Release Date: July 18th, 1986.
Written by: James Cameron and David Giler.
Directed by: James Cameron.
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser and Carrie Henn.
If anyone was going to follow-up the Ridley Scott classic and do it any justice, it was James Cameron.
Fresh off his work on another genre classic, The Terminator, Cameron took the reigns of the Alien franchise and pumped it full of adrenaline, made it bigger in scope, and far more frantic.
|BUT ALAS, JONESY HAD TO BE PUT DOWN FOR CRYO-DISTEMPER.|
|STOP STUDYING IT!|
|LOOK OUT, GIRL!|
|OH HELL NO!|
Alright, maybe it ditched the Haunted House creepiness that made the first one such a classic, but it gave us it's own brand of terror in an all-out Human vs. Alien war, which had us biting our nails just the same. The thought of there a seemingly endless swarm of Xenomorphs upped the terror factor and then some. And the action was awesome. I mean, Vasquez yelling "let's rock!" and lighting up the aliens, even though doing so could have caused the whole place to go up, was just bad-ass.
The cast is even better this time out too, with Michael Biehn and Bill Paxton giving us two of the most memorable characters in all of movies. Bill Paxton was especially scene-stealing as Hudson, with his one-liners, he practically stole the movie. God he was such a talented guy. R.I.P.
The story also took a deeper turn with Ripley finding out that her daughter died while she was in deep cryo-sleep, and then finding Newt and deciding that she was going to care for the girl. The whole surrogate mother thing added a ton of weight to the story, especially the showdown at the end with the Queen Alien.
"Get away from her, you bitch!" will always one of THE best and most iconic lines ever spoken on film.
|THEY SHOULD HAVE MADE A SPIN-OFF PREQUEL ABOUT THESE TWO. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN PERFECT.|
|THIS IS RAPHAEL. HE WAS JUST PROTECTING HIS MOM WHEN SOMEONE MOWED HIM DOWN WITH A HAIL OF BULLETS. #STOPTHEMADNESS.|
|"YOU'RE GOING TO DIE HERE. SORRY."|
|BUT HICKS WAS SCHEMING ON THAT ASS SINCE THE FIRST DAY.|
"That's it man, Game over, man. Game Over!"
"Why don't you put her in charge!"
"They mostly come at night. Mostly."
"Have you ever been mistaken for a man?"
"No, have you?"
What an excellent 1-2 punch these first two flicks make, and by itself, Aliens is a stellar example of Sci-Fi done right.
Aliens is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.