I don’t think there’s a pair of related movies out there as tonally different as Alien and Aliens. The first film is a tense thriller, an extra-terrestrial horror that has managed to maintain its charm for decades now. And then there’s Aliens, a sequel which swapped the stalker suspense for a high dose of action that was pitch perfect for its era. And that’s when the series got weird.
Now don’t get me wrong, but I freakin’ loved Alien 3. It’s a magnificent blend of the previous two films, but it also attracted its own fair share of criticism along the way. It’s a polarising movie, the product of studio infighting that reflected on the final flick. And then there’s Alien: Resurrection which makes no frikkin’ sense at all. I mean, that damn Newborn Xenomorph was originally meant to have nightmare fuel levels of monster genetalia across a pair of chromosomes. Go Google it.
Years later, and a proper sequel is on the way. Not a prequel like Prometheus, but a follow-up that has Neill “Elysium” Blomkamp attached. When it eventually starts filming, will be a mystery, But wasn’t isn’t wrapped in secrets, is when exactly this sequel will take place as it looks like it’ll be pulling a Superman Returns and only considering the first two films to be canon. That’s according to Ripley herself, as Sigourney Weaver explained to Entertainment Weekly:
It’s just as if, you know, the path forks and one direction goes off to [Alien 3] and [Alien: Resurrection] and another direction goes off to Neill’s movie.
This year also marks the 30th anniversary of Aliens, in case you feel like being reminded that you’re old AF right now. To celebrate, Comic-Con will hold a reunion party with the cast of Aliens, and release a special anniversary Blu-Ray edition that includes theatrical and a director’s cut of Aliens. And also commentary, extended scenes, deleted scenes and collectible art cards.
Last Updated: July 7, 2016