Monday, October 6, 2014

ALIEN / Brandywine Productions, Twentieth Century-Fox - 1979

It's Halloween Countdown Monday with Tabonga, here at The Dungeon!.. This is a movie I saw at the theater in 1979, and, wow, what a broken roller coaster ride it was! It's all about a crew aboard a deep space mineral towing vessel, the Nostromo, on its way back to Earth when an SOS transmission is received from a distant planet. For scientific reasons, they decide to make a detour to the planet to check out the source of the mysterious signal.

Eegah!! sent over a moody musical sound clip from this flick for our earjoyment, sooooo, you can push the big red 'GO' button located there by our cute little Alien egg, NOW, Ralphie The Tarantula!.. Here's a taste of... ALIEN!

The crew takes a shuttle down to the planet to investigate, will they discover alien life?.. Only your hairdresser knows for sure!

They come across a spaceship and strange machinery in a weird giant cave, apparently where the SOS signal originated from.

They find a huge skeleton in the pilot's seat, and, the mystery gets pretty damn weird. Then, crewman Kane is attacked by some unknown creature in another part of the cave and is taken back to the ship for medical attention.

After Kane's helmet is cut off, a creepy spider-like thing is found stuck to his face, YOW!!

When the doctors try and remove the parasite, it tightens its grip. When they try to remove a leg, the cut causes acid to spurt out and it immediately melts its way through the floor and nearly through the hull before it stops!

When checking on Kane's condition, they discover the face hugger has disappeared, so, they have to look for the infernal thing! After some tense moments, they find it dead after it falls onto Ripley's head! I still cannot figure out why they looked for it in the dark when they could have just turned the lights on! Oh, right, it's scarier that way!

M-m-m-m, here's the yummy new Alien Pot Pie being created at Mary Colander's bake shop!

John Hurt plays Kane, he was Caligula in my favorite mini-series I watched on cable in the early eighties, the BBC production of I, CLAUDIUS. Here, Kane has just been victim to giving birth to an ugly little baby Alien!!

Everyone's paranoid after the Alien has deep-sixed a crewman or two, now loose in the gigantic Nostromo vessel, so, time to break out the handy dandy flame throwers!

Ash goes haywire and gets his head knocked off, revealing his robot innards!

A look of the Alien with its metal teeth as it closes in for another kill!

Ripley escapes in a small emergency ship and watches as the Nostromo blows the Hell up!

Sigourney Weaver plays Ripley, here in this scene putting on her spacesuit after discovering the hideous creature hiding in the shadows!

In a tense moment, she opens the air lock and spears it before it gets lodged in the exhaust shield. After more quick thinking, she hits the full throttle button and turns the Alien into a crispy critter!

The next three Monday posts will showcase scary fun flicks from the eighties, you'll want to check those out! Tune in Wednesday as our Halloween Express continues on its trip to Hell!!


Fran said...

My favorite scene is the one where Harry Dean Stanton looks for Jonesy and stands under the dripping water. First time I saw it I thought it lasted five minutes (actually he stands there for about ten seconds).

Dr. Theda said...

Next to "Nightbreed" .... My favorite movie.... even saw "Alien" 21 times at the theater....

Randall Landers said...

Best haunted house movie ever.

Grant said...

There are so many "blockbuster" SF movies I'm just not attached to, but ALIEN is one of the biggest exceptions to that.

iain said...

What, I, Claudius but not Hurt's astounding performance in The Naked Civil Servant??
And ps, a friendly correction - not "Mary Colander's", it's Marie Callender's. :-)

TABONGA! said...

Hi iain - I never saw The Naked Civil Servant, I'll try and check it out, also, Mary Collander was a play on words and a little joke of mine..

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