For the Blood Boobs and Carnage blogfest, Aliens is my top pick for "Best Sci Fi Movie" in this category. Directed by the Terminator director, James Cameron unleashed a psychological terror far superior to anything I've ever seen for an ation/sci-fi horror nearly 30 years old.
First of let me apologize for the length of this post. Aliens is one of my favorite Science Fiction movies with a great story, characters and terrific dialogue. I've highlighted some really fun moments for you to enjoy.
|AL MATHEWS AKA SGT APONE|
Another glorious day in the Corps!
A day in the Marine Corps
is like a day on the farm.
Every meal's a banquet,
every paycheck a fortune.
Every formation a parade.
I love the Corps!
The movies intense roller coaster characters, colonial marines, hostile creatures, face huggers and Xenomorphs scampering all around definitely gives me the heebee jeebees every time. I've watched Aliens several times and each time you notice something new. Try watching Aliens in the dark, in a big living room, go on I dare you, turn all the lights off! You might just crack up, lol. Seeing Aliens for the very first time, I confess to being totally caught off guard by the surviving creatures from the alien spaceship. They're so springy and fast on their feet. These things are pure evil with suckers, sharp teeth and acid for blood.
Kane, who went into that ship, said he saw thousands of eggs. Thousands.
Thank you. That will be all.
Goddamn it, that's not all! If one of those things gets down here, that will be all! Then all this bullshit that you think is so important... you can kiss all that goodbye!
The star of the show Ellen Ripley played by Sigourney Weaver is a class act especially in a genre dominated by macho men. Shes been out in space, "Ellen Ripley" the only survivor from the original ill fated expedition, saves her own ship by expelling an alien creature through the airlock into deep space in the original Alien. Now here she is again in Aliens freaking out because of the Alien. Ripley wakes up from sweaty nightmares, clutching her chest thinking about the creature thing... You've guessed its name by now haven't you? Its the Alien! Ahhhhhh!
|RIPLEY AND NEWT|
Why don't you just check out LV-426?
Because I don't have to. The people there have never complained
about any hostile organism.
What do you mean? What people?
Terraformers. It's what we call a Shake 'n' Bake colony
The good news is the Weyland Company have colonised LV 426. Thats the windy planet where the original "Alien" Nostromo crew landed to find the crashed spaceship full of alien eggs. The bad news is Weyland has lost contact with every man, women and child they conned into going there. So now Weyland's bringing in the Colonial Marines to deal with the crises. Don't you feel safe, already?
Second time round, "Aliens" kick*ss Ripley is tapped to go back to LV 426. Our hero, Ripley's a real dark horse but first has to contend with a number of Weyland stooges after waking up 57 years later from her cryosleep. I don't think these guys appreciate Ellen Ripley's happy knack of blowing up really expensive sh*t! She might even get a kick out of it. We're talking billions of dollars to terraform a planet.
|BISHOP, HUDSON AND DRAKE|
Do it, Bishop.
- Hey, not me, man!
Yeah, you. Don't move. Trust me.
All right, knock it off.
Enjoy your meal.
That wasn't funny, man.
Aliens sequel got a magic mix of fear, big corporation greed, moral/ethical dilemmas, the Queen beast showdown, freaky robotic tricks, scary creatures busting out of the walls and marine melodramatics which all add up to pretty kick*ss performances. Theres that word again.
Is this gonna be a stand-up fight, sir, or another bug hunt?
Seeing the battle-scarred shell of the terraformed facility for the first time - just as Ripley and the marines do delivers an eerie sense of dread. So the good guys are sent in to rescue the colonists. The fun begins when Gorman, one of the tough guy marines freezes up at the controls causing Ripley to flip out bigstyle.
|GORMAN AND RIPLEY|
It's too much! Fall back! I told them to fall back. I told them to fall back.
They're cut off!
"DO SOMETHING! F**K!!!"
Oh, dear Lord Jesus,
this ain't happenin', man.
This can't be happenin', man.
This isn't happenin'!
This little girl survived longer than that with no weapons and no training. Right?
Why don't you put her in charge?
You better start dealing with it, Hudson. Listen to me. Deal with it, because we need you...
...and I'm sick of your bullsh*t.
It has to be said the Queen is one mean creature. Shes menacing, creepy and totally horrific for an alien. You won't meet her until showtime. The Queen Mother Beast establishes the fact aliens operate like a hive, beehive, collective mind with the Queen summoning her drones or "foot soldiers" essentially calling the shots. As far as Sci Fi movies go, Aliens has one of the most iconic show downs, one on ones between Ripley and the Queen Mother Beast. The good news is there are two Alien favorites, some fans prefer the Theatrical version (154mins) and others prefer the Director's Cut (137mins). I reckon the Directors or "Special Edition" delivers a more suspenseful action packed cut for anyone determined to watch Aliens. So are you an Alien fan or an Aliens fan?
Live Long and Prosper, Bloggies and Trekkies.