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We finish up our thrills and chills Rialto Recommends suggestions with Ridley Scott's 1979 sci-fi/horror classic ALIEN. In deep space, the crew of the commercial starship Nostromo is awakened from their cryo-sleep capsules halfway through their journey home to investigate a distress call from an alien vessel. The terror begins when the crew encounters a nest of eggs inside the alien ship. An organism from inside an egg leaps out and attaches itself to one of the crew, causing him to fall into a coma. A modern classic, Alien blends science fiction, horror and bleak poetry into a seamless whole. Salon said "A haunted-house movie set in space, Alien also has a profoundly existentialist undertow that makes it feel like a film noir -- the other genre to feature a slithery, sexualized monster as its classic villain." While Entertainment Weekly said "In space, the famous tagline went, no one can hear you scream. In Alien, you can hear lessons for the sci-fi future in a great milestone from the recent past." ALIEN is streaming on HBO, HBOMax, and DirectTV or is available to rent for a modest fee from Apple, Amazon, GooglePlay, YouTube, Vudu and others HERE.

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Sigourney Weaver
Veronica Cartwright
Yaphet Kotto
Tom Skerritt
Directed by
Ridley Scott
Written by
Dan O'Bannon
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