Month: January 2008

Freudian Lust and “Alien”


Ken Korczak:

One of my all-time favorite movies is Ridely Scott’s 1979 classic “Alien” starring Sigourney Weaver and perhaps the coolest space moster of all time.

Film critic Roger Ebert called Alien the most influential movie of its kind, and he turned out to be right. The movie created a dynsasty of sequals, and also video games, “hybrid” movies involving the Alien and the equally cool monster — “Predator.”

But what always intrigued from Day 1 — when I saw the movie when it first came out in 1979 — were the obvious Freudian elements of the film.  In fact, the movie is loaded with Freudian/sexual symbolism, and perhaps is the greatest “Freudian Nightmare.”

Here is an article that outlines the Freudian elements of the movie “Alien.”

Tell me what you think!