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Ahem. So hello! Been some time…again…

I know I keep saying I will write this damn blog. And I do mean to. I was just confused as to what to watch after the epic 100th day of Prometheus. But my friend cleverly decided that it would be an amazing idea to now watch the original movies! Who would have thunk it? So, my grand, seventy millionth return to this site, I bring you Day 101.

Alien. A spaceship is redirected to an unknown planet after receiving what is thought to be a distress signal, only to find something a whole lot more sinister.

I’m not going to lie. I wasn’t overly excited about watching these films. What I didn’t mention in the Prometheus review was that the reason that I went to see that film was because of a certain actor (I don’t think I need to tell anyone who that is…you should all know by now). I have never been a fan of aliens. They kind of scare me to be honest. It was because of that that I avoided these films like the plague. Until now.

Well. Well well well. I take it all back. Everything.

This. Film. Is. Incredible.

Made in 1979, you wouldn’t really expect this film to be as good as it is. I mean, I’ve seen films from that era. None of which scared me. This film had me on the edge of my seat (well, bed really, but you know what I mean) the whole way through. At one point, I screamed so loud that my body reacted violently and I knocked a whole shelf of stuff over. Let’s just say my friend wasn’t amused…

But seriously. This movie is so tense. And there’s only one god damn alien! One! You would have thought it would be easy to get rid of the son-of-a-bitch, but hells no. This thing is nasty. And scary. And creepy. And everything that is right for an alien to be. Ooph. I love me some aliens now.

And that famous scene? You know which one I mean…the stomach? Yeah. I knew about that. Who doesn’t? But it still made me want to be sick. That is one good scene. Caught me slightly off guard with it’s grossness…*shudder*

Okay. Enough about the damn alien. Let’s move on to the actors.

I suppose the logical solution is to start with Sigourney Weaver. She is the main character after all. I like her. She’s the only one in the whole film with any logics. Really, she is. Every other character in the film is really stupid. Weaver has pretty much always been good in the films I’ve seen her in, but I think this is her stand-out performance to me. She manages to appear pretty calm whilst at the same time looking completely insane at the same time. I got a bit confused as to what it was she was feeling most of the time. Very well done, madam. Very well done.

Ian Holm. Oh this man is a genius. Ever since I saw him as Bilbo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings, he has pretty much always impressed me. Legend. And his performance as Ash is not disappointing at all. Now, there is the twist to his character that was pretty much spoiled for me. It was kind of obvious to me, seeing as I had seen Prometheus and kind of knew what was coming. But I can imagine that back when this was first released, that would have come as a pretty big shock. But I will say that he did a good job of portraying Ash and fooling everyone. He is so crazy. But so cool. I love you, Ian Holm.

The rest of the actors aren’t really that noteworthy. I mean, John Hurt is in the film, but he’s gone within the first half hour. And even then he says about 10 lines. I was a little disappointed that it was him that went first. But meh. Someone’s gotta do it! Otherwise, the rest of the characters were pretty much boring or annoying.

Oh no. That is a complete lie. There was one character that was so crucial to my experience of watching this film that it would be blasphemy not to mention them…

The ginger cat.

Oh my God. I have never gotten so wound up in a film because of an animal. Let me explain. My old cat was a ginger cat. He looked just like Jones did. I loved my cat. Rest in peace…So, when I see that there is a ginger cat in this film, the first thing I told me friend was ‘This cat had better survive’. There were points that I nearly cried, got very angry, was ecstatic…not because of the human characters. Oh no. All because of this cute, fluffy animal. I shan’t tell you the fate of this crucial cast member. But let’s just say it’s an intense ride.

Okay. I think I’ve said quite enough about this film. I still have all the other films to write about (three of which have already been watched). So I’ll end it there. Watch this film if you haven’t already. Or if you have, watch it again. It’s brilliant. Amazing. Scary. All good things. Yup.

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A pretty rubbish day, to be completely honest with you. I was hoping this film would be slightly better than my day…

I Sell The Dead. A comedy horror film telling the tale of Arthur Blake, a gravedigger on death row sharing his story with a priest before being sent to death.

I’ve been a fan of Dominic Monaghan since his role of Merry in The Lord of the Rings. I have tried to watch anything he stars in, but only managed to find Lost, Hetty Weinthropp Investigates and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. So when I heard that he was in this film, my heart skipped a beat and I immediately set out to watch it.

Oh how disappointed I was.

I’m not sure there’s much I can say about what I liked about it. I did like the zombie type thing that appeared right near the end of the film. He was funny. He should have been a bigger role, because I did chuckle as he stroked Monaghan’s face. But that was really about all I liked.

The acting was pretty poor. I’m not sure if it was the awful lines, or just the fact that they weren’t trying very hard. I can’t understand why it was so bad. I really was not impressed.

And the story. I have never seen so much rubbish go into one film in all my life. Aliens, zombies, vampires, grave diggers, ghouls…calm down! Can’t you just stick to one of them? That would have made it a lot easier to follow and so much more could have been done with it. The zombies should have been the one they stuck with, and the damn zombie at the end should have been a main role! RAGE!

It was such a short film as well. I didn’t really see the point of it. It started and ended pretty much on a ‘mehhhh’ note. It was almost like the writers thought ‘how can we end this? I don’t know…Pah, let’s just give up’. It truly was shocking. Well. The very last second was pretty epic. I wish the story was about that moment rather than what it was about *grumble*.

So, if you haven’t guessed, I really didn’t like this film. I don’t understand how it got above 70% on RottenTomatoes. That is beyond me. I do not recommend this film, unless you are willing to wait until the very very very end for the only decent thing in it, which is then pretty much spoiled straight after that happens. Oh Dominic Monaghan. You disappoint me so.

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