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Face-Off: Alien vs. Aliens

Mar. 22, 2012by: Paul Huffman
For the Face Off last week, we saw the closest race that we've seen yet for this column with a tally of 11-10 in The Joker's favor. Why so serious, Durden?

For this week we've chosen to capitalize on the buzz we're still on thanks to the Prometheus trailer by throwing the classic 1979 film Alien in the cage with it's worthy sequel Aliens in the cage to let them duke it out. Both are classics that came from, in my opinion, two of the best directors to ever sit in the chair. They both brought their own style to the franchise and it made for two totally different films. But which one was better? Debatable, and that's perfect for this here situation.
Set-Up
What we were in for was a mystery to the audience and to the crew of the Nostromo. What the hell is on this planet? Okay, what the hell is in those eggs? What the HELL is that thing raping John Hurt's face? Aw, that thing is so cute...then again it did just burst out of a dudes chest. Acid huh? M'kay. Is sh*t about to go down? You bet your sweet ass!
Ellen Ripley has been out of commission for 57 years, she is interviewed by a company who isn't totally buying her story due to lack of physical evidence, but that doesn't stop them from asking her to accompany some marines to "destroy" a whole colony of the f*ckers. Why is this Carter Burke guy rubbing us the wrong way? Is their plan really to destroy the Aliens? Are you kidding me, another Android? Stay tuned folks.
Suspense
Slow and methodical, that was the name of the game for this puppy. We were given enough to keep us enthralled until sh*t really hit the fan and what we were given worked. The mystery surrounding what this thing was, what it could do, and what it would become was done perfectly. This was the first of the franchise, bottom line is that not knowing what we were getting played in it's favor, thankfully this film was in the hands of a capable director to pull that suspense off right.
James Cameron could have rehashed what we saw in the first film, but we all knew that was impossible. We know the stakes, there is no introducing us to the terror we're about to witness. We knew with this bad boy, especially with the inclusion of a bunch of hard ass marines, that everything was going to go down with a quicker pace. That is exactly what we got, it was the first film on steroids. Cameron didn't disappoint.
Effects/Set Design
On my end the two most notable effects used in this film were the chestburster scene (which has become notorious for the nature of how the scene would play out being kept from most of the cast until the scene was shot) and the inner workings of the android Ash. High pressure pumps and squibs were used to get the full effect for the chestburster scene and it was all done in one take. Bravo. A mixture of something as simple as Ian Holm's head sticking out a wall, some milk, caviar, pasta, and glass marbles gave us the classic payoff with the Ash character.

The use of miniature models and sets built, namely the claustrophobic ship added to the atmosphere of the film, the dark tones and cold feel was a character all it's own.
Actual military weapons, vehicles, and aircraft were a major inspiration for James Cameron in bringing this to the screen. I'll give you two guesses why. Everything on this film was on a grander scale than it's predecessor. We are in the middle of a larger world in this installment. Nothing supports this more than the building of the Alien Queen, built for a test by Stan Winston's company, the final product stood at fourteen feet and was operated by puppeteers, control rods, cables and hydraulics, and a crane. Cameron's vision was indeed vast.
Characters
When we meet the characters in the first film they are easy to like, easy to relate to, they seem like people we would crowd around a table and have dinner with ourselves, they're just a bunch of schmucks who can't wait to get home. When sh*t hits the fan is where we see they start to differ, we're given their depth. We see Ripley's strength and leadership skills, we see the characters that will break down, we begin to see Ash's menace. The situation they were in stripped them all down and let us know who they really were, and what they weren't was dull.
Ellen Ripley had a tough exterior in the first film, but the events of said first film increased that for this sequel ten fold. Man was she a beast. They contrasted that nicely with introducing cute little Newt to remind us that she had that human element left to her. Well played. The humor, camaraderie, and same M.O as Ripley being to f*ck sh*t up that her marine counterparts brought to the table made for great entertainment. Bill Paxton and Michael Biehn stood out. Carter Burke took over the smarmy punk with a hidden agenda and did it well, Bishop as the android done right was intriguing.
Accolades
Alien grossed a total of $104,931,801 worldwide and has 8 awards to it's name. Among them are the Academy Award for best visual effects, and the Saturn Award for Best Director and Best Supporting Actress courtesy of Veronica Cartwright. It received universal critical praise and has influenced many films that came after it.
Aliens grossed a total of $131 million worldwide and took home a total of 14 awards, including the Academy Awards for Best Sound Editing and Best Visual Effects. It was also nominated in Best Actress, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, and Best Original Score. Sigourney Weaver has been quoted as saying Aliens made the first film look like a "cucumber sandwich." Whatever that means doll. It's been given one of the few honors by various critics that it surpassed the original.
Alien
This was obviously a tough one to judge. Both these films are classics for different reasons and are not the same film, which is why both are as loved as they are. There was just something to me that was special about the original that was never duplicated. Aliens however, would not have worked the way it did if James Cameron had came along and rehashed the magic Ridley Scott created with the first film. I know there will be those who disagree with this outcome, wouldn't have it any other way. So what about it schmoes, which film holds a bigger space in your heart?

If you have an idea that you'd like to see in a future FACE OFF column, feel free to shoot an email to me at paulhuffman@joblo.com with your ideas and some ideas for the critique to base your ideas off. Thank you and in the meantime...

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6:16AM on 03/23/2012

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7:39PM on 03/22/2012

Alien

Alien gets my vote. I like the suspense/horror vibe of this film. Aliens is a fantastic film as well, but has more of an action film feel. Not a bad thing, I just prefer Alien.
Alien gets my vote. I like the suspense/horror vibe of this film. Aliens is a fantastic film as well, but has more of an action film feel. Not a bad thing, I just prefer Alien.
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6:09PM on 03/22/2012

Aliens

Although you shouldnt compare these two, because they are very different movies both done in a perfect way, but i must say i watch aliens more often because it has it all, suspense ,action, Biehn.

I pretend there are only two alien movies because the third i cannot stand, hicks and newt barely surviving the alien attack in aliens and then being killed in the fist five minutes of 3. Blasphemy i say!
Maybe scott or cameron will make a worthy follow up in the future with newt and hicks still
Although you shouldnt compare these two, because they are very different movies both done in a perfect way, but i must say i watch aliens more often because it has it all, suspense ,action, Biehn.

I pretend there are only two alien movies because the third i cannot stand, hicks and newt barely surviving the alien attack in aliens and then being killed in the fist five minutes of 3. Blasphemy i say!
Maybe scott or cameron will make a worthy follow up in the future with newt and hicks still alive, doesnt matter if they die at the end or something but not like this, it takes some of the charm of aliens knowing what happens and with the lack of respect for the characters.
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3:24PM on 03/22/2012
Ridley Scott's Alien is good, but James Cameron's Aliens is better.
Ridley Scott's Alien is good, but James Cameron's Aliens is better.
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2:25PM on 03/22/2012

Alien

Besides being the first, three other elements make ALIEN stand out as better to me: 1) less-propeller-headed and weapon-fetishized than the second; 2) characters more engaging and less stereotyped (to me, anyway); 3) Goldsmith's Score(s) -- granted, Horner was pressed for time, but JG's pure genius and sheer beauty beats out JH's (in this case) frantic recycling and utter ripping off by at least a factor of ten. Being a bit of a nihilist, sometimes even Alien3 beats out the rather tired and
Besides being the first, three other elements make ALIEN stand out as better to me: 1) less-propeller-headed and weapon-fetishized than the second; 2) characters more engaging and less stereotyped (to me, anyway); 3) Goldsmith's Score(s) -- granted, Horner was pressed for time, but JG's pure genius and sheer beauty beats out JH's (in this case) frantic recycling and utter ripping off by at least a factor of ten. Being a bit of a nihilist, sometimes even Alien3 beats out the rather tired and cliched Aliens on some days
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2:16PM on 03/22/2012
Both are favorites of mine, so I'm not going to compare the two here. I did want to point out that I read somewhere a while back (possibly here at Joblo.com) the different types of movies that these are.

Alien = Horror Movie
Aliens = Action Movie
Alien 3 = Prison Movie
Alien Resurrection = Basketball Movie

I just thought it was pretty funny when I first read it.
Both are favorites of mine, so I'm not going to compare the two here. I did want to point out that I read somewhere a while back (possibly here at Joblo.com) the different types of movies that these are.

Alien = Horror Movie
Aliens = Action Movie
Alien 3 = Prison Movie
Alien Resurrection = Basketball Movie

I just thought it was pretty funny when I first read it.
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1:11PM on 03/22/2012
Can one really compare two different genres of movies even though they're set in the same universe? One's horror and one's action. I feel like it's like trying to compare the English Patient to Saving Private Ryan.
Can one really compare two different genres of movies even though they're set in the same universe? One's horror and one's action. I feel like it's like trying to compare the English Patient to Saving Private Ryan.
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12:58PM on 03/22/2012
Aliens was the best.

Game over, man. Game over.
Aliens was the best.

Game over, man. Game over.
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12:50PM on 03/22/2012

You're wrong about the Visual Effects

The chest burster dream sequence, the power loader, the drop ship sequence, the facehuggers in the tanks, the APC, the real chestburster, the entire APC rescue including Drake's acid death, the dropship crash, the facehuggers attack scene, the operations/airducts sequence, the hive, the reactor nuclear explosion . . .
The chest burster dream sequence, the power loader, the drop ship sequence, the facehuggers in the tanks, the APC, the real chestburster, the entire APC rescue including Drake's acid death, the dropship crash, the facehuggers attack scene, the operations/airducts sequence, the hive, the reactor nuclear explosion . . .
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12:46PM on 03/22/2012

It's not fair to compare the two, however . . .

while Alien and Aliens both won the oscar for Best Visual Effects, Aliens is clear superior in this category. The Queen alone trumps Alien in this category.
while Alien and Aliens both won the oscar for Best Visual Effects, Aliens is clear superior in this category. The Queen alone trumps Alien in this category.
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12:44PM on 03/22/2012
mmmm, yeah. no offense to your site, because i love it, but i'm just going to kind of go on the record here and say i think this is the dumbest column going.
mmmm, yeah. no offense to your site, because i love it, but i'm just going to kind of go on the record here and say i think this is the dumbest column going.
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1:12PM on 03/22/2012
disagree.
disagree.
12:08PM on 03/22/2012
Alien is one of the greatest Sci-Fi movies ever. It is also one of the greatest horror movies ever. Aliens is a great action movie. Nuff said.
Alien is one of the greatest Sci-Fi movies ever. It is also one of the greatest horror movies ever. Aliens is a great action movie. Nuff said.
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11:55AM on 03/22/2012
Sorry Paul, the correct answer is ALIENS
Sorry Paul, the correct answer is ALIENS
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11:50AM on 03/22/2012
I love both evenly, maybe Alien a little more. If they were one, they'd be my favorite movie of all time. The one critique I have is effects and set design, Aliens was way better.
I love both evenly, maybe Alien a little more. If they were one, they'd be my favorite movie of all time. The one critique I have is effects and set design, Aliens was way better.
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10:56AM on 03/22/2012
I don't think you should compare "Alien" with "Aliens". Sure, it's Alien but Ridley Scott's Alien has more of suspense while James Cameron's Aliens has more action with suspense. It should be "Aliens" vs. "Predator 2". Nevertheless, horror/suspense wise, Ridley Scott's Alien wins.
I don't think you should compare "Alien" with "Aliens". Sure, it's Alien but Ridley Scott's Alien has more of suspense while James Cameron's Aliens has more action with suspense. It should be "Aliens" vs. "Predator 2". Nevertheless, horror/suspense wise, Ridley Scott's Alien wins.
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10:48AM on 03/22/2012

TOUGH CALL!!

I have to go with ALIENS. ALIEN is a masterpiece of horror and is a much scarier film. But it is so tense and scary it is hard to watch. ALIENS introduces an action element, more character depth, adds just enough humor to cut the tension and delivers some of the greatest practical creature effects ever put on film. My favorite film of all time.
I have to go with ALIENS. ALIEN is a masterpiece of horror and is a much scarier film. But it is so tense and scary it is hard to watch. ALIENS introduces an action element, more character depth, adds just enough humor to cut the tension and delivers some of the greatest practical creature effects ever put on film. My favorite film of all time.
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10:45AM on 03/22/2012

Face Off picks wrong again

Sorry gang, Aliens (with an S) is tops here. No bones about it.
Sorry gang, Aliens (with an S) is tops here. No bones about it.
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10:12AM on 03/22/2012

Alien WASN'T an original film

That's why it worked. It was as Ridley Scott has called it, a B-movie dressed up as an A-movie. (Or something to that regard.) They took classic, somewhat shlocky sci-fi and horror themes but presented it with a first-class delivery. That's why although nothing about the film per se is unique - basically just a haunted house flick set in space - the tone, the subtlety, the overall awesomeness of it makes it a masterpiece. But nothing about it on a basic level is particularly
That's why it worked. It was as Ridley Scott has called it, a B-movie dressed up as an A-movie. (Or something to that regard.) They took classic, somewhat shlocky sci-fi and horror themes but presented it with a first-class delivery. That's why although nothing about the film per se is unique - basically just a haunted house flick set in space - the tone, the subtlety, the overall awesomeness of it makes it a masterpiece. But nothing about it on a basic level is particularly innovative.

James Cameron is great at making popular entertainments and certainly he didn't just duplicate the original Alien film, and his sequel is a great action film in its own right, but I never quite loved it as much as Alien. I also didn't like how in the original film the singular Alien is a kind of monstrous, indestructible beast - but in the sequel they're killing multiple aliens left and right like they're giant bugs. Obviously they're armed with more machine guns, but they had weapons on Nostromo as well, and it seemed like the Alien (capitalized, because it's more of a character than just a "thing" in the original film) was highly intelligent, stealthy, etc. Cameron obviously wanted to make an action film, and in that regard it was wise to have multiple creatures; but the ease with which they kill them renders the whole affair a little less impressive than the first film.
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10:12AM on 03/22/2012
Aliens holds the bigger spot in my life. But I think in large part due to me being too young to have seen Alien before I saw Aliens. I think I even saw part 3 before I saw the original. And there's always that huge effect seeing something first and it being your favorite. Like remakes vs original.
Aliens holds the bigger spot in my life. But I think in large part due to me being too young to have seen Alien before I saw Aliens. I think I even saw part 3 before I saw the original. And there's always that huge effect seeing something first and it being your favorite. Like remakes vs original.
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10:02AM on 03/22/2012
Alien was certainly a very original, compelling film. However, Aliens jump started an entire genre, the space marine. It would take a very long time to list the movies and video games that borrow heavily from Aliens.
Alien was certainly a very original, compelling film. However, Aliens jump started an entire genre, the space marine. It would take a very long time to list the movies and video games that borrow heavily from Aliens.
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9:57AM on 03/22/2012
I like both movies, but Ridley Scott's Alien is ponderously slow paced. The sequel, Aliens has James Cameron's flair for action and story and character driven plot. There are subtleties and great dialogue in Aliens, to me it is the better film and more enjoyable time. It is probably one of my favorite films of all time. Both are great, but Aliens is just better all around.
I like both movies, but Ridley Scott's Alien is ponderously slow paced. The sequel, Aliens has James Cameron's flair for action and story and character driven plot. There are subtleties and great dialogue in Aliens, to me it is the better film and more enjoyable time. It is probably one of my favorite films of all time. Both are great, but Aliens is just better all around.
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9:53AM on 03/22/2012
Ooooh fuck I'm not touching this one. I love both films equally to be honest but both of them are very different from the other.
Ooooh fuck I'm not touching this one. I love both films equally to be honest but both of them are very different from the other.
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1:13PM on 03/22/2012
lol Elder, I knew you'd have a hard choice with this.
lol Elder, I knew you'd have a hard choice with this.
9:37AM on 03/22/2012

Alien FTW

It's easily, hands down, the better made/written film
It's easily, hands down, the better made/written film
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9:18AM on 03/22/2012
Love the first three films (yep even Alien3) because they're all such different movies - I'd seriously consider this the benchmark series for learning how to do sequels for the first three films (sweeping the rest under the rug). Alien is a great original movie, and genuinely deserved a sequel. Aliens upped the ante and cleverly switched subgenres from sci-horror to sci-action. Alien 3, despite it's troubled gestation, again expanded on the universe without just giving us more of the same.
Love the first three films (yep even Alien3) because they're all such different movies - I'd seriously consider this the benchmark series for learning how to do sequels for the first three films (sweeping the rest under the rug). Alien is a great original movie, and genuinely deserved a sequel. Aliens upped the ante and cleverly switched subgenres from sci-horror to sci-action. Alien 3, despite it's troubled gestation, again expanded on the universe without just giving us more of the same. Resurrection was the 'shark-jumping' point for me, despite containing some interesting ideas. Can't wait to see what Ridley Scott has achieved with Prometheus.
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9:20AM on 03/22/2012
Alien or Aliens, though... tough call but Aliens probably edges it for me as it's more of a fun blast to watch.
Alien or Aliens, though... tough call but Aliens probably edges it for me as it's more of a fun blast to watch.
8:44AM on 03/22/2012
Jeez guys this is like picking a favourite child....depends on my mood on the day really

I cannot make a decision on this as i'd probably change my mind in about an hour
Jeez guys this is like picking a favourite child....depends on my mood on the day really

I cannot make a decision on this as i'd probably change my mind in about an hour
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8:15AM on 03/22/2012
If you threw in Action and/or Intensity, Aliens would garnish a few more checkmarks. But I agree, it's a tough one to measure, as both are two separate films as opposed to more of the same - which makes them both great.
If you threw in Action and/or Intensity, Aliens would garnish a few more checkmarks. But I agree, it's a tough one to measure, as both are two separate films as opposed to more of the same - which makes them both great.
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7:56AM on 03/22/2012

Hmmm...

I can appreciate Alien for what it was and it certainly is a great classic movie...but Aliens just took the franchise to a whole new level. The characters, the Queen, the writing and IMHO Cameron is a better director than Scott. Also as far as being re-watchable, I'll always reach for Aliens over Alien just because it's the movie that introduced me to the franchise as a kid.
I can appreciate Alien for what it was and it certainly is a great classic movie...but Aliens just took the franchise to a whole new level. The characters, the Queen, the writing and IMHO Cameron is a better director than Scott. Also as far as being re-watchable, I'll always reach for Aliens over Alien just because it's the movie that introduced me to the franchise as a kid.
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7:36AM on 03/22/2012

Talk to me Hudson!!!!!

I see them as equal in terms of quality and excellence in film making. Aliens I like a little better though.
I see them as equal in terms of quality and excellence in film making. Aliens I like a little better though.
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6:32AM on 03/22/2012
Though I appreciated the first one I think the 2nd one was better because we got to see the Alien from top-to-bottom with amazing clarity unlike the first one where it was kept in the shadows for most of the time.
Also, the the fork-lift suit was awesome!
Though I appreciated the first one I think the 2nd one was better because we got to see the Alien from top-to-bottom with amazing clarity unlike the first one where it was kept in the shadows for most of the time.
Also, the the fork-lift suit was awesome!
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6:30AM on 03/22/2012
Though I appreciated the first one I think the 2nd one was better because we got to see the Alien from top-to-bottom with amazing clarity unlike the first one where it was kept in the shadows for most of the time.
Also, the the fork-lift suit was awesome!
Though I appreciated the first one I think the 2nd one was better because we got to see the Alien from top-to-bottom with amazing clarity unlike the first one where it was kept in the shadows for most of the time.
Also, the the fork-lift suit was awesome!
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5:16AM on 03/22/2012
ALIEN of course! ALIENS is cool, but it's a different film with a lot of action and weapons.
ALIEN of course! ALIENS is cool, but it's a different film with a lot of action and weapons.
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4:58AM on 03/22/2012

ALIENS BY A MILE

Okay I'm sorry but when I hear people talk about sequels being better than the first its always Empire Strikes Back, Terminator 2, Star Trek 2 The Wrath of Kahn, Spider-man 2, and ALIENS! And on a personal note its for replayability. After Aliens, Alien ceases to be scary anymore because you've seen so many on screen it just doesn't have the same... Pazaz
Okay I'm sorry but when I hear people talk about sequels being better than the first its always Empire Strikes Back, Terminator 2, Star Trek 2 The Wrath of Kahn, Spider-man 2, and ALIENS! And on a personal note its for replayability. After Aliens, Alien ceases to be scary anymore because you've seen so many on screen it just doesn't have the same... Pazaz
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4:45AM on 03/22/2012
If I remember correctly, Scott sold this to the studio as 'Jaws in space'. Hardly groundbreaking when you're borrowing heavily from another movie. Not to mention the final 20 minutes with the flashing lights covering for a lot of the 'suspense' makes it tough to watch without getting a headache.

Aliens built on the first by showing that yes, we know the danger going in, but overestimate ourselves and our technology. That makes it a bit more scary when you're surrounded by guys (and gals)
If I remember correctly, Scott sold this to the studio as 'Jaws in space'. Hardly groundbreaking when you're borrowing heavily from another movie. Not to mention the final 20 minutes with the flashing lights covering for a lot of the 'suspense' makes it tough to watch without getting a headache.

Aliens built on the first by showing that yes, we know the danger going in, but overestimate ourselves and our technology. That makes it a bit more scary when you're surrounded by guys (and gals) trained to fight this kind of thing, and they're totally outmatched. Not to mention that Aliens is much more conducive to repeated viewings, while Alien is good to watch certain scenes only.
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3:34AM on 03/22/2012

Aliens

I love them both, but Aliens just delivers on every level. It scares the shit out of me, gets my adrenaline pumping like no other movie, I cared for every character (even the minor ones), and the reveal of the Alien Queen was perhaps the single most "OH SHIT!" moment I've ever seen.
I love them both, but Aliens just delivers on every level. It scares the shit out of me, gets my adrenaline pumping like no other movie, I cared for every character (even the minor ones), and the reveal of the Alien Queen was perhaps the single most "OH SHIT!" moment I've ever seen.
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2:55AM on 03/22/2012
I've always sided with Alien... I just prefer things like mystery, low key music, tight environments, small casts, horror, darkness.
I've always sided with Alien... I just prefer things like mystery, low key music, tight environments, small casts, horror, darkness.
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2:00AM on 03/22/2012

Aliens hands down

Did u even watch ALIEN recently.. Does not hold a candle to the sequel.. Its fucking boring and the aliens look ridiculous.. they look like humans in cheap costumes.. please
Did u even watch ALIEN recently.. Does not hold a candle to the sequel.. Its fucking boring and the aliens look ridiculous.. they look like humans in cheap costumes.. please
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2:25PM on 03/22/2012
Actually, I appreciate grammar Nazi's. It's a sign of intelligence. And yes, Nazi has a capital 'N' for proper grammar's sake. Also, there should be a period at the end of your sentence there, Chilean Thunder.
Actually, I appreciate grammar Nazi's. It's a sign of intelligence. And yes, Nazi has a capital 'N' for proper grammar's sake. Also, there should be a period at the end of your sentence there, Chilean Thunder.
5:38AM on 03/22/2012
Nobody likes a grammar nazi
Nobody likes a grammar nazi
2:49AM on 03/22/2012
I don't remember there being aliens in Alien... emphasis on the plural... did you even watch it?
I don't remember there being aliens in Alien... emphasis on the plural... did you even watch it?
1:53AM on 03/22/2012
Hard to compare the two because they're such wildly different movies. Aliens is one of the best action movies ever made, while Alien is one of (and arguably the) greatest horror movie ever made.

The strength of just how gorgeously shot Ridley Scott's film is is the kicker for me. Its Alien.
Hard to compare the two because they're such wildly different movies. Aliens is one of the best action movies ever made, while Alien is one of (and arguably the) greatest horror movie ever made.

The strength of just how gorgeously shot Ridley Scott's film is is the kicker for me. Its Alien.
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1:46AM on 03/22/2012
While I would certainly agree that Alien is the more groundbreaking film, Aliens just has more punch in the script and the character arc for Ripley is just brilliant. But they are both at the top of the sci-fi game. You can't go wrong with either.
While I would certainly agree that Alien is the more groundbreaking film, Aliens just has more punch in the script and the character arc for Ripley is just brilliant. But they are both at the top of the sci-fi game. You can't go wrong with either.
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1:29AM on 03/22/2012
If I had a Top10 of Favorite movies both of them would probably be in it and it really comes down to what mood I am in when deciding which one I prefer to watch because they are both so different in set-up and tone. That being said I tend to agree with the verdict considering the evaluation points (even though I would call a tie in Effects/Set Design) but just change that "Suspense" point with "Action" and see what happens...
If I had a Top10 of Favorite movies both of them would probably be in it and it really comes down to what mood I am in when deciding which one I prefer to watch because they are both so different in set-up and tone. That being said I tend to agree with the verdict considering the evaluation points (even though I would call a tie in Effects/Set Design) but just change that "Suspense" point with "Action" and see what happens...
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1:12AM on 03/22/2012

Two masterpieces, but...

I prefer Aliens. It had the better script. The Ripley character arc was one the best in film history.

I prefer Aliens. It had the better script. The Ripley character arc was one the best in film history.

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12:58AM on 03/22/2012
Alien is the better flick to me. Alien is scifi horror while Aliens is scifi action. I prefer the horror.
Alien is the better flick to me. Alien is scifi horror while Aliens is scifi action. I prefer the horror.
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12:49AM on 03/22/2012
I found Aliens to be a far better all around film. Both however are obvious products of their time.
I found Aliens to be a far better all around film. Both however are obvious products of their time.
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12:45AM on 03/22/2012
The two are difficult to compare because they're so different. I personally prefer the first because it was so suspenseful, dark, and unexpected. The second is definitely a classic as well, but since it was more action-oriented, I go with the first.
The two are difficult to compare because they're so different. I personally prefer the first because it was so suspenseful, dark, and unexpected. The second is definitely a classic as well, but since it was more action-oriented, I go with the first.
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12:44AM on 03/22/2012

wow

I actually totally agree. I prefer Alien as well, even though Hudson is still my favourite character in the series (yes, the ENTIRE series... and that includes Ripley too!)
I actually totally agree. I prefer Alien as well, even though Hudson is still my favourite character in the series (yes, the ENTIRE series... and that includes Ripley too!)
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12:40AM on 03/22/2012
Yikes, this is a touchy subject for me, both are equally great in their own right. "I dont want no part of this sh1t"
Yikes, this is a touchy subject for me, both are equally great in their own right. "I dont want no part of this sh1t"
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