Famous Names: Ridley Scott (Dir.), Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Tom Skerritt (Cast).
Crunchy Goodness: 5
Sequels: Aliens, Alien 3, Alien 4, Alien Vs. Predator and the forthcoming Alien Vs. Predator 2.
Sights You'll Never Unsee: John Hurt's awkward and immensely painful "birthing" sequence, and Ian Holm as a paranoid android with a very gloppy systems problem.
Design Breakthrough: H. R. Giger's phallic creatures may have needed better effects to make them move and groove in the later films, but that original design has haunted a million nightmares, and for good reason.