The movie Alien is still one of the best sci-fi movies in cinematography history. It was an instant success and has stood the test of time. It is considered one of the best films ever made by critics and audiences alike. The storyline revolves around a crew's mission on a spacecraft that ends with them being under attack by a strange alien creature that is threatening their lives. This film explores how humans react when they come into contact with something utterly unknown but familiar at the same time-something from "beyond". And this sense of familiarity might actually be what drives so many people to continue watching it over and over again. Let's take a look at what makes the Alien so terrifying.
The Alien Itself
The appearance of the alien is one of the most unsettling things about it. It's not just a mindless monster that's out to kill you; it has a clear agenda and is relentless in pursuing it. The elongated head, the razor-sharp teeth and claws, and the slimy skin all contribute to the overall sense of dread that it evokes. It's a grimace of horror. Add to that the fact that it's virtually invisible until it's too late, and you have a creature that is truly terrifying.
What makes Alien so captivating is the tension that it builds up throughout the film. The audience is constantly wondering what is going to happen next and trying to figure out the identity of the alien. The movie reflects human nature in that we are always trying to explore new frontiers, but at the same time, we are afraid of the unknown. This is shown in the scene where the Nostromo lands on a planet when they receive a warning from the ship's computer. Despite thinking that maybe it might be some kind of warning, they decide to go down anyway and explore the planet--and this is where the alien first makes an appearance.
The tension keeps people watching, as they try to figure out the identity of the alien. In fact, the movie is so popular that it was expanded into a franchise with various books and games being made after its release.
The Alien Games
The Alien games are considered one of the scariest ones to play. You can find a whole genre on Youtube dedicated to playing Alien: Isolation. The player becomes Amanda Ripley, the daughter of Ellen Ripley is in the search of the missing mother. The game is extremely dark and has a grim atmosphere. But the scariest thing is obviously, the alien. It is a fair reflection of the Alien from the original movie, and just like the original, it can sense when the player is moving. This game was certainly a cause of some heart attacks as the chance that Amanda will make it out alive is almost as low as winning the jackpot on online slots.
Alien is one of the scariest movies ever made. The tension in this movie was so palpable, that it's been replicated time and time again by other films or TV shows to create a sense of horror for audiences. Alien has also spawned many sequels which have continued to be successful because they stay true to this original thriller premise. What makes the alien on-screen so terrifying? A mix of what we know about science fiction and our own deepest fears, which are then magnified through cinema magic.
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The future of Alien
The Alien franchise is taking a dramatic turn at 20th Century Studios, now owned by Disney. Currently there are two major Alien projects in development - a new Alien TV series by Noah Hawley and a new, stand-alone Alien movie being directed by Fede Alvarez. Both of which will be taking the franchise in a new direction - moving away from the Alien prequel direction Ridley Scott set out to pursue back in 2012.
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