April 18, 2024
In space, no one can hear you scream.

Details About the Film

This film is part of the series Science on Screen®: New Queer Frontiers

In deep space, the crew of a space freighter is awakened early from their cryogenic sleep chambers to investigate mysterious signals from a nearby planet. The signals seem to be calls for help, and when the crew lands they discover an abandoned alien spacecraft with the remains of a large creature and a chamber filled with eggs. When one of the crew members is attacked by the creature, the crew realizes they've unknowingly brought terror onto their own spacecraft. From Sigourney Weaver's iconic, gender-nonconforming performance as Ripley to designer H.R. Giger’s intersex “Mother” organism, Alien remains ripe for radical queer readings.

This screening will be preceded by a lecture from Dr. John Warren Huntley, Associate Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Presented By

Director(s): Ridley Scott
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto
Year Released: 1979
Runtime: 117 minutes
Country: United Kingdom, United States
Language(s): English
Content Warning(s): Extreme Violence
Accessibility Options: ListenTech (Hearing Impaired / Personal Amplified Audio Receiver w/optional T-Coil loop)