'Alien' franchise should stay dead

Sigourney Weaver in Alien. (Handout)

Sigourney Weaver in Alien. (Handout)

Steve Tilley, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 2:37 PM ET

In space, no one can hear you scream.

That's not because sound doesn't travel in the vacuum of the void, though. It's because there's nothing left out there to be afraid of.

One upon a time - 1979, to be exact - aliens were terrifying. Maybe not the kind that hung out in the Star Wars cantina, but the kind that we were introduced to in Ridley Scott's horror classic Alien. The tension, the claustrophobia, that barely glimpsed, H. R. Giger-designed xenomorph stalking the unsuspecting crew of the Nostromo... I'm not going to lie, pants were pooped. Not MY pants. But certainly some pants.

In one of the rare instances of Hollywood getting a sequel right, James Cameron's 1986 follow-up, Aliens, kept the creepy, lethal, less-is-more aliens, but infused the horror with tons of action. It was very different, and very entertaining.

What the hell has happened since?


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