The Internet Is Arguing Over Whether ‘Alien’ Is A Horror Movie And Most People Are Wrong

The Internet Is Arguing Over Whether Alien Is A Horror Movie

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Just like with everyone who thinks Die Hard (and Iron Man 3, Gremilins, Rocky IV, et al) is not a Christmas movie, there are people on the internet incorrectly arguing over whether or not the classic sci-fi thriller Alien starring Sigourney Weaver is a horror movie.

This whole discussion began on Tuesday when a woman named Elle Hunt asked a very simple question on Twitter: “Is Alien a horror film?”

Almost 120,000 votes (and counting) and nearly 3,000 comments later, an absurd 93.7% of respondents do infact believe that Alien is a horror movie.

For her part, Hunt says that Alien is not a horror film because it takes place in space.

While I appreciate the fact that she correctly does not consider Alien to be a horror movie, the logic she is using doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.

Movies like Event Horizon, Species II, and, of course, Jason X are just three examples of classic horror films set in space.

By the way, did know that director Ridley Scott still thinks he can get squeeze some more money story out of the Alien franchise which is already at six films counting the two prequels? Because he does.

“I still think there’s a lot of mileage in Alien, but I think you’ll have to now re-evolve,” Scott told the Los Angeles Times last year. “What I always thought when I was making the first one [was] why would a creature like this be made and why was it traveling in what I always thought was a kind of war-craft, which was carrying a cargo of these eggs. What was the purpose of the vehicle and what was the purpose of the eggs? That’s the thing to question – who, why, and for what purpose is the next idea, I think.”

Oh boy.

Thankfully, Hunt asked the internet to share the reasons why they either choose to be correct (Alien is not a horror film) or wrong (Alien is a horror film).

Here are some of the correct responses…

And here are some of the THOUSANDS of reasons people gave for being wrong.