Before watching the movie:
This is definitely not part of the Movie Monster Month series. Because it’s a new month, of course.
I have the impression that this movie basically invented Sci-Fi-Action-Horror as a subgenre, or at least is why it’s so predominant. I don’t dislike that combination, but I do mind that it seems to have choked out the alternatives, at least through the 80s and 90s.
But anyway, this is very ingrained in culture, so the scariest part is that I haven’t seen it yet. Ripley is up there with Sarah Connor (in Terminator 2) for awesome female heroes, and John Hurt’s most famous role is as the guy who explodes.
There’s a walking backhoe fight. (That’s Alien 2 I think) These are things it’s impossible not to know.