Happy Alien Day everyone! For those who don't know, April 26th is known as Alien Day. The planet that the original killer xenomorph spawned from was called LV-426, and as such, Alien Day is celebrated on 4/26.
It's a good day to watch some of your favorite Alien movies, or at least the good ones. There's quite a bit of entries involving the acid bleeding monster, so here is a list to help you cipher out the good from the bad.
Here is Every Alien Movie Ranked From Worst to Best.
7. Alien 3
Okay, admittedly I have a personal vendetta against this movie. I'm not blaming anyone, especially director David Fincher who did what he could with the project, but this movie completely ruined all of the great character development that was built up from Aliens. I'm not going to spoil anything here, but don't watch this one if you were attached to the characters from the first two films. Alien 3 is boring, depressing, unoriginal, and just a plain mess.
6. Alien vs. Predator: Requiem
This overly gory, overly saturated cash-grab for the masses was a total letdown on all fronts, and a misfire on all cylinders. The second movie which had the two biggest cinematic alien races clash with one other suffered from bad acting, boring set pieces, and generic fight sequences. If you're new to the Alien franchise, don't start with this disaster.
5. Alien Resurrection
Oh my, what a mess this was. Why can't FOX just leave well enough alone. After Alien 3 it seemed that the franchise had ended on a rather bleak note, but the quest for money will always keep a steady pulse on a franchise. Alien Resurrection opened up to critical and financial disarray. Well deserved, as the movie is a mess of ideas that pays absolutely zero respect or attention on what made the franchise such a success in the first place. Its characters are cliche, and the action is too generic and far and between. Alien Resurrection should have stayed dead.
While it is cinematically gorgeous, Ridley Scott's long awaited prequel to Alienis too jumbled and plagued with unrealistic characters that respond to strange occurrences in an unrealistic manor. Prometheusposes more questions than answers, but not in a good way. While 2001: A Space Odyssey was mysterious and profound, Prometheus is too confusing for its own good. It's not a good prequel, it's not a good standalone, it's not much of a good anything honestly. The tragedy here is if it had a halfway decent script, Scott's direction truly could have made this a masterpiece.
3. Alien vs. Predator
Ever since that first Alien skull was seen in Predator 2, fans were eagerly awaiting a cross-universe movie that pitted the galaxy's deadliest hunters against the galaxy's deadliest animals. While the movie doesn't deliver on all expectations, it does have its fair share of moments. The human characters are a little bland, and the film suffers from poor direction and sound editing, but Alien vs. Predator is a decent shoot em' up with plenty of action. It isn't subtle, and won't leave you with deep resonating thoughts, but if you want to kill a couple of hours give it a shot.
Okay, now we get to the good stuff. I just realized that there are way more crappy Alien movies than there are good ones. That's okay though, because these first two are so good they out weight any of the crap that came after. The original Alien is one of the best sci-fi horrors ever made. Ridely Scott was at the top of his game here and created some of the most creative set pieces in cinema history. The acting is powerful, the pacing is suspenseful, and the overall movie breathtaking. Alien is an instant classic that still holds up today.
It's hard deciding between this and the first one, but Aliens just narrowly beats it's predecessor. While the first entry is an atmospheric horror, the second is a no-holds-bar action extravaganza that has plenty of heart and soul. Director James Cameron created something special in Aliens by fusing dynamic action sequences, and further fleshing out hero Ripley's backstory and character. This is the type of movie that only comes around once every couple of years that creates a perfect blend of action, horror, drama, and suspense. If you haven't seen it yet, I strongly suggest you do.
Happy Alien Day Everybody!
Do you have a list of movies that you want to recommend? Now you have a place to do it.
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