Alien is definitely science fiction, but also horrific! If I were organising DVDs, I'd put it into the science fiction category. It's not just the fact about being set in space, but there are also other factors like:
Actually, this topic was generated from my decision to put my Frankenstein collection under the Science Fiction section of my archives.If I were organising DVDs
Wow, you must have a LOT of DVDs if you need to get into so many subcategories when organising them. My categories for organising movies is as follows:Actually, this topic was generated from my decision to put my Frankenstein collection under the Science Fiction section of my archives.
Alien has always been under science fiction.
Another one that has large debate on IMdb is Jaws
I have that under Animals>Animal Attack>Shark Movies>Jaws Series
For me, Monsters have their own Category. I used to put them under horror but some monsters are scifi in nature. I now have them as Monsters>Giant Monsters and Monsters>Other Than Giant. Alien monsters are in the Other cat unless they are giant. When there is a monster series like Alien I put it under SciFi because there is a lot of Science Fiction in their stories. Tremors is under Monsters>Other>Tremors Series
I also have Horror subdivided under Horror>Demons|Ghosts|Other|Werewolves|Vampires|Zombies
In Horror>Zombies I have Horror>Zombies>Infected|Ghouls|Other
With the recent sequels/reboots (Prometheus, Covenant) do you still think they are leaning to the horror spectrum? I actually agree with you about the original Alien that it's a horror monster movie but the recent movies, I think, lean more towards the horror resulting from science gone wrong.Alien when it is boiled down is a monster movie, the realm of Horror, and people trying to survive.
That's an interesting point to consider, whether a work of fiction should be classified by it's technical aspects or by what the creator of the work intended. Sure,I voted sci-fi because that's how I see it. However, the more I think about it, the intention of the story was meant to shock and horrify people so... maybe horror is a more accurate category.
That is kind of where I'm at with it and, from re-reading this whole thread, it seems consistent with my initial response. The social ills portrayed are a horror but the premise of the work is one of science.I see Frankenstein as a scientific experiment. I feel sad for the plight of the monster (the actual horror) but the science fiction is what sticks in my mind.