"IN SPACE NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM," thankfully they can on the internet
When rumors began to fly of a 5th installment in the 'Alien' franchise with Sigourney Weaver reprising her roll as Ripley, the buzz spread like wildfire. Not longer after, a Prometheus sequel, 'Alien: Covenant,' was announced bringing 'Alien 5' to a screeching halt. A script was written, now all that stands in the way of release is 'Alien: Covenant' and the studio green-light. Even if we never get the 5th film we have a couple classics to remember forever.
So let's take a walk down memory lane and have a look at the 4 predecessors ranked from greatest to least (I'm sure you all know which one is last):
1. 'Aliens' -
Easily my favorite of the bunch for combining many of the elements that worked greatly for the first film, eliminating the slow burn and bringing us an action thriller of total mayhem. Sigourney Weaver returned as Ripley, having spent a huge portion of her life in hyper-sleep after her first encounter with the duel-jawed alien. Contact with a remote colony is lost, Aliens may be responsible, and so they send Ripley and a platoon of space marines to investigate. Aliens galore, pulse rifles, flame throwers, more android death, an egg-laying Queen Alien, and a cargo loading robot suit bring forth classic action sequences and thrills to help this stand out above the rest. Minus a handful of scenes, this move is pure action adrenaline to the very end.
2. 'Alien' -
The horror/thriller that started it all. Ripley and team are navigating around space when they visit a remote planet after receiving what appeared to be a distress call. One of the members literally comes face to face with some sort of alien parasite that unbeknownst to the audience lays an egg in his stomach. What happens next is one of the most iconic moments in horror cinema, the infamous chest burst scene, revealing the true terror of the franchise. The film progresses slowly, relying more on the cerebral aspect of horror, creating a sense of dread where no one is safe. We barely get to see the alien in full form until the end of the film, but what we did see was enough to cause panic and fright to those watching. The movie truly lived up to it’s catchphrase of “In Space no one can hear you scream,” giving the viewer a sense of being lost in darkness along with Ripley and crew.
3. 'Alien 3' -
Whenever David Fincher is involved, you can expect a moody, darkness that has become his trademark style of creating film. Alien 3 is no different as we are given the franchises darkest feature to date. Ripley, once again is floating around in hyper-sleep when her escape pod crash lands on a remote, prison planet housing the worst criminals imaginable. Rapists, murderers, liars, and thieves fill the cells of this desolate planet, along with a few weaponless guards and a dog that becomes the host for our latest alien incarnation. What Fincher did well was create a world where all hope was lost, pitting Ripley not only in the cross hairs of another alien, but being the only woman ever to visit this prison planet brought forth a whole slew of other problems for her in the form of the lady-deprived inmates. Did it sit well with the previous 2 films? That’s debatable, but for a David Fincher ‘Alien’ film, it’s worth a watch, kind of how Tim Burton created his own version of Batman that fit in line with everything else Burton put out.
4. 'Alien Resurrection' -
Of course, with a few solid releases you can’t escape without a turd. Alien Resurrection is without a doubt a travesty and from the beginning you will know that this film was only created to capitalize on the previous films’ success and make money. A scrambled story where Ripley returns as a clone along with a Queen Alien cloned from her DNA that gives semi-human style birth to this Skeletor looking alien. If you can make it halfway into the film the Ripley b-ball, slam dunk scene is enough to put the nail in the coffin, not before setting your television and DVD player on fire.
If you can completely erase 'Alien Resurrection' from your memory then the thought of a 5th film and possible redemption may make sense, but not without worry. They had their 2 defining moments in 'Alien' and 'Aliens'…and sometimes it’s best to just walk away and not add further insult to injury. There may be hope, but at the same time it has all the signs of a total disaster.
GAME OVER MAN!