Thursday, May 25, 2017

This Day in Pop Culture for May 25

The movie "Alien" opened in theaters on May 25, 1979.

The Alien Landed

It was on this day in 1979 when Ridley Scott’s original British-American science-fiction horror film, Alien, opened in theaters and we first learned that “in space no one can hear you scream." The film starred Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm and Yaphet Kotto who all played members of a spaceship that were each taken down one by one by, well, an alien. Besides scaring audiences silly, the film received high praise from critics and received an Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, three Saturn Awards for Best Science Fiction Film, Best Direction for Scott, and Best Supporting Actress for Cartwright,and a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation. In 2002, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. It was later followed by Aliens (1986), Alien 3 (1992), Alien: Resurrection (1997), Alien vs. Predator (2004), Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007) and two prequels: Prometheus (2012) and Alien: Covenant (2017).


Star Wars was released in theaters on May 25, 1977.

Star Wars Comes to Theaters

Almost weekly, there is a new story about the upcoming Star Wars sequel, but on this day in 1977 is when the phenomenon first began as 20th Century Fox released the classic for the first time. After George Lucas scored a hit with American Graffiti, Fox allowed him to spend $9.5 million for the space epic. It took four years to create the cowboys and Indians tale told in space. Initially, the film was released to only 42 theaters, but by the end of the film’s first week, the movie had made $3 million allowing it to be expanded to a lot more. By the end of summer the film made over $100 million. It was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won in six. The movie alone resurrected the idea that science fiction movies could be profitable.