Alien (1979)

Along with the early films of David Cronenberg, Alien ushered in the era of biohorror. H.R. Giger’s alien design clears the way for director Ridley Scott and screenwriters Dan O’Bannon, Walter Hill, and David Giler to turn the body inside out. As Ripley, Sigourney Weaver created the contemporary female hero, and changed action movies forever. Whether the film is meditating on biology and motherhood, setting its protagonists up as corporate dogmeat, or simply scaring the bejeezus out of us, it delivers a frightening, visionary look at a cold, inhuman future.
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