Year: 1992

Director: David Fincher

Written by: David Giler, Walter Hill, Larry Ferguson

Threat: Alien

Weapon of Choice: Super heated metal

Based upon: Original

IMDb page: IMDb link

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Alien: Resurrection

Rish Outfield's reviews
The best sequels are those that take the characters or situations from their predecessors and move them in a new direction that both pleases fans and attract new ones, while remaining faithful to the spirit of the original. Not an easy trick, and the better the original, the more daunting the task ahead of the filmmakers. Under these criteria, Alien&xup3 succeeds on all counts, except perhaps the last one. In many ways, the third "Alien" film is as bad as the world's worst sequel, Highlander 2, and for pretty much the same reason (it destroys the ending of the last film, and all it stood for).
When it was released in 1992, I (a tremendous fan) refused to see Alien³. It was one of the few times I put my foot down on something for ethical reasons and didn't wuss out. It wasn't until November of 1997, the day before Alien 4 came out, that I caved and saw it, tyranist by my side. And it wasn't so bad. Yes, as I knew it would, it completely betrayed the purpose of Aliens, and gave a high middle finger to all fans of the second film, but it was also a really well-made, thoughtful, and scary film. It took the characters and situations of its predecessor in a new direction. It was expertly directed by then-newcomer David "Pessimism" Fincher, and was as claustrophobic and unpleasant as the original. It is a good movie.
Recently, it came on the F/X Network, and I made it through about ten minutes before I turned it off. It may be a good movie, as I've admitted, but that doesn't mean I have to like it.

The tyranist's thoughts
Anyone remember how widely panned this one was when it came out? I do and for some reason I've gotten it in my head that I'm the only one that likes this movie. Admittedly, it isn't as great as the first two, but it is still a very entertaining movie that even manages to be a little scary sometimes.
So Ripley is still alive and now the only human or non-human to have survived two encounters with the aliens. Can she survive a third? The setting for this one is probably what I love. A prison colony at the "ass end of space" with a bunch of homicidal maniacs who've found God. I love it. The alien is of course a little different yet again. Faster and seemingly more lethal. It does much less playing with its prey this time and more killing. I wonder what this movie would have been like if the teaser trailer had come true and the aliens made it to earth?
Sigourney Weaver is great in this one. She displays a toughness and willingness to do anything and everything that she didn't have in the first two. It makes for a great character progression. Charles Dance and Charles Dutton both turned in great performances as the doctor and spiritual leader/"murderer and rapist of women" respectively. For you true sci-fi fans you can even see the future 8th Doctor, Paul McGann, in a much, much different role.
I don't care what anyone else thinks, I love this movie. It has all the fun, action, and scares that anyone could reasonably ask for and is only hurt by the fact that it follows two masterpiece movies. Perhaps that is why some don't find it frightening. We've seen the aliens so when they pop out this time, there really isn't that much new. Instead, I recommend viewing this as part of a continuing story instead of a separate movie. You'll like it more then.

Total Skulls: 16

Sequel skull
Sequel setup
Rips off earlier film
Horror film showing on TV/in theater in movie
Future celebrity appears
Former celebrity appears
Bad title
Bad premise
Bad acting
Bad dialogue
Bad execution
MTV Editing
Girl unnecessarily gets naked
Wanton sex
Death associated with sex
Unfulfilled promise of nudity
Characters forget about threat
Secluded location skullskull
Power is cut
Phone lines are cut
Someone investigates a strange noise skull
Someone runs up stairs instead of going out front door
Camera is the killer skull
Victims cower in front of a window/door skull
Victim locks self in with killer skull
Victim running from killer inexplicably falls skull
Toilet stall scene
Shower/bath scene skull
Car stalls or won't start
Cat jumps out
Fake scare skull
Laughable scare
Stupid discovery of corpse
Dream sequence
No one believes only witness skull
Crazy, drunk, old man knows the truth
Music detracts from scene
Death in first five minutes skull
x years before/later
Dark and stormy night
Killer doesn't stay dead skull
Killer wears a mask
Killer is in closet
Killer is in car with victim
Villain is more sympathetic than heroes
Unscary villain/monster
Blood fountain skull
Blood hits camera
Poor death effect
Excessive gore skullskull
No one dies at all
Virgin survives
Geek/Nerd survives
Little kid lamely survives
Dog/Pet miraculously survives
Unresolved subplots
"It was all a dream" ending
Unbelievably happy ending
Unbelievably crappy ending
What the hell?