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Alien: Why it's the best scary movie to watch this Halloween

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In his two Wolf Creek movies, director Greg McLean has depicted the Australian outback as an utterly hellish locale in which tourists are easy prey for actor John Jarratt’s murderous madman, Mick Taylor. The irony? McLean loves the Aussie desert and was more than happy to return there to oversee the new, small screen version of Wolf Creek, which premieres Friday, Oct. 14 at 10 p.m. ET on Pop. 

“Personally, I really love being in the outdoors, because I grew up in the country,” says McLean, whose other credits include The Darkness and the upcoming, James Gunn-scripted The Belco Experiment. “Besides the fact that John and I enjoy the characters and the story, to be there when the sun comes up, and to be there when the sun goes down, you get to see some pretty amazing things. It’s kind of like going camping with 200 people and that tends to be pretty fun.”

Enough about fun things — let’s talk terrifying. Which scary movie does McLean recommend readers watch this Halloween season? 

“I’d have to go back to one of the greatest horror movies and one of the greatest movies of all-time — Alien,” the filmmaker says. “It’s just a perfect piece of cinema, a perfect horror film, genuinely terrifying, and a masterpiece of suspense and thrills.”

See the trailer for Alien and for the Wolf Creek TV show below.

To read many more Halloween movie recommendations, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Friday, or buy it here now – and subscribe for more exclusive interviews and photos, only in EW. 

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