“We’d better get back, ’cause it’ll be dark soon, and they mostly come at night… mostly.”

Ah, the story of a mother simply trying to save her race. That’s really what Aliens is all about, right?

Sure, it just so happens that the mother in question is a horrifying creature from another planet who happens to lay her eggs in the chest cavities of humans, but we won’t dwell on that.

And okay, okay…when those children are born, they burst out of a living person’s chest, killing them. Excellent.

But a mother’s gotta do, what a mother’s gotta do.

The first in a long, long series of movies, Alien burst (pun intended) onto the scene in 1979 just before our favorite decade began, but fear not. We got the sequel all to ourselves, and yes, the fabulous Ms. Sigourney Weaver was back in the role that put her on the map. This time she’s got a new crew ripe to be decimated by new aliens with new small alien babies they’re trying to keep safe.

Filled with even more gore than its predecessor, Aliens terrified audiences when it hit theaters in 1986. The hulking aliens crept through hallways and tunnels on a new ship, but their goal was just the same. Their species lives, ours doesn’t. Thankfully Ripley knew enough from her first go-around to just kill the things once and for all (at least, she thought).

Relative newcomer James Cameron (heard of him?) was picked by Fox to not only write the script to actually direct, following his success helming The Terminator. And though Aliens is a sci-fi horror film, it didn’t stop Cameron from including some incredible shots and making it a little bit of cinematic greatness. In fact, it was nominated for seven Oscars (including Weaver for Best Actress), and it won two: Visual Effects and Sound Effects Editing. On top of that, 1986 wrapped with Aliens in the #7 spot at the yearly box office, earning $85 million.

It may have scared our pants off as kids (and really, we’ll never look at chest pains the same way again), but that didn’t stop us from loving it. And oh, how we loved it!

“Get away from her, you bitch!”

We ♥ Aliens.


~ by weheart80s on May 19, 2017.

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