Alien.  One of the 31 Scariest Movies of All Time.  And anyone who thinks this movie does not deserve its spot in the top ten doesn’t really get how movies work.  Suspense, claustrophobia, Sigourney Weaver inexplicably stripping down to her underwear, a kick ass monster, shock, gore and outer space.

One cannot say that those are the elements that any horror movie needs, but in reality, it sort of is.  Just replace outer space with something else, like a haunted tree or a jet-ski and switch out Sigourney Weaver with some other hot chick and you’re good to go.  So is this a compliment?  Am I ruining scary movies by reducing them to a formula?  I think not.  The variations are what make the good movies good.  Food comes from a recipe but that doesn’t mean that one guy doesn’t do the same dish better than someone else, right?  Like a BLT in a haunted tree, Alien is a bad-ass horror movie and deserves to be here.

Go watch it.  Now.  Chicken.

Trailer after the jump!