Dead Franchise in a shallow grave.
Sad but true. Most people would say that Alien3 (jokingly called Alien cubed by the crew) killed it, but no, it didn't. Alien Versus Predator
did. However, Alien resurrection came pretty damn close. It's a well-known fact that the series Tastes Like Dirt
, so much so I
imentioned it when I wrote that trope. 1
Whedon's script was a Black Comedy
with pop-culture references which comes closer to Angel
in terms of style, something which does not work with a bleak science-fiction horror series with Freud-inspired monsters
In other words, it was too campy. Resurrection was much reviled because it lacked a true horror
element, something which Paul W.S. Anderson attempted and failed horribly. He is the true Franchise Killer
, as the Alien franchise did have a miniscule chance of redemption. But this is not the worst he's done. He killed TWO FRANCHISES WITH ONE FILM
. The Predator series was still very healthy, if not a bit old when Av P
came along and rained death on the two series. 3
On the bright side, Predators
was awesome, so now the Predator series is safe once more, but only time will tell when Alien
will be watchable again, if ever.
26th Jul 11
7th Dec 11
Sorry but I disagree. Alien Resurrection was, I admit, different from the three previous movies, but it was still a good and likable movie to me. I actually consider it my favourite out of the three. See this that way : Alien 1 was the best horror movie, Aliens was the best in the action sequence, Alien Resurrection was a good black comedy (didn't watch Alien 3). Each movie was good in a different way (except maybe the 3 but since I didn't watch...), so I find it totally absurd to complain about that: as far as my judgement go, all of the ones I saw had good plots and characters, which is especially rare in the horror genre. As for Avp, honestly it wasn't exactly a GOOD movie, but I find it enjoyable, at least the first one. The second one was disappointing.
12th Mar 12
I feel like someone has to say this eventually, so... I like Alien 3, Alien Resurrection and both AvP movies! I admit it, I can't help it: my brain is hardwired to like anything about the Alien, Predator and Aliens vs. Predator universes no matter what. That said, I do wish that future films get to redeem those franchises in the eyes of the general public. I'm pretty sure (read: I really hope) that Prometheus will manage to do that for Alien - though if it doesn't I'm probably going to like it anyway, of course.
26th Mar 12
(edited by: Antartroper)
27th Mar 12
Then that choice was foolish. Someone's opinion of something being good or bad is subjective.
28th Mar 12
Predators was actually quite good. It's much more in the vein of the original (although it kind of got the Aliens treatment in that it's more action than suspense). I hated both Alien vs. Predator movies, Alien Resurrection, and Alien 3 was just mediocre (and kind of depressing). I look forward to seeing what Ridley Scott does with Prometheus.
28th Mar 12
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