This Friday, prepare to go back to the world of Alien as Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant hits theaters. But since you have time to kill before that, head over to the Screen Junkies channel on YouTube to catch this week’s Honest Trailer for 1986’s Aliens. That’s right, not Ridley Scott’s original, but James Cameron’s masterpiece sequel, before he went on to make another masterpiece sequel (Terminator 2), but way before all he cared about were sinking ships and blue-people sex. How do you improve on one of the greatest sci-fi horror films ever made… you guessed it; add an “S”!
Check out the Honest Trailer below.
Narrator Jon Bailey focuses on how action-ey Cameron’s movie is compared to Scott’s, where everything is bigger, and there are lots of “booms” and bullets whizzing in every direction. Bailey makes a good point about why no one listens to the ONLY survivor of the first film, and then gets into the Space Marines! Seriously, one of the things (of many) that made Aliens so goddamn cool was that Cameron took time to flesh out actual characters for each Marine and not disposable cliche “just-here-to-die” ones. Ask any kid who saw this in the late 80s, they’ll remember all of their names. What? Don’t believe me? Hicks, Hudson, Apone, Gorman, Vasquez, Frost, Drake, Crowe, Spunkmeyer… god I love this movie! Oh, and Vasquez wasn’t even Latina, the actress is Jenette Goldstein, and played John Conner’s stepmom in T2 and an Irish passenger in Titanic. Bailey also gives a sad nod to Bill Paxton who died earlier this year. “RIP Pax, It’s never Game Over man.”
Watch Ripley and the Marines battle hordes of xenomorphs (“a sex toy factory made out of scorpions”), as well as evil corporate stooges, all building to the most epic finale in sci-fi movie history. He’s not overselling it, “Stay away from her, you bitch!” is one of the best lines ever!
Starring: The Talented Ellen Ripley, The Garbage Pale Kid, Mad About You (LOL), I’m the Pax Man, and C-Creepy-O… New Title: Aliens: Yep, That Actually Sums It Up Pretty Good.
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Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant hits theaters everywhere on Friday, May 19th.