Many years in the future, the crew of the Nostromo, a commercial mining spaceship, awake out of their hibernation sleep many months before they are supposed to because the computer that runs the ship has a job for them. There’s a distress signal, that, once investigated leads to a small creature, attaching itself to the face of one of the crew members, and leaving him in a coma. Eventually, the creature falls off, the crewmember wakes up, and all appears to be fine – until of course, he gets a small stomach ache at dinner.
Three sequels, two Alien v. Predator spinoffs, and an upcoming “reboot” have all come from this original film. The sequels became more sci-fi, while the AVP spinoffs are more horror. This film is a straight-up monster movie. The crew gets picked off one by one as they search the ship trying to find the alien. The climax comes just as 29-year-old Sigourney Weaver strips down to her low-cut 1970s panties, thinking that all is finally safe.
I’d like to give this one five stars since it was such a trailblazer for horror movies and sci-fi movies for the next 20 years. However, because the sequel, Aliens, is so much better, and because so much of the film is dated, I have to leave it at 4.5. Example: futuristic, giant spaceship, automated computer, hibernation chambers, and yet – every computer screen is still black with green type. Apparently, the Apple 2e was the operating system for the spaceship.
Anyway, great movie, very dated.