There are so many scenes in Ridley Scott’s classic horror ALIEN that we have gone for the least obvious. Yes, we could have entered the scene of the bad belly ache, or when the egg opens for the first time, to even when we first saw the Xenomorph in all its glory.
Instead we have gone for the other often forgotten, soulless unhuman creature that haunts the film and that is the android Ash, who is just as scary as the acid dripping, blood thirsty baby, born from the stomach of John Hurt.
In this classic scene as we head straight towards the finale of the 1979 masterpiece, Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), Parker (Yaphet Kotto) and Lambert (Veronica Cartwright) need some answers and decide to re-activate the severe head of Ash (Ian Holm).
His response along with the spluttering ooze of white fluid is as chilling as a film scene can get….
RIPLEY: Ash, can you hear me?
Ash’s eyes splutter to life as white liquid horrifyingly spurts from his mouth.
ASH: Yes, I can hear you.
RIPLEY: What was your special order?
ASH: You read it. I thought it was clear.
RIPLEY: What was it?
ASH: Bring back life-form. Priority one. All other priorities rescinded.
Parker stands up, gun in hand.
PARKER: Damn company. What about our lives, you son of a bitch?
ASH: I repeat, all other priorities are rescinded.
RIPLEY: How do we kill it, Ash? There’s gotta be a way of killing it – how, how do we do it?
ASH: You can’t.
PARKER: That’s bullshit…
ASH: You still don’t understand what you’re dealing with, do you? A perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.
LAMBERT: You admire it…
ASH: I admire its purity. A survivor. Unclouded by conscience, remorse, or delusions of morality…
PARKER: (To Ripley) I’ve heard enough of this – I’m asking you to pull the plug.
ASH: I can’t lie to you about your chances. But you have my sympathies……
Ash gives a slight evil smile as Ripley looks on in horror…..