With Ridley Scott’s prequel to Alien just around the corner Britain’s “favourite” film critic Mark Kermode shares his thoughts on the best screen aliens.
Mark Kermode, writing in The Observer newspaper, talks about his favourite screen aliens as the UK prepares for Ridley Scott’s new film Prometheus.
There’s some obvious choices from the outspoken critic such as the aliens of Alien, The Thing, The Blob and E.T. but his more interesting choices include Frank-N-Furter from 1975’s cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show and the man-in-a-suit-with-kitchen-foil-trousers creature from This Island Earth.
He also includes in his top 10 Mars Attacks, The Day The Earth Stood Still, and The Man Who Fell To Earth.
Controversial as always he also adds 2001: A Space Odyssey to his list – a film where the alien is never revealed. Of the film he says: “Originally described in Arthur C Clarke’s short story The Sentinel as pyramid-shaped, [the alien] appears on film as an enigmatic oblong that functions variously as a teacher, an interstellar alarm, a star-gate and (ultimately) some form of rejuvenating deity. What it all means remains a mystery, though many have observed that the measurements of the monolith closely resemble the upended dimensions of a CinemaScope screen. Spooky!”
This Island Earth (Newman, USA, 1955)
The Blob (Yeaworth Jr./Doughten Jr., USA, 1958)
Alien (Scott, USA/UK, 1979)
ET: The Extra-Terrestrial (Spielberg, USA, 1982)
2001: A Space Odyssey (Kubrick, UK, 1968)
Mars Attacks (Burton, USA, 1996)
The Thing (Carpenter, USA, 1982)
The Day The Earth Stood Still (Wise, USA, 1951)
The Man Who Fell To Earth (Roeg, UK, 1976)
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Sharman, USA/UK, 1975)
Compiled by Mark Kermode
This list was published in The Observer newspaper
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