« on: April 24, 2010, 04:33:50 AM »
I recently bought the DVD's of Alien and Aliens. I think the first one is a masterpiece from a directorial standpoint, and it's in my top five all-time movies. The sense of claustrophobia, nightmare, and dread is thick. The camera shots, imagery, and overall atmosphere is mesmerizing. The fact it was made in 1978 still amazes me. Aliens (1986) was excellent in its own right--great special effects, good acting & script (although Sigourney Weaver tends to overact in spots). But it is IMO such a different movie--much more an "action" film than a psychological horror film. James Cameron is a great director and he has his own style, but the "Hollywood" factor is all over Aliens whereas the original played almost like an independent film. When I talk to people about the two I often hear the opinion that "Aliens" was better (and I cringe and try to explain gently that they are gravely mistaken!). Any opinions on this?