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A look at the ''Alien'' franchise

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Alien

The pitch
Jaws meets The Exorcist in space

The ad
”In space, no one can hear you scream”

The prey
A crew of interstellar truck drivers

Cute, innocent target
Jonesy the cat

Lunch-meat supporting actor who later became famous
Yaphet Kotto (Homicide)

Ripley’s panty color
come-hither white

Evidence characters never saw a Wes Craven movie
They keep splitting up to go down dark corridors alone.

Gnarliest moment
A baby alien busts through John Hurt’s stomach.

Best description of the alien
”Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.” — Medical officer Ash

Mean names people call the alien
Tough little son of a b—-; son of a b—-; little bas—-

Antialien gear
Electric cattle prod, rope net, flamethrowers, harpoon gun, and an air-lock hatch

Most ominous line
”Crew expendable” — Company orders, via computer

Aliens

The pitch
Night of the Living Dead meets Sands of Iwo Jima in space

The ad
”This time it’s war”

The prey
A corps of colonial marines

Cute, innocent target
Newt the 9-year-old girl

Lunch-meat supporting actor who later became famous
Bill Paxton (Twister)

Ripley’s panty color
no-nonsense gray

Evidence characters never saw a Wes Craven movie
They don’t check the cargo area for lurking aliens.

Gnarliest moment
Spider-legged ”face-hugger” alien tries to French-kiss Ripley.

Best description of the alien
”A creature that gestates inside a…human host and has concentrated acid for blood.” — Ripley

Mean names people call the alien
Some kind of parasite; mother-f—er; you b—- ; you bas—-

Antialien gear
Pulse rifles, launcher grenades, exoskeletal power loader, flame-throwers, and an air-lock hatch

Most ominous line
”It’ll be dark soon, and they mostly come at night.” — Newt

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The pitch
The Dirty Dozen meets The Name of the Rose in space

The ad
”This time it’s hiding in the most terrifying place of all”

The prey
A colony of convicts who’ve ”found God at the ass-end of space”

Cute, innocent target
Spike the dog

Lunch-meat supporting actor who later became famous
Pete Postlethwaite (Amistad, The Usual Suspects)

Ripley’s panty color
depressed, deep olive drab

Evidence characters never saw a Wes Craven movie
They peer headfirst into pitch-black air shafts ringed with alien goo.

Gnarliest moment
Newt gets a squishy-sounding autopsy.

Best description of the alien
”It’s like a lion. It sticks close to the zebras.”

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