ALIENS (1986 U.S.) D/W: JAMES CAMERON W: DAVID GILER/WALTER HILL P: GALE ANNE HURD
This much more expensive wham-bang action movie sequel to ALIEN with sci-fi and horror overtones is often considered superior to the original, more low-key affair. But they're too different to compare. Forget about comparisons and just get set for an exciting, pulse-pounding exploitation classic. Sigourney Weaver (who was nominated for an oscar) has to join a marine corp bound for a mining colony infested with the dangerous alien monsters. That's all of a plot you really need, but they throw in a few twists as well. With Michael Biehn, Lance Henriksen, Paul Reiser, Bill Paxton and Mark Rolston. Stan Winston provided the excellent, scary FX. Available in endless Director's Cuts and various format versions, just get the damn thing in any condition. ALIEN 3 followed.

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