Scary trailer coundtown, Halloween: 'Alien'

In 1979 Alien delivered one of the best trailers of all time, as well as some memorable follow-ups.

IFC picked the theatrical trailer for 1979's Alien as #1 in its list of The 50 Greatest Trailers of All Time, adding another to the ranks of frightful film trailers from the 1970s. Part of which made the Alien trailer so effective at the time were the dialogue-free glimpses of the film's eerie, otherworldly designs when the crew of the Nostromo run afoul of a hostile E.T. on a haunted planet. "In space, no one can hear you scream is one of the all-time best tag lines ever, and the image of the moonscape that reveals itself to be an egg is masterfully photographed, particularly given that it never appears in the actual film. The point at which the egg cracks and that sinister light shines through, with such spooky sound effects, hints that something wicked this way comes. I wonder if the star-field effect influenced David Lynch's Eraserhead?

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