A brutally difficult film to enjoy, Alien 3 is as dark as it gets in the franchise’s history. Directed under almost impossible conditions imposed by Fox, David Fincher has crafted an iconic, melancholy, and grimy Alien film that often achieves greatness,yet seems stifled under the oppressive weight of its own intent. Devoid of obvious humour, overtly violent (often seemingly for the sake of it!), Alien 3 is by far the least accessible film in the series.
Amped up sequel to Alien, James Cameron’s defining blockbuster opus still holds up as a modern masterpiece in science fiction terror. With a careful build-up and a slow burn tension permeating the film’s opening act, once the aliens attack and the action starts, it never lets up. Bold, astoundingly well made, and utterly compelling, Aliens will probably remain the best of Cameron’s early works.
Seminal sci-fi picture from director Ridley Scott, Alien remains one of the most frightening, enduring and magnificent entries into the genres long history. Well shot, beautifully crafted for maximum impact, there’s very few films today that can outmatch Alien for sheer heart-pounding terror. Except perhaps its sequel.