley Scott
  • USA
  • 1979
  • 117 min. (Theatrical Version)
  • R
  • 4K DCP
  • Assistive Listening
  • Hearing Loop

Part of Invasion!

Weyland-Yutani Industries spans the universe with its transport vessels, and the USCSS Nostromo is no different. Capable of processing and transporting countless tons of mineral ore through the gulf of space, its crew of seven (and one cat) is proficient at crisis management and maintaining the safety of its cargo, even if the unforeseen should arise. Weyland-Yutani Industries believes in the importance of terrestrial and extraterrestrial life, and conducts all transactions with the knowledge that any intelligent transmission is worthy of investigation. The future does not pertain exclusively to humanity — and it would be irresponsible to let the discovery of something new slip through the fingers of man and end, alone, in the vastness of the void. Weyland-Yutani Industries believes in the future.

While not exactly an invasion film, this grandfather of modern sci-fi horror flips the script on that narrative with humans in the role of invasive species.

“It takes its time. It waits. It allows silences… It suggests the enormity of the crew's discovery by building up to it with small steps… The 1979 ALIEN is a much more cerebral movie than its sequels, with the characters (and the audience) genuinely engaged in curiosity about this weirdest of lifeforms.” —Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“Imagine how it must have felt seeing ALIEN for the first time, during its opening weekend in September 1979. You've been enticed by the enigmatic poster showing only a shadowy egg with a menacing crack across its surface, an eerie glow emanating from within… If you've never seen ALIEN on the big screen, this is a must-have cinematic experience that will leave you shivering and adrenalised. And even if you have seen it, the same holds true. It really is that damn good.” —Total Film

 “ALIEN marked a return to the malevolent flying-saucer flicks of the ‘50s… Set a new blueprint for sci-fi horror: the claustrophobia, the crew class system, and the inevitable scene where someone goes after a cat… But the beauty of ALIEN remains...its beauty.” —Kim Newman, Empire Magazine