On July 18, 1986, a James Cameron directed sequel to the 1979 horror/sci-fi film Alien was released. Amidst plot lines on soulless corporations, man's place in the universe, and loss of self, Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley introduced an action hero that easily out fought Rambo, out mothered Olivia Walton, and out survived virtually all of the space Marines she was teamed with.
There was a time where Aliens almost didn't get made due to budget woes and production fears, but when Gale Anne Hurd and James Cameron came on board the production turned around and one of the best sequels of all time was created. And thirty years later still rocks on.
The ensemble cast featured of course, Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, Michael Biehn as Corporal Dwayne Hicks, Lance Henriksen as Bishop, an android, Paul Reiser as Carter J. Burke, a representative from the Weyland-Yutani Corporation, Bill Paxton as Private Hudson, and Jenette Goldstein as Private Jenette Vasquez.
Reiser's character, Carter Burke was a change from his usual comedic roles and played a slimy corporate lawyer audiences grew to hate. Michael Biehn's strong, but understated performance as Hicks, and Paxton's comedic paranoid and panicky Hudson helped balance out the cast and create a natural buffer between Ripley and Jenette Goldstein's tough-as-nails Private Vasquez.
Borrowing from the concepts of the Vietnam war and elements of Robert Heinlein's Starship Troopers, (which would also be made into a movie) the phrases, "Game over, man", "We're all gonna die man", and "Get away from her you b**** !", have all become part of the American canon.
As part of the celebrations this year the primary cast of Aliens will be appearing at Comicpalooza June 17-19, 2016. It will be held at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, TX. For more information on the event click here.