In 1979 the film Alien came out and redefined the horror genre. Quiet and atmospheric beyond comfort, the film pitted the small crew of a space tug against the eponymous Alien. Led by a commanding performance from Sigourney Weaver, Alien was a smash hit and spawned countless sequels and two cross-over events with the Predator universe. Now, 40 years after the release of the spine-tingling classic let’s take a look back and find out exactly what made it so special.
Changing The Rules Of Science Fiction
While Alien is a horror film at its core, it’s also become known as an iconic work of science fiction. One of the reasons it has earned this status is for breaking the rules of casting. The character of Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, was originally a man in the script.
When it came time to actually cast the role, one of the producers suggested gender-swapping the role. At the time of its release, women were never the heroes of large event movies.