Contributor Suzanne Cappelletti returns to The Basement with a cinematic dilemma of sorts, one that movie fans and genre geeks have agonized over for years: just what kind of a movie is Alien?
Don't know what I'm talking about? Read on:
After a recent viewing of Alien with my hubs, the topic of is it horror or sci-fi came up again. This seems to be a pet discussion of ours. I steadfastly believe that it's Sci-Fi (it takes place on a space ship, and the antagonist is.. hence the title an Alien) hubs stomps his foot and screams its a horror movie.
I decided to ask around and see what people had to say and I have to admit, I was a little surprised at how many responses I got. The general idea is that its a horror movie, and that location doesn't define genre. This is where I stomp my foot and scream YES! It does.
Yes, there are some very horror moments, chestburster is my favorite. Some blood and guts, yes… very horror. But...do these make it horror? I think it's pure, straight up sci-fi. I'll even say its brilliant sci-fi for making it palatable to the horror crowd.
I admit that I am very genre centric. Genre, sub-genre… sub-sub genre and I can keep going. I think its a great movie, I might even be a little swayed into thinking of it more as a horror than sci-fi. Maybe. After many years of talking about this, neither of us have changed our opinion.
Talk to your friends, see if you get into a foot stomping, eye rolling discussion.