Film: The Alien Quadrilogy

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Film:

The Alien Quadrilogy

Director: Ridley Scott, James Cameron, David Fincher
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Distributor: 20th Century Fox

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Film:Alien

Alien: 1st in Alien Quadrilogy

Ridley Scott

A landmark of science fiction and horror, Alien arrived in 1979 between Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back as a stylishly malevolent alternative to George Lucas’s space fantasy. Partially inspired by 1958’s It! The Terror from Beyond Space, this instant classic set a tone of its own, offering richly detailed sets, ominous atmosphere, relentless suspense, and a flawless ensemble cast as the crew of the space freighter Nostromo, who fall prey to a vicious creature (designed by Swiss artist H.R. Giger) that had gestated…

Film:Aliens

Aliens: 2nd in Alien Quadrilogy

James Cameron

Aliens is one of the few cases of a sequel that far surpassed the original. Sigourney Weaver returns as Ripley, who awakens on Earth only to discover that she has been hibernating in space so long that everyone she knows is dead. Then she is talked into traveling (along with a squad of Marines) to a planet under assault by the same aliens that nearly killed her. Once she gets there, she finds a lost little girl who triggers her maternal instincts—and she discovers that the company has once again double-crossed her, in hopes of capturing one of the aliens…

Film:Alien 3

Alien 3: 3rd in Alien Quadrilogy

David Fincher

Directed by stylemaster David Fincher, who went on to greater things with Seven and Fight Club, Alien 3 was the least successful of the Alien series at the box-office. Ripley, the only survivor of her past mission, awakens on a prison planet in the far corners of the solar system. As she tries to recover, she realises that not only has an alien got loose on the planet, the alien has implanted one of its own within her. As she battles the prison authorities (and is aided by the prisoners) in trying to kill the alien, she must also cope…

Film:Alien Resurrection

Alien Resurrection: 4th in Alien Quadrilogy

Jean-Pierre Jeunet

Perhaps these films are like the Star Trek movies: The even-numbered episodes are the best ones. Certainly this film (directed by French stylist Jean-Pierre Jeunet) is an improvement over Alien 3, with a script that breathes exciting new life into the franchise. This chapter is set even further in the future, where scientists on a space colony have cloned both the alien and Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), who died in Alien 3; in doing so, however, they’ve mixed alien DNA with Ripley’s human chromosomes, which gives Ripley surprising power (and a…

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