What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Alien is a classic of sci-fi horror, and while not as gory as most horror films, it's too intense for younger viewers. In its most iconic scene, a character is killed after an alien burrows out of his chest, shooting blood everywhere. Unrelenting suspense permeates every scene after the first 15 minutes. While the deaths of the characters aren't always shown, gruesome killing at the hands (actually, tentacles) of the alien is strongly implied. One of the characters smokes, and all of them in their panicked states use profanity.
- Families can talk about why the movie was so effective in evoking fear.
- How do you think Alien compares with other futuristic outer space movies featuring aliens?
- How do you think the alien in Alien compares with other movie aliens? Do you imagine aliens as friendly or deadly-scary?