ON THIS DAY, 1979...
On the 25th of May 1979, Ridley Scott's Alien was released in 1979.
Alien is a highly influential science fiction horror film that follows the story of the commercial spaceship Nostromo and its crew, who encounter a deadly extraterrestrial creature. The film stars Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, the warrant officer aboard the ship who becomes the central protagonist.
The crew of the Nostromo, upon discovering a distress signal from a nearby planet, investigate and unwittingly bring back a parasitic alien life form that starts hunting them down one by one. The film builds suspense as the crew members attempt to survive and escape the creature's relentless pursuit.
The movie is renowned for its atmospheric visuals, innovative creature design by H.R. Giger, and the iconic portrayal of Ellen Ripley, who has become one of cinema's most celebrated heroines.
The film spawned a successful franchise, including sequels like Aliens (1986), directed by James Cameron, and several prequels such as Prometheus (2012) and Alien: Covenant (2017), both directed by Ridley Scott himself.
Ridley Scott's Alien is considered a classic in the science fiction and horror genres, known for its memorable characters, intense thrills, and its influence on subsequent films in the genre.