Movie Review : Horror Movie ' Alien '

1368 Words Apr 26th, 2015 6 Pages
Horror is a film genre created to elicit a negative emotional response from the audience by playing upon primal fears. Usually, a horror film will entail many physical, but also emotional and psychological, elements in order to create an atmosphere that is ripe for creating these negative emotions. One such element often used within the horror genre is the ‘monster’, often the main antagonist figure in the film. As such, the monster is a large part of the make-up of the given film. The movie Alien, released on May 25th, 1979, is one such film that falls into this category of monster-driven plot. The ‘alien’ in the movie took years to design and months to physically create, and acted as a backbone, holding the movie together. To this day people know what you’re talking about when you refer to the ‘alien’, because of its creepily interesting allure, its ground-breaking design, and because of all the spin-off’s and sequels that it inspired.
Dan O’Bannon, a graduate of the University of Southern California, was the original concoctor of Alien. While working on Dune, a movie that later fell through, he became inspired and started writing a script entitled “Memory”. This 29-page script would be what he used, after Dune fell through, to start the project that would later be known as Alien. While he was working on the script for Dune he met many talented artists but, the one that intrigued him the most was a man by the name of H.R. Giger. In an interview O’Bannon explained his…

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