Monday, May 18, 2015

Aliens


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

Van Leuwen.
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.
Aaaaggghhhhhh!
All right, knock it off.
Thank you.
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!!!"
 But what about adversaries, I hear you cry? Aliens 2 isn't your typical sci-fi flick pitting antagonist against protagonist.  In Aliens, Ripley is accompanied by the marines aboard the Sulaco. Ultimately a lot of marines get wiped out, 4 are toasted by grenades, all flatliners. Ka-Boom! But you can't help but like them. Do you remember who this is?
HUDSON

Oh, dear Lord Jesus,
this ain't happenin', man.
This can't be happenin', man.
This isn't happenin'!

I mean, how would you react surrounded by face hugging aliens all popping and hopping? So we've got options. I like the totally awesome scene with Newt played by Carrie Henn wearing her Colonial marines helmet, saluting Hudson. Its intense and seriously fun to watch. When they find that little girl Newt, Newt rocks! The reason we know this to be true is because Newt sussed the creature out. You don't fight aliens, seriously you don't. You just run, you run, you hide, you keep your distance from these creatures. These creatures are not your friends, not your family, in other words be quick on your feet.
NEWT

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?


GUESS WHO?
Have you got what it takes to be a lean mean marine machine? Will you be settling down to watch Aliens in the dark? Do you prefer Ridley Scott's or James Cameron's Aliens? Do you enjoy shaking and quaking?

Live Long and Prosper, Bloggies and Trekkies.

29 comments:

A Daft Scots Lass said...

I'm not a fan of horror films - they give me nightmares. But I can do with bloody, boobs and carnage without the horror. Strange, but true.

Enjoy the Blogfest.

Cathrina Constantine said...

I had to close my eyes for the gory parts in most of them!! All good choices...

A Beer For The Shower said...

I loved both Alien and Aliens. I don't think I can pick a favorite. And to this day I still don't think there's anything creepier than a chestburster.

Jeremy Hawkins said...

I think the series held it's ow from film to film... the second is everyone's favorite... mostly.

Jeremy [THE WOLF]
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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Game over man, game over!
One of my most favorite movies. You nailed it with roller coaster ride.
Thanks for participating in our blogfest.

Spacerguy said...

Aliens is packed full of jolts and screamers in this action thriller.

S. L. Hennessy said...

One of the best movies of all time and a great choice for the B,B&C Blogfest!

Heather M. Gardner said...

YES! What a great choice. I do love Aliens, although I loved the suspense of Alien as well. But, Aliens was a lot more fun!
GAME OVER, MAN! GAME OVER!
We don't speak of the ones after 2. :)
THANK YOU for joining Alex and me in this EPIC blogfest!
Heather M. Gardner

Bish Denham said...

Good choice! Weaver was truly a great female hero in this movie and the alien... whoever created must have had some dark places in his/her mind.

msmariah said...

Probably my favorite action film of all time. Great choice for this blogathon. The testosterone in this film is set on high, but I love it. Corporal Hicks is the perfect man. He's sweet, good natured, and a trained killer

Thankfully no boobs in this one! Although I guess the Alien queen showed her boobs? I don't know.. I don't want to know!

Elephant's Child said...

My wimpy self couldn't watch any of them. And even not watching them, they are a part of our culture and there are images locked in my brain.

Truedessa said...

ha - I don't think I could watch this by myself in the dark. I wouldn't sleep for weeks, but I have seen it with one eye open.

The Armchair Squid said...

Geek confession time... I've never seen it.

It's always scared me. I don't handle horror well. Thriller - yes. But once you start getting into the blood and other bodily fluids, I wimp out. I know I should watch it someday and I'm sure I will. Your post is strong encouragement.

Jo said...

Don't think this is a movie I would ever want to see. I do like to sleep at night. I am not really into horror stories and a ship full of alien eggs would give me the heebie jeebies for a very long time.

Birgit said...

I have yet to see either of these films. Why? They scare the living bejesus out of me! I saw parts of the first one, just small parts and that gave me nightmares

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I liked the first two Alien films. A kick-ass female heroine really made the films for me though I don't usually like things so tense and scary.

Bill Nicholls said...

Never been an Alien fan though I have watched them. It became too much of a cash cow and they never grew on me

dolorah said...

They were good movies. Only the first one scare me. Good pick though.

Jeffrey A. Scott said...

Personally, I like either movie.
The first two are the best and it would be hard to choose one as a favourite. And yes, I have watched the films alone in the dark.

"That's it, man. Game over, man."

Susan Kane said...

I saw the first Alien and decided I didn't need to see any more. My husband, on the other hand, has watched them all, several times.

Nick Wilford said...

In terms of that franchise, it doesn't get better than the first two movies. They scared the bejeezus out of me when I was a kid!

M.R. R. said...

I've seen the first two movies plus Prometheus. Never got that much into the series.

Spacerguy said...

Sigourney Weaver was actually nominated for an oscar for the movie Aliens.

Dinamika Kita said...

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Arlee Bird said...

A classic of the genre.

Arlee Bird
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Beverly Fox said...

Fantastic pick! LOVED those movies!

Pat Hatt said...

An awesome pick. Alien and Aliens are both great movies

Spacerguy said...

Thanks for stopping by everyone. Lets talk Ripley vs Aliens vs the Marines, Ripley takes charge, she's intense as hell pure bad*ss and kick*ss combined. Ripley vs the Queen - Get away from her you b*tch, yeah that thing will give you nightmares. Watch out for those creepers!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Ease down, Ripley, you're just grinding metal.

I don't think Cameron knows how to make a bad film.

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