Alien 15

BUY TICKETS 8pm Wednesday 17 April
Presented by the Saffron Walden Young Film Programmers’ group.

DIRECTOR Ridley Scott
CAST Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Harry Dean Stanton

This modern classic seamlessly blends science fiction, horror and bleak poetry, led by an iconic performance from Sigourney Weaver.

When the crew of the commercial spaceship Nostromo investigate a distress signal coming from a distant moon, they have no idea of the horrors that await them – and nor did audiences in 1979. Featuring chest-burstingly unforgettable movie moments, iconic creature designs from HR Giger, a plucky heroine and Jonesy the cat, Alien changed cinema forever. This 40th anniversary re-release is the perfect chance to witness the sci-fi spectacle in all its glory on the big screen. Don’t miss it.
(1979 UK / USA 111 mins)

Alien set a new blueprint for sci-fi horror: the claustrophobia, the crew class system, and the inevitable scene where someone goes after a cat. Some favour James Cameron’s gung-ho sequel, but in duplicating the alien for shoot-’em-up potential, it serves only to highlight the reserve and purity of the original. There are thrills of the highest order — Dallas (Skerritt) in the air shaft while a blip on the tracker closes in; and, of course, the famous chest-burst — but the beauty of Alien remains… its beauty.  Kim Newman, Empire

BBFC advice: Contains strong horror, violence, language
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