Aliens and Predators — Where Next For the Movie Franchises?

After almost 30 years of Nonresident action and over two decades since the Predator first burst onto our screens, these two the big players of type movie theatre appear to have settled into their own series together, which experts claim has created its type of double-header movies. Taking its soap2daycue from Freddy Versus Jer (a low, woeful justification of a film), the first AVP was released in 2004 to much fanfare and critical disdain. Its sequel, Nonresident Versus Predator: Requiem followed in 2007, an the credibility of the series appeared to have been treated another blow thanks to a laughable screenplay and second-rate performance. Still, credibility aside, the films have been hugely successful and an inevitable third entry is being worked tirelessly on already. Will it be continuing case of downsizing returns or will this third AVP have anything in the form of inspiration or impact? Here we’ll take a look at all of the Nonresident movies, both Predator movies and the AVP series so far. Then there’ a look at what may be on the way for the third.

Lets start with the Nonresident films. Ridley Scott’s original 1979 masterpiece still stacks up today. It really has never outdated very much, and despite everyone knowing exactly what will happen to the ill fated crew of the Nostromo, it still packages a massive punch. The iconic looks, including the various Nonresident designs by HOUR OR SO Giger, are still stunning, and the direction is impeccable- not shot wasted. A masterclass in atmosphere and pacing, this is a complete must-see in every possible sense. Essential.

James Cameron filled Scott’s shoes more than admirably, and delivered an incredibly satisfying sequel in 1986. The focus was much more on action and spectacle, but Cameron’s blockbuster didn’t allow characters slip, giving us some real tension as our heroes are picked off one by one by the eponymous creatures. The Powerloader Versus Nonresident Queen scene at the film’s ejaculate is thrilling to this day.

David Fincher brought us the dreary and claustrophobic third entry in the series in 1992. Set on a faraway penal colony, the reawakened Ripley faced the feral Nonresident creature once again. The finale, with Ripley’s iconic suicide as the Nonresident Queen chest bruster rips through her body, is something viewers will never forget. An incredibly underrated film, this is an incredibly tight part of science fiction drama.

Jeane-Pierre Jeunet was responsible for directing the fourth film back in 1997, with a screenplay by Buffy creator Joss Whedon. Whilst it carried a nifty little visual style and some great scenes, the lacklustre screenplay and clunky acting from a lot of the cast left fan opinion divided. It is an enjoyable fat free popcorn movie, but after what came before, it falls short of being great.

But what of the Predator films? There have only been two solitary Predator movies to date, and the never saw the heady height of the early Nonresident films. Still, they continue to be popular. The original, Schwarzenegger-starring 1987 action romp was a great story of success against a distressing enemy. By the end of the movie, there’s just Arnie and the Predator left standing, and the outcome, while predictable, is very satisfying. The Predator comes across as a fatal, ninja-like animal capable of sheer, distressing malice, and all in the name of sport. An iconic movie that has sadly had its capability watered down in what would later get to be the Predator franchise.

Predator 2 came in 1990. Danny (Lethal Weapon) Glover headed up this by-the-numbers sequel. The action is moved to Los angeles, and the Predator is loose on the streets. Even without Arnie, this sequel is still a fun way to spend 90 minutes, even if it doesn’t quite match the ferocity of its precursor, or the strain.

Nonresident Versus Predator arrived in 2004. The film that had been mooted for a decade (ever since the original AVP comics came from Dark Horse) opened to a great deal of fanfare and made plenty at the box office. Once the fury had died down, the empty plot and nonexistent screenplay became the stuff of legend. What it did have was some very exciting set pieces that thrilled fans the world over. What the film was without in coherent story it more than made up for in spectacle. The combat between the Aliens and Predators are superb, if more in the train of thought of superhero movies than the original versions of the monsters. A fan favourite for sure, but more a The movies blockbuster than the usual serious science fiction film.

The panic located a small American town in the oddly-plotted sequel, Aliens Versus Predator: Requiem. The physical violence was raised to an al-new level, as was the gore. Again aimed squarely at the blockbuster audience, it lacks a decent screenplay and has an almost MTV style direction. The set-pieces come thick and fast, and while the person may not care in any way for the human characters, the scenes featuring the Aliens and Predator are grasping and thrilling in equal measure.

Leave a Comment