Retroist And Voyageur Press: Alien Vault Giveaway!

Thanks to our friends over at Voyageur Press who have graciously provided us with a copy of Ian Nathan’s definitive behind the scenes book for Alien, entitled Alien: Vault, to giveaway to a lucky fan of Ridley Scott’s Horror/Sci-Fi masterpiece.

You can check out my review of the book that I posted last week, here. So I’m sure the question your are asking yourself is how you might be able to obtain a copy of the book for yourself? You need merely leave your answer to this question in the comments section:

“Is Alien a Horror or Sci-Fi film?”

That question might make a little more sense if you read my review. So leave your personal answer in the comments and we will pick one lucky visitor to the site to receive this very awesome book. Thank you again to Voyageur Press for allowing us the opportunity to have this giveaway!


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15 thoughts on “Retroist And Voyageur Press: Alien Vault Giveaway!

  1. Pete Looman says:

    Having taken the time to read your review I decided to give it a run through from the perspective of a horror movie just last night and I will agree. It’s a haunted house movie top to bottom and, quite possibly, inside and out.

  2. vinvectrex says:

    Great looking book! As a contributor to the site, I consider myself ineligible for the giveaway – so I won’t be shooting myself in the foot when I argue it is one scary Science Fiction film. But, to me, it’s sort of a chocolate in peanut butter or peanut butter on chocolate argument. It is one fantastic film either way. Which happens to be Science Fiction. :)

  3. Matt. Murray says:

    If this IS the same book that I am thinking of, then it came from the same editor and book creating studio (becker&mayer!) that made my Smurfs book for Abrams to publish this past summer. Odds are this is quality material and worthy of any library Alien fan or not!

  4. @vinvectrex I wouldn’t consider you out of the running, my friend. Only myself and the Retroist are ineligible…um, sorry about that boss. ;)

    @Matt. Murray You are quite correct. This book is worthy of any cinephile’s library shelf…or just someone who wants to know incredibly interesting facts about making such a classic movie.

    @Pete Looman I’m interested to see if anyone else shares our opinion, friend. :)

  5. G. R. says:

    It’s a horror film, and my most favorite horror film.
    But it’s my favorite horror film partially because they got the science fiction parts right.
    I love this film.

  6. Ty Davies says:

    Definitely a horror film.. The film works on a whole other visceral level to a Science Fiction film. Sci-Fi movies work as a whole on a much more sedate & relaxed pace. Certainly the ones before Alien & Star Wars. Think of all the classic space Sci-Fi before them. 2001, Close Encounters & Silent Running. All ponderous journeys into the final frontier. With the exception of Aliens. The Alien series has really been about not going anywhere except escaping from the Alien. The most successful Sci-Fi movies besides Alien have generally a Journey or a Trek to follow. A crusade of sorts across the galaxy to adventures unknown & new. Alien could have been set in a warehouse with corridors. The premise is established that your on a claustrophobia spaceship & the rest is largely interiors with the crucial exception to the initial exploration that caused the Alien to get inside John Hurt in the first place! A classic. A genius piece of film making that stands the test of time.

  7. Atari Adventure Square says:

    I gotta weigh in, having watched it again the other night.
    As much as it is a perfect horror film, the scientific structure that holds it together make it more of a science-fiction classic.

    Starting with the Nostromo itself, the ship waking up from sleep to lead its crew into scientific exploration, their “freezers” which allow them to roam so far into deep space, to the perfectly 2001-like depiction of the shuttle’s use (and its miscalculated landing), and the fact that the tension is based on how the available science is determining how the crew can either use the resources (electric prods and flame-throwers) or the ship as a weapon.

    Also, the nature of the creature is more sci-fi than the horror of its attacks (which is possibly more survival instincts than evil). The acid dropping through the hull is a danger to the crew because they are in space.
    The creature’s growth is also science-based, as it is simple nature for it to evolve, and the science officer’s dubious attachment to its study is revealed to be more based in sci-fi notions than horror (in more ways than one given his own true nature – though the end results are indeed quite horrific, even though a milky mess).

    I’ve always seen this as half-and-half, and I wouldn’t argue too much against the strength of the film’s horror.
    But having seen it with a sci-fi mindset, I’d say *every* interactions are niched in the bio/tech realm to a degree that makes this more a “sci-fi exploration gone wrong” than a “people doing dumb things while faced with an unstoppable evil” movie.

    Though I won’t argue sending Brett alone after that damn cat fits the latter.

  8. Ronald Oliver says:

    First of all, thanks for having this amazing giveaway. In my opinion, I consider ALIEN to be a cross-genre film. So I would call it a dark, sci-fi-horror film. It definately has the horror element going for it, scares, blood, monsterous-aliens, on-the-edge-of your seat, dread, suspense and creepiness throughout. Plus it has the sci-fi factor, with the whole grandiose space spectacle, the space ships/stations, the fantastical movie sets and props. I consider the film a true masterpiece.

  9. Dan Boris says:

    At it’s heart it’s really a horror story, and in some ways it could be considered a classic Gothic Horror story. You could tell pretty much the same story by putting a group of people in a remote castle and have them stalked by a malevolent spirit. Even one of the most significant Sci-Fi elements, the android (or should I say artifical person) Ash, didn’t need to be an android. A human working for the company like in Aliens would have worked just as well for the story.

    I will say one of the Sci-Fi elements of the movie I enjoyed was the “gritty” portrayal of space travel in the future. Here it is not portrayed as something glamourous or heroic, but instead just an everyday job done by your average Joe.

  10. R.K. says:

    Horror movie. While it definitely has it’s feet in both genres, if you were to pick the top 10 best examples of what makes a great “horror movie” ALIEN would almost certainly be on the list but if you were to pick the top 10 best examples of what makes a great “sci-fi” movie ALIEN probably would not rank as high. Don’t get me wrong, it does it’s sci-fi right. But ALIEN is basically is a superlative example of a haunted house movie – just with a sci-fi backdrop.

    Either way, it’s one of my favorite films of all time.

  11. djinniman says:

    Alien is a horror film, and one of the best of the genre. Aliens is an action film, and one of the best of that genre.

  12. It is the perfect mix of two film genres, but I’ve always thought of Alien as a horror flick. I guess we could tag it as Sci-Ror or Hor-Fi. Um…on second thought, maybe not.

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