In 2020 it’s impossible to approach Ridley Scott’s 1979 film Alien as a first-time viewer and feel anything resembling its original impact. Everyone has seen Scott’s vision of space taken up by countless sci-fi films and most people know each of Alien’s iconic scenes, whether they’ve seen the entire film or not. After several Alien sequels and spinoffs, countless imitators, and the wholesale cinematic plundering of Giger and Scott’s visual sci-fi language, it is hard for latter generations to imagine a time in science-fiction before Alien – a time before face-huggers, chest-bursters, and strong heroines.
The word ‘Epic’ has recently been devalued and just used to mean something that is striking or enjoyable, but the correct meaning of the word indicated narratives in the ‘Epic’ mould – those which surpass the ordinary in scale and reach heroic proportions – this applies to films too. I’m taking a look at some of the truly Epic movies from the early 1980s that showed extraordinary ambition in their story and spectacle.
“Forged by a god. Foretold by a wizard. Found by a king.”
According to the calendar, today is Alien Day (4/26 to commemorate LV 426!) so Super7 have dropped these exclusive Alien limited edition 3.75″ ReAction Figures, plus old school felt pennants!
“This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.”
Today’s Alien Day is a special one, as 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the franchise’s birth with Ridley Scott’s Alien. Fright-Rags celebrates with an Alien Video Series box set and retro-style t-shirts.
Fright-Rags also commemorates the 30th anniversary of the original film adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, and will soon release an old-school nylon jacket from John Carpenter’s Halloween.
“You still don’t understand what you’re dealing with, do you? The perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.”
This year sees the 40th anniversary of Ridley Scott’s Alien, and to mark the occasion 20th Century Fox is releasing a 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray package that will be available in the UK from April 1st, 2019. Don’t miss the chance of seeing the alien, bursting out of John Hurt’s chest in glorious HD! Alien is one of the most discussed, dissected and academically analysed movies in modern cinema. Considering so much has been said about it, the film seems to be simplicity itself: a tense, linear storyline, an innovatively envisioned setting, sparse dialogue – simple, but close to perfect.
“In space no one can hear you scream.”
Back from the grave and ready to party, Fright-Rags’ The Return of the Living Dead collection is sure to satisfy your hunger for more brains. Alien and Aliens are two drastically different beasts, but both films are among the most revered in the sci-fi horror realm. Fright-Rags also has six t-shirts to choose from!
Plus, in honor of the 30th anniversary of Sleepaway Camp II: Unhappy Campers, Fright-Rags has reprinted Justin Osbourn’s design for the slasher sequel.
“You think this is a fucking costume? This is a way of life!”
On Alien Day, April 26th, no one can hear you scream! It’s fitting that Alien Day lands on a Thursday this year because Fright-Rags have released a killer retro throwback collection!
“Final report of the commercial starship Nostromo, third officer reporting. The other members of the crew… are dead. Cargo and ship destroyed. I should reach the frontier in about six weeks. With a little luck, the network will pick me up. This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.”
Fright-Rags have teamed up with the Colonial Marines at 20th Century Fox to release a collection of apparel for Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant; now in theaters nationwide.
They have also come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass with the release ofThey Live t-shirts… and they are all out of bubblegum.