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    As of July 18 2016, this date marks the 30th Anniversary of not only one of the best sequels of a iconic franchise, but... ALIENS (1986)

 

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As of July 18 2016, this date marks the 30th Anniversary of not only one of the best sequels of a iconic franchise, but also one of the best Action Horror films, evah!

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Fresh from coming off the huge success of his breakout film, (The Terminator) Director James Cameron along with his then wife Gale Anne Hurd, had begun work on a bigger film, not only in terms of budget and special effects, but pulse pounding action, suspense and survival horror. This highly ambitious project was to write, produce and direct the sequel to the classic Sci-Fi Horror, Alien. Cameron at the time was working on Terminator but manage to write a draft for the sequel and sometime afterwards, began production.

 

Aliens take place 57 years after the events from 1979’s Alien in which the protagonist Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) became the sole survivor of a Xenomorph attack on the cargo ship Nostromo.

 

Ripley’s escape craft has been seized and after drifting in space for over five decades in hypersleep, she has (finally) awakened into a new nightmare both literally and figuratively. To go back to the planet LV-426 which is now -Hadley’s Hope, a Colony inhabited by Humans and no surprise, the Xenomorphs! but this time, its war ! (As the tagline says.)

 

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I was immediately impressed with the overall design of the vehicles, weapons, props, gear and of course, the practical mechanical effects courtesy of brothers; Robert and Dennis Skotak and of course, the late but so great, Stan Winston. Even the dramatic backdrop lighting during Ripley’s Power Loader entrance, was highly impressive.

The other “Special Effect” would be James Horner’s incredible soundtrack. Horner had captured the intensity of certain scenes with his score from the serene and calm of Ripley’s hibernation, the militaristic vibe of the Space Marines preparation and arrival on LV-426, and of course the high tense  action and escape scenes with Ripley taking charge.

 

"Game Over, Woman"!

“Game Over, Woman”!

 

Cameron’s use of character development was aptly utilized especially when you weigh in an ensemble cast who each had their own distinct personalities. Vasquez, a Hispanic female (ambiguous Lesbian) was a cool character which had a few quotable lines such as “Let’s rock” and you can’t help but love the chemistry between her and Bill Paxton’s wisecracking Pvt. Hudson. was one of the few who really stood out among the cast of characters. At first, he came off a bit too cocky, then after experiencing the loss of his fellow comrades, became this whining bitch only to “Man up” during the third act even if it meant his unfortunate demise. It was unfortunate to see other memorable characters such as Sgt. Apone killed off within the first 30 or so minutes. However, the show must go on.

The few, the loud, the Colonial Marines!

The few, the loud, the Colonial Marines!

 

“Right, right. Somebody said “alien” she (Vasquez) thought they said “illegal alien” and signed up!”

Another supporting character who redeemed himself was the inexperienced Lieutenant Gorman whose attempt at rescuing Valdez was in vain but not without a final sacrifice. Corporal Dwayne Hicks blended in splendidly as the  male action hero without the need for  stereotypical tropes or  cliches that were often presented during the 80’s.

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I can go even further by mentioning Bishop the Android whose role served as an analogy of prejudice, Technophobia and to an extent; Racism. Ellen fearing Bishop because of her unfortunate experience with Ash, an “Artificial Human” who went rogue, is akin to a Caucasian Female being mugged or assaulted by one from another Race. Bishop not only garnered Ripley’s respect in the end, but practically was the real hero in this sequel.

"Here's, Johnny"!!

“Here’s, Johnny”!!

 

“What do you mean *they* cut the power? How could they cut the power, man? They’re animals!”

One individual who is far from redemption was Carter Burke, a shill for the Wayland Yuitani corporation who after having his “grand scheme” exposed, planed on having both Ripley and Newt impregnated by the Xenomorphs for company research and of course, weaponization.

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Which brings me to the obvious metaphors courtesy of Cameron’s script. Burke, being the unscrupulous corporate stooge uses not only Ripley, but the Colonists on Hadley’s Hope as a means in order to serve Wayland Yutani’s purpose.

This would be compared to how many soldiers have been squandered from previous wars being it Vietnam and especially the Gulf War. Or could it possibly stem from the corporate greed era of the 80’s?

First product placement scene! Well, mine anyway.

And speaking of “Corporate greed,” here’s a  product placement scene!

“At least you don’t see them fucking each other over a goddamn percentage”!

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The other metaphor would be the protagonist facing her worse fear and overcoming grief as displayed during three arcs of the film:

  • In the beginning, Ripley with deepest regret, learns of her daughter’s passing along with reoccurring nightmares due to her horrific experience from the Nostromo incident.
  • Ripley decides to finally face her fears by agreeing to go back to LV-426 as a means of therapy-like destroying the alien species.
  • As the film progresses, she begins a close bond with the sole survivor of Hadley’s Hope- Newt, thus using her motherly instinct to rescue Newt after she has been taken by the Xenomorphs.
  • In an epic scene, Ripley overcomes her fears and in doing so, rescues Newt, defeat the Alien Queen and the film ends with her sleeping peacefully without fear or concern of any Xenomorph danger.

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But are her worse fears truly over?

 

What’s cool about Aliens, is that it has not aged poorly compared to a handful of Sc- Fi contemporaries from that decade of groundbreaking Pop Culture, the 80’s. And despite Cameron various reference, from the Vietnam War to Robert Heilien’s Starship Troopers as the film’s template, Aliens without a doubt is original and highly influential to other mediums; i.e. videogames such as the Contra, DOOM, Gears of War and the HALO series, to Animes like Blue Gender. Often duplicated in various films such as 2004’s Dawn of the Dead and prior to that the first Resident Evil movie. Sorry Zac and Weasel Shit, there can only be one, and that is James Cameron’s Aliens!

Face-off!

Face-off!

It was one of the few films that had a female butt kicking protagonist which continued to pave the way for action heroines in Sci-Fi cinema. In essence, it was the Feminist film one can be truly proud of as opposed 2016’s Ghostbusters. This was considered groundbreaking since Women from this genre were usually placed on the sidelines or for the most part, a supporting character.It was cool to see the character’s progression from a frightened Ship pilot, to an Ass kicking One Woman Army who  took on a shitload of Xenomorphs.

“Rambolina,” Fuck the Worlds!

 

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This is my favorite sequel next to Empire Strikes Back and of course, best James Cameron film

that didn’t need to be epic to land such a massive impact in cinema and for all you fans out there, I highly recommend the Director’s cut to experience Cameron’s true vision of this sequel.

Happy 30th anni!

 

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  • Tarmac492.1

    great article mang!! I can find no fault with this flick. Whatever happened to the dialogue writer that Cameron was? I still like The original Terminator a bit more for its low budget ingenious rawness

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Excellent stuff.

    Aliens is one of the all time best, and – with apologies to Die Hard – the greatest action movie ever made. The final forty minutes is still, IMO, the most exciting, intense and sustained to be found in any movie anywhere.

    Aliens remains the standard by which I judge nearly all action/sci-fi thrillers, and most of them come up short in comparison.

    Happy 30th.

  • KilliK

    great tribute article, Stalk, well done.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    I can’t wait for Neill Blomkamp’s remake *cough* …sorry, sequel. I wonder how many beats from this movie he’ll recycle?

  • I_am_better

    One of The Best Movies Ever Made, now and forever.

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  • KilliK

    dual wielding a flamethrower and a pulse rifle for sure. a mech battle is a given. another alien queen, but this time will be an alien male king. another good android. they get trapped inside the secret hangar while the aliens are loose. they have to escape it and kill all the aliens. the hangar is destroyed with a nuclear explosion. and so on.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    And don’t forget the wisecracking marine who’ll serve in the Hudson role, or the “good” Weyland Yutani employee who helps Hicks and Ripley break into the hangar and then betrays them, because he wants to steal a specimen for his own profit.

  • Full Frontal Throttle

    Great job! One Of The Greatest Films Ever!

  • Dee-abolik

    Right on! One of the best sequels ever. I wonder whom the space Marines have been fighting before we met them?

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    I know some people take the references to “bughunts” – which are a nod to Heinlein’s Starship Troopers novel – literally, and assume the marines must have battled other alien lifeforms in the galaxy beforehand, but I doubt that. I think it’s just military jargon for mop up work in conflicts with enemy forces – in this case, human infantry.

    Aliens is really successful at world-building because it suggests a lot from throwaway references, dialogue, and the details of the technology and settings. It’s too bad none of the other sequels fleshed out those elements and expanded on the “Alien” universe like this first one did. The Dark Horse Comics series from the late eighties/ early nineties actually did it so much better.

    I think Fox have finally woken up to the possibilities of all that missed potential decades too late, and are frantically trying to course-correct with the multiple Ridley Scott prequels and Blomkamp’s movie, but they seem to be going about matters in a very haphazard fashion.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    “Damn, I knew I should have bought a larger can of Raid.”

  • KilliK

    I disagree, taking into account the whole context of the conversation and the reaction to the xenomorph word, it’s obvious they are referring to alien forms, not enemy soldiers. Other colonies were harassed by the indigenous wildlife of the planet they were colonizing, and they sent the space marines to take care of the problem. They were used as pest control, thus their indifference to Ripley’s alien and her warnings, they thought it was just another pesky alien animal they had to kill.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    It’s very possible. But, if parsed a certain way, the question “is this a stand up fight, sir, or another bug hunt?” could also imply a distinction between two different types of military operations – actual front line combat engagement as opposed to trivial backwater mop up operations of some kind or other – and not necessarily a distinction between the opponents as human or alien. If not, why would the “stand up fight” not also be referred to as some kind of “bug” conflict? Alternatively, the question could have been more clearly phrased as “is this an infantry battle or another bug hunt?”

    When Gorman replies “all we know is that a xenomorph may be involved,”and the others don’t know what it means, Hicks grudgingly confirms to himself “it’s a bug hunt,” which could imply he sees it as merely another trivial mission, not that bug hunts are synonymous with alien lifeforms and that it is common for the marines to be engaged in battling them.

    I still maintain the references are ambiguous and I’ve never came across any expanded universe material that attempt to follow up on them, but there might be some comics or video games or books out there that do.

    And there are some who think – and this is definitely wrong – that it implies that the marines have encountered the actual Aliens before, and not simply indigenous lower animals or insects. I remember, years ago, an idiot on AICN, who was always trying to bash Cameron, claimed the aforementioned and attacked Cameron for betraying the original film and cheapening the Alien lifeform by making it too common in the universe. Needless to say, I corrected him, but I think it went in one ear and out the other.

    Anyway, here’s an entire article about the topic:

    http://arstechnica.com/the-multiverse/2014/08/the-throwaway-line-in-aliens-that-spawned-decades-of-confusion/

  • Dee-abolik

    Isn’t it established that the Alien is the only known alien lifeform in this universe?

  • Dee-abolik

    I like to think they fought some terrorists.

  • Stalkeye

    “I think Fox have finally woken up to the possibilities of all that missed potential decades too late, and are frantically trying to course-correct with the multiple Ridley Scott prequels and Blomkamp’s movie, but they seem to be going about matters in a very haphazard fashion.”

    For the most part, it is the familiar scenario of “too little, too late” but perhaps Blumkin’s requel will fare better than Prometheus at least.
    I just need to have FOX erase Alien 3 and Resurrection off the grid entirely.

  • Dee-abolik

    Boo!

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    I just pray that he won’t fuck it up like Chappie or Elysium. At least the latter was more entertaining and had interesting social commentary like plenty of Sci-Fi mediums.

  • Stalkeye

    Much appreciated, Killik!

  • Stalkeye

    Thanks, Turd and I know for sure that would have done this particular topic justice had you published an article. Aliens is basically within a class all by itself so i have NO expectations whatsoever of comparing most sci-fi action horror films to JC’s classic.

  • Stalkeye

    Thanks for the Twitter shoutout, S! (And no, I haven’t forgotten about the “Project”. I can’t find the original script and have to do an re-write overhaul! LOL)
    I love the original Terminator and truth be told, although it falls under Aliens, it’s one of the most ambitious lower budgeted films of the 80’s since Escape from New York and Road Warrior. I contemplated on doing anniversary write-up for Termy 2 years ago, but it fell through the cracks. Maybe Sagamanus had already covered it for all I know.

  • Stalkeye

    Try saying that to my friends after we walked out the theater after seeing Alien 3. Talk about “traumatized”!! XD Fincher and Weaver were lucky we didn’t have social media or PCs at the time when we were much younger. Those idiots shat on Cameron’s legacy just like Ahnuuld and co. with his Terminator sequels.(0:<

  • Dee-abolik

    You know we can respectfully disagree but if we should ever get into the situation of fighting to death over this, I won’t back down!

  • Stalkeye

    That would be GIJoe in “Spaaaaaccccceeee”!

  • Stalkeye

    Luv ya, Dee but I’m sticking to my Gats on this one. 😛
    I was outraged since the first 5 minutes of Alien 3. (So was Michael Biehn apparently. LOL) Ripley lost another “Daughter,” a potential romantic interest, fucking Bishop, almost got gang-raped and if that wasn’t enough, got “impregnated” and had her chest busted open while falling into a vat of molten whatever.

    Her worse fears came to life just like Sarah o Conner’s (Terminator 3)

    Way too nihilistic and the sad truth about it all is that Ellen Ripley, was one of the few female action heroes of Sci-fi genre, and after FOX realized how bad they fucked up, then came a sillier sequel by good ol Joss called Resurrection…well, I did like the Smugglers for the most part as well as the director’s cut ending.

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  • Tarmac492.1

    Hudson’s death was fucking amazing. Talk about going out kicking ass!!!

  • Tarmac492.1

    My fave Hudson is “Oh yeah sure with those things running around out there? You can count me out.”

  • Tarmac492.1

    Give it to Reiser for playing a great cunt. Great casting choice by JC. “

  • Tarmac492.1

    Cameron(and Scott) got more tension out of the sonar beeps on those tracking devices than a billion dollars worth of cgi today.

  • I_am_better

    I always like “Well why don’t you put HER in charge…?!!?”

  • Tarmac492.1

    I dont have high hopes for this.

  • Tarmac492.1

    LOL!!! another great one.

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  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Loved that game and its pink aliens. Konami made some great side-scrolling shoot-em-ups back in the day, between this and the Contra series.

    “The last of their flung into timeless space. You have also survived.” Those crazy Japanese coders and their weird translations!

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    I think so; I’d have to check. I remember the Company rep claiming LV-426 was a “rock with no indigenous life”. That could apply to all the colonized planets or maybe only some of them. But alien lifeforms don’t appear to be at all common in that galaxy.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Somebody should stand up at Comic-Con next weekend (he and the rest of them will be there) and say “Mr. Reiser, I want to congratulate you for playing a great cunt. In fact, you probably played one of the greatest cunts in cinema history!”

    “Erm…thank you very much…I guess…”

  • KilliK

    it wasnt. he died like the coward he was while jeopardizing his comrades with his uncontrolled reaction.

  • Tarmac492.1

    dont agree.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Yeah, I don’t, either. The whole point of Hudson’s arc is that he’s a braggart who’s revealed to be a coward under pressure, and who then goes on to redeem himself by manning up during the finale even though he’s shit-scared.

    He wasn’t putting his comrades in jeopardy or firing anywhere near them during the operations lab shootout; he was intense and wired, but also focused and certainly not out-of-control. He was firing at the aliens, not his fellow marines.

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    Orcus approves

  • Stalkeye

    Exactly!!!

  • Stalkeye

    His casting wasn’t a “Bad call” after all. X)

  • Stalkeye

    Funny how it was Hudson who came to the deduction that the Xenomorphs came from the Mother queen. Well written character and Paxton’s best role, hands down!

  • Stalkeye

    Well, I could’ve at least spent my $8.00 on other things like Ghostbusters??
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  • Sagamanus

    Aliens? Never heard of it…great work.

  • Stalkeye

    That’s very hight praise coming from one of JC’s biggest fans! (;’
    Like i said before, although Aliens is based from the orignal source material being the first film, Cameron, Hurd and Hill made this a tottally original film that sets itself from all the others and arguable the best of this franchise, hands down!

  • this movie is incredible. not up for debate.

    that said, can we talk about the (popular?) theme of replacing a dead loved one/child with another, such as how they do in this film (newt as replacement for ripley’s daughter) and in face/off with the dead son? those are the only examples that spring to mind right now but i’m sure there are more.
    Basically it seems weird to celebrate that as a coping mechanism. “oh hey i only love and want to protect you because you remind me of someone i lost” seems kinda callous in the end

  • i love the vagueness of whether or not humans have encountered aliens before. the “bug hunt” could be aliens, could be mutated earth bugs, could be code for mopups like you said. also “it doesnt matter when its arcturian, baby!”…aliens? star trekian “humanoid” green babes? just androgynous humans? who knows

  • Stalkeye

    You raised a very interesting point in regard to coping mechanisms as far as greif is concerned. In the case of Aliens, both Ripley and Rebbecca (Newt) lost someone near and dear, from an humanistic viewpoint, it was obvious that they would gravitate toward each other and make the message clear that hope previals.It tugged my heart strings when newt cried out to Ellen while calling her-“Mommy”.(This is coming from another cynical bastard!) Life goes on and thus, I didn’t see Ripley being selfish instead I saw it as a new beggining for both…

    ….until Fincher and FOX had ruined it with Alien 3, a sequel that was very uneccessary in my opinion.

  • Stalkeye

    Konami was the main reason of why I became a gamer in the first place. Circa NES’ Metal Gear.Now they are just a former shell of themselves and fucked Kojima over royally!! No way to treat those who helped to build your company.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Yeah, Konami and Capcom were my favorite video game companies back in the eighties/nineties: Castlevania, Contra, Megaman, Streetfighter – all that good stuff.

    I don’t know what’s become of them, as I mostly stopped playing video games after the N64/Playstation 1 era, but I’ll take your word for it that they’re now a shadow of their former selves.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    I don’t see that as a self-centered coping mechanism, but as an attempt, when given a second chance, to do right by an innocent and not let them down. Kind of like, “this happened to my kid before, I won’t let it happen to you no matter what, even if it means my life in the process.” I see it as a noble, selfless thing, a chance to right wrongs.

  • Stalkeye

    That’s unfortunate that you ceased gaming post PS1, mainly because you missed out on some really cool shit like Resident Evil 4 and MGS Snakeater for starters.These were not only great games, but an experience that can rival most motion pictures!! Konami did an excellent job with the Castlevania reboot, while Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom is a fighting comic feanboy’s wet dream!! Sadly the Japanese gaming industry has far less programers since the glory days of PS2 and Capcom has gone broke from what I often hear.

  • KilliK

    you got everything, Hudson. everything except courage.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Maybe one day I’ll get back into it and check out those games. I still play a few titles here and there; I just find that playing video games eats up a lot of time. There’s so much media, of all types, to watch, play, read and listen to nowadays, and only so many hours in the day – and that’s on top of real life, of course!

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    But at least he manned up in the end while Burke ran off like a Pussy. Typical corporate weasel.

  • Frimmel

    One of the things I love about this movie is the characters act sensibly. They get beat by the xenomorphs and call the drop-ship for dust off like any group of sane people would. But the drop-ship crashes. Then make a plan to get the other ship and get the heck out. No one does anything out of character stupid in the film.

  • KilliK

    he didnt man up, he just lost it.

  • Dee-abolik

    I always dreamed of a horror icon beat em up.

  • Dee-abolik

    but why is the Alien’s head so small?

  • Bop

    Will I get tarred and feathered when I say I only watched the first one?

  • Bop

    Konami, Capcom, Jaleco, Technos and Human were definitely my picks.

  • Bop

    It is a no-brainer. All the people having the rights for the characters would be making some good money just by teaming up their characters.

  • Stalkeye

    So that the weight won’t slow his jumps? XD

  • Stalkeye

    ????? XD

  • Stalkeye

    I like putting Predator against Jason and Alien. There’s also Leatherface but i was never into TCM. Sowwies. I would love for Pinhead to make an appearance!

  • Stalkeye

    Perhaps i should mention this to Ed Boon via Twitter.

  • Storm The Wire

    Oh just admit it Turd, you’re addicted to Pokemon Go!

  • Storm The Wire

    That was an excellent tribute there Stalkeye. Aliens still kicks ass today. It is almost the perfect genre film; masterfully blending action, war flick, sci-fi, horror, and bits of welcome but not over-the-top comic relief to balance out the tension and build character.

    Aliens feels like a big film without having to show massive CGI armies of xenomorphs or long laborious effects shots of futuristic architecture. The scope of film simultaneously feels grand while also intimate and claustrophobic in the way that the original Alien did too. It manages to perfectly blend B-movie tropes and iconography with an A-movie feel and standard of quality.

    Throw in an excellent career-high performance from Weaver bolstered by a memorable cast of supporting players and you got yourself one of the most classy classic genre flicks ever. Or maybe it’s truly just one of the best movies ever!

  • Storm The Wire

    Without the 8+ years of inflated promises and hype leading up to the release of this game, it’s not as bad as most seem to make it out to be. It was fun walking through the iconic movie locations and blasting xenomorphs.

  • Stalkeye

    I think most of the disappointments
    stem from the E3 pre release. The graphics were much better

  • Storm The Wire

    I don’t think Blomkamp’s Alien flick is going to get made now. He’s working on another film for the couple years while Weaver is going to be busy with the Avatar sequels. By the time they can get to it Weaver will be 70 or 71 and Sir Ridley will still be working on finishing off his Alien prequel trilogy.

    If Alien Covenant is a big hit and fans are overall happier with it than they were for Prometheus, then I don’t see much momentum shifting towards Blomkamp’s Alien project. I also have a feeling Alien Covenant will be the next flashpoint for the whole feminism movie conflict like we have with the Ghostbusters remake. I worry it’s going to be a big mess.

  • Storm The Wire

    I hear ya.

    At that point (2011?) the game was considered mostly dead, mostly.

    Then there was that awesome E3 gameplay demo that not only showed the game was still alive, it sent expectations through the roof compared to what they were actually capable of delivering on. Even then, the game’s storyline was pretty much shite and they had to cram in some generic W-Y troopers to appease the mentality that the game wasn’t strong enough as an Aliens FPS game and needed Call of Duty style firefights.

  • Stalkeye

    well, it certainly is one of the best films ever and its sad that we’ll never see a Movie of this scope from the great Cameron again. Also, I’m still bitter on how FOX shitted on Cam’s legacy. They should have left it alone without doing another sequel post Aliens especially when th ending was cathartic.
    Aliens was its own film despite it being a sequel.

    Thanks, Storm and welcome to The Supernaughts and feel free to explore other articles that may be to your liking here.
    If ever you wish to publish an article,feel free to use the open submission tab.
    No, there’s no monetary rewards for publishing articles but if your work stands out among the others, perhaps a major geek site will take notice. Avoid writing for AICN as they have beeen know for firing via Facebook. LMMFAO

  • Bop

    I can’t believe no one ever asked him.

  • Bop

    No kidding bro. I only saw the first and the fourth.

  • Stalkeye

    I’m a straight up COD player and had major developers from Activision handled Colonial Marines, it would have been a much better game. The graphics look like PS2 quality and that’s a big no-no! Oh wells, there’s always that AVP game or Alien isolation which I will eventually get around to.

  • Stalkeye

    Brother, do yourself a favor-watch ALIENS! You won’t regret it.
    It’s an ass kicking film with great dialogue and story.
    Not to mention how easily it surpasses all the others within the franchise. I watched it over the weekend and truth be told, its still as fun and engaging as it was 30 years ago.
    That’s a true testament of a classic like Empire Strikes Back, John Carpenter’s The Thing, Zombie, EFNY, Road Warrior, Predator, Scarface, Transformers the Movie, etc. It’s gritty so there’s no Star wars athmosphere, just high tension survival action horror.

  • Stalkeye

    He would have to assemble a team of lawyers in order to procure the rights to various Movie studios but it shouldnt be much of a problem since he have Alien, Predator, Leatherface, Jason and Freddy Krueger before those four characters.

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    ..

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    Eh, what’s that? 😉

    (I kid, but, after hearing the name being mentioned repeatedly of late, I did have to look it up a few days ago to find out what it was. I was too old for Pokemon the first time around and I don’t bother with most of the social media fads, so I had no fucking clue about this new thing…and I’m still not clear as to its appeal! Has the world gone mad!?)

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    I knew that game’s storyline would be garbage as soon as it was revealed that the colony was still intact, just a bit ragged and worse for wear. 40 megaton blast at a half kilometer range! What?

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    “Avoid writing for AICN as they have been know for firing via Facebook. LMMFAO”

    Those elitist fucks would never let a Disqus commentor write for them anyway, even though it’d undoubtedly be to their benefit. It would certainly improve the quality of the articles there.

    One thing I always hated about that shithole was that Harry and his staff of cunts would act – and still do – as if they were superior to their readers. Considering that many who comment in the talkbacks there – including you, me, Creepy, etc. – are better writers, far more informed, and certainly more passionate than they are, I find that a grave insult! I’ve always been struck by how poor the “official” content was compared to a lot of the knowledge and insight in the talkbacks.

    Still, I wouldn’t write for AICN nowadays even if they suddenly changed their policy to allow open submissions, and paid the contributors in gold bars and hookers into the bargain! I’ll leave the fat rats on their sinking ship to drown.

  • Stalkeye

    Fat Fuck Harry lost all cred with the Kickstarter scam and before that, Brian Cox in Alien. Also, his reviews are from a Narcisst perspective.
    Vineyard is an asshole and so was Beaks. Vern was entertaining at times but he made an ass out of himself during his defense of Diablo Cody. It would be cool to have more guys like us posting shit here because at least its based from our passion as oppossed to selling out like Harry and co.

  • Dee-abolik

    But at least AICN has a funny and diverse community of commenters, Faraci’s site is a complete circle jerk, even the commenters there.

  • Turd Has Escaped The Gravy

    I wouldn’t know; I never visit it. If I did, I’d probably be blacklisted within five minutes for the things I’d say about the Great God Faraci and his asinine opinions.

  • Dee-abolik

    It’s boring- not even worth making fun about.

  • KilliK

    They really need to make a new Alien movie in the style of Isolation, which is native VR. That’s why I am hoping RE7 will be a big hit in the VR platform, to give the incentive.

  • ErnestRister

    Starcraft was not shy about tipping the hat to Aliens…”We’re in the pipe, five by five.”

  • Stalkeye

    Hah, never played Starcraft. I usually avoid strategy and role playing proxy based games. But its cool that they apid some homage to this classic.

  • Stalkeye

    From what I have seen on RE7, I’m left unimpressed.
    They strayed too far from the concept with what looks like a Silent Hill knockoff.