Alien had its debut nearly 40 years ago. The first Alien, of course

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Nearly 40 years ago the original Alien had its debut. It was on May 25th, 1979.

It was quite an event you probably didn’t attend, so it’s better to refer you to a link where you can read the impressions from someone who attended that awesome premiere. Check this out, there’s Lisa Morton’s experience and lots of great photos.

Walking through a row of alien eggs and the Nostromo, touching the full-sized sculpture of the Alien and what not, damn, it must have been a hell of an experience!

As you know, there were lots of “Aliens” to come, but the original one is unprecedented. There is a good reason to consider it one of the greatest films of all time despite the fact that it’s not much more than a decent scary movie.

Alien didn’t have particularly high metaphysical pretensions like, for instance, 2001: The Space Odyssey. It was a movie where scary, disgusting things are jumping at you when you don’t expect them. Sounds like a cliché? Not really: Ridley Scott placed the plot in space, not in a ghost house or some other suspicious place, because, as we can see at the end of the trailer – In space no one can hear you scream.

There are no profound or thought-provoking dialogues among the crewmembers, also no flaming special effects to impress us now when we have got used to them. But always bear in mind that it is the distant year of 1979 we are talking about.

You just have to respect Ridley Scott and love the original Alien.

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