41 years ago, an iconic Sci-Fi Horror franchise began. While the reviews for ‘Alien’ were initially more mixed, it really has stood the test of time. Exactly how well does it though?
Something that works well for ‘Alien’ is its simplicity, how easy it is to follow and that works because of its slow pace. This creature feature waits for each character to be established before properly kicking off – at first watch, not one character feels more important or even less important than another, a feeling that isn’t present all too often.
This pace continues with the alien itself in its stages from facehugger all way to Xenomorph. I personally appreciate the fact nothing was rushed so the horror and the sense of urgency can be soaked in appropriately.
Oftentimes, the easiest thing to do is to overlook the role the android, Ash, plays. I mean, I watch this for the tense build-up of the alien rather than an adroid who’s part of the crew, but it made sense to have a component in play for how the crew ended up on LV-426. The ‘how’ and ‘why’ falling directly on Ash’s admiration for the Xenomorph was great for adding a lack of conscience and morals to enhance both the sci-fi and horror genres.
Over the years, ‘Alien’ has remained in numerous discussions due to the popular interpretation of the alien symbolising sexual assault. It’s something that encourages viewers to give it another watch from that angle, to praise and appreciate the work in another way entirely. Such explanations can be found on the movie’s Wikipedia page and I would recommend giving them a read for how interesting they are!
41 years on, I think it’s fair to say ‘Alien’ has stood the test of time exceptionally well and still continues to.