ALIEN 3 (1992 U.S.) D: DAVID FINCHER W: LARRY FERGUSON P: VINCENT WARD/DAVID GILER/WALTER HILL
Fincher's debut after directing Madonna videos was pretty slated and mostly ignored. It's true that it's murky claustrophobic slouch of an atmosphere (and script) makes it vastly inferior to the first two. But it does have some merit. Sigourney Weaver lands on a space prison colony this time. Naturally the monster turns up too. The interesting cast includes Charles Dance, Charles Dutton, the late Brian Glover, Paul McGann (who later had a short stint as DOCTOR WHO) and (briefly) Lance Henriksen. Some tried to redeem it as an AIDS allegory, no-one was much convinced (does that mean that all those cheap direct-to-video titles with cramped sets and barely seen monsters are also scathing political satire?). John Fasano (who directed the warped ROCK 'N' ROLL NIGHTMARE in Canada) had some script input, so we may have located the problem. Screenwriter Larry Ferguson later made FIXING THE SHADOW. Fincher made the far more interesting SE7EN next. ALIEN: RESURRECTION followed.

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