Alien

Alien
  • 1979
  • US
  • 1h 56min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Ridley Scott
  • Cast: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto

Agatha Christie in outer space as a freighter lands on a mysterious planet and is ingeniously invaded by a ravenous intruder which proceeds to chomp its way through the cast list. Edge-of-the-seat suspense thriller with a strong cast and ghastly special effects.

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Alien

When a spacecraft responds to a distress signal from a nearby planet, its crew unwittingly allows a pernicious alien creature on board. Ridley Scott’s celebrated sci-fi horror stars Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt and Tom Skerritt.

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Gender depiction in sci-fi

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Sci-Fi: Days of Fear and Wonder This autumn’s BFI screenings celebrate sci-fi on screen all over the UK. From October to December, its Scottish programme includes classics like Alien and The Thing, with screenings spanning the length and breadth of the…

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