The role of the VCR in early horror fandom cannot be underestimated. For those of us still coming of age in the 1980s and 1990s, seeing films on VHS was the only way for genre fans to see R-rated movies, as well as gems from the past. It led to a generational love of cinema that endures to this day. But the VCR and VHS tapes weren’t the first media for home viewing of major motion pictures.
In the late 1970s and early 1980s, studios would release truncated, Super 8 versions of their films for home projectionists. While few of these relics remain intact, YouTuber Kevin Gabrielle recently uploaded the 17-minute Super 8 version of Ridley Scott’s Alien.
It’s a must-watch for Alien fans, as well as anyone interested in cinematic history. Give it a spin below and let us know what you think in the Comments section!
Official Synopsis: In deep space, the crew of the commercial starship Nostromo is awakened from their cryo-sleep capsules halfway through their journey home to investigate a distress call from an alien vessel. The terror begins when the crew encounters a nest of eggs inside the alien ship. An organism from inside an egg leaps out and attaches itself to one of the crew, causing him to fall into a coma.
Alien is directed by Ridley Scott from a screenplay penned by Dan O’Bannon; the film stars Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, and John Hurt.