I can still remember the first time I watched the movie Alien. With a mixture of fear and awe, I followed the crew of the ill-fated Nostromo on their return path to Earth, as one by one they fell to the slithering, drooling darkness with teeth and acid blood. It is difficult to fathom a more frightening space creature than the one H. R. Giger created. Humanoid, yet so…alien, with that eyeless, emotionless face.
Alien, Aliens are the best, of course. However, I find things to like in both Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection.
Horror in space doesn’t happen often for some reason. I don’t believe I have ever read a Horror novel set in space. If you can recommend one, please do so. Event Horizon is an especially affecting horror movie in space about an abandoned haunted ship which may have just came from a very hellish dimension. Jason X is a mindless fun entry in the Friday the 13th series where he slashes in space…where no one can hear you scream. Planet of the Vampires is a great classic film if you are in the mood for some stylish old-fashioned horror.
Seems to me I might have to make my own little riff on the Alien in the near future, and write a horror space novel of my own. Curse of the Space Vampire perhaps? I doubt I would ever come up with a more perfect killing machine than the original and terrifying Alien.