Alien & Aliens Get Thrilling Modern-Style Trailers

Ridley Scott’s Alien and James Cameron’s Aliens just got brand new, modernized trailers… for no reason at all. Scott’s original 1979 Alien film – based on a script by Dan O’Bannon and a story by O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett – is widely considered one of the greatest science fiction movies of all-time, and its success spawned an everlasting franchise that continues to this day. But before it became a franchise, Alien received a sequel a few years after its release.
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Total Recall’s Richter: a day in the life of cinema’s unluckiest villain

Ryan Lambie Nov 30, 2017

Brilliantly played by Michael Ironside, Richter is Total Recall’s best villain - and also just a guy having the worst day of his life...

There’s a moment in Total Recall - Paul Verhoeven’s flat-out classic 1990 action film - that perfectly sums up the tension between its hero and villain. Beefy everyman Doug Quaid (Arnold Schwarzenegger, on top form) has just ‘discovered’ that his entire life is a sham: his wife isn’t really his wife, and his memories are all false - they were somehow implanted by an unknown agency determined to hide his true identity.

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On learning the truth, Quaid finds himself pursued by a group of assassins, led by Richter - played with startling intensity by Michael Ironside. After a blazing gun battle,
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10 Horror Movies That Went to Space

10 Horror Movies That Went to Space
"In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream!" But can they hear Jason smash computer generated teenagers zipped up in virtual sleeping bags into each other? Can they hear the Leprechaun turn on his green lightsaber? What about Pinhead? Hear him? Everybody loves critically acclaimed sci-fi/horror mash-up fare like Alien, a stone cold cinema classic. But let's not overlook those guilty pleasure slasher franchises, either. What else can we do with the Leprechaun? I know! Leprechaun in Space! Today, we look at 10 times horror movies went to space.

Alien (1979)

First and foremost we must acknowledge Alien, the 1979 sci-fi horror film directed by Ridley Scott. Dan O'Bannon was ready to throw in the towel after a grueling preproduction on a proposed Dune movie went nowhere. As a last ditch effort, he came up with a story called Star Beast, together with Ronald Shusett, who later returned for 2004's Alien vs. Predator.
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Parasite: Demi Moore’s delightfully shlocky film debut

Ryan Lambie Sep 22, 2017

It’s Alien crossed with Mad Max, and Demi Moore plays a lemon farmer. We look back at the 1982 sci-fi horror, Parasite...

All Hollywood stars have to start somewhere, and there are plenty of A-listers with low-budget B-movies in their early histories. A teenage Leonardo DiCaprio made an appearance in Critters 3; Kevin Bacon was a memorable victim in the original Friday The 13th. Then there's Parasite: a bargain-basement sci-fi horror that cheerfully slams together two popular 70s staples: Cronenbergian body horror and George Miller-style post-apocalypse. Oh, and Demi Moore makes her feature film debut as Patricia, who grows lemons.

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In a dystopian near-future, a clammy, bug-eyed scientist, Dr Paul Dean (Robert Glaudini, who looks like a gaunt, desperately-ill relative of Jeff Goldblum) tinkers away in his lab. His
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‘Alien: Covenant’ Review: A Frightening Franchise Course Correction

The Alien film franchise has been up and down in its nearly 40-year existence. The high mark has always been Ridley Scott's original film in 1979, but James Cameron did wonders with the story by adding pulse-pounding military action with 1986's Aliens. But since then, there have been five films in the canon, and none have left as indelible a mark as the first two. In 2012, Scott came back to the franchise with Prometheus, a film that tried to explain the beginnings of the some of the concepts that Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett introduced in their story/script in 1979. Prometheus was a disappointment, to say the least, but Ridley Scott wasn't finished with the franchise, and now he -- and the Alien -- are back with Alien: Covenant, and it is one of those rare films that makes every film in the franchise that came before it better.

Alien: Covenant
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Hair-Raising Prometheus Sequel Shows 79-year-old Scott Still Has It While Dual Fassbender Is Show-Stealer

'Alien: Covenant' review: Michael Fassbender plays android brothers David and Walter in this effective sequel to Ridley Scott's muddled 'Prometheus.' 'Alien: Covenant' review: Recapturing 'some of the excitement, awe, and horror' of 1979 original Before we get to Alien: Covenant, a rant about its predecessor, Prometheus. The problem with Ridley Scott's 2012 return to the Alien universe is that the more we learned about the skeletal, seething, phallic, vicious xenomorphs, the looser their hold on our cinematic subconscious. Much of the effectiveness of Scott's 1979 franchise starter lies in its cruel randomness; the tragedy of a horrible death being the result of bumping into the wrong stranger on the wrong street on the wrong night. Jettisoning such primal simplicity, Prometheus suggested a farfetched connection between the aliens and mankind. The result was a muddled attempt at expanding the Alien universe so it could address no less than the origins of humanity.
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Aliens 30th Anniversary Edition

James Cameron's superb spacemen vs. monsters siege battle epic is back in a reissue with an extra collector goodie or two, still looking good on Blu-ray for its 30th Anniversary. And that heroine Ripley is still the most combat-worthy space cadet in the galaxy. Aliens 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Fox Home Entertainment 1986 / Color / 2:35 1:85 widescreen 1:37 flat full frame / 137, 154 min. / Street Date September 13, 2016 / 24.99 Starring Sigourney Weaver, Carrie Henn, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, William Hope, Jenette Goldstein, Al Matthews, Mark Rolston, Ricco Ross, Colette Hiller, Daniel Kash, Cynthia Scott. Cinematography Adrian Biddle Film Editor Ray Lovejoy Original Music James Horner Written by James Cameron, story by Cameron, David Giler, Walter Hill from characters by Dan O'Bannon, Ronald Shusett Produced by Gale Ann Hurd Directed by James Cameron

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I know I'm in a minority when I confess that I had little use
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Shelf Life: 'The Final Terror' is as forgettable as slasher fare gets

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Shelf Life: 'The Final Terror' is as forgettable as slasher fare gets
What is Shelf Life? I recently moved into a new apartment, which means I had to box my entire movie collection. Now I’m trying to figure out how much of my physical media actually fits here. Each and every title is now up for grabs, new or old, and it’s time to decide what goes on the shelf and what just plain goes. Title: The Final Terror Year: 1983 Director: Andrew Davis Screenwriter: Jon George & Neill D. Hicks and Ronald Shusett Format: Blu-ray/DVD combo pack Purchased Or Sent: Sent. What Is It? Deliverance The 13th. Filled with actors you vaguely recognize when they were young (including Daryl Hannah, Joe Pantoliano, Rachel Ward, and Adrian Zmed), this is a fairly dull slasher entry that leans heavily on what must have already been cliches when they did them, but which are almost unbearable to sit through at this point. Random
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Alien: how its physical acting makes a horror classic




Even shorn of its sound, Alien remains a masterpiece of tension thanks to the power of its physical performances, Ryan writes...

This article contains spoilers for Alien.

When a film works - really, really works - its combination of acting, cinematography, music, sound design, lighting and editing come together so seamlessly that it can become difficult to pin down exactly why it’s so effective. Take Alien for example: beautifully shot by Ridley Scott and cinematographer Derek Vanlint, cut with razor-sharp perfection to Jerry Goldsmith’s piping eerie score, it’s a masterpiece of genre filmmaking.

In the years since Alien’s release in 1979, various aspects of it have been singled out for praise: Hr Giger was rightly handed an Oscar for his part in the seductively hideous xenomorph in its various stages. The film’s story and nightmare imagery is still picked over for its Freudian and feminist subtexts.
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50 forgotten sci-fi films from the 1990s

We may remember Independence Day, The Matrix, The Phantom Menace. But what about these forgotten 90s sci-fi films? And are any worth seeing?

Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.

But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.

So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck,
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Dead & Buried

1981 was an amazing year for horror. An American Werewolf in London. The Beyond. The Evil Dead. The Funhouse. The Howling. The list goes on and on. However, one that always seems to fall through the cracks of time and memory is Dead & Buried.

Released in May 1981, Dead & Buried did not set any box office records. This is due to the fact that it is very hard to categorize. Is it a slasher ala Friday the 13th Part 2? No, but there are some gruesome and realistic deaths courtesy of late effects whiz Stan Winston. Is it a monster movie like The Howling? Not exactly, but the movie involves transformations (of a sort). Is there a mystery to solve? Definitely, and this is what drives the story forward and through the disparate elements at play.

60’s and 70’s TV survivor James Farentino stars as Dan Gillis, Sheriff of the seaside town of Potter’s Bluff.
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Watch: 9-Minute Video Essay Explores The Grisly Chestburster Scene From 'Alien'

We’ve all been there. You eat and eat and eat, and your stomach gets so full, you feel as if you’re about to burst. Well, if you were Kane (played by John Hurt) in Ridley Scott’s “Alien,” then burst it did. Though, not exactly due to too much food. The “chestburster” scene from the 1979 film is one of cinema’s all time classics, and CineFix breaks down the mechanics and history behind it in this amazing new “Art of the Scene.” The nine-minute video starts with an introduction of the key players behind the “Alien” aesthetic, namely Scott, writers Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett, and designers Ron Cobb, Chris Foss, and H.R. Giger. Cobb, a former engineer, was largely responsible for the look of the Nostromo, the crew’s ship in the film. The dining room he helped bring about gave a sense of normalcy to the deep-space setting,
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Alien: 35th Anniversary Limited Edition Blu-ray Release Details & Cover Art

They were answering a distress call, but it wouldn’t be long before the crew of the Nostromo would need to send out one of their own. This year marks the 35th anniversary of Ridley Scott’s Alien, and to celebrate the film’s legacy, 20th Century Fox has unveiled eye-grabbing cover art for their Alien: 35th Anniversary Limited Edition Blu-ray release that depicts the Xenomorph and Ridley melding together.

Set for an October 7th release, the Alien: 35th Anniversary Limited Edition Blu-ray features the theatrical cut and the director’s cut, as well as a digital copy and some meticulously detailed cover art that makes it difficult to tell where a spacesuit-clad Ridley begins and where the Alien ends. This intertwined artwork fittingly depicts Ripley’s relationship with the Aliens, as she continually faces off against their ruthless species in four films. The 35th anniversary edition has
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Human vs. Alien Films: The Must-Sees

Humankind’s collision with otherworldly life forms can make for unforgettable cinema.

This article will highlight the best of live-action human vs. alien films. The creatures may be from other planets or may be non-demonic entities from other dimensions.

Excluded from consideration were giant monster films as the diakaiju genre would make a great subject for separate articles.

Readers looking for “friendly alien” films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), It Came from Outer Space (1953) and the comically overrated Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) are advised to keep watching the skies because they won’t find them here.

Film writing being the game of knowledge filtered through personal taste that it is, some readers’ subgenre favorites might not have made the list such as War of the Worlds (1953) and 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).

Now let’s take a chronological look at the cinema’s best battles between Us and Them.
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Blu-ray Review: “The Final Terror”

Blu-ray Review: “The Final Terror”
The Final Terror

Release Date: 7/1/14 on Blu-ray/DVD combo pack

Written By: Jon George, Neill D. Hicks, and Ronald Shusett

Directed By: Andrew Davis

Starring: Adrian Zmed, Ernest Harden Jr., Lewis Smith, Rachel Ward, Daryl Hannah, Akosua Busia, Joe Pantoliano, Mark Metcalf

Review by Daniel Xiii.

Does The Final Terror Have the Goods Out in the Woods?

Hey creeps, I just sat down with Scream Factory’s Blu-ray of The Final Terror, and I feel like it’s my civic duty to get something out in the open right from the start. Much like the lies propagated by The Neverending Story (which did indeed end after a paltry 90 minutes!) before it, The Final Terror is not what the title proclaims. I mean, there have been like hundreds of horror films made after this movie came out (in 1983)—some even have “terror” in the title!

Well, I guess the best thing
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'Alien' Facts: 25 Things You Didn't Know About the Sci-Fi/Horror Classic

"In space, no one can hear you scream." So ran the tagline for "Alien," which went into wide release 35 years ago this week (on June 22, 1979). Then again, we've been screaming loudly for the past three and a half decades, through several sequels, prequels, and other spinoffs.

Every movie fan knows that "Alien" launched the careers of director Ridley Scott (it was just his second feature) and star Sigourney Weaver (whose Ripley became the greatest action heroine in film history over the course of the franchise). Most even know that Swiss artist H.R. Giger (who passed away last month at 74) designed the "xenomorph," the alien that picks off Ripley's fellow crew members one by one. But you may not know what the alien's entrails were made of, what scenes were never filmed, or how the notorious "chestburster" sequence was made to look so horrifically realistic. Here are some of the secrets of "Alien,
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Alien – Ridley Scott’s Masterpiece Released 35 Years Ago Today: May 25, 1979

Avco Center Cinemas, Westwood, CA

On Friday, director Ridley Scott arrived in Sydney, Australia, reportedly to scout for locations for Prometheus 2.

Prometheus (2012) starred Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron and Idris Elba, was well received by critics and subsequently a box office hit. The sequel is scheduled for a release in March 2016.

I’ll bet Scott never thought in a million years that he’d be scouting locations for another Alien movie almost 35 years to the day after the original hit theaters.

Jump back to opening weekend… May 25, 1979. “In space no one can hear you scream”

I was a 12 year girl when my mother, after much pleading, took me to the Showcase Cinemas in East Hartford, Ct on that Friday night. These were the days prior to the words “spoilers” and “internet” when audiences went into a film blind and when parents didn’t take their children to R rated movies.
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Hr Giger and the making of Alien

Ryan Lambie Apr 26, 2017

To celebrate Alien Day, we pay tribute to the work of the late artist Hr Giger, and follow the making of his masterpiece of design...

It’s the summer of 1978, and the UK’s Shepperton Studios simmers in the heat. Secreted away in his own personal workshop, a Swiss artist works feverishly on his paintings and sculptures, either fashioning strange shapes from gigantic blocks of styrofoam or spraying them with his airbrush.

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This is 38-year-old Hr Giger, and he cuts an unusual figure. His shock of black hair is slicked back away from his pale forehead. He refuses to take his leather jacket off despite the searing heat. On a bench sits row after row of human and animal bones - skulls, femurs, vertebrae - plus a weird assortment of ribbed hoses, wires and mechanical
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Hr Giger and the making of Alien

We pay tribute to the work of the late artist Hr Giger, and follow the making of his masterpiece of design, the Alien...


It’s the summer of 1978, and the UK’s Shepperton Studios simmers in the heat. Secreted away in his own personal workshop, a Swiss artist works feverishly on his paintings and sculptures, either fashioning strange shapes from gigantic blocks of styrofoam or spraying them with his airbrush.

This is 38-year-old Hr Giger, and he cuts an unusual figure. His shock of black hair is slicked back away from his pale forehead. He refuses to take his leather jacket off despite the searing heat. On a bench sits row after row of human and animal bones - skulls, femurs, vertebrae - plus a weird assortment of ribbed hoses, wires and mechanical parts taken from old Rolls Royce motorcars. Quietly, obsessively, Giger is building his Alien.

The story
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In memoriam: artist Hr Giger

We're sad to report that the Swiss artist Hr Giger, creator of the Alien, has died at the age of 74.


In 1979, the cinema-going public reeled at the arrival of Alien. Its title creature, although conceived on paper by writers Dan O'Bannon and Ronald Shusett, was brought vividly to life by the Swiss artist Hans Ruedi Giger.

For many, Alien was their first introduction to Giger's nightmarish and surreal art. During the 70s and 80s, he was extraordinarily prolific, producing not just the Alien design, its accompanying eggs, the celebrated Space Jockey, his extra-terrestrial craft and planet, but also a huge range of other sculptures, illustrations and paintings.

Giger's must familiar work was achieved with an airbrush, and it was his 1977 book of paintings, entitled Necronomicon, which brought the artist to the world's attention, and in particular the creators of Alien. When director Ridley Scott set eyes on painting named Necronom IV,
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