Year of Release: 1979

Genre: Science Fiction

Related to/Remake of: Aliens (sequel), Alien 3 (sequel), Alien: Resurrection (sequel), Prometheus (prequel)

Directed By: Ridley Scott

Music By: Jerry Goldsmith

Starring: Sigourney Weaver (as Ripley), Tom Skerritt (as Dallas), Ian Holm (as Ash), Veronica Cartwright (as Lambert), Yaphet Kotto (as Parker), and Harry Dean Stanton (as Brett)

Basic Plot: A commercial transport ship is sidetracked on its way back to earth in order to check on a distress signal coming from another planet.  When the crew investigates, one of them is attacked by an alien life form, which then gets loose on the ship, forcing the rest of the crew to track it down if they want to survive.

Rating (Out of 4): 4

Pros: Great atmosphere.  Incredibly tense plot, with wonderful acting across the board, particularly from Sigourney Weaver in the role that would make her a star.  Amazing practical effects and set designs.

Cons: Follows the horror movie convention of isolating characters in order for them to be attacked, and uses “jump scares” involving things falling over or something other than the creature several times.