In 1979, the world was introduced to a new, terrifying series when Alien premiered and fans watched as a crew of ordinary humans fought against the universe's greatest killer: the xenomorph. Since then, the series has suffered from it's share of lowpoints but even at it's worst, this franchise is head and shoulders above all those wannabe imitators.
The sequel, James Cameron's take on the venerable franchise, it's the best of the series. With an army of aliens going toe to teeth with some of Earth's best and bravest, this one is an action packed, yet heartfelt, entry.
While not my number one, the original is still an amazing film that deserves to be at the top of anyone's best of list. Ridley Scott's classic gave birth to one of the biggest franchises in history and has, and will, stand the test of time.
Ripley's return added some new, strange twists to the series when they jumped two hundred years into the future and gave us a half alien Ripley. Sadly, the announced Alien 5 will, reportedly, ignore this entry which is too bad. I'm sure I'm not the only one curious what happened after the survivors crashed on Earth with Aliens in the wings.
This Alien prequel, while well done, gave us more questions than answers and rewrote the canon created with the two Predator crossovers. I'm curious where the follow up will lead with high hopes.
A rushed effort with a soul crushing ending, Alien 3 let a lot of fans down with it's obvious cash grab attempt and it *almost* killed the franchise that once stood above all others. It's not without it's good parts; Ripley's sacrifice, as painful as it was to see, is a poignant moment that will live on in celluloid infamy.
Alien Vs Predator
Before Promethius rewrote canon, AVP gave us the much-asked for history of the Company's knowledge of the xenomorphs while bringing the Predator series into a single universe. Not the best film ever, it is a fun diversion with it's violence and gore and kick ass female character who teams up with one of the Predators sent to take out the aliens.
Alien Vs Predator: Requium
Okay, so if I could actually see what the hell was happening I'd probably like it more but it was filmed so damn dark that half if it is hidden behind shadows and darkness. On a high point, it did flout convention in the death of a child. Points for balls, there.
So what's your take? Would you rate one or more higher or lower? Let me know in the comments below!