best alien moments

In space, no one can hear you scream. Or make lists ranking the best moments from the Alien film series.

With Alien: Covenant hitting theaters this week, Jacob Hall and Jack Giroux revisited every movie featuring a xenomorph (yes, even the Alien vs. Predator movies) with one purpose: to watch for the scenes and beats and lines of dialogue that resonate the most. In this particular case, a “moment” is a malleable term. What stands out, really stands out, when we think back on these six movies?

We’ve included videos when available. And yes, there will be spoilers for the series from this point onward.

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alien video games ranked

Ridley Scott’s Alien has had a marked influence on the video game industry, but it’s mostly just that – influence. I’s James Cameron’s Aliens that feels like a video game itself (in a good way), and developers have “borrowed” from it liberally for their titles. Without these movies, the space marines that populate first-person shooters would never have emerged, and games like Contra or Metroid would never have been a thing.

But that’s not to say there haven’t been some really great officially licensed games! There are good Alien games! But there are also a lot of really bad ones. With Alien: Covenant out this week, there is no better time to rank them from worst to best.

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Newt

Alien Day may be a fake holiday cooked up to promote Alien-related products and projects, but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate and enjoy it. Director Neill Blomkamp, for one, got in on the festivities by unveiling a bit of concept art from his delayed Alien sequel that Sigourney Weaver says is still happening. It’s especially intriguing because it shows an adult Newt, fitting with earlier reports that the film would ignore the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection. Check it out below.  Read More »

Alien Resurrection Joss Whedon

Joss Whedon is still pretty bummed about what happened with Alien: Resurrection. Also after the jump:

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You guys and gals ever heard the one that goes, “Sigourney Weaver wants to make a fifth Alien movie with Ridley Scott to reclaim the franchise’s past glory…and this time it’s set on Earth!”? Times infinity, right? Well, Weaver recently told MTV that she was genuinely, like seriously this time, considering making a third sequel with Scott…but then the first Alien Vs. Predator caca-fest happened and then AVP: Requiem fell on top of Alien‘s remaining potential like a piano made of dung. Ripley is forever dead says Weaver (…or is she just enjoying a space nap?). Yeah, I forgot to intro with, “this post is headed to Bummerville.”

“The last time [Ridley and I] saw each other we talked about it. The character is still interesting [and] I’d love to work with Ridley again,” Weaver said. “But Fox has effectively killed it because of ‘Alien vs. Predator.’ What else can you do with the creature? You can take the situation, you can go back to where they came from. …To play someone who ages a couple hundred years was fascinating. [But] let [Ripley] rest.”

Last month we reported on a rumor circulating that had a third Alien Vs. Predator movie going forward. No new developments there. While 1997’s Alien Resurrection was veddy underwhelming, it’s a shame that 20th Century Fox has reduced the Alien creature, one of the pinnacle visions for sci-fi and horror, to the lowly status of an exhausted tag-team wrestler. Same for the Predator, natch, though the Predator doesn’t rely on a lifeline of mystery, darkness and dread to be effective. These cross-pollinating franchises need to take a breather and go back to the drawing board.

Discuss: Is this news surprising? Do you think a fifth Alien movie would have happened if AVP didn’t blow it? In your opinion, should a new Alien movie even include Ripley at this point, not to say Weaver isn’t great? Do you think a remake of Alien or Predator will happen in the next couple years?