Halloween is nearly upon us (we can tell because feral kids are hanging around local shops trying, and failing, very hard to be scary) which means that our countdown special is nearly at an end. Boo! What better way to (almost) finish the list than feature a movie that is not only one of the best horror movies ever made but also one of the finest examples of sci-fi film-making as well, Sir Ridley Scott’s ALIEN.

The plot follows a space merchant vehicle that, after receiving an unknown distress call, lands on the source moon only to find one of the crew attacked by a strange lifeform and soon discover that it’s life-cycle has only just begun. The budget for the movie was relatively tight but a mixture of masterful direction and clever writing make the horror all the more effective when it literally bursts out of John Hurt’s stomach. H.R Giger’s menacing creation is a classic addition to the pantheon of horror movie beasts but it is also the cast, and particularly Sigourney Weaver’s iconic Ripley that help push the movie into greatness.

DirectorRidley Scott

CastSigourney WeaverTom SkerrittJohn Hurt

Most gruesome scene:

The chest bursting alien scene ranks up there with the most visceral and shocking moments in horror movie history.