Forbidden Planet & Alien
October 8, 2010
Turner Classic Movies is becoming one of my favorite channels. Last night’s programming was inspired: a double feature with Forbidden Planet and Alien. The two greatest alien stalker/slasher movies of all time! (They’ve also been airing a bunch of the old Hammer films with Christopher Lee as Dracula. OMG!)
Forbidden Planet really, truly rocks. Yes, it’s dated. Yes, it’s a little weird seeing a young, pre-Naked Gun Leslie Neilsen as a square-jawed hero. It’s also great, meaty science fiction, with a nicely done story. And that monster is still scary.
This past Worldcon, I was on a panel (actually, it was less of a panel than it was me and John Scalzi ranting) about remaking classic science fiction movies. Toward the end, we were asked what classic movie we’d like to remake. Forbidden Planet was my pick. Because as great as it is and as much as I love it, I’d also really love to see it done with a modern, post-Alien SF aesthetic. And I’d really love to see the crew act like military professionals and not spend half the film trying to get Alta alone to show her this Earth thing called kiss.
And then there’s Alien. I have discovered that I’m perfectly happy shutting this one off just as they’re all sitting down to lunch.