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Aliens (1986)

US 137m, Colour
Director: James Cameron; Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, William Hope, Bill Paxton

aliens2As a sequel to the science-fiction horror film Alien (1979), Aliens is one of the best movie sequels ever made and the most entertaining and intense science-fiction thriller of all time. While it has many frightening moments, Aliens is less of a horror film and more of an action adventure which follows a team of Colonial Marines who are sent to investigate the colony on LV-426 – the planet where the Aliens were first encountered. Sigourney Weaver’s complex portrayal of Ellen Ripley is brilliant as her character evolves from a frightened and psychologically damaged survivor into an emotionally and physically powerful hero. With first-rate special effects which look as realistic today as they did in 1986, and extreme non-stop action skillfully orchestrated by Cameron, Aliens will continue to thrill audiences for years to come (Klaus Ming February 2011).

10 comments on “Aliens (1986)

  1. movie guy steve

    Great comments–I agree that it’s less horror and more sci-fi action. This makes it difficult to compare it with the original Alien because the intent of the films is so different.

    “I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It’s the only way to be sure” has entered the quote vocabulary of my friends and is used at least once a month.

    • Klaus

      Funny you mention that – one of my buddies was always quoting that line as well.

  2. Dave Becker

    “Game over, man….game over!”

    ALIEN is one of my favorite films, and ALIENS is not far behind it. As you said, it’s a much different type of movie, but that’s what makes it so good.

    For me, THE GODFATHER PART 2 is the greatest sequel, but this one is definitely second on a very, VERY short list.

  3. Klaus

    For sequels, i’m a big T2 fan as well. I haven’t watched the Godfather films in over a decade. I’ll need to re-watch as part of the 1001 list and will keep this in mind.

    After the 1980s SCTV spoof of The Godfather about a network war over pay TV between SCTV, CBS, NBC, ABC, and PBS – I haven’t been able to look at the Godfather without smiling.

    • Dave Becker

      T2 is a very good sequel as well. That would be 3rd!

      I never saw that particular SCTV skit, but I know what you mean. Ever since their “Fantasy island” spoof, I can’t even think about the original show without busting out laughing (and “Jerry Lewis Live on the Champs Elysses” may by Martin Short’s finest moment).

      • Klaus

        I was so happy when the SCTV DVD sets were released. Some of the funniest television ever! And yeah, the Fantasy Island was a great spoof. My all time favorite was the CCCP1 episode – where the Russians took over SCTV satellite and programing – but I digress… 🙂

  4. movie guy steve

    Favorite SCTV moments: Edith Prickley starring in Prickley Heat and Dr. Tongue’s 3D House of Representatives featuring John Candy as Tip O’Neill.

    Other great sequels: Evil Dead 2, The Road Warrior, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, the second and third Lord of the Rings films, and of course The Empire Strikes Back.

    I have a fondness for Blade II as well, but mainly because it’s a Guillermo del Toro film.

  5. Klaus

    a couple of other favourite moments…the PSA: Hinterland Who’s Who: The Woodchuck 142 Announcer: Morley Markle – John Candy

    + The Towering Inferno – The opening night festivities at Johnny Nucleo’s “Top of the Reactor” restaurant.

    …I may have to start an SCTV blog 🙂

    “I have a fondness for Blade II as well, but mainly because it’s a Guillermo del Toro film”. Me too!

  6. robin

    im watching sctv right now.. its a canadian fact!

  7. Klaus

    I love how this post has been completely taken over by memories of SCTV 🙂

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