DIRECTOR: RIDLEY SCOTT
CAST: SIGOURNEY WEAVER, TOM SKERRITT, JOHN HURT, HARRY DEAN STANTON
A landmark in gritty screen feminism; a sci-fi reworking of the classic old, dark house movie; a tough study of working-class solidarity under pressure—Alien is all these things, and one of the most influential, intelligent blockbusters ever made to boot. Visionary, perverse Swiss artist H.R. Giger created the look, Sigourney Weaver brought brains and biceps to the career role of Ellen Ripley, and a peerless ensemble cast including John Hurt, Yaphet Kotto, and Harry Dean Stanton rounded out a crew of potential victims actually worth caring about. Maybe no one can hear you scream in space, but be mindful of your neighbor when the title character makes his splashy entrance.