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Get away from her, you B… ehind the Scenes Pic of the Day!

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with today’s Behind the Scenes pic! Yesterday I featured perhaps the most influential action movie of my generation with Die Hard and today we have a look behind the scenes of one of the most influential science fiction action movies of my generation. I’ve been lucky enough to have interviewed James Cameron twice in my life and the first time was pretty magical because we talked a lot about his career, not just his newest movie. I kinda over did it… at one point Cameron said to me, “You know, I’ve directed other movies than Aliens.” I worship Terminator, T2, The Abyss and even his influence on the Roger Corman flicks, like BATTLE BEYOND THE STARS and GALAXY OF TERROR. But Aliens is what endures. I have mad love for the Terminator films, but as I grow older Aliens is the film that I find myself revisiting the most often. To me it’s the perfect sequel. It took Ridley Scott’s brilliant sci-fi horror flick and instead of repeating that formula broadened the scope while adding to the mythology, yet contains the same attention to character work, tension and inventive filmmaking. I’ve been looking for some good BTS images from this flick and have found a few, but they’re usually tiny or in poor resolution. Then I received this awesome (and big) picture of Stan Winston and his crew working on the Alien Queen and presto! The first Aliens picture in the run of this column! Here it is (click for a bigger version):

If you have a pic you think should be included email me. I’m looking for the iconic, the rare or the just plain cool behind the scenes shots to feature here. Thanks to reader Anuar for digging up this photo and sending it my way! Tomorrow’s pic features another make-up legend at work at his hairiest creation! See ya’ then! -Quint quint@aintitcool.com Follow Me On Twitter



Previous Behind the Scenes pics: - Alien
- Big Trouble In Little China
- Clash of the Titans
- Dr. Strangelove
- Sesame Street
- The Birds
- The Dark Knight
- Batman (1989)
- Batman: The TV Series
- Stephen King’s IT
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
- Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
- Superman
- The French Connection
- Tron
- The Road Warrior
- Ghostbusters
- King Kong (’33)
- The Empire Strikes Back (Luke with Slate)
- Rebel Without A Cause
- Taxi Driver
- Metropolis
- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
- Tommy Chong Meets The Blues Brothers
- The Empire Strikes Back (Filming the Crawl)
- John Carpenter’s The Thing
- Jaws
- Die Hard

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  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    First!

    by Tacom

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST

    Ya think Ridley Scott is going to keep this concept?

    by rev_skarekroe

    Since he's doing a prequel and his idea was that the aliens reproduced inside the people they killed?

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Tacom

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    .......you took my first spot!

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:31 p.m. CST

    Missed A Musical Tie-in POssibility Here

    by Aquatarkusman

    "Killer Queen," anyone?

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:32 p.m. CST

    Very cool pic.

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    I love Aliens to death. Let me start the inevitable quotable lines that will follow -- "GAME OVER, MAN. GAME OVER!"

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:32 p.m. CST

    awesome pic bTw

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    thanks!

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:33 p.m. CST

    ALIEN REDUX

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    I posted this in the bladerunner TB but it actually belongs here......<P>Alien 3 and resurrection don't HAVE to be canon I'd be all for a cheesy Star trek-ish loophole/reset button which involves Ripley's ship actually going through some weird space phenomena (following the events right after Aliens) which duplicates her ship and everything in it...Thus the ship that crash landed in alien 3 was just a duplicate and the events that followed took place in an alternate time-line. Meanwhile we can have our cake and eat it too by getting a TRUE Aliens sequel in line with what fans always wanted. All they have to do is perfect CG enough so that Rupley, Newt & Hicks appear as they did in Aliens.....which would cost a fortune but be totally worth it. The movie can be called ALIENS REDUX. HOW MOTHERFUCKING AWESOME WOULD THAT BE???

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    still pissed

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    my mom flat out refused to take me and my friends to see this on opening weekend for my 10th birthday - not because we were scared, but because SHE was - so we had to go see Karate Kid Part II with that awful Peter Cetera song instead. <p>Awesome pic, by the way...

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Great Pic, Great Movie

    by Auguirre

    I was 16 when this movie came out and I still love it. I’ll watch this over Avatar any day of the week.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:39 p.m. CST

    Great picture...

    by Dharma4

    ...But I thought the photo would involve the sweet Mecha Ripley fought the Alien in :\

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST

    F-ing Awesome!! Thanks Quint!

    by bubbageek

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:44 p.m. CST

    fat_rancor_keeper

    by Kraven Morehead

    Anything would be better than the premise the third movie went with. I remember sitting down to watch that and thinking "really". How could they kill off so many good characters just so they could basically recreate the first movie again. A major let down after Aliens.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST

    That is awesome.

    by SkidMarkedUndies

    Thanks Quint.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:47 p.m. CST

    fat_rancor_keeper

    by Quint

    Why go through all that when you could just have it all be a hypersleep nightmare. We'd buy it! "What was your dream about, Ripley?" "I dreamed you all died and then I was on this prison planet surrounded by men who wanted to do me... Then I killed myself in molten steel while Bishop, but not Bishop, looked on... then I woke up in the future and I was part alien... Then I played basketball and had sex with a Xenomorph, which led to a creepy albino human/alien hybrid baby that I killed. That's it. No more space pizza before hybernation!"

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:48 p.m. CST

    fat_rancor_keeper

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    I understand what you're saying, but it would be a crappy JJ Abrams stylee reset. Fuck Abrams's Trek cheats.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Stan the MAN

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    NO ONE would be crazy to create a full-scale animatronic Alien Queen in a modern sci-fi flick, and no one could do it as seamlessly as Stan Winston and his crew did. Brilliant sequence in a brilliant movie.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:51 p.m. CST

    Exactly, Quint...

    by BubbaDestructo

    ...and make the Aliens finally reach Earth. The hills flow with thousands of aliens bent on ripping through towns and cities, people holing themselves up with whatever barricades they can find, survivalists fighting back the hordes...and Ripley, Hicks and Newt are in the thick of it. <p> One can dream...

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:53 p.m. CST

    And yet still...

    by Lemure_v2

    they CGI'd that dog-alien-thing in 3. Did nobody see that it looks better this way AND is probably cheaper too.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Love it

    by disfigurehead

    Stan was the man. I love Aliens but I still think Alien is way better.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 3:58 p.m. CST

    Isn't that Stan minus glasses to the right?

    by skimn

    Looks like Shane Mahan working on it also. That guy's been with Stan since The Terminator, and should be running the late master's studio by now.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    In that previous interview with Cameron, Quint did not

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    ask him flat out what his proposed storyline for Alien 5 was. Not that he would have neccessarily disclosed it, but still.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:03 p.m. CST

    RIP Stan

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Good thing your last work was Avatar, and not that horrible McG Terminator Salvation piece of shit. A fittng end to a great career. I hope there is a tribute on the Nov. Avatar box set.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:07 p.m. CST

    Mommy!

    by VanGoghX

    It would be difficult if interviewing Cameron to not spend an inordinate amount of time questioning him about Aliens, so don't feel bad! Great pic.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Stan was The Man

    by TheSecretary

    Goddamn, but we miss your talent. This movie was seminal for me and Stan became my idol. Great photo, cheers for that, Quint.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:08 p.m. CST

    Didn't Cameron want Ahrnolt in Alien 5?

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    As a hard ass military guy? I can't even begin to imagine how awesome that would have been...

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:13 p.m. CST

    Alien 3 was over for me when...

    by obi_juan

    They said there were no weapons in the planet. Seriously, how do you go from Aliens to no guns?

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:13 p.m. CST

    That's a HUGE bitch!

    by D.Vader

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:13 p.m. CST

    "Stay frosty."

    by alan_poon

    I almost wept watching Alien 3 when I learnt that poor old Hicks and Newt went through all that shit in Aliens just to be killed in deep sleep.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:13 p.m. CST

    @Fat Rancor & Quint

    by AlienFanatic

    I still believe that you absolutely have to leave Alien 3 alone. The idea of retconning movies bothers me alot, even with the storied troubles of the Alien 3 film. I think an effective writer could "redeem" the story if they ever advanced to a 5th film with Sigourney, but I do think that ship sailed long ago. Ridley's prequels will not touch upon it, and I don't see FOX greenlighting sequels, even though Sigourney is still a compelling actress. (Being the nut that I am, I would love a story that finally puts the Ripley character to rest once and for all, and with grace, but I never expect to see that happen in my lifetime.)

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:14 p.m. CST

    They mostly come at night...mostly

    by Kief_Ledger

    One of the most quotable movies of all time.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:16 p.m. CST

    One of the best movies ever

    by MandrakeRoot

    Without a doubt, just totally engrossing and gripping from start to finish, with the impossible to top triple climax. "What do you mean "they" cut the power? How could they cut the power man, they're animals!"

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST

    Lemure_v2

    by Grace_Panda

    the dog alien in Alien3 was a puppet shot infront of a green screen not CGI.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    is it so complicated?

    by Kraven Morehead

    can't someone just go pick up a bunch of eggs and bring them back to earth to have everything go wrong and some level of infestation takes place that has to be kept in check. It would be cool if it was done a la World War Z and told in flashback after the earth had been cured of an infestation.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:20 p.m. CST

    Are we sure Ripley had sex with an alien?

    by D.Vader

    I wonder how having sex with a soldier alien ends up with the Queen pregnant.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:24 p.m. CST

    C'mon...

    by HapaPapa72

    How about a behind the scenes pic from "Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park"? Too much to ask?

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:30 p.m. CST

    I liked Alien 3

    by lochkray

    Just saying. Resurection was gawdawful, but 3 was good. Not Aliens or Alien greatness, but I liked it. I just wish somebody would go back in, re-edit it with greater care than the quadology special edition (Mr. Fincher, are you listening?), and touch up the dodgy puppet work with CGI - and I HATE CGI overuse. I just think the dog alien suffered a bit in terms of effectiveness because of the blue screen work that made it look animated.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:31 p.m. CST

    Grace_Panda is correct.

    by Bouncy X

    i remember thinking it was CGI as well when i saw it in theaters. then i got the making of VHS and realized it was all puppety. they just did a bad job of inserting it into the shots so it looks CGI-ish.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST

    "attention to character work"...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    Something that was sorely missing, from 'Avatar'. Although, I will say that all, of the technical innovations were top notch.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST

    I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit.

    by John_McClanes_Vest

    It's the only way to be sure.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:41 p.m. CST

    The best sci-fi action movie ever made

    by gooseud

    and it still holds up today. Release that for the first time, completely untouched, tomorrow and watch it make 200 mil. Was there a bigger badass in the world then Hicks? Oh yeah there was.....Ripley!

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    RIP Stan

    by Tarijeno

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:43 p.m. CST

    John Mclanes Vest: "Oh yeah?"

    by gooseud

    "WATCH US!!"

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    So is this gonna be a stand up fight, sir.....

    by gooseud

    or just another bug hunt?

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    One of the coolest movie critters ever.

    by ObiBen

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:44 p.m. CST

    "LETS ROCK!!!!!!"

    by gooseud

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:46 p.m. CST

    When Vasquez loads up the huge ass .50 cal

    by gooseud

    and starts blowing away the Alien horde......one of the great "FUCK YEAH!!" moments of the 80's

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:53 p.m. CST

    When Hudson said "bug hunt"

    by D.Vader

    I always wondered, did this mean they'd hunted other species of aliens before? <p> And when the captain calls it a xenomorph, they all act like they know wtf he's talking about. I never really got that when I was younger.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:55 p.m. CST

    D. Vader

    by gooseud

    I always took the bug hunt comment to mean that they had looked for these type of creatures before but never found them.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:58 p.m. CST

    Not Arcturian aliens

    by gooseud

    Arcturian colonists.......as in, people who live on Arcturus or whatever the fuck its name was. They had been on colonists rescue missions before and had.....sampled the local goods.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 4:59 p.m. CST

    "HEY, VASQUEZ. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    mistaken for a man?" "No. Have you?" Most. Quotable. Movie. Ever.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Oh gee look another Alien picture

    by RPLocke

    Can we talk about Alien 3 over and over?

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:02 p.m. CST

    Cant believe we got this far without this one....

    by gooseud

    "You always were an asshole, Gorman"

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:06 p.m. CST

    Bug hunts

    by skimn

    As Gorman said he'd been on x amount of simulated missions. So, it wouldn't surprise me if the marine of the future was trained in a staged or virtual war setting.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST

    it doesn't matter when it's Arcturian.

    by Kraven Morehead

    that line led me to believe that life existed on other planets besides humans. With that said, I also presumed that the aliens/xenomorphs were by far in a way the most horrifying . . . especially when one compares them to arcturians, which are bangable regardless of sex.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:10 p.m. CST

    I saw the alien queen in Seattle... not a joke...

    by WillTheThrill

    The life-sized alien queen prop and the loader that Ripley/Weaver wore were on display for a while at the Science Fiction Museum in Seattle (near the Space Needle). Don't think they are there any more, they were on "loan" from James Cameron for a little while. They were abso-fucking-lutely amazing. Displayed in a glass case in the center of a room, so you could walk all around them and see them from different angles. I think I must have just stood there and stared at them for like 20 minutes. The latex/rubber on the queen was starting to get a little old and flakey in a few places, there were some tears... but it was still scary as fuck.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:12 p.m. CST

    Hey, I saw the Alien Queen too!

    by RPLocke

    A long time ago there was a big Sci Fi movie traveling prop exhibit. It came to a local muses. They had the Queen and a full sized power loader. They also had one of the face huggers in one of those jar holders.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Arcturians = sex beings

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    I always assumed Arcturian was like the Bangkok or Amsterdam of the galaxy, where travellers went for sex. And the Acturians were wither humans genetically modified as sexual pleasure beings, or actual aliens used for sex by humans.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:18 p.m. CST

    CGI must be destroyed

    by lostboytexas

    can you imagine a cgi-laden Aliens??? talk about a fucking nightmare. Film SFX is a lost art

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST

    more on the queen in Seattle (no, not a gay man)

    by WillTheThrill

    RPLocke, I think that there might have been a face hugger in a glass case, too, but I'm not sure. (Funny how memory can play tricks on you. And we weren't allowed to take photos, so I have no photographic evidence of what I saw.) Will ask my sci-fi geek wife if she remembers a facehugger or not. One more thing about the queen and the loader... neither were as big as I had somehow imagined they would be. I guess they used editing and perspective tricks to make them look bigger than they actually were. I'd say head to tip-of-tail the queen was only 10-12 feet long and foot to shoulder maybe only 5 feet. From the movie, I'd guess she was 15 feet tall and 20-25 feet long! :-)

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST

    I saw the Alien Queen in the Orlando Planet Hollywood

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    The power loader, too. Circa 92/93; sometime in the early 90's anyway. The queen was frackin' huge, I remember that.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Doesn't it seem that genre films of the '80s

    by skimn

    were full of great quotes...this (practically every line out of Bill Paxton's mouth), Star Trek 2 (the revenge served cold line is iconic), Poltergeist ("They're heere"), Big Trouble In Little China (take your pick), etc. Quite honestly I can't think of any in the past 20 years that have really stuck....The Matrix "whoa" maybe....

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:22 p.m. CST

    Gnarly

    by NippleEffect

    That movie was such a rollercoaster ride when it came out<p> Raised the bar for sci fi and action movies too

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:25 p.m. CST

    I can imagine a CGI-laden Cameron helmed Alien movie

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    certainly. The CGI would be well used. CGI is only a problem in the hands of amateurs, but then that goes for everything. 3D, CGI, practical FX are all just tools; its how you use it that counts. Just like your cock.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:25 p.m. CST

    My Alien 3 2 pence/cents worth......

    by connor187

    The Sulaco drifts back to gateway (in Earths orbit). The company quickly realize that an hatched Xenomorph egg traveled with them. Before bringing the three survivors out of hyper sleep, they bring Bishop back on line, who in turn informs the company of the events on LV426. Over a short period of time Ripley wakes from her hyper sleep to panic. Where are her fellow survivors? She eventually finds Hicks on another part of the station and the mystery unfolds as to where Newt is. Ripley investigates primarily alone due to Hicks injuries. She discovers that Newt was impregnated and therefore segregated in order for the company to extract the weapon they have so long desired. Ripley manages to free a comatose Newt from the science laboratory's with Hicks hindered help. Newt unfortunately succumbs to her fate to Ripley's horror and a queen is born. Ripley try's in vane to kill the infant Xenomorph. She fails and it escapes....I wont spoil the rest, just think of marines fighting and failing in the passage ways of Gateway. Cowardly commanders and scientists trying to flee in escape pods back to Earth with samples. Ripley's last ditch efforts to blow up Gateway at the end and failing. The remaining wreckage falling to Earth....a sequel in the making etc etc.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST

    xenomorphs

    by DocPazuzu

    = alien life forms. "Bug hunt" refers to what one assumes amounts to pest control of non-sapient lifeforms on colony worlds. <p> Referring solely to the biomechanoids as "xenomorphs" is erroneous as the term is so broad.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Oh and I like Alien3 by the way....

    by connor187

    Its just another angle, so to say.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:27 p.m. CST

    The references to Arcturians and 'Bug Hunts' in Aliens

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    presupposes other alien species already existing in that universe.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:29 p.m. CST

    connor187

    by NippleEffect

    something very similar to that was done in the 80's in the alien / aliens comics

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:37 p.m. CST

    Really? I didn't know that...

    by connor187

    Seems me and whoever wrote that piece share something in common.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    WillTheThrill

    by RPLocke

    I was really impressed to see the Face Hugger up close. The detail was amazing. The giant Alien Queen was scary, but the power loader thing really impressed me.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    Ridley is not a fan of the alien queen

    by thatfilmlover

    he re-inserted the sequence of the Cococoned Humans turning into Face Huggers for his DC of ALIEN. Making it a circular life cycle... Egg, Facehugger, Chestburster, Alien, Cocoon, Egg, Facehugger.... I wouldn't be surprised if we don't see a Queen in the ALIEN prequels.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Cocooned!

    by thatfilmlover

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:42 p.m. CST

    with regards: "BugHunt"

    by thatfilmlover

    on the aliens Commentary, Cameron says that he actually wanted his ALIENS film to take place in the same universe as STARSHIP TROOPERS (the novel) and that the marines were actually referring to the BUGS in that novel.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    Killik, Soldier took place in Bladerunner's universe.

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    Yep, Kurt Russel.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 6:01 p.m. CST

    The Arcturians

    by gooseud

    As everyone knows, Brazilians are uber hot and widely known to be stone killers in the sacki. So lets say u got a military buddy who loves Brazilians. I mean loves em. Talks all the time, like every weekend, about how he is gonna find some Brazilians and bang em. Finally, he gets stationed in Brazil and starts fuckin chicks left and right. Years later, people are joking with this legendary lover of Brazilians. Someone jokes "yeah, but the one you banged was a dude!" the guy replies, jokingly, "Doesnt matter as long as it is Brazilian!". I find this scenario far more plausible and likely, given the gritty, no-laser-gun sci-fi ethos of the movie, then 3-titted 8 foot red-skinned tall Arcturian sex goddesses. I suppose we will never know, but thats how I interpreted it.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 6:05 p.m. CST

    The bug hunt

    by gooseud

    My interpretation is that perhaps at most they might have encountered some indigenous animal life on certain colonization planets. The Marines are all shocked by the intelligence level of the aliens, so they certainly werent expecting any smarts. Personally, I choose to think this is the first alien life ever encountered, but thats just one guys interpretation.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 6:07 p.m. CST

    Ridley's DC of Alien means nothing...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    It was purely a marketing draw, and Scott prefers the original cut. The egg scene was included at the behest of Fox, being the most famous deleted scene, not as an affront to Cameron's queen concept. In fact, I heard that Scott actually liked the queen, since it wasn't something that was directly re-hashing his work. But I can't verify the source for that. Giger himself has actually been quoted as admiring the queen design a great deal.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 6:08 p.m. CST

    gooseud you're right

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    Not about Arcturians, but about Brazilians. I had a Brazilian girlfriend once and let's just say she knew more tricks than a Seaworld dolphin.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 6:13 p.m. CST

    "GAME OVER, MAN! GAME OVER!"

    by OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUUTTTTTLLLLLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWW

    Most quotable line for me from the movie. Maybe the most quotable non-arnold, non-TMNT line for me.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Roger Ebert

    by wharfrat

    I remember when Aliens first came out and they reviewed it on "Ebert and Siskel" Roger Ebert gave it a thumbs down. His reason was that the little girl was put in danger! I figured that was why they killed Newt off at the start of Aliens 3. Just to really piss him off.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 6:21 p.m. CST

    This image proves

    by Viewer 3

    that those aliens weren't aggressive at all. As an alien advocate, I think it's sad how they were portrayed in the films. Slandering an entire race through clever and deceptive film editing should be a crime.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 6:23 p.m. CST

    KilliK, exactly...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Although the IMDB trivia is often inaccurate or insubstantiated (they claim that Cameron didn't cast Biehn in Avatar because if would be too much like Aliens - I don't think that was the reason at all). But anyway, why would Scott dislike the queen if he didn't think much of his own egg concept to include it in the first place. The egg stuff is not canon, and was not all that convinving - how can different organisms of any size(human, space jockey) be turned into an equal size egg, and only by being broken down by a parasite? Never seemed all that plausible to me.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 6:26 p.m. CST

    That was Siskel who said that...

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    Not Ebert. And he didn't like Terminator 1 either, and thought that the protagonists were from another planet (didn't understand they were from the future). He was a genre-phobic snob, and his complaints were oftern silly.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    awesome pic

    by TheNewDirector

    I remember reading about 12 years ago that in london england their was a thrill ride kinda like they have at universal studios, except it involved being led into a 'ship' and being hunted by aliens. I wonder if they still have it?

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Fuck, I miss Stan Winston

    by Amazing Maurice

    We won't talk about Pumpkin Head though....

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    KilliK

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    Hahahaha some guys have all the luck!

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST

    TheNewDirector

    by Amazing Maurice

    Yeah, it was called Alien War I think. My friends an I went back in 1993 if I recall. It was fucking awesome. <P>You were with a marine leading you around a ship, walking through corridors littered with bodies with face huggers attached. <P>And suddenly the marine's radar blip would go nuts and all the lights would go out! <P>Then the strobe lighting would kick and and you'd have a fucking alien right in your fucking face! <P>Cue lots of running around and screaming until we were eventually saved by a fucking Predator! <P>They used the proper suits from the movies and the lighting effects were just brilliant. It was a total blast. T

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Siskel and Ebert

    by wharfrat

    Turd has risen...you're right! It was Siskel. Coulda sworn it was Ebert. The review can be seen at youtube by typing in "siskel and ebert aliens" in the search box. OK, I guess they wanted to piss Siskel off.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 7 p.m. CST

    Amazing Maurice

    by TheNewDirector

    That's sounds fucking awesome! I always wanted to go to it? Is it still around? (doubtful im guessing) Disneyworld should have something like that, would sure make the ticket price increases more bareable...

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 7:09 p.m. CST

    TheNewDirector

    by Amazing Maurice

    I don't know what happened to Alien War dude<P>. Considering the production values, I always figured that it was a State-side show that had come on tour to the UK.<P>Maybe some American talkbackers can shed a light? It would great if something like that was done now, with modern technology and shit.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 7:19 p.m. CST

    Was hoping to see some Power Loader,

    by Yelsaeb

    but instead I got something equally awesome. Stan Winston at work.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Alien War was created by two guys from the UK

    by Turd_Has_Risen_From_The_Grave

    The London location closed due to flooding. It was re-opened a while back throughout certain locations in Europe; however, the licnese to use creatures and situations from the Alien series had expired, and the attraction was retro-fitted into some generic 'alien' creature in Area 51 setting, though apparently it's still the same basic experience, with a marine taking you through dark corridors and being chased by the creature.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST

    The four greatest genre sequels...

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    In order - Aliens -- ESB -- TDK -- T2. Some will argue with the order, but there can be no doubt these are the top four.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 8:29 p.m. CST

    Bring back memories

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    I saw this massive behemoth at the Museum of Science and Industry years ago during an exhibit they had on Creatures and Science Fiction or some shit like that. <p> Along with the Queen Alien they had a Life size model of Ripley sitting inside the cockpit of the Loader (Reeboks and all) both facing each other entangled in battle. <p> The Alien Queen stood at least eight feet and stretch out from head to tail at least 22ft in length. While Ripley stood face to face to that "Bitch" swinging the Loaders arm in her direction. <p> The wing was designed to look exactly like the inside of the ship where the original cat fight took place.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST

    T2 is the best sequel ever. Alien > Aliens

    by Rupee88

    Aliens is ok but some dumb characters and dumb how the alien queen doesn't rip off Ripley's leg at the end...but can't hate on it too much

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST

    even in the picture...

    by MurderMostFowl

    Even in that picture ,the alien queen looks menacing and ... well.. .real! <BR><BR> My favorite movie of all time.

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 9:37 p.m. CST

    Hey Quint

    by s0beurself

    Just wanted to let you know that I'm very much enjoying this feature. Good stuff, keep up the innovation!

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 10:40 p.m. CST

    It's rare that these days...

    by moviemaniac-7

    ... no one cares about scope, expansion of a fictional universe and character when sitting down to come up with a sequel. Maybe The Dark Knight, but that's about it. I don't want to sound old, but these days it's "The same, but bigger." Aliens is an awesome movie. If they only had given Fincher free reign with a better script and it might have been the perfect trilogy. Tell me again, how did the combination of Jeunet and Whedon fail to make a great Alien movie?

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 10:47 p.m. CST

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  • Aug. 5, 2010, 11:18 p.m. CST

    Wow.

    by moonlightdrive

  • Aug. 5, 2010, 11:49 p.m. CST

    Aliens is one of the greatest movies ever made

    by Mr. Moe

    A masterpiece if there ever was one.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 12:02 a.m. CST

    Looks like he's giving her a pep talk before shooting

    by UrbanSamurai

    "Okay, we stayed up all night to rehearse this scene. Now give us that Academy Award-performance, baby. Let us feel your anger and pain. And ACTION!"

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 12:32 a.m. CST

    AND THAT, BITCHES, IS HOW YOU MAKE EM REAL.

    by uberman

    Good Lord how the practical fx in ALIEN blow every CGI bullshit fake creature out of the water-and that includes what still looks like a cartoon Avatar. Word.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 12:41 a.m. CST

    ALIENS sequel

    by MyScreenplayWasRejected

    Newt played by Dakota Fanning. Blasphemy?

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 12:51 a.m. CST

    The following is a true story

    by mortsleam

    I saw this movie for the first time when it came out with my friend and his mom. They were pretty strict about the R rating at the Oakland Mall, and wouldn't let us in without a parent, so she was stuck coming with us. I was a bit trepidatious because, frankly, my friend's mom was a big fat loudmouth who talked during movies. Even at the tender age of 12 I already hated movie talkers.<p>Anyway, the movie unfurled before our eyes. I was enraptured. Ripley, Hicks. Hudson. Newt. Bishop. Apone. Wierzbowksi. The mexican dyke. Great characters. Great atmosphere. Tension dripping like slimy acid saliva. My friend's mom had mercifully kept her gigantic yapper shut. Then came the ending.<p>Ripley sees Bishop closing the sleep pod on Hicks. My friend's mom whispers, "That fucking asshole!" under her breath. She keeps muttering it throughout the confrontation with the Queen. She cheers when Bishop is torn in half. By the time we leave the theater, I'm completely enthralled. She's shaking with anger. I ask her, "What's up?"<p>She says, "Bishop was in league with the Company all along, just like Ash. Did you see the scars on Hicks' face? That wasn't just the acid. That fucking robot put a face hugger on him while Ripley wasn't looking!"<p>Of course, I didn't believe her. Rationally, there wasn't enough time for the face hugger to implant the alien and fall off. And anyway, acid burns would be sufficient to cause that damage. Bishop was such a nice synthezoid. Still... I was twelve. I debated possible outcomes with my friends. I vociferously defended Bishop's honor. I envisioned myriad directions the story would take. Aliens on Earth! A Company conspiracy! The Further adventures of Ripley, Newt and Hicks! I anxiously awaited the next film. And what happened? They kill off Hicks and Newt in the first fucking scene. <p>To this day, I'll never, ever trust a third sequel.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 1 a.m. CST

    KilliK, good script idea...I have similar wishes

    by BubbaDestructo

    And mortsleam, interesting story. Your friend's mom sounds like she read more into it than Cameron envisioned. In a way she sort of predicted what happens in Alien 3.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 1:26 a.m. CST

    I fucking LOVE Aliens

    by Kontarsky

    I watch it a lot more than Alien. More entertaining, all around.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 1:29 a.m. CST

    mortsleam

    by Duckenheimer

    Alien 3 was a second sequel Jus sayin'

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 3:24 a.m. CST

    Myscreenplay - well, ok, but she's already 16

    by WickedJacob

    kids grow up so fast. Would've been perfect a few years ago. Still would work, but I don't want a teen Newt unless there is a really good story reason for it. Either recast for an immediate sequel or just admit its almost 30 years later. Of course an easy explanation is just the suspended animation wasn't working right so when they wake up they are physically 30 years older.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 3:25 a.m. CST

    on second thought my idea sucks

    by WickedJacob

    goddamn that'd be depressing for newt

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 4:15 a.m. CST

    How could they cut the power, man? They're animals!

    by Motoko Kusanagi

    Epic movie!

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 4:52 a.m. CST

    Another interesting Aliens/Avatar fact

    by Bastila

    It is true that Biehn was considered for Quaritch, it's funny as Stephen Lang also auditioned for Hicks back in the day.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 4:58 a.m. CST

    This is an awful column

    by Anything But Tangerines

    They are just behind the scenes pix, Jesus people check out the media books section of your local B&N and die happy if this is your thing. This column only really serves as "discuss this movie" suggestion. Why not just make it that simple? Tomorrow, just post "Total Recall" with a shitty pic of a rubber prop and BAM you've got a million hits and feverous debate about how you tit-fuck a triple breasted woman. And forget to give me credit for it.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 5:01 a.m. CST

    by Anything But Tangerines

    Now fuck off.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 5:02 a.m. CST

    Holy shit...great picture....

    by Crimson King

    I was debating what movie my drunk ass wanted to watch tonight/this morning...this made up my mind for me. I fucking LOVE this movie. When I was a kid, I found a video cassette with this recorded on it, and I would watch it ad nauseum. I've seen this movie so many time, especially when I was a kid...goddamn...such an amazing picture...

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 5:06 a.m. CST

    ALIENS

    by mastes360

    My favorite movie of all time, its prefect!.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 6:43 a.m. CST

    Hey, maybe you haven't been keeping up....

    by mooseaka

    ... on current events, but we just got our asses kicked, pal!

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 6:44 a.m. CST

    Somebody said "alien"....

    by mooseaka

    ... and she thought they said "illegal alien" and signed up!

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 6:45 a.m. CST

    Assholes and elbows!

    by mooseaka

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Any questions?

    by mooseaka

    Gorman: What is it, private? <P> Hudson: How do I get out of this chickenshit outfit? <P> Apone: You secure that shit, Hudson!

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Amazing piece of artistry. She looks bigger on screen, doesn't

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 6:58 a.m. CST

    Btw check out the "ALIENS RAP"

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    You can youtube it. Just type "aliens rap" or "super aliens rap". Its fucking hilarious. The same guys have also done a Terminator and Predator rap (which are nowhere near as good but still worth checking out).

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 7:03 a.m. CST

    I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit.

    by just pillow talk

    It's the only way to be sure.<p>That's a sweet picture and one hell of a movie.<p>Let's Rock!

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 7:27 a.m. CST

    Best sci-fi action movie ever.

    by Sailor Rip

    ...mostly.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 7:31 a.m. CST

    Just watched this again

    by Abominable Snowcone

    the other night. Never gets old. Second best sequel after Empire. Then comes Wrath of Khan and From Russia With Love.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 7:35 a.m. CST

    "It was a bad call, Ripley."

    by Abominable Snowcone

    "A bad call."<p> "I want to introduce you to a friend of mine...the M41A pulse rifle..."<p>

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 7:36 a.m. CST

    Alien 3...

    by I AM ROCKO

    ...dark, dark sequel. Killing off Newt and Hicks in the first act- OFFSCREEN! Whoa mamma. Plus think Aliens is very good, but why did Cameron change Giger's designs of the alien?

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 7:37 a.m. CST

    "What are you waiting for, Hudson?"

    by Abominable Snowcone

    "You want me to fetch your slippers?"<p> "Oh gee, would you sir? I'd like that."<p> "Look in my eye."

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 7:40 a.m. CST

    And where the hell did Burke think he was going?

    by Sailor Rip

    He's got no guns, the place in infested, I doubt he can remote pilot the drop ship. I guess he just panicked. But ripley say's he has to go back. Was he scared of what the company would do to him for failing his mission?

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 7:45 a.m. CST

    Sailor

    by Abominable Snowcone

    The "Company" was huge, but somewhere on earth or gateway station there's gotta be a police force. I always figured Ripley wanted Carter to go back to be prosecuted for attempted murder, and to vouch that the aliens were indeed as nasty as Ripley had said they were. Of course, the marines would also be able to do that.<p> Burke was probably trying to get to the dropship that Bishop was hailing via remote. He could have told Bishop, "They're all dead--let's leave!"

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 7:47 a.m. CST

    "Guess she didn't like the cornbread either"

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Aliens: My favorite JC movie

    by MRJONZ72

    and one of my top 5 favorite movies of all time..and the directors cut for the most part if my favorite directors cut of all time. I think it added a lot like u know about Ripley's child...kind strengthening her relationship to Newt.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Abominable Snowcone

    by Sailor Rip

    That should be an alternate ending. <p> Burke "Hey Bishop." <p> Bishop "What are you doing here?" <p> Burke "Everyone's dead let's boogie." <p> Bishop "Ok." <p> The screen fades to black as Bishop and Burke light space cigarettes and wait for the drop ship. <p> BTW. I love this movie. Screw what I said earlier, this THE BEST film ever.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST

    I have to agree with Abom

    by just pillow talk

    I think ESB is the best sequel. But I think it has an advantage over the other ones in that it was the middle act. So it could set up some surprises at the end and cliff hangers, that you knew would be resolved in the third act.<p>But this is a great fucking sequel.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 8:03 a.m. CST

    Friend of mine who was in the US Marine Corps...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ... always used to tell me that Aliens was actually the most realistic Marine Corps movie he'd ever seen because of the dialogue.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Classic!

    by thefinn68

    Winston was a genius. Unfortunate that we don't see more "organic" effects like this in the movies.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    my personal favourite film of all time, and imho

    by southafricanguy

    the flat out perfect/best sequal ever made. The absolute template to how you do it right. And T2 also fucking awsome. I will forever be a fan of Cameron's for him making two of the greatest sequals of all time. Its for this reason exactly why I look forward to Avatar 2....

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 8:22 a.m. CST

    I prefer the term Artificial Person myself.

    by BilboRing

    Aliens is easily one of the best movies ever made. It is flawless in every way. Love the characters. Love the story. Love the action. Love it all. After Aliens, there were no other Alien movies and never will be. The same for anything after Predator 2, which I thought rocked and was a great sequel.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 8:26 a.m. CST

    My name is Burke. Carter Burke.

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    I'm with the Company. But don't let that fool you, I'm really an OK guy...

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 8:37 a.m. CST

    "I may be synthetic..."

    by Abominable Snowcone

    "...but I'm not stupid."<p> "Guess she don't like the cornbread neither."<p> "Ripley, she doesn't have bad dreams because she's just a doll made of plastic."

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 8:38 a.m. CST

    "Five meters!"

    by Abominable Snowcone

    "That's impossible. That's INSIDE the room!"

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 8:40 a.m. CST

    A quote from Quint's first interview with James Cameron

    by ricarleite2

    "Everything's better in 3-D! Everything!" - JC. I rest my case.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 8:41 a.m. CST

    "If it comes to that..."

    by Abominable Snowcone

    "...I'll do us both."<p> Aliens was the first time I heard THAT kind of talk in a movie (heroes willing to killing themselves rather than be taken) and for this then 14-year old, there was no hotter way for a guy to pick up a chick than to offer to fucking pull a murder-suicide on her to demonstrate your love. Man, just another way Aliens gave me a BONER

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Best Sequels Ever Include...

    by BilboRing

    Empire Strikes Back, Godfather II, Aliens, Predator 2, The Dark Knight, Terminator 2; Spider-Man 2; The Great Muppet Caper; X-Men 2. If I had to pick the all time best I would go with Godfather II. The one I would watch the most is Aliens.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 8:45 a.m. CST

    Abominable Snowcone

    by BilboRing

    One of the best parts of the movie. Then when Hicks slowly looks up in the ceiling...so fucking tense and what a great moment.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 8:48 a.m. CST

    "Quite a piece of machinery"

    by Abominable Snowcone

    "We manufacture those, by the way."<p> RIPLEY: (rolls eyes)<p> GORMAN: "Apone...I want you to lay down cover fire with the incinerators...an...an...fall back to the AV."<p> APONE: "Come back? All after 'incinerators.'"<p> EEEYYAHHHH!

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 8:52 a.m. CST

    "Oh wait, she's right"

    by Abominable Snowcone

    "See, these things are basically giant fusion reactors...so we're talking thermonu-cue-lar explosion and adios, muchacos." <p> Yes, Rieser did indeed mispronounce 'nuclear,' a la George Bush. But not to worry, he's in good company--Harrison Ford said in wrong in 'Crystal Skull.' But that was at the bottom of the list of things wrong with THAT movie.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 8:54 a.m. CST

    Bilbo

    by Abominable Snowcone

    I agree on all counts (your sequel list). I'd go so far as to throw Superman II in there. I know a lot of people hate on Jaws 2, given that it didn't rise to the original, but shit--what COULD? I thought Zanuck, Brown, Schwartz and co. did as good a job as they could with it.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 9:04 a.m. CST

    We're in the pipe five by five

    by Sailor Rip

    Hudson come here. Come here!

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 9:04 a.m. CST

    most quotable movie ever.

    by Sailor Rip

    always has been with me.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 9:07 a.m. CST

    I stopped drinking McDonald's shakes because of this movie.

    by JuicyFruit

    The transparent slime that hangs off the aliens is actually the primary ingredient in McDonalds' shakes. Katee Sackhoff was talkin' about in one of her bts interviews when she was on BSG.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 9:11 a.m. CST

    Sequels, part deux I liked better than first

    by StatelyWayneManor

    Bride of Frankenstein, Tarzan & his Mate, Superman (Kneel before Zod) 2, Road Warrior

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 9:27 a.m. CST

    Killik

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Right you are, and I believe Call of Duty or some other war game even licensed Biehn's "Hicks" image<p> Stately, goddamn I almost forgot about Road Warrior. <p> "Alright people! Look alive! I want a clean dispersal this time!"<p> "Hudson! Run a bypass!" <p> WHIRR....CLACK!

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 9:38 a.m. CST

    Face Huggers give good head....

    by theycallmemrtibbs

    ---Well, that's what I heard!

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Spare me Burke. I've has my Psyche evaluation

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    I know. I've read it. You wake up each night, your sheets are soaking...." I've always wondered if "sheets are soaking" merely meant sweat or if Ripley actually pissed herself in terror in her sleep.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 9:50 a.m. CST

    Hey, I dated her

    by Tikidonkeypunch

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 10:31 a.m. CST

    I know this movie so well...

    by I am_NOTREAL

    that I can even recite the technobabble without looking it up. "I want DCS and tactical database assimilation by 0830. Ordinance loading, weapons strip, and dropship prep details will have seven hours." Or "Tracker on-line; set the filter to RF / ambient." Without a doubt, one of my favorite movies ever. I still give the edge to the original, but Aliens is a great, great movie. Sigourney Weaver's performance in it is flat-out excellent. Vern may have had the best line ever about this movie: "Asking somebody if they like ALIENS is like asking them if they like pizza or ice cream. You can assume the answer is “yes” and if not it’s just some weird quirk that person has, you can’t really make much of it."

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Killik

    by Abominable Snowcone

    The guy who played Apone had military experience. So he didn't have far to stretch to nail it.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 10:33 a.m. CST

    BP drills

    by Abominable Snowcone

    The thought of Ripley / Sigourney pissing herself in bed or even just sweating enough to wet it is hot.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 10:35 a.m. CST

    All right people

    by Abominable Snowcone

    I give you Sgt. Apone:<p> http://tinyurl.com/2f7evlg

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 10:51 a.m. CST

    When people go on about overuse of CG, or

    by skimn

    the photorealism, which when used properly can be "invisible" (I'm thinking Zodiac or more recently Moon), I just think of the "old school" work done on Aliens, with its rear screen projection, hanging minatures, men-in-suits, model work, puppetry, and the rest...and it fits like hand in glove. The story propels the effects, not the other way around. And Cameron made 20 million look like twice that amount in early 1980's dollars.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Hicks: I like to keep this handy...

    by Grooveraider

    (KA-CHAK) for close encounters ... Frost: I heard that.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 10:58 a.m. CST

    Hudson: We're on an express elevator to hell,

    by Grooveraider

    going down !

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 10:58 a.m. CST

    "How many drops is this for you, lieutenant?"

    by Abominable Snowcone

    GORMAN: Thirty-eight...simulated.<p> VASQUEZ: How many combat drops?<p> GORMAN: Two. Including this.<p> HUDSON, HICKS,et at: Shee-it.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 11:03 a.m. CST

    BISHOP! GODDAMN YOU!!

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Close your eyes, baby

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    Gorman : I, uh... I want you to collect magazines from everybody

    by Grooveraider

    Hudson: Is he fuckin' crazy?! Frost: What the hell are we supposed to use man? Harsh language? ...

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 11:20 a.m. CST

    ALIENS is a phenomenal movie

    by IAmLegolas

    Watched it when I was 12 in the theater, totally absorbed and frightened, I was convinced the damn things were running around the movie theater. Girls were screaming in the back of the theater, what a haunted house/rollercoaster of a movie. Stan Winston was a god among men, that Queen wouldn't have been nearly as scary if it was CGI. The making of the movie is a great read.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST

    legalos

    by Abominable Snowcone

    Where can one find that "great read?" If it's the Aliens equivalent of the Jaws Log, I want it.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST

    re: HALO = Aliens ripoff

    by IAmLegolas

    All those first-person shooters suck at the dick of ALIENS. Although credit does really go to Starship Troopers (novel).

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST

    Bishop Countdown - composed by James Horner

    by Grooveraider

    The scene when Bishop rescues Ripley and Newt from the exploding reactor. I can recall that score had been used and re-created on so many film trailers for years.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 12:03 p.m. CST

    Abominable Snowcone

    by Sailor Rip

    Biehn is on the cover of the original NES Metal Gear game.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 12:07 p.m. CST

    When I was in 5th or 6th grade....

    by ufoclub1977

    ALIEN came out when I was in 5th grade... I started to write a sequel to ALIEN and it started out with Ripley in hibernation drifting back to an Earth based station and she is awakened and tells her story. Of course my version was only one page long (my attention span was short, and I stopped writing it in favor of making a drawn comic of ALIEN). But the dialogue went something like: Technician: "Where's the rest of the crew?" Ripley: "They'all got killed by an alien. Whimper." ha ha ha... I crack up when I see that I typed out "Whimper" on a manual typwriter.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 12:12 p.m. CST

    KilliK

    by Sailor Rip

    Yeah but they shoot anyway and nothing happens.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 12:14 p.m. CST

    ufoclub1977

    by Sailor Rip

    I wrote a sequel to Alien 3. It concerned Marines finding the drifting Sulaco and a guy named Dr. Wick. Wish I still had that.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 12:54 p.m. CST

    KilliK

    by Sailor Rip

    Shit. I can quote every line, have watched it more than any other film, and just thought the reactor quit on it's own. <p> I guess because there is no scene of Gorman saying "See dickheads! See what you did! Now who cares about my number of combat drops?" <p> You have educated me.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 12:58 p.m. CST

    Fry a whole city with this puppy

    by NotEnoughBiehn

    VWAP!

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    Sailor

    by Abominable Snowcone

    He might have said something like that...had he not been knocked unconscious during the escape in the armored personnel carrier. As it was, when he wakes up he starts to apologize to Ripley for not taking her advice ("Get your team OUT, Gorman!") but she cuts him off. By that point, Ripley is so much in charge of the situation (along with Hicks) that he sort of takes a back seat. Ripley likewise could have said, "OH great, see? I told you!" when the overheat started, but things looked so bad at that point anyway she probably wasn't at all surprised that the reactor was gonna blow, despite her efforts to warn about firing "down there."

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 1:01 p.m. CST

    I figure about about 50%

    by NotEnoughBiehn

    of the video games industry should pay royalties to Cameron/Scott/Giger/Heinlen, so to speak.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Ripley, in sixteen minutes...

    by Abominable Snowcone

    this entire complex is going to be a mushroom cloud the size of Nebraska

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    With those things runnin' around out there

    by NotEnoughBiehn

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 1:07 p.m. CST

    With those things runnin' around out there

    by NotEnoughBiehn

    you can count me out!

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    With things looking so grim

    by Abominable Snowcone

    I'd have holed up and made a play for Vasquez or Ripley. I mean why not?

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    Sound design of this film was fantastic.....

    by ushaped

    I don't know if it won an Oscar for sound design but if it didn't, it should have. Every sound effect perfectly added to the reality and the atmosphere in the story: computer display activity in the escape pod, salvage team's scanner, loader's mechanical sounds and thud on metal deck when walking, ship/colony/generator ambiance, colony doors, facehuggers moving in jars, that rubbery unbreakable window when struck, facehugger running and tail choke, dull thud of the pulse rifles, different whir of vasquez's gun, different 'chunky' sounds of aliens flying apart depending on shotgun or automatic fire, alien squeals as they die, yucky sticky sounds when the alien egg opens, hissing of aliens as they wake up or move. Brilliant job by the sound department but IMDB doesn't list anyone as the sound designer. Any one know?

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 1:56 p.m. CST

    "Check it out. I am the ultimate badass.

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    State of the badass art. You do not want to fuck with me. Check it out. Hey, Rip. Don't worry. Me and my team of ultimate badasses will protect you!" **PATRONISING CHEER** Hudson = greatest wildcard character in the history of movies.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 2:02 p.m. CST

    They're going to come in here.

    by Sailor Rip

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 2:03 p.m. CST

    They're going to come in here.

    by Sailor Rip

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 2:03 p.m. CST

    They're going to come in here...

    by Sailor Rip

    ...and they're going get us!

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Bishop was the best person(artificial)

    by Sailor Rip

    to remote pilot the drop ship. Hudson does go down fighting. He kind of redeems himself.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 2:50 p.m. CST

    Weirzbowski

    by Abominable Snowcone

    WEEERSBOWSKIII!!!!!<p> BUDDABUDDABUDDA-eeyyahnna!

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Aliens

    by TheNewDirector

    Love aliens in my top 5 for sure after T2, and Heat. For sequels though I have to give the edge to Terminator 2. It was the first R rated movie I had seen in theaters, I was nine at the time, and when the Terminator foot stomped down on the skull in the opening scene, I was hooked on movies for life. Here's hoping Avatar 2 will be much more improved than Avatar.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST

    Hicks (CLICK-CLACK)

    by gooseud

    "Eat THIS!!!" BLAMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST

    I always wanted to see....

    by gooseud

    The Alien massacre that made the 30 foot hole in the floor. In fact, the entire prequel to Aliens with the story of the colonists is one of the few prequels I would actually WANT to see.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 3:10 p.m. CST

    Hudsons last stand

    by gooseud

    was awesome, he turned into a bad ass at the best possible moment. "Oh you want some too?? FUCK YOU!!!"

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 3:24 p.m. CST

    TheNewDirector

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    "The Terminator foot stomped down on that skull got me hooked". That moment was a pivotal moment in my movie watching life. I was 11, upto that point I worshipped Spielberg and Lucas, and all of a sudden James Cameron took me to a whole new level. T2 was the first film to really truly blow my mind (I saw Aliens a year later and it had the same effect perhaps even greater).

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Game over man!

    by KGB3317

    The golden-age of Bill Paxton. His performances in Aliens & Near Dark are off the rails. Also, look for him as head punk/mugger that first goes after Ahnald in T1. Aliens is a classic movie, top 25 for me all-time.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 5:01 p.m. CST

    Re: sound efx

    by skimn

    My favorite effect, which always gives my speakers a work out, is the WhuuubWhaa sound that the recovery laser scanner makes when it faces the camera as it scans.<p>And Don Sharpe did win an Oscar for sound editing, against Top Gun & Star Trek 4, while Graham V. Hartstone, Nicolas Le Messurier, Michael A. Carter and Roy Charman were nominated for Best Sound...

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 5:39 p.m. CST

    I have no sarcastic remarks about this photo.

    by Royston Lodge

    And that makes me sad.<p> Could it be that I only enjoy this BTS column when it's not-so-good?<p> Stop doing such a good job!!!<p> How am I going to inflate my own sense of importance unless you post crap for me to complain about?

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 5:55 p.m. CST

    I saw the Alien Queen in Glasgow

    by Amity75

    It was at a movie prop exibition. They also had the fertility idol from Raiders and Dorothys ruby slippers. Raiders is my havourite movie and I admit I stood in front of the idol mimicking Indys gestures but the Queen was on cables hanging over everything and looked absolutely spectacular.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 5:56 p.m. CST

    The battle in Operations in ALIENS is

    by Sailor Rip

    perhaps the most thrilling, jaw dropping, intense fight scene ever. <p> Another awesome moment: Vasquez hands Bishop the gun when he's in the pipe and he hands it back without her even seeing. <p> Oh and THE KNIFE TRICK. I'm sure many of us have a few scars(and maybe missing fingers) based on that scene.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 7:13 p.m. CST

    BP

    by TheNewDirector

    Yeah it was the same for me, when the skull is crushed I was excited, scared and estactic. That moment without a doubt made me into a crazed movie lover. And I have been at Cameron's beck and call ever since.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Royston

    by Quint

    I'll get to work on that right away! Can't leave you out in the cold!

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 7:47 p.m. CST

    That's a nice pet you've got there, Bishop...

    by Hugh G Rekshun

    Magnificent, isn't it.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 7:50 p.m. CST

    This isn't happening man!!

    by Hugh G Rekshun

    This isn't happening man...this isn't happening!!

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST

    Someone said "alien" and she thought

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    they meant illegal alien signed up! Vasquez: Fuck you asshole. Hudson: Anytime. Anywhere.

  • Aug. 6, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST

    Thenewdirector..hey dude, whats up? Like you

    by southafricanguy

    I was blown away by T2 as a kid. And after I saw Aliens I ve been Cameron's bitch ever since. There just is no denying the impact and influence of these two films, and that they are among the very few select great sequals. Like you newdirector I was a somewhat dissapointed in Avatar (mostly due to the simple narrative, but I loved the designs of the creatures and tech etc..and the end battle scene was awsome), but somehow I just have a feeling that Avataar 2 may be way better simply due to Cameron being so smart at understanding how you make a sequal bigger and better, while expanding the mythos/universe and adding totally new concepts/characters at the same time....

  • Aug. 7, 2010, 1:14 a.m. CST

    Hey SAG whats going on?

    by TheNewDirector

    Yeah it took me a few weeks to realize that avatar just isn't that good, story wise. Spectacular vehicle and character designs, awesome end battle, and of course very impressive next gen. cgi tech, but I was let down by the simplistic and cliched story. However I have faith in Cameron that Avatar 2 will blow us away like his previous unparalleled cinematic masterpieces. Southafricanguy I also read that you didn't see avatar in 3D? I'm quite surprised because in all honesty, that was a major part of the whole viewing experience and no one NO ONE has done better and more immersive 3D than Cameron, but of course, that is too be expected....

  • Aug. 7, 2010, 8:07 a.m. CST

    KilliK. Wrong.

    by guardian.452

    The Atmosphere Processing Plant was damaged when the dropship crashed into it, rather than Vasquez's and Drake smartguns. That's always been my take on it anyway

  • Aug. 7, 2010, 9:52 a.m. CST

    LV_426

    by Sailor Rip

    You can get AWESOME replicas of the pulse rifle online but being your handle is LV426 I'm sure you know this. <p> My fav sound scene. <p> My girlfriend in like 1996 had never seen ALIENS so we watch it and after they fry the colonist with the chestburster and the aliens start to wake there's a shot of them slowly rising off the floor and that shot and the sound that accompanies that is just... <p> my girl just said "Oh my god." She knew from that shot the shit they were in for.

  • Aug. 7, 2010, 10 a.m. CST

    Question.

    by Sailor Rip

    People seem to think Ash was sent to make sure the Nostromo responded to the distress call and get a specimen. I believe he was just there and after they knew what they had he contacted WY and then they instucted him to bring back a specimen at all costs. <p> My problem is: If WY knew of the aliens why(in the timeframe between Alien and ALIENS) do they not send WY commandos and scientists to investigate? <p> Instead they set up a "shake and bake" colony on the planet and hope someone finds the derelict? <p> Really. If they knew the whole time why do they not investigate and instead send a group of civilians to live there?

  • Aug. 7, 2010, 10:05 a.m. CST

    Favorite sound effect...

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    There are so many to choose from, but my one is the simplest...the sound of wind. You hear it right at the start after the Fox fanfare. The screen is dark for a few seconds and you can hear this faint wind blowing. And that sound effect returns throughout the film. I've never heard a wind effect like that anywhere else. Its like wind blowing through metal pipes, its just a very unsettling sound.

  • Aug. 7, 2010, 10:09 a.m. CST

    guardian.452

    by Sailor Rip

    There really is no explanation as to why the reactor went nuclear. I buy snowcone's theory but at least one line confirming it would've been cool. Yeah I know they have that discussion on the APC that leads to Gormans order but the way they talk it sounds like"Look if one stray bullet hits the wrong place this place will explode immediately." <p> I just assumed that since all the colonists had been dead for so long no one was maintaining it and it went into meltdown. I'm sticking with that.

  • Aug. 7, 2010, 10:11 a.m. CST

    And

    by Sailor Rip

  • Aug. 7, 2010, 10:12 a.m. CST

    I guess we're all getting blu in October.

    by Sailor Rip

  • Aug. 7, 2010, 7:38 p.m. CST

    KilliK

    by ME_M

    "...because its too unrealistic.Gorman should have explained to Apone the reasoning behind his order..." But we knew that Gorman was not a good officer, and his (panicked) decision, to not explain to Apone, is just another example of that.

  • Aug. 8, 2010, 8:20 a.m. CST

    ME_M re Gorman...

    by BP_drills_america_a_new_asshole

    Actually Gorman made the right decision not to explain himself to Apone. Firstly there is the matter of time. Explaining himself would have taken up precious seconds. Also if the marines knew they were in a place that could potentially explode it would affect how fought the aliens. They would be more careful, nore hesistant even with flamethrowers which could have been disastrous for them. So Gorman actually made the right call.

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 5:19 p.m. CST

    I still remember Aliens 2.5 stars, Superman III 4 stars

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    Worst reviewer ever. He got hung up on how terrible it was they put air on the planet and got rid of the spacesuits from Alien. Really?

  • Aug. 31, 2010, 5:24 p.m. CST

    Sailor Rip WY question

    by Domi'sInnerChild

    I agree, they obviously didn't. They sent people to investigate right after Ripley gave her story. Ash was just programmed to not give a crap about lives if there was potential for company profit off alien babies or other random assets.