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Films dealing with aliens: Communion (1989)


Aliens are foreigners to their surroundings. The word is commonly used in law to denote non-citizens of the country of their whereabouts, and in fiction, conspiracy theory and new-age discourse to denote extraterrestrial beings. The term can be used in a broader manner to refer to any object or concept. As an adjective it can be used to describe something foreign or something so different as to be uncomprehensible or incompatible. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alien [Oct 2004]

Alien (1979) - Ridley Scott

  • Alien (1979) - Ridley Scott [Amazon.com]
    A landmark of science fiction and horror, Alien arrived in 1979 between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back as a stylishly malevolent alternative to George Lucas's space fantasy. Partially inspired by 1958's It! The Terror from Beyond Space, this instant classic set a tone of its own, offering richly detailed sets, ominous atmosphere, relentless suspense, and a flawless ensemble cast as the crew of the space freighter Nostromo, who fall prey to a vicious creature (designed by Swiss artist H.R. Giger) that had gestated inside one of the ill-fated crew members. In a star-making role, Sigourney Weaver excels as sole survivor Ripley, becoming the screen's most popular heroine in a lucrative movie franchise. To measure the film's success, one need only recall the many images that have been burned into our collective psyche, including the "facehugger," the "chestburster," and Ripley's climactic encounter with the full-grown monster. Impeccably directed by Ridley Scott, Alien is one of the cinema's most unforgettable nightmares. --Jeff Shannon for amazon.com

    The DVD also showcases the artwork of Jean "Moebius" Giraud]

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