Memory: The Origins of Alien / Alexandre O. Philippe

  • Country and year: USA 2019
  • Rating: 16
  • Duration: 95 min
  • Director and writer: Alexandre O. Philippe
  • Producer(s): Kerry Deignan Roy
  • Cinematographer: Robert Muratore
  • Music: Jon Hegel
  • Language: English
  • With: Veronica Cartwright, Tom Skerritt, Diane O’Bannon, Ronald Shusette, Carmen Giger, Roger Christian, Roger Corman
  • Format: DCP

“A fascinating deep dive into a sci-fi/horror classic”
– Jordan Ruimy / The Playlist

“Rich and deep and layered, steeped in history and myth, psychology and design”
– Owen Gleiberman / Variety

“A highly-entertaining slither around the creation myths of the 1979 cinema classic”
– Fionnuala Halligan / Screen International

“Doesn’t just remind you that Alien is a masterpiece but details how it got that way and why it continues to haunt us”
– Brian Tallerico /

“After devoting an entire film, 78/52, to a single scene, the shower sequence in Psycho, documentary maker Alexandre O. Philippe takes the occasion of the 40th anniversary of Alien to delve into the origins of Ridley Scott’s breakthrough sci-fi classic and, particularly, the evolution of the shocking ‘chestburster’ scene with MEMORY — The Origins of Alien. Just as he had no problem filling up 90 minutes addressing Janet Leigh’s fatal rinse at the Bates Motel, the obsessive Philippe digs termite-deep into what inspired the centerpiece of the outer space shocker that is arguably an unsurpassed mix of top-drawer action, suspense and horror.” – Todd McCarthy / The Hollywood Reporter

If you have have a ticket or a wristband to Popcult Helsinki 2019, you are entitled to purchase a discount ticket to the screening on Friday, April 12th. The Popcult ticket or wristband must be presented with the movie ticket at the door when entering the movie theater.

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