It's hard to believe that this classic Sci-Fi / Horror, starring a then unknown Sigourney Weaver, came out way back in 1979 and that they're still making sequels and spin-offs to it to this day.
Set in the farthest regions of outer space, aboard the space freighter the "Nostromo". The crew are awoken from hypersleep prematurely, when their ships computer picks up a distress beacon from a crashed ship on a nearby planet.
Heading down to the planet in their shuttle, they find the wreckage of an ancient space craft. The cargo hold appearing to be full of giant "eggs". But when one of the crew, Kane (John Hurt), decides to have a closer look at one of them, he gets a nasty surprise, as he stoops down and a creature bursts out and attaches itself to his face.
Efforts to remove the slimy "facehugger" creature fail, as it has acid for blood and so they can not amputate its legs. Eventually though, the creature detaches itself and appears to die. All seems well, Kane regains consciousness, none the worse for his ordeal, and the crew prepare to return to their hypersleep chambers.
But then, as they sit down for a last meal, Kane starts convulsing violently. As the crew try to hold him down, his chest explodes and an Alien creature bursts out from within him (blood everywhere). One quick funeral later, and the hunt is on to find the alien. Unfortunately, the small creature that emerged from Kane's chest isn't so small any more, much to the dismay of crewman Brett (poor old Harry Dean Stanton) who becomes the first victim.
And so the scene is set for a battle to the death, as the crew prepare to fight for their lives. There are some really great suspense scenes, particularly when captain Dallas (Tom Skerrit) meets his demise in the ventilation shaft, and when the creature sneaks up on Parker and Lambert, (Yaphet Kotto and Veronica Cartwright) when they're trying to abandon ship.
Directed by Ridley Scott, the film is a definite "must see" for all horror and sci-fi fans alike. If you haven't seen it yet, where have you been? You also get to see a young Sigourney Weaver being chased around the shuttle in just her underwear, so what more excuse do you need?