NOTE: THIS REVIEW IS NOT A REVIEW OF THE NEW DIRECTOR'S CUT. After reading so many reviews of this film, I thought I was in for a real fright. So I went to the library to borrow it. I got home at nighttime, and thought I would watch it the next day during the daytime. So I did exactly that. I found it somewhat atmospheric, chock full of jump scenes, gory, but it wasn't nightmare-inducing. I mean, the alien is in space, so how could it be in your house, right? It just wasn't that scary, but that doesn't mean I didn't like it. I actually loved the thrilling journey onboard the Nostromo from the first frame. I didn't rate it 5 stars because it was a bit slow-moving at times. I think CSM got it wrong on the "dated" part, because it was visually stunning. Now, in the year of 2012, it still grasped me with the sets and awesome special effects. The acting is pretty good, especially by Sigourney Weaver, who plays the main antagonist. The editing is well done. Fun Fact: the original cut of the film was 3 hr. 12 min! Ridley Scott enthralled me with his superb direction of the lingering shots of the Nostromo, creating immaculate atmospheric effect. The script was pretty okay, I guess. Nothing special here. Now, for the parental review. For violence, there is a lot. A lot of gore (will be explained later). Flamethrowers, guns, weapons, electric weapons, the whole package. *SPOILER ALERT* Ash beats up Ripley. Parker then knocks his head off. The gap between the neck and head has human parts and wires mixed together. Gross. In the next scene, it is shown in detail, and they connect the tubes together to make Ash say how to kill the alien. After that, before leaving the room, Parker uses a flamethrower to put flames to Ash's head and burn it. After one flash of flame, you see flesh on the head. After another, you see hard solid material in the shape of the head. Gory. *SPOILER END* For sexual content, there are pictures of naked women in one scene, and it's very explicit, but it's blurred out and the main focus is on Ash. Also, for getting ready for sleep, Ripley strips down to a shirt and panties. In the language department, there are about 5 F-bombs and mild obscenities. For drinking, there is very little drinking visible. There are no positive messages and role models, it's just all very intense. I wouldn't call this a classic, just a unique sci-fi horror.