The Bigger Picture: Alien and (work)space horror

Ridley Scott's space slasher, Alien, was released 40 years ago this September. To celebrate Anna and Hen dive into the film, wriggle around its inner-workings and burst out the other side. We're looking at what influenced Alien, what effect it had on screen culture and why it stills scares the bejusus out of viewers to this day. Plus! Inspired by Charles Dixon-Graham's piece for, we talk about Alien as workplace drama, Anna unpacks the Netflix series Russian doll and Hen tells an involved story about the time he trod on a sea urchin. True body horror.

The Bigger Picture, presented by the BFI, is...

BFI Digital editor Henry Barnes

Producer Peter Sale

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