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    Quote Originally Posted by version View Post
    I'm always interested to hear whether people prefer Alien or The Thing as they feel very much like a pair.
    Are you more terrified by the sleek, sexual xenomorph or by the heaving, chimerical mass of "The Thing"?

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    Quote Originally Posted by luka View Post
    Sometimes, quite often, I think science fiction films are the best films.
    You should make a thread about this.

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    If I think of anything interesting to say about it I will. I don't have an angle really. I don't even know if it's true.

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    It has to be the thing. Superior in almost every respect.

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    Is that the titilating lesbian vampires one we curtailed our first ever viewing of citizen kane for?

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    No it's the Mario Bava film that Alien ripped off.

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    I think we watched Shiver of the Vampires that night. Very different. French.

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    Okay so it went Predator (1987), Predator 2 (1990), Alien Versus Predator or AVP (2004), Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem or AVPR (2007), Predators (2010) and The Predator (2018).

    Then you have Alien (1979), Aliens (1986), Alien 3 (1992), Alien: Resurrection (1997), the aforementioned AVP "franchise," Prometheus (2012), and Alien: Covenant (2017).

    I'm worried. Where do we go from here? I mean, clearly these movies just keep getting better, so we have to take it somewhere, but it's like we're running out of space.

    I'm thinking something along the lines of Get These Goddamn Aliens and Mutant Fucking Predators Off of Me! (2022 or so), or maybe Aliens vs. Predators vs. Alt-Right Incels with AR-15's: World War Meme (2020... election propaganda, weird immigration allegory overtones).
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    Someone made a short film where a bunch of Templar Knights go up against a Predator.

    Predator: Dark Ages - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4171544/

    Follows a group of war-torn Templar knights who are put to the test against a strange beast that stalks the lands of England. This battle is what Myths and Legends are made of. An independent fan film.


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    It's one of those (rare?) horror films that actually sticks to the dictum of 'less is more' and creeps you out by implication, rather than explicit displays of gore, most of the time. Which makes the gore all the more shocking when it's really used.

    In terms of comparison to The Thing, it's hard to say which is more effective as a horror film, I think, because they're effective in different ways. In Alien you don't see much, whereas in The Thing you see *everything* - it's total gore-porn horror maximalism - whenever the organism is actually transforming or attacking someone; but when it's quiescent, you see literally nothing, and the fear derives mainly from paranoia and the uncertainly of who has already been got. The horror is also very much sexual in Alien, all about rape and involuntary pregnancy, whereas it isn't in The Thing, as version already noted. Thirdly there's the location: in Alien there's the a sense of fear for the characters due to their precarious and isolated situation, whereas in the The Thing we're very much on Earth, and it's just good fortune the creature is, for now, confined to Antarctica - but for how long?

    Here's a thought, though: both films are ultimately about parasitism, about an organism that invades others, bends their bodies to its will and ultimately destroys them - is it a coincidence both were made around the time that the Aids pandemic was exploding into the public consciousness?
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    Perhaps an underappreciated alien-as-parasite/pathogen horror movie (that also doesn't show much explicit gore or grossness, AFAIR) is The Andromeda Strain, which predates the other two by a decade and is, I suspect, based at least in part on Lovecraft's 'The Colour out of Space'.
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    Apparently Richard Stanley (Hardware, Dust Devil, that insane Island of Dr. Moreau documentary) is directing an adaptation of The Colour Out of Space starring Nic Cage.

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    Truly iconic

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