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Alien at 40

40 years ago I walked into a movie theatre in downtown Trenton, Ontario, with my friend Dave and saw a movie that remains to this day my all time favorite film.

Ridley Scott’s sci-fi classic – Alien.

As a teenager, it was the first time I watched a film with a strong woman lead. Lt. Ellen Ripley, played by Sigourney Weaver, remains to this day my all time kick ass movie hero.

I thought for sure Dallas (Tom Skerrit) was going to be the movie’s saviour, but he was ambushed early on in a ventilation shaft and glued to a wall. Later on Ripley finds him and kills him, at his request, with a flamethrower.

Dallas:Kill…. me! Ripelyyy.”

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