A scene lasting several seconds made many sick, but marked a before and after in cinema: in it one of the most terrifying cinematic creatures in the industry was born.
With a career of more than 50 years making films and almost 30 films behind him in addition to titles for the small screen and various video clips, Ridley Scott He is one of the oldest filmmakers active today. At 85 years old, the British director premieres Napoleona biopic starring Joaquin Phoenix in the role of the French Emperor, this Friday, November 24 and, in addition, he already has his next work confirmed: Gladiator 2the Long-awaited sequel to one of his best films.
Although he started in the advertising industry and his filmography has its ups and downs, Scott made his Hollywood debut through the front door, with highly successful films. His first feature film, The duelistsis one of the films with the best score of his entire filmography, but the second, Alien, the eighth passengerIn addition to being his best work, he managed to make history. The film starring Sigourney Weaver is one of the best horror and science fiction films ever made and, in addition, it gave rise to a prolific saga that is still alive today.
It is true that for many the best film in the saga is the second, Aliens, the return by James Cameron, but the reality is that it would never have been possible without the first one, in which we met for the first time the crew of the ship Nostromo and the nightmarish creature that would torment us for decades. Released in 1979, in Alien, the eighth passenger The commercial ship Nostromo is preparing to return to Earth when it stops on a mysterious desert planet where one of the officers is attacked by an unknown creature. After being released, everyone is calmer, but the nightmare has only just begun: without anyone expecting it, Kane begins to convulse and A living creature emerges from its abdomen and remains free inside the ship.
A mythical scene that became the most iconic of the film, but that It caused dizziness and made people want to leave the cinema during its first screenings.
And, although we are now prepared for almost everything, when Ridley Scott released his masterpiece in 1979, those were different times. In fact, The film was subject to some criticism due to its dark approach to the science fiction genre.which was completely different from others of the genre such as Star Wars by George Lucas, released a couple of years earlier. But is that AlienIn addition to science fiction, it is a horror film.
One of the film’s editors, Terry Rawlings recalled his experience at one of the film’s first screenings in the documentary The Beast Within: The Making of Alienremembering how people left the cinema terrified:
The cinema was fantastic. The sound was great. It was the most incredible preview I’ve ever been to. People were screaming and running out of the cinema.
“The management [del cine] He told us: ‘You know, this is terrible. People have gotten sick everywhere.’ And we thought, ‘This is great,’” Rawlings recalled.
The responsible for all that had been precisely the scene of the alien being born from the stomach of one of the crew members. A scene lasting several seconds that marked a before and after, since in it one of the most terrifying cinematic creatures in history was born.