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Now Over To the Experts…#4

Reviews from top critics can make or break a film or TV show. I have scoured LoveFilm to find the most influential, accurate and informative (and then I’ve reviewed these reviews, obviously.)

This week, reviews from Alien – a seminal space horror film which redefined a genre and still terrifies generation after generation.

But what do the experts think?

Alien Poster

Scary and suspenseful

By a customer

Many of the ‘classics’ that one is urged to watch are poor in quality (cf. Blade Runner, Solaris, The Rocky Horror Picture Show), so I was pleasantly surprised that this film was actually enjoyable. The pace built throughout the film; the tension was gripping, particularly in the third act; the alien was actually scary (unlike many ‘monsters’ seen in films both old and new). It may not be the most intelligent film ever, but it is certainly entertaining.

Blade Runner was shit wasn’t it.


Good in its day but dated

By mikeswan

 This was a good film in 1979 but it looks very old now in 2012. The whole look of the film is now dated looks a bit like a 1990s computer game. Watch it for an old classic, but one that has not aged well. Some of the acting very good like the lead girl, others a bit cardboard.




By a customer from Teignmouth

 must have been good in its day, but definitely dated.  Stopped watching after 30 minutes!

I hear it all kicks off in the 31st minute. Shame.



By a customer

very good film, although i think aliens has proberly got more action in it.

Stunning observation.

 The Cast of Alien

Not so thrilling

By Rich

 Thought it was a bit lacking story wise, and some of the invented sciencey things bugged me (like the motion sensor that picked up ‘micro changes in the air density’, something like that). I guess if I’d watched it when it was released, I’d have been more impressed, but I thought it was a bit slow paced and boring.



It was ok

By Usama Iqbal

It was ok I don’t know wy they made it 18 then 15 because It was not scarey then alien looked like someone was dressed up like a alien even the way the alien walkes. They improove on the alien in the 2nd and the 3rd I haven’t saw the 4th yet but I think they will improove even more and the 5th they will look more real than we all expected but the first part is ok but the 3rd is better than the first and the 4th part may be better than the 1st as well the 2nd part is better than alien 1 and alien 3 I don’t know about the 4th yet because I haven’t seen it yet but I am going to rent it.

Even my old maths teacher would have trouble with this one.



The Top 5 Mutants in Film

3 Breasted Woman in Total Recall

3 boob mutant lady in Total Recall


Brundlefly in David Cronenberg’s The Fly (1986)

Kuato in Total Recall

Kuato in Total Recall


Xenomorph from the Alien franchise

The Thing

The Thing in The Thing

The Prometheus Sequel

A sequel to Prometheus. Now there is a phrase which will draw mixed emotions from many of us sc-fi aficionados.

The epically conceived semi-prequel to Alien did not quite live up to the expectations of over a 30 year wait, but none of us can criticise at least the audacity of Ridley Scott’s visionary attempt at re-re-imagining the genre.

Undoubtedly the bar was set high, not least by the visionary British Director himself. But like many films this year, including Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, Prometheus was not only unable to live up to its predecessor, but the final cut also struggled to match the hype brought by excessive promotion and marketing.

It has not been a completely disastrous year though, as a handful of big budget films have made it though the tightly wound web of criticism and expectation. The Amazing Spider-Man is having a decent run at the box-office, The Hunger Games surprised many by being thoroughly enjoyable fare, and Joss Whedon’s Avengers Assemble will end up being one of the highlights of the year.

If we are talking impending Blockbusters, there are still a few more glimmers of light at the end of the cinematic tunnel too. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Superman: Man of Steel are both already showing promise. Also, Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained looks set to be another quirky thrill-fest from the helmer of Pulp Fiction and Kill Bill. His latest starring Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio may even arrive on time (well, at least the first half of the film should).

There is also the Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt vehicle Looper still to look forward to, as well as Colin Farrell trying to make us forget Arnie in a remake of Total Recall and Jeremy Renner most likely forgetting who he is in The Bourne Legacy.

But just in case most of these potential crowd pleasers and money spinners do not quite bring us to the edge of our seats, let us give the unwavering Hollywood marketing machine a great big leg-up and look forward to the inevitable sequel to Prometheus, rumoured for release in 2014 or 2015.

So what do we know? There was talk of a sequel even before Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace and Charlize Theron hit our screens a month ago. Encouraging news includes both Fassbender and Rapace reprising their roles as the Ripley wannabe and the untrustworthy android head respectively. Theron will not return, as, just in case you forgot, she got squashed by a giant alien ship. But then again, it is Hollywood, so don’t rule her out completely just yet.

Good news or not, you decide: Lost scriptwriter Damon Lindeloff who was entrusted by Scott to pen the first instalment may not return, apparently due to other commitments. Early rumours suggest Fox are already in talks with alternative writers.

Prometheus grossed a respectable $300 million worldwide. No doubt both studio and director will be eager to surpass this figure and satisfy both critics and fans alike with a more ground-breaking instalment next time around in the potentially epic saga.

Although a sequel to Prometheus may be a year or two away, you will not have to wait long for Ridley Scott to return. His next project, The Counselor, is already in production. A stellar cast includes Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, John Leguizamo, and of course, Michael Fassbender.

Originally featured on WhatCulture!