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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 11-09-10, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by D-A-C View Post
Hey everyone.

I've started a few, shall we say, hot topic discussions lately here on Heresy so I thought, "What the hell, let's start another one".

In saying that, I am only joking, why I started this thread was because I recently brought out the old Alien Quadrilogy DVD set and started an Alien marathon night.

To my dismay, my horror, Aliens is a terrible movie. I mean epicly bad when watched right after Alien.

The tone is so different its like a whole other universe, and what the hell happened to the Alien? Something that is literally terrifying in the first movie becomes an easily killed bug in the second. Those marines (except Hicks of course) are annoying and there is actually suprisingly little action. What has really annoyed me is the amount of praise this movie gets in almost all of its reviews. Also and I'm being fair, even though its a slight cultural bias, alot of Americans seem to say that Aliens is superior to Alien, WTF?

Anyway, what I want to ask and discuss is, surely I'm not the only one who would have prefered a Ridley Scott style sequel instead of Cameron's mess of a movie. I think Fincher rescued the Alien franchise in the third, by basically killing everything Cameron did and returned to Ridley's dirty, gritty and nihilistic original style. That was despite the massive amount of problems he had filming the thing.

Anyone else agree?

Shit! I choked on my American McDonald's Big Mac when I read that.

They're two totally different movies. I like both but prefer Aliens above all. After Alien, we begged the question: How would the Aliens stand up to a military force? Our question was answered. Now, stop this insane blasphemy.

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I can't decide between the two, Alien was amazing, believable and actually scary, Aliens is quite possibly the best war movie ever with added evil alien bastardary.

No sorry I can't decide

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Alien and Aliens are two of my favorite sci-fi movies of all time, but I do not compare the two to each other. When I want to watch a horror film I will bust out Alien. When I want an action film I go to Aliens. They are both excellent movies in my book.
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I agree with Unforgiven302. I don't think Aliens would have worked if they hadn't switch to a more action-focused movie instead of the slasher/horror tone of the first. A lot of the fear in the first movie comes from not knowing anything about the alien until the very end, but once you've seen it, you know what to expect. If they'd tried to do the same in the sequal, the audience wouldn't be as creeped out and it just wouldn't have worked.
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