Movie #6… Alien
Scared of Aliens…..? No….? Well you will be! Put away your reese’s pieces because these creatures don’t have a taste for candy and you certainly don’t want them camping out in your shed. Hell, you don’t even want these creatures close to your solar system… or galaxy, for that matter. To meet this villain, your teen is going to have to travel to a galaxy far, far away, but the terror will be right there, with you, in your living room. The reasons I picked this film are…
Reason #1– It compares to Poltergeist in content. Besides a few violent scenes and bad language, this film is fine. It’s scary as crap, but if your teen survived “Poltergeist” then they will be fine with “Alien.” They are both equally scary but Alien is a little bit more violent. Actually, if it wasn’t for one really violent, gruesome scene, that only lasts for a few seconds, I would give “Alien” a PG-13 rating. So if your teen is good up to now, they have graduated and deserve to test the true waters of horror. It’s time to give him/her a little more lead way. Good thing is, there is no nudity and very little sexual content.
Reason #2– Ridley Scott directed it! Now here is a director who doesn’t really specialize in horror, but when he puts a film out, you want to go see it. All of his films are original and he is constantly setting trends in Hollywood. Gladiator, Blade Runner, American Ganster, Black Hawk Down are some films you may know… just to name a few.
The great thing about Ridley Scott is you know you are going to see something new and original when you go to one of his films. “Alien” is a perfect example of Scott’s genius. It opened the gateway to many alien horror films to follow in the 80’s and is still copied/squealed to this day.
Reason #3– It is a totally, unpredictable, original horror/sci-fi film. Welcome your teen to the sic-fi/horror subgenre. It’s been around since Rod Serling created “The Twilight Zone,” but Ridley Scott pretty much reinvented the genre with the film “Alien.”
From the opening scene, you have no idea what is going on and what is going to happen next.Scott brings you into another world that you can’t really relate to but he keeps your interest by being completely mysterious. You become one of the crew members and just like them, you have no idea what is going to happen next. Let me tell you, this really builds the tension in this film. Scott keeps you on the edge of your seat, wondering what is out there. But when he delivers, you will not be disappointed.
Reason #4– The villain is nothing short from terrifying! Just like “Jaws,” you hardly see the villain and boy does that add to the tension. When I saw this film, it terrified me! (Even the ride at Disney World scared the crap out of me!) “Alien” kept me guessing from the opening scene all the way to the end. And let me tell you, this is one of the most ruthless villains in film history! Not only do you not know who or what it is, but you and the crew come to find there is no reasoning with this villain at all! Hell, you can’t even communicate with it! It just wants to kill and destroy everything! You sure as hell can’t distract it because it’s an alien from another planet, so you don’t even know how it thinks. Besides the fact, even if you could communicate with it, you are dead within seconds of an encounter, so communication is not in your best interest. Let me tell you, this movie rocks when it comes to tension and fear! Scott sets the bar high and delivers! He keeps you guessing from the beginning to the end. And the payoff is huge!
The Last Reason #5– A strong female lead! Not only did the villain create a buzz about this film, but the hero did also. You want your teen to learn a new respect for women, then have them watch Sigourney Weaver in this film. She is perfectly cast and is one bad ass babe! She shows us that there is no women’s rights issues in the far future because she knows how to fight and she is fighting a creature that no sensible man would want to go up against! So when the action takes a break, you are still absorbed with the story because this female character is so interesting and mysterious herself.
So, fuel up your space ship and put on your gear because it’s going to be a bumpy ride! If you really want to mess with your teen, tell him/her “Alien” is a sequel to “ET.” They won’t trust you ever again, but how funny would that be? I know for sure, this Alien’s heart isn’t glowing at all! And if you want touch fingers with this creature, don’t expect to get them back!
So it’s time for another ride into the terrifying, mysterious world of horror. You may have to travel far for this one, but I guarantee you it will scare the crap out of you. Make sure you call a doctor immediately if your tummy starts to hurt. (you’ll understand what I mean when you see this film.)
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