"In space, no one can hear you scream." A close encounter of the third kind becomes a Jaws-style nightmare when an alien invades a spacecraft in Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror classic. On the way home from a mission for the Company, the Nostromo's crew is woken up from hibernation by the ship's Mother computer to answer a distress signal from a nearby planet. Capt. Dallas's (Tom Skerritt) rescue team discovers a bizarre pod field, but things get even stranger when a face-hugging creature bursts out of a pod and attaches itself to Kane (John Hurt). Over the objections of Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), science officer Ash (Ian Holm) lets Kane back on the ship. The acid-blooded incubus detaches itself from an apparently recovered Kane, but an alien erupts from Kane's stomach and escapes. The alien starts stalking the humans, pitting Dallas and his crew (and cat) against a malevolent killing machine that also has a protector in the nefarious Company. ~ Lucia Bozzola, Rovi
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I gotta say, this movie never gets old. tense, expertly acted, suspenseful as anything, you have NO idea what's coming unless you've seen it 8x like I have. when this movie is on tv I can't turn it off.
I just saw Prometheus, so I thought I'd revisit this one. It wasn't as gory as I would have liked, and the killing scenes were very quick and shaky, but I imagine in 1979 it was considered very scary. I do love that the suspenseful scenes seem much more scary because there isn't any music or anything, just silence. That makes for a very effective resulting scare.