Trick & Treat for October 14th:
ALIEN (1979; starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, and Harry Dean Stanton; directed by Ridley Scott)
Deep in the far reaches of the galaxy, the space freighter Nostromo is returning home from its mission in space for a nefarious outfit called the Company. The crew of the ship, meanwhile, is in deep hibernation. But they are awakened by Nostromo’s Mother computer system. A nearby planet has sent out an S.O.S. The Nostromo lands and the crew investigates, discovering an array of strange looking “pods”. Whereas you’d attach an Apple iPod to your body, on this planet the pods attach themselves to you. Whether you like it or not. Judging by John Hurt’s reaction, you won’t like it. Soon, a large, alien creature has emerged and begins haunting the nooks and crannies of the Nostromo, threatening the crew and displeasing the ship’s cat, Jones. That’s when things have gone too far, and when Sigourney Weaver springs into action. Ridley Scott’s ALIEN raised the bar high for future sci-fi films set in and around the Milky Way, just as the Milky Way bar raised the bar for, well, you know…
Who wants to wait until the 31st to wallow in Halloween indulgences and scary movies?! Home Projectionist doesn’t! And so we’ll have pairings of 31 Frights and 31 Bites every one of October’s 31 nights: a scary, snack size movie “trick”, and a delicious “treat” to go along with it.