Believe it or not, Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) kicks a lot of ass in Alien. Released in 1979, Ridley Scott's claustrophobic epic revolutionized female roles in the genre. Weaver's Ripley is the only competent crew member aboard the Nostromo, a space freighter that answers a distress signal from an unexplored planet only to have an acid-blooded bioform hitch a ride. It features face-huggers, the surrealist designs of H.R. Giger, a chatty robot and a gut-busting mix of sci-fi and horror that still terrifies audiences three decades after its initial release. The Webster Film Series presents Alien at 7:30 p.m. at Webster University's Moore Auditorium (470 East Lockwood Avenue; 314-968-7487 or www.webster.edu/film-series). Admission is $4 to $6.
Thu., June 11, 7:30 p.m., 2015

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