Aliens (1986)

Mike Matei / October 21st, 2013


  • Tim Harrod

    October 21, 2013 at 6:39 am

    Ninth! Ecch, I’m bad at this.

  • October 21, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Kalimera! Bishop’s death scared me to death when i first saw Aliens at the age of 9!

  • Fatemah

    October 21, 2013 at 6:41 am

    I remember being confused about the title “Aliens” and wondering where was “Alien 2.” Titles aside, this was a “holy crap” movie in a good way. One of the best sequels ever – fresh and suspenseful.
    Oh yeah, gotta love the Queen.

  • Fatemah

    October 21, 2013 at 6:42 am

    And I never would have thought of Metroid as being influenced by the Alien franchise. Good point James!

    • October 21, 2013 at 7:36 am

      am I the only person who knew about this films connections to the inspiration of Doom? Aliens + Evil Dead = Doom. instead of Marines on an alien planet fighting off an alien infestation, it’s Marines on Mars fighting off against demons from hell. seriously though James, you should review Doom for this year of next years AVGN Halloween Special.

      • October 21, 2013 at 11:49 am

        Its aliens in space with an atmosphere, not that hard to make a connection to those video games.

      • juggalo747

        October 21, 2013 at 5:46 pm

        I don’t think he should do that. Doom is not a shitty game, nor does it suck ass.

      • Bludman2

        October 21, 2013 at 6:21 pm

        @juggalo747 I think he meant the movie which does indeed suck ass.

    • October 21, 2013 at 5:17 pm

      It was totally influenced by it. The (secretly) strong female protagonist, the sense of claustrophobia and isolation, surrounded by deadly aliens species. Metroid was a total send-up.

      • October 21, 2013 at 5:59 pm

        the whole Metroid series is inspired by all 4 Alien films. Metroid = Alien, Metroid 2 Return Of Samus = Aliens, Super Metroid = Alien 3, Metroid Fusion = Alien Resurrection. and to juggalo747, Doom doesn’t suck. but it would be nice to see him review a good game. he has done that before. remember last year when he reviewed Ghost N Goblins? remember his review of The Legend Of Zelda 2 The Adventure Of Link? or even his review on Super Mario Bros. 3? Doom is a good game and thus he deserves to review some good games every now and then since he has done that before. or at least do a AVGN memories based on it. I’ve asked him to do that for Doom’s 20th anniversary which is this year. makes you feel old, doesn’t it? in 2013, Doom turns 20 years old along with Star Fox & Clayfighter.

  • October 21, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Aliens my favorite movie so awesome!

  • jake

    October 21, 2013 at 6:44 am

    Good job James

  • Ethan Scoville

    October 21, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Awesome review

  • October 21, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Ahh the best Alien film in the entire franchise, and one of the best sequels ever made! (the other being Terminator 2)

    Awesome review, James!

    • October 21, 2013 at 7:25 am

      eh, I still think the original Alien is far better than the sequel for many, many reasons. Ridley Scott’s Alien is a more realistic approach to space travel with an unstoppable & mysterious creature that feels more like a living nightmare. James Cameron’s Aliens is more like a cliched slow building roller coaster ride of soft moments, loud noises, annoying characters that pretend to be likable, and an easily destructible creature that has been downgraded to a generic bug. HR Giger’s unkillable demon has now become an easily killable ant/bee like creature. the original alien was shot in the chest with a harpoon and shot out of the Naccissus engine, and it still didn’t die. but now, you can shoot it, squish it, trample over it, de-limb it, smash it, and blow it up into multiple pieces? we went from realistic space logic to comic book space logic in 7 years.

    • October 21, 2013 at 7:33 am

      to me, it goes way beyond the creature. Ripley hating Bishop more than Burke even though she shouldn’t trust neither one of them. the company sent Ash out in the original film. Ripley shouldn’t be hating just the android because it was only following orders. the company is the real villain of the series for wasting human life all in the name of weaponry. so, she should be even more self aware that they might pull this kind of stunt twice. the marines themselves I tend to have a hard time with. yeah they may have been overly cocky and everyone tends to forgive Hudson for being a coward, but that’s my problem, Hudson is a trained marine for christ sakes. no one likes a whining cry baby, especially from a grown adult man whose suppose to be properly trained for this kind of thing. newt is another character I tend to hate because she was an interesting until the moment Ripley became her surrogate mother. the more you look at it, the more cliches you tend to notice, and the more obvious these problems start to become. when it comes to the sequels, I like Alien 3 way more for various reasons.

      • Tomislav Veljaćić

        October 21, 2013 at 10:21 am

        In short, you simply do not like this movie because it is different from the first movie. Just because it’s different does not make it worse. This seems more that you simply have a limited taste for the particular genre of film.
        As for me, I love both the film precisely because they are so different to each other and yet are strongly connected.
        Alien in the first movie seemed indestructible solely because the crew did not have any weapons for self-defense, in the second film, there are professional heavily armed marines, it would be illogical that they would not be able to cope with the onslaught of aliens.
        Your other arguments are also weak and they all boil down to purely personal taste, try better next time.

  • Mattashell

    October 21, 2013 at 6:53 am

    Nice! I saw the film “Them” a few years ago for the first time, and I noticed the similarities, more even than you mentioned in the review. I always wondered why I seemed to be the only one to notice, your the first other person I’ve seen to mention it.

  • October 21, 2013 at 6:58 am

    man do I have a lot to say about Aliens, but I have to shorten it as best as I can. Aliens, in my opinion, is highly over-rated. firstly, it completely demystifies the original alien and downgrades it to a standard generic bug. the original alien is an unstoppable demon that cannot be killed, but now it can be killed off way too easily. second, the newt character is a dumbass in distress. yeah, I know it’s suppose to be a small defenseless little girl, but come’on. she was on the planet for a very long time and she was interesting until Ripley started to become the surrogate mother. third, the marines are a complete joke. Hudson I specifically have a problem with because this is suppose to be a trained soldier and yet he’s acting like such a cry baby to the point where it gets old really fast. fourth, Ripley should not be trusting Burke so easily since the company screwed her and her original crew to get the alien for their bio-weapons division. so, she should of been far more distrustful of Burke thick and thin and not just Bishop. to me, it feels dated with all the action cliches and it really does suffer from what I tend to call Halloween 2 syndrome (just like when Michael Myers somehow became Laurie Strode’s brother, the Alien is no longer a mysterious creature and is now a generic bug that can be killed way too easily). I personally think Aliens is highly over-rated and no where as good as the original Alien, but that’s my opinion.

    • October 21, 2013 at 12:06 pm

      -The Xeno in the original is unstoppable because they don’t have any weapons.

      -I’ll give you Newt, but she was important to Ripley’s character arc (as illustrated in the “daughter” deleted scene), so I’ll give her a pass

      -The marines were overconfident because of their state-of-the-art gear. That all fell apart when it proved to be all but useless. It hit Hudson the hardest, because he leaned on it the hardest. Notice how cocky he was in the begging. The whole thing was meant to be an allegory to Vietnam.

      -Ripley didn’t trust Burke from the first moment she met him. She treats him like crap throughout the entire movie, and always suspected him of ulterior motives. She didn’t have anything specific to peg on him until the facehugger scene, though. She also went because she felt it was something she had to do, in order to close the book on that chapter of her life, not because she trusted Burke or the company.

      -Aliens established a lot of the action cliches you see nowadays, from 28 Weeks Later to Halo.

      -Where you see “demystified”, I see “fleshed out”. Aliens didn’t do anything more than expand on the lifecycle of the Xenomorph. There’s a bunch of eggs, so naturally something has to be laying them. We still didn’t know anything else about their origins, or where they came from. That is, until Prometheus came out, and explained a bunch of stuff that didn’t need to be explained.

      • October 21, 2013 at 2:23 pm

        where you see “fleshed out”, I see “demystified”. it’s not that the original crew was unprepared or didn’t have the fire power. I’m just comparing this statement of mine to the creature itself, not the lack of firepower. look at the original Alien. ash said 2 phrases that were strong enough to make the monster a chilling creature. the 1st was “well he’s a combination of elements making him a tough little son of a bitch”, and the second was when Ripley asked if it could be killed, he said “it can’t”. we went from a single creature that seemed like an unstoppable demon to having multiple ones get destroyed like squishing fruit gushers. what I meant by demystified is that the original alien was so unique and so mysterious that we had no idea what it was, and those unexplained answers kept it interesting and even more terrifying. having this hive like features added to it made it more simplified and it really looses the mystery rather quickly thus making it less frightening. you can’t be scared by pulse pounding tension when there are scenes where your yelling “hell yeah”. the original alien was truly scary because it was more like a growing nightmare. what you all don’t understand is that I never once said I hated Aliens, I just don’t like it. and a lot of people tend to over look some of the biggest flaws that this film does have that holds it back. I do admit that I could of phrased my case better, at least I am honest to say that. but that doesn’t mean I don’t know anything about films or that it boils down to personal taste like some of these oh so bright people have stated. this is why I don’t like giving my opinions online because people have been too harsh on my own opinion. for better or worse, they are my opinions. my mistake is not presenting my case strong enough, everybody else’s mistake was thinking that I have poor taste in movies just because I didn’t like one single film. I think those kinds of statements is in rather poor taste folks.

      • October 22, 2013 at 4:33 am

        I watched the first one again a few days ago.

        Ash describes it as a “tough little son of a bitch”, and as the “perfect organism”, but it is still just that: an organism. When Ripley asks him how they can kill it, he responds “you can’t”. They can’t, because of the unique circumstances they found themselves in, and because they lack the necessary tools to fight it off. I’d imagine that if you were on a boat in the middle of the ocean with a tiger, and you had no weapons to fight it off, you’d have a pretty tough time dealing with it too. He never outright said that it’s invincible, or anything like that. Also keep in mind that he even admits that he “admires its purity”, so his point-of-view may be more than a little skewed.

  • October 21, 2013 at 7:06 am

    also, Doom is inspired by Aliens since they combined BOTH Aliens & Evil Dead. so, instead of a marine fighting aliens, they fight demons from hell. this is why I tend to prefer Doom over Aliens because I love the idea of a marine against demons from hell instead of a marine against an alien swarm since it’s been done way too much. I tend to like movies that do something new and different while still being rather underground since the moment it becomes mainstream and integrated into pop culture, the more over used and cliched they tend to become. Aliens is no exception, and I think it’s these kinds of cliches that started to ruin the series ever since even to this very day. like many classics, the magic only works once. even if the charm and magic of an older movie could possibly be duplicated a 2nd time, they can never outdo the original. this is why I have so much to say about Aliens that I tend to have a hard time with far more than Alien 3 which I think is criminally under-rated, however I feel that typing it doesn’t do it justice. for now at least, I think you did a good job James.

  • October 21, 2013 at 7:52 am

    Yes, i love this movie better than the first one and it needs little explanation on why: you said it all in the review, you didn’t even try to find one flaw, and that’s a rarity coming from you. Long live the props!

  • SilverShadow333

    October 21, 2013 at 8:25 am

    One of my personal favorite Sci-Fi/Action movies. Man I love this. There’s enough story aspects to keep you interested, and all the different characters gives it a lot of diversity and likeability as you get to know each of them. I’m with you James, the girl was my favorite character too. =3 I wish we could get another Alien movie with THIS kind of feel to it. NO MORE CG!!!!

  • Nabopolasszar

    October 21, 2013 at 9:14 am

    It wasn’t a coincidence in neither case.
    In the first film the Wayland Corp. decoded the warning and sent the Nostromos there so they had to pick up what they find – they even sent Ash to esnure it.
    In the second movie they sent there some colonist, in order to ensure the infection. Then they sent Burke so he could arrage the (illegal) transportation of the alien through some of the marines or Ripley (or any left colonist)

  • avgnfan

    October 21, 2013 at 9:27 am

    Awesome man. My personal favorite movie of all time getting even more of the respect and praise it deserves. Loved this review, hope you survive alien 3 and alien resurrection.

  • Sakenomi

    October 21, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Good review, but it would still be not just funny but even appropriate, if James edited everything out and left only those last 10 seconds of this video, which says it all!


    October 21, 2013 at 9:48 am

    i got all the bonus material from all 4 movies.
    and in this movie i have a special edition that has 40 minutes of extended scenes.
    they way the movie should have been. as james cameron calls it.
    none of the scenes should have been let out.
    but where cut because the movie was already 2 hours long.

    some scenes are just more talking and a little bit of backstory.
    but the 2 scenes that stand out.

    is 1: a scene where they explain why the aliens attack now.
    while nobody found them in the 57 years ripley was frozen.
    its because they are one the other side of the planet.
    when ripley does her story, the wayland company sends out a team from the colony to investigate. one of them gets a facehugger on him and it all starts again.

    and the 2 awesome scene.
    is somewhere in the middle of the movie where they weld everything shut to keep the aliens out.
    instead of just welding the doors they place combat drones infront of them the start shoothing when something moves.
    its a hell of a action scene because they have 4 drones with a combined ammunation of 1600 bullets and they use it all in a failing atempt to stop the aliens.

    i serrious recommend to buy the complete edition.
    also for the other 3 movies.

    • com85

      October 21, 2013 at 3:42 pm

      Agree ! the extended version makes a great movie even greater, especially the Drone scene as you mention, one of the most suspenful scenes ever when you see the ammo just goes down and down.. =)

  • taykel

    October 21, 2013 at 10:44 am

    The one thing I like in this movie is the relationship between Ripley and Newt. I can’t wait to see your review on the third film. The beginning of it to me was a downer.

  • BladeRunner

    October 21, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Aliens is great! awesome review!

  • reviewercreep

    October 21, 2013 at 10:56 am

    This was a really nice review, but I will be honest, what stole the my attention was the parts where you mentioned Them. It has always been and still is my favorite B monster movie, even if my VHS copy has seen better days and is not really watchable anymore. I had never really thought of any movie taking anything from Them, much less anyone talking about it other then me and my dad whenever we talk about movies and the good ol days. So I gotta say a big thanks, this made my day.

    And… not sure if ya are sick of getting suggestions for future reviews or not… more then likely a yes… But in any case, I would suggest “Fan-a-thon” a Monster Madness dedicated to the horror movies the fans suggest, excluding ones that have already been done naturally. And it could even be made into a contest where fans submit reviews of their own or something of that nature. Or it could be by popular vote.

    In any case, I am looking forward to the rest of Monster Madness, and whatever you do with it in the future.

  • jasonjrf

    October 21, 2013 at 11:11 am

    1986 was a good year for movies

  • Dennis

    October 21, 2013 at 11:12 am

    Ah, yes! A nostalgic moment as usual when I watch your stuff James (and Mike) – Great idea to fill up the series. It was just a little strange and melancholy to notice that something that was about 20 years ago in every child’s mouth is now already part of your awesome Monster Madness collection. Bennet was right: “You’re getting old John, you’re getting old”…

  • Freddie Phillips

    October 21, 2013 at 11:31 am

    Vasquez is the worst thing about this movie. Typical 1986 butch female bullshit like the backglass of Gottlieb’s Raven.

  • damon

    October 21, 2013 at 11:37 am

    “Fuck the review; just watch the movie” I love that line now!

  • itscmillertime

    October 21, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Did I miss something or did you really not talk about that giant yellow machine that Ripley gets into to fight the queen?!? I had that action figure as a kid and it was awesome. I saw this before the first film as well. One funny story I always remember is in 1st grade we had a mother’s day celebration where everyone’s moms came to the class and we each had to go to the front of the class and say what we love about our mother. I sad “I love my mom because she lets me watch rated R movies”. I was talking about Aliens and Terminator! Ohhhhhhhhh Yeaaaaaaaaaa!

  • October 21, 2013 at 11:59 am

    I never really cared for Aliens. Im sure it was good when it came out, but its pretty cliche now. Paxton and all the meathead marines, I cant stand. Never cared for characters like that. The plot, “hey, we havent seen any aliens. But oh! We found Ripley, and what do you know, just so happens NOW the aliens attack us too”. The aliens movement always bothered me. So stiff and kind of clunky looking.

    Now I dont hate the movie. Its enjoyable. Just not my cup of tea. I think the action actually hurts it a little. I prefer Alien’s atmosphere.

    • October 21, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      finally someone who doesn’t like the film. you have put it in better words than I could recently. just because a movie is a classic, doesn’t always mean it’s accepted by everyone. I think you dear sir have put it in better words then me today. “I dont hate the movie. Its enjoyable. Just not my cup of tea.” to you Spirit31, best words spoken so far in the comments section that isn’t some nonsense about limited personal taste in films.

      • October 21, 2013 at 6:44 pm

        as far as I’m concerned, I’m done talking about the Alien franchise for one day. I personally think the Gamera films were the best portion of Monster Madness this year thus far, and it was more interesting when James talked about films that not a lot of people talk about. the Alien franchise is just an opinion only kind of thing and I’m finding it hard to find it interesting because everyone has already talked bout these films already. what more does he, or I, or anyone else have to say that hasn’t been said? I wanted to see him talk about something that not many people tend to have an opinion about. but, just like reality, we don’t always get what we want. oh well, not my choice. let him do what he wants. at least the next thing he has to worry about is finishing the AVGN Movie. I truly hope it all works out for him in the end. only time will tell.

  • Berthsen

    October 21, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    Great job James,
    …but you forgot to mention the father of the Aliens: 🙂

  • Mflexx

    October 21, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    and thanks again!
    Great work!

  • October 21, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    Both the first and second films are in my top 20 favorite movies list. “Aliens” is in my top 5. Such a kickass and brilliant thrill ride.

  • RC 1138

    October 21, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    Aliens is my second favorite movie, only being trumped by Lawrence of Arabia. It has the best ending and it doesn’t get old to re-watch it over and over. I do remember one version that had a scene where Newt’s family discovered the ship and her father was attacked by the facehugger.

  • J5

    October 21, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    James Cameron can go down in history knowing that he made two of the greatest sequel of all times lol Aliens 2 & Terminator 2!!!!()-;

  • October 21, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    “Tomislav Veljaćić”
    1st – I didn’t hate the sequel because “it is different from the first movie”. I’m not hating this movie for the sake of hating it. I just have problems with this movie.
    2nd – “This seems more that you simply have a limited taste for the particular genre of film.” this is so not true that I think that statement was way over line. I tend to like many films in sci-fi and horror. just because I hate one film, that doesn’t automatically mean I have poor taste in movies.
    3rd – “Your other arguments are also weak and they all boil down to purely personal taste, try better next time.” that was uncalled for. first of all, if you actually watched the original film, the Alien creature was shot in the cvhest with a harpoon by Ripley, and shot out of the Narcciuss engine, and it still didn’t die. the Alien in the sequel is now somehow easily killed off. it makes it demystified because the original alien had little to almost no explanation to just what the hell it was. we didn’t know if it was female, male, a bug, a serpent, or anything. the less we know about something, the more frightening they tend to be. when Michael Myers became Laruie’s sister, that lost a lot of the mystery surrounding that villain. same thing with the alien.
    I don’t Hate Aliens, I just don’t like it. there’s a difference between not liking something and just flat out hating something. I hate Hellraiser Revelations, I hate Wishmaster 3, I hate Texas Chainsaw Massacre 4, I don’t like Aliens. maybe next time you should try to repond to me with a legitimate argument instead of making some rather stupid comments on your own. I may of not presented my case as strongly as I should, but don’t think of me as an idiot.

  • October 21, 2013 at 2:26 pm

    Great video James! I personally like Aliens better.

  • handsome pete

    October 21, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Games of the NES era copied the shit out of Metroid, the only thing they copied more was Dragon Ball.

    • October 21, 2013 at 2:51 pm

      well, it all depends on how it was able to pull it off. inspiration has always been in creativity because everyone gets their inspiration from somewhere. the only time something is flat out copied is when it looks like the same exact thing. if it only had slight differences that makes it different, then maybe it can be looked over and accepted. it all depends on how well it’s executed.

  • October 21, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    finally “Tomislav Veljaćić”, to say I have a limited taste in a particular genre of films is where it crosses the line. this is where it gets personal. just because one person says they don’t like one particular movie, that doesn’t mean they have a limited taste in films. no one said I “had” to like this film, no one forced me to like it like everybody else. this argument is stupid because everybody has different taste in films. doesn’t make it good or bad. personal preference is a good thing because it allows everyone to view a film differently. some people like Gone With The Wind while some don’t. some people like The Godfather while others don’t do you think that “they” have a limited taste in films? in sci-fi, I tend to like the original Star Wars trilogy, Predator, Robocop, Terminator 1 & 2, Dark City, The Matrix, Back To The Future Trilogy, Pitch Black, The Thing, Blade Runner, even the laughably bad Jason X. the only times I truly hate a single film is when it starts to really piss me off like Hellrasier Revelations, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre The Next Generation, Immortals, Wishmaster 3, American Psycho 2, Oz The Great & Powerful, Surf Nazis Must Die, Alone In The Dark, & House Of The Dead. look at all the comments I made, I have never once said I hated Aliens. I tend to agree for the most part that Aliens is a good sequel. all I’m saying is that this film has some serious flaws that I think holds it back as strongly as everybody else says and I tend to dislike this film for those reasons. I never said I hated this film. I do learn sometimes when I should rephrase my statements better even if it’s many hours later. bottom line, if you want to pretend to be the smarter person in this little chat and point out all the flaws in my statements, then you should of representing yourself with a legitimate argument on your front instead of the statements that you made. next time, try a little harder yourself and chose your words carefully.

  • October 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    overall, good review James. some people love it, some hate it, I think it’s just a good sequel but highly over-rated. maybe my opinions will matter on a different video where peoples comments aren’t being too critical and negative. or maybe people are just simply stupid. who knows. like people cared about my arguments in the first place. (sigh) well, I’m still looking forward to the rest of monster madness regardless of what I have to say about it. “Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.”

    • October 21, 2013 at 5:43 pm

      Good God, get over it.

      • October 21, 2013 at 6:02 pm

        I already have. I’m done talking about it, don’t get involved, and let’s move on.

    • Tomislav Veljaćić

      October 22, 2013 at 10:51 am

      Okay, but why did not you give a direct reply, below my comments, and not just only in the fifth and sixth page. And stop with unnecessary multiple prescriptive explanations, holy shit!

      • October 22, 2013 at 1:31 pm

        to answer your question, I couldn’t comment directly to you because it didn’t let me. and why do you have such a problem with what I’m saying? if you want me to leave, I’ll leave. but you’r not adding anything else to the solution either. from the comments you made to me, I don’t see how you are acting better than I am. so the best I can offer you is to stop commenting on this site if you would just stop talking to me and back off. if you stop commenting to my comments right now, then I’ll leave this site and you wont need to hear from me ever again. deal?

  • Squall85

    October 21, 2013 at 3:14 pm

    Don’t forget Mega Turrican (Turrican 3 on Amiga). It had an episode with Alien “inspired” levels.

  • johnpseudo

    October 21, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Aliens ate my babysitter !!!

  • October 21, 2013 at 5:05 pm

    Loooong time viewer, first time poster. everything you touch turns to gold, and we have the same tastes. I have been an aliens fan since it first came out. My dad loved the first one so he took me to see the second one in the theatre. Loved em from the get go. I have all the figures and posters. I ilike aliens just a little bit more than alien. And aliens comes second only to night of the living dead as my favorite movie of all time. thanks for the great review!

  • Ceaser Gomez

    October 21, 2013 at 5:39 pm

    This was an awesome review James!

  • erik37

    October 21, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    love this fucking movie great review man

  • Alfonso Santos

    October 21, 2013 at 5:48 pm

    Now I get all those alien references in Metroid.

  • culwin

    October 21, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    His name is James, James Cameron
    The bravest pioneer

  • Cilliandrew

    October 21, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    I remember the first time I rented ALIENS. I watched it….. Sat in awe for a couple moments once it was done, and then i rewound it and watched it again. My all-time number 1 favourite movie. They mostly come at night. Mostly…

  • Aaron1375

    October 21, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    Got my mom to take me to this one as a kid and we both loved it…still probably one of the best movie experiences I ever had as I was expecting it to be good, but not as bad ass as it turned out to be!

  • October 21, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    Oddly enough I saw Alien first and Aliens second, then Resurrection and lastly Alien 3.

    My uncle was a video buff, sadly he passed away a couple of years ago at the age of 31 but he introduced me to a lot of these movies when I was young. James reminds me of him a lot 😛 they have very similar taste in movies!

  • October 21, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    James I dare you to review Colonial Marine lol

  • Cannibal Sexjesus

    October 21, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    “Fuck the review, just watch the movie.” Haha, you buried the lede.

  • fountainhead

    October 21, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    I was kinda hoping James would comment on Aliens: Colonial Marines being the ‘official’ sequel to this movie. But I’m sure when he saw the game, his reaction was “GAME OVER MAN, GAME OVER!”

    • Cilliandrew

      October 21, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      I’ll be honest, i enjoyed the game. I thought to captured the atmosphere of ALIENS really well, and i liked how it pulled in the troopers from the end of ALIEN 3. I know i’m in the minority, but i had a decent time with the game.

  • DMM_poo

    October 21, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    great review. I think I’ll watch the movie.

  • ikensee

    October 21, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    It seems like James Cameron takes time on his sequels. Avatar 2 sequel isn’t coming out until 2016. But then again Avatar 3 & 4 are coming out the next two consecutive years.

  • DreamWarrior95

    October 21, 2013 at 8:07 pm

    One of the best movies ever!!! I can’t agree more with the video game influences. Even in Halo you can see some direct homages per Sergeant Apone and Johnson, the Pelican ship and the dropship, as well as the Sulaco and Autumn starships. In my opinion, one of hell of a perfect movie! Thank you for including this!!!

  • Tyler Prusinski

    October 21, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    James!! Please continue making these videos out side of October! Its one of the few things in my day that I really look forward to!

  • October 21, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Aliens is my all time favorite film. The special effects are unsurpassed. I wish Cameron would realize that practical effect not only look better when done right, but can make you wonder how they pulled it off. With CGI you know it’s CGI, no matter how good it looks. CGI obviously has its place though.

  • October 21, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    Aliens actually follows really great some other films best sequels like the terminator 1-2,back to the future 1-2 ghost busters 1-2 Most of those films back then if we watch carefully were ended with the second movie awesome,having both films being masterpieces making you think that both of those were great in every prespective.

  • Kieran St James

    October 21, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Great movie. Great review.
    Thanks man.

  • October 21, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    Another connection the Alien franchise had on video games was that Gieger/Scott/Cameron’s set design and overall visual design was almost copied directly into Halo… The Marines, the ships, the aliens, etc are all very Alien based

  • John Kimbardh

    October 21, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    One of the best movies ever made!

  • D-Man

    October 22, 2013 at 1:09 am

    Awesome review James. I would not have thought to bring the Alien series in as a horror franchise, but I am glad you did.

    • Cilliandrew

      October 22, 2013 at 7:39 am

      Why not? The Alien series pretty much defined Sci-Fi Horror..

  • diddymuck

    October 22, 2013 at 1:29 am

    A point worth mentioning is that Bill Paxton’s famous line “Game Over, man!” was extemporaneous yet kept in the final cut for its snappiness.

  • TagaZok

    October 22, 2013 at 3:34 am

    I saw the Alien first and for me Aliens (Alien2) was the most accurate and one of the best sequel of sci-fi action horror movie .. Like James said they took there time doing it …And man was it a successful sequel movie .. I saw both movie when I was a Kid and the alien impressed me still do today!! A Classic!

  • Orionsaint

    October 22, 2013 at 4:53 am

    It also inspired Space Marines in Video Games. Halo, Gears of War. The list goes on. I’m sure there had been Space Marines in books before Aliens, but the Aliens movie put them on the map.

  • Lightice

    October 22, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Found footage films already existed when Aliens came out. Cannibal Holocaust, anyone?

  • October 22, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    I play Aliens colonial Marines PS3 I got all trophies! The movie in the game was awesome!

  • October 22, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Alien queen was a T. rex !

  • October 22, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Aliens is one of my favorite movies of all time.

  • October 22, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    One thing I like to talk about when ALIENS is brought up is that I actually go to the same high school that Stan Winston, the guy who nade the AMAZING effects for this and countless other great films such as Pumpkinhead, Terminator 2 and Iron Man, graduated from in 1963. It sparked my appreciation for his work.

  • October 22, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    Aliens (and Terminator 2) are two great examples of taking a slasher/horror film, and then making an action sequel. Since the biggest parts of horror are the unknown and disempowerment, having a more action packed sequel makes sense. You survived this once before, you know something about the threat, so now is the time to fight back. While Evil Dead did sort of the same thing (although it went more slapsticky and comedic, and by the end it was more of a fantasy adventure than anything else), it confronts the problem of a horror sequel head on. Something is going to be a bit less scary when you’ve seen it before. So, use the existing threat not necessarily as a source of fear and suspense, but instead to up the intensity of the action.

  • Andrew Schuveiller

    October 22, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    I can respect the opinion that some special effects can be done better in front of the Camera, I love the Xenomorph Queen and other effects that can be like it, much like when you reviewed Gremlins and the sequel.

    But there are times when CGI is a necessary evil to make a film’s effects great, as such with Pacific Rim. Even though the Godzilla movies and others like it, Mothera, Gamera, etc, were doing giant monsters and some times robots with them (such as a lot of the sentai seires of the past and now)

    The effects of guys in rubber suits and wearing boxes stacked together can only take a movie so far, with out making the viewers chuckle at how cheap it looks.

    However in both cases of either special effects, they only work as good as they do when people care, such as in Pacific rim where Deltoro went over all the CGI sequences to make such they all looked great but were still very much directed and weren’t just slapped together to “look cool” (and in this case with the Xenomorph Queen, she was built and puppeteer-ed with care, however still a puppet, only so much could be done.)

    The fight between Riply and the Queen on the sulaco at the end is good, but watching it multiple times you still see just how little happens, she knocks her over a few times and grabs her once or twice before attempting to drop her down the airlock.

    As great as effect in front of the camera are, they still have limits as to what they can do, but I’m sure you as a film maker already knew this.

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 22, 2013 at 10:02 pm

    Fuck the review, just watch the movie. Haha, well said. This is a great movie, and yeah, I think it does act as a gateway for a lot of people. I’m honestly not sure which Alien movie I saw first. I want to say 3? But yeah, I eventually saw Alien and Aliens later on. It’s a great sequel. It reminds me a lot of Terminator and Terminator 2, with the first being mostly horror-slasher, and the second having more action, and being more mainstream. Heh, you might be reading too much into it. I think “Game Over Man!” is just a funny line. 😛

  • October 22, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    omg i LOOOVED Aliens. The original was alright, but it was a little too slow for me, and none of the deaths were really that memorable to me, even though there were like half as many people and the runtime is about equal in both movies. I didn’t think Alien was bad, but the characters, action, and amazing special effects make Aliens my favorite by far. Also the fact that bishop got ripped in half and still tried to save everyone was pretty cool. And Ripley was kind of sheepish in the first one (understandably so), but in the second movie, being experienced with the creatures and having an actual arsenal this time round is a total badass, and one of my favorite female movie protagonists.

  • herbsuperb

    October 22, 2013 at 11:25 pm

    One of the greatest action, sci-fi, horror, futuristic, etc. films ever made. A masterpiece through and through.

    I’m curious if anybody who has watched this video has, for whatever reason, NOT seen ‘Aliens’. Anybody?

  • Smokingspoon

    October 23, 2013 at 12:55 am

    Ahh, Alien Le Retour… my favorite childhood movie. Terminator 2 was also an excellent sequel. I think this movie features one of the best villain ever, the t-1000(Robert Patrick) . He just don’t talk(much), he get thing’s done, ala Darth Maul.

  • Truehare

    October 23, 2013 at 6:23 am

    “The best special effects are done in front of the camera, without computer animation.”

    Amen to that, James! That’s especially true in horror movies, I might add. Computer-generated monsters just look a little too… clean. It’s hard to be disgusted by them, as a good horror monster should make you feel.

  • penpan

    October 23, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Awww 57 years? What happened to her cat? 🙁 Is it bad that I bring that up firsthand? 😛

    “Game over, man, game over!”


    October 23, 2013 at 12:19 pm

    I fucking love “Aliens”, but to even imply that it could be better than “Alien” is stretching it way too far.

  • M_From_G

    October 23, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    Again, thank you Mr. Rolfe for this great review on a great movie. If I’m not mistaken the soldier names were also mentioned in the PC game Major Stryker and the “Game over man” quote showed up almost everywhere.

  • Miguel Pedras

    October 23, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    This is my all time favourite sequel and movie of its genre, I’ll watch it on Halloween, thank you James!


    October 23, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Yea I seen this one first as well its gotta be up there with godfather 2 as greatest sequels of all time its so epic n quotable

  • tonyaj420

    October 24, 2013 at 2:50 am

    Ive beaten Contra many times never notices the jockey

  • maximuscesar

    October 24, 2013 at 10:00 am

    A thing that troubled me was the fact that, after 57 year (and 20 years of people living in the colony) NOBODY had ever found the ship! Come on! They never mapped the planet before populate it? And the ship was found conveniently in the exact time Ripley awakes… But besides it, this movie was great! My only regret is that I never had an opportunity to watch it as a kid, certainly I would have appreciated it much more…

  • Strider Tien

    October 24, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    My favorite movie of all time.

    • Strider Tien

      October 24, 2013 at 8:42 pm

      James Cameron doesn’t do what James Cameron does for James Cameron. James Cameron does what James Cameron does because James Cameron is James Cameron!

  • Telly Argyros

    October 24, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    cool movie

  • October 25, 2013 at 2:07 am

    Is Aliens a great movie? Hell yeah.
    Is it better than Alien? In a general context, no.

    Even though I loved the action as a kid, and my parents wouldn’t even let me watch the first one until I was older and it raised the bar for sequels, it took an intelligent, so-called “perfect organism” and reduced them to an insectoid hivemind, essentially taking the bio-weapon angle too far.

    I like to think of the deleted scene from Alien where it was creating makeshift eggs out of it’s victims as evidence that they act independently when away from a Queen.

  • Skeletor

    October 26, 2013 at 3:29 am

    one of the best movies of all time. Pill Paxton is the highlight of this movie he is awesome!

  • The Shamster

    October 28, 2013 at 4:57 am

    Does anyone remember the two player arcade game of Aliens?

    Shame they can’t port it to PSN or Xbox marketplace.

  • Tyler Scott

    November 1, 2013 at 11:38 pm

    Have you seen the Director’s Cut. It’s awesome

  • johnpseudo

    November 8, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Can anybody tell me, why this machine is built so that it looks like a dick between his legs ? Coincidence or an inside-joke like the famous dildo-like stalactite in Star Trek TOS …

  • November 9, 2013 at 8:55 am

    Funfact: Aliens was not even a script written for the Alien franchise. Camerons original screen play was called ‘Mother’ and was centered around the contest of wills between the human mother (ripley) and the alien mother (the queen). Some of this is preserved in the directors cut of the film. Also, I love his notes in the script about the visual design for the queen, “Tyrannosaurus crossed with a beetle”.

  • nammm3

    November 11, 2013 at 1:32 am

    Yep, ‘Aliens’ was my first Alien movie that i watched growing up within the Alien franchise. Great review James, especially your detailed correlation between the giant ant movie and this movie

  • November 11, 2013 at 5:29 am

    I remember only the double climax, not realizing that it was a double climax. I loved it.

  • December 24, 2013 at 10:51 pm

    why can’t they call it alien 2

    • December 31, 2013 at 11:56 pm

      Two reasons: 1: There is more than 1 alien. 2: A movie was made a year after Alien called Alien 2. It was an Italian ripoff

  • December 31, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Back when they took time to make sequels? How many Friday the 13th movies came out between Alien and Aliens? 5 with a 6th like a month away.

  • January 1, 2014 at 12:06 am

    I was watching this rather than the ball drop when it became 2014.

  • January 1, 2014 at 10:56 am

    You think of red? Isn’t that scene the only one that’s red? I always think of dark blue and black.

  • Alan Fletcher

    January 28, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    This is one of my favorite movies, and James you did a great job reviewing it> I’ll have to agree a GREAT sequel!

  • Purp By da pound123

    February 10, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    nigga i pissed my pants because this movie was so scary. mang im so high right now my nigga, im smoking pounds of purp nigga.

  • Gary Cash

    May 22, 2014 at 1:27 am

    I love this fuggin movie!

  • Senna4ever

    July 7, 2014 at 7:40 am

    Aliens is crap.
    It’s not even an Alien film.

    Cameron had already written a film about Marines when he was offered to write what was then called Alien 2.
    All he did was swap a few characters, put Rippley in and handed in his script.

    Aliens is a dumb action film with zero character, plot or style.

  • August 19, 2014 at 1:05 am

    Sorry, but I just hate this movie.

  • zengie

    October 9, 2014 at 3:56 pm

    Thanks James.

  • October 10, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    This film put Space Marines in our collective contentiousness. Ever since then it’s Space Marines this and that. This movie was a game change!

  • March 10, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    The last Alien movie I saw. And the best of all!

  • Grandmasterp

    June 11, 2015 at 8:04 pm

    Those movies are amazing. I love Sigourney Weaver

  • Alex Fink

    October 8, 2015 at 10:47 pm

    Old Hudson lol “Why don’t you put her in charge!” lmao

  • Rammer

    April 27, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    There’s deleted scenes on the SE DVD that kinda explains why the colonists didn’t find the ship right away. In fact, it was Ripley telling Burk about the ship, and he sent orders to the colonists to go find it.

  • Lastor

    May 7, 2016 at 10:18 am

    I’m gonna have to question your generalization about sequels taking their time to be put out back in the day as opposed to now. What are you basing this on? I mean, didn’t they spool out Police Academies, Elm Streets, 007s and whatnot just about every year?

    Having recently watched Aliens I can confirm that the dynamic of the Marine Corps really accounts for a large chunk of the movie’s quality. As minor as many of the characters may seem, they do indicate a lot of backstory and nuance within that narrow screen time they have. Like I doubt even Vasquez is quite as cold and badass as she lets on, offensive behavior being her way of showing affection.
    And Gorman, good God, this guy just flew by me for ten solid years before noticing he, too, has character. Look at him trying to stay calm and give orders while clearly sweating his ass off, desperately trying to not lose control of the situation.

    Good movie. To put it mildly. But only one of my favorites.

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