Episode 135: Aliens (1986)

In 1979, Ridley Scott astounded and terrified audiences with his iconic film “Alien.”  Apparently, Mr. Scott didn’t think much of friendly aliens like Wookies or E.T. or the eventual Greys from “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”.  No, Ridley decided he wanted a movie involving the most pants-crappingly scary alien since . . . well, ever.  So, working with the brilliant and disturbing mind of H.R. Giger, he created an alien that pretty much determined what EVERY ALIEN FOR THE NEXT FIFTY YEARS would look like and in doing so made many a young person sleep with the lights on for a week after seeing this movie (I mean, that’s what I’ve heard.  Not like I know anything about it personally.  Psh, yeah, right, like it bothered me as a kid . . . ).  Then, in 1986, James Cameron decided “hey, you know what’s scarier than one alien? LOTS of aliens! Lots and lots of aliens! And you know what would make the movie better? Big guns and lots of explosions! Woo! I’m gonna make a movie about the Titanic someday!” [note: preceding quote may not in fact be grounded in any known reality] So did the sequel surpass the original? Does “Aliens” hold up in the era of CGI? Give a listen, because you may not be able to hear us scream in space but you can absolutely hear us babble on the internet!

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3 thoughts on “Episode 135: Aliens (1986)”

  1. I saw this movie after a bad bike accident, I met a friend at the theatre and found out it was playing on the second which was accessed by one of the steepest cramped stairway I had ever seen. It was worth the pain. I went with a friend who had never seen the first film and she started off by stating ‘she wanted to be a space marine’ and the second first alien was seen she turned to me and said, ‘I take it back, I NEVER want to be a space marine’! When Ripley and Newt Get to where the ship should be waiting and isn’t with the alien queen in close pursuit the audience starting yelling “kill,yourself! Don’t let it get you!” Any movie that can get people that involved is doing it it’s job and more!
    Thanks for the shout out!

    1. You’re more than welcome, Vince! It was long overdue. I think there was a lot of yelling and cheering during this movie. Cameron, in his prime, really knew how to get the audience going. Now it’s just blue people….

      1. I really HATED Avatar, it was just white colonialism/white savour BS covered in CGI. Not even Sigourney Weaver could save that movie!

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