MOVIE REVIEWS - 1979
1979 saw the release of some truly great genre films and one that has gone on to be regarded as a cinema classic...
Ridley Scott's ALIEN helped redefine the "Monster from Outer Space". For the uninitiated, imagine a horrifying, eight foot killer alien let loose inside the equivalent of a Gothic-inspired "haunted house" spaceship. Scott cranked up the tension every so slowly throughout the first half of the film but, when the alien finally emerges, the pace is breathtaking all the way to the final moments as Sigourney Weaver announced herself as a major movie star.
Among other genre films released in 1979 was a relaunch for the U.S.S. Enterprise and crew in STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE; a big-budget, feature film voyage that was a response to the post-STAR WARS rush to get Science Fiction on the silver screen.
Andrei Tarkovsky delivered another masterpiece with STALKER, a loose-fitting accompaniment to his 1972 film SOLARIS.
1979 also saw the release of cult favourites like George Miller's MAD MAX, Walter Hill's hugely underrated THE WARRIORS, the Monty Python gang's Jesus Christ inspired Fantasy Comedy LIFE OF BRIAN and Don Coscarelli's PHANTASM.
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