Here is my ranking (from least favourite to most favourite) of the films within the Alien franchise (including Prometheus and the vs. Predator films), with a short explanation accompanying each:
#7- Alien vs. Predator: Requiem
Rather forgettable with the coolest thing about it, the ‘Predalien’, being underutilised and barely distinguishable from other xenomorphs.
#6 – Alien 3
Incoherent, which ultimately results in a disconnection from the previous films and makes Ripley and the xenomorphs feel like an afterthought.
(Though Blomkamp has said that Alien 5 will not disregard Alien 3 and Resurrection, let’s hope that he has an ingenious way to respect what has gone before but also ‘correct’ the timeline)
#5 – Alien vs. Predator
Who wouldn’t want to watch these two go head-to-head? It may not add anything to each respective franchise, but the fight scenes are pretty amazing.
#4 – Alien Resurrection
The premise may be a bit of a push, what with the ending of Alien 3, the fact that you can clone someone with the egg inside them (am I confused?) and the weird ‘Newborn’ human/xenomorph thing, but it felt like it fit; it felt like an Alien film.
#3 – Prometheus
Yes, I know there is a lot of hate. I know there are gaping plot holes. I know not everyone is going to be happy with a prequel to a classic but it ultimately breathed life back into the franchise. It’s ambitious and and a bold attempt at building upon what has gone before without relying on it.
(Here’s hoping Alien: Covenant will connect it to the franchise and leave fewer plot holes)
#2 – Aliens
“Get away from her you bitch” – need I say more? It’s an excellent example of what a sequel should be – it neither relies upon or ruins Alien. It is tonally different yet is clearly an extension of all that has come before (characters, mythos etc). It stands up on it’s own because it is not a rehash- Ripley and the xenomorphs are central and not an addition.
#1 – Alien
Come on! It’s a classic. What is there not to like? The fear, the tension, the paranoia and the claustrophobia – both physically and mentally. There isn’t a reliance upon jump scares or a heavy use of visuals – it’s the pacing and setting that makes it scary. Ultimately it is well written and wonderfully shot.
Agree or disagree? Let me know.
Please note that these posts are likely to evolve over time as I get a feel for them, so any feedback about style would be greatly appreciated!