just seen alien. i watched it a long time ago but i couldn't remember much about it so i watched it again.
i'm not much of a film buff, but i really enjoyed it. the special effects and set design is amazing, it looks so real. the characters are also good. i like the guy with the beard who spoke quietly and smiled in a strange way.
my favourite scenes are when the older captain of the ship (john hurt?) starts acting funny and starts throwing ripley about. and when she's knocked out he starts stuffing a magazine down her throat! it's so weird (was it sexual?), and then the other shipmates come to her rescue. after vain attempts to get him off, one of them starts smashing a fire extinguisher over his head, and his head comes off! i was like, what??! i obviously didn't remember this bit. i also love the bit where ripley undresses and she's wearing those tiny white knickers. all the bits with the cat are great too. did i mention the aliens at all??
anyway, when watching alien i noticed some similarities with super metroid, but also with the first metroid game. first of all, i know it might sound small, but the green text on the computer with the pitch black screen and the sound of the keys tapping. i always remember that bit from super metroid. i think it's a significant comparisson.
next is the overall feel of the ship. the small flashing lights, the narrow halls, and most importantly the pentagonal doors that slid open with air pressure. okay, so they aren't a bulbous blue, but there was a great moment in the film where the beardy guy with the blue eyes went into the vents with a flame thrower and he has to go through that camera-lens style 'door' and it really reminded me of the doors in metroid prime and in super metroid how the doors split into segments when shot; how they envelope samus.
then there's a bit at the end of the film where ripley talks into some kind of recorder. and it reminded me of the dialogue scenes at the begining of super metroid and metroid fusion where samus explains what has happend in the past and what her current mission is.
then there's the 'escape the ship before it blows up' scene, which was a very memorable part of super metroid.
giger's overall mechanical-meets-organic style is a big part of the visual design in metroid. do you remember the alien thing coming out of the wall in the first metroid? it looked like scenery, and its mouth held the lift. all the metroid games have this feel to the envrionments.
well, i'm not trying to prove anything, but it's my opinion that metroid was influenced by alien. but to what degree? could the inspiration have come from somewhere else? does it matter?
probably not. it's just interesting.