Picks and Pans Review: Alien

updated 06/25/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/25/1979 AT 01:00 AM EDT

To the list of classic sci-horror films that includes Lugosi's Dracula, both versions of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, The Exorcist and Night of the Living Dead, add this wonderfully unsettling tale about blobs that breathe and live in dank holes on some unknown planet. Seven astronauts—including Tom (The Turning Point) Skerritt, newcomer Sigourney Weaver, John (Midnight Express) Hurt and the versatile Yaphet (Blue Collar) Kotto—are the human protagonists, the crew of a cargo-carrying spaceship that is diverted into a lot of trouble. Only creature-feature fans with strong stomachs will root for the shape-changing aliens, rendered with the best effects since Star Wars. The film is enough to restore one's faith in monsterkind. (R)

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