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Alien, that legendary fusion of science fiction and horror, was born out of a terrible monster movie script called Star Beast. Tracing the constellation of talents that came together to produce the film, this book explores how and why this interstellar slasher movie, this old dark house in space, came to coil itself around our darkest more

Product details

  • Paperback | 96 pages
  • 134 x 188 x 8mm | 180g
  • British Film Institute
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • biography
  • 1844577880
  • 9781844577880
  • 381,017

Table of contents

Acknowledgments 'Alien' Afterword: Growing Up with Alien Notes Credits Bibliographyshow more

About Roger Luckhurst

ROGER LUCKHURST is Professor of Modern Literature at Birkbeck College, University of London, UK. His many books include The Trauma Question (2008), The Mummy's Curse (2012) and, in the BFI Film Classics series, The Shining (2013).show more

Review quote

Luckhurst offers many insights into characters and subtext that would presumably escape the average viewer of Ridley Scott's hugely successful SF/horror hybrid. But he also covers the gestation of the production, which is a fascinating story in itself, before dissecting the film to provide a pretty comprehensive and incisive analysis.' - Good Book Guideshow more