This Day in Halloween: Ridley Scott's classic "Alien" opens exclusively at the Egyptian Theater in L.A. in 1979 and plays around the clock. / Illustration by Haley Underwood
Alien opens exclusively at the Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles in 1979. The movie plays around the clock for its opening weekend as people lineup for blocks to see it. Director Ridley Scott’s classic of horror and science fiction receives mixed reviews on its release, but becomes a hugely influential vision for filmmakers for the next generation. The film also makes Sigourney Weaver a star.