It’s time to leave the Alien franchise alone

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Since the first Alien movie back in 1979 released creating the now legendary Xenomorph, infinite movies have learned and taken inspiration from it and it’s sequels. But since the second movie Aliens the series has been hurt continuously. Is it time the Alien should be left alone?

Since Ridley Scott brought us the stunning sci-fi horror movie the genre has never been the same, the epic build-up to the chestburster scene that no one saw coming to the amazing role Sigourney Weaver played as Ripley, a strong powerful female character that stayed in through-out the franchise. Not many people thought that Alien could be topped but director James Cameron took the job of trying to. What he done with Aliens is made it one of the best sequels in cinema history. Changing the original sci-fi horror feel to more of a sci-fi action movie with elements of horror mixed in it. With Aliens, Cameron brought of a ‘crew’ vibe, having a range of different characters all having their own traits and concerns. He didn’t solely rely on Ridley to be the main star of attention, but in the second half of the movie brought her into the spotlight. But with what happened at the end of Aliens, it left an opening for a sequel if there was going to be one.

Then start Alien 3, the film was being directed by David Fincher and saw the main character of the first two Alien movies return, Ripley. This is the movie that saw the Alien franchise decline, with a below average plot and killing off some other very important characters from Cameron’s Aliens. The movie didn’t impress as much as the original or the incredible sequel, but laid the groundwork for the sequel that was to come later on known as Alien: Resurrection.

Alien: Resurrection is widely known the worst of the Alien movies, creating a stupidly bizarre plot wrote by Joss Whedon (who directed the now popular Avengers movie) which I think is most to blame for this horrible Alien movie we got. But yet again, Ripley returns in Resurrection and has more xenomorphs to fight off. Overall, the film wasn’t liked by the majority of Alien fans.

That is why Alien 3 is so important, while it did do some good things, like having the xenomorph born through a dog this time unlike the two previous movies, it did stuff wrong and basically gave way for Resurrection and it’s horrible plot to happen.

That’s not the end though, Ridley Scott who directed Alien, last year released a prequel to it called Prometheus. And like the previous two Alien films, this one didn’t deliver (for some people). Though there is going to be a sequel to Prometheus to continue to prequel to Alien, I think after this prequel, the Alien franchise has to be left alone.

Of course you can too mention the Alien vs. Predator franchise that done horrible and did nothing for either the Alien franchise, or the Predator one at that. It was just milking both names and it resulted in (two) bad movies.

By now the Alien name is just getting milked more and more. Like video games, the Alien franchise has had video games adaptions too. Like the recently released Alien: Colonial Marines that takes place 17 weeks after the events of Aliens. Though it’s now known as the sequel to Aliens and bridges the gap between Aliens and Alien 3 (which it didn’t do, only created more plotholes). But the game has been smashed by reviewers and is doing very bad, like the 2010 game Aliens vs. Predators. Not to mention another Aliens game is in the works by Creative Assembly.

But what I am pointing to here is, the Alien franchise has been milked enough. We’ve had enough bad sequels since Aliens and as much as I was excited for Prometheus, after its sequel we don’t need anymore prequels or explanation.

Long time fans of the franchise (like me) have had enough of these bad movies, and bad video games killing the Alien name more and more with everyone that is released.

It’s time to leave the Alien franchise alone.

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Remakes: Is Hollywood Finally Learning?

In the film industry these days (and fans of it), no one is surprised when a film is going to be remade. If it’s one of your favorite movies that is being remade you will most likely react with rolling your eyes or giving a big sigh. And most fans would have the right to react in such a way, given the track record of remakes. Some remakes such as the Black Christmas, Poseidon, Halloween, Godzilla and of course The Wicker Man. These being only some of a large amount of bad remakes, are Hollywood finally understanding how to do remakes now?

If you dig through enough films you can actually find some good remakes, I know, sounds absurd right? But there is remakes out there are actually very good and better than their counterparts, there is also films coming later in the year that are remakes and look promising too.

One of the movies that is better than the original is I Spit on Your Grave, originally one of the first films that fought sexism in movies. Showing a female character fighting back against males and not be given the normal character to just sit around and look good in front of camera. But was one of the video nasties that good of a film? It’s not a great film, in fact it’s probably a mediocre film but for what it does for females and the film industry at a time that was dominated by males, it made its mark. But in 2010 the film was remade, it was being directed by Steven R. Monroe. The film of course had its negative reviews like the first film from people who hated the type of movie it was, and for what it portrayed but in all the remake done everything the original did in a much better way. The remake does add in another character as Sheriff Storch and this kind of makes things a bit more intense with what happens. Along with the added character, the film looks and sounds way better (obviously) than the 1978 version. And Sarah Butler playing Jennifer is really good too, making the role her own.

But what Hollywood seems to love to do is remake a very popular old movie and then just cash in on the name, while not putting much work into the movie itself. But with them remaking a movie that originally had an interesting premise and wasn’t executed properly, they can remake it and make it what it was suppose to be like. And if Hollywood is going around just remaking the best old movies, what is there to really build on? Remakes like Psycho weren’t bad, but they just didn’t make the movie its own. It’s just a carbon copy of the original with updated visuals and sound and that’s not what people want.

Other remakes that are coming this year like Evil Dead and Carrie could be actually really good, because they are building on the originals premise. Evil Dead seems to be taking a very serious approach with what it’s doing, unlike the sequels that had a lot of comedy scenes and were less serious.

But is Hollywood finally learning now? Will they stop remaking movies that are near perfect already?

I for one think that remakes are headed in the right direction finally, of course we will get some bad ones along the way but I think we will be seeing some better remakes than we have over the past couple of years.

Transformers 4 & Michael Bay is back!

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We knew that we were getting another Transformers movie, and we even thought that it was going to be a reboot. And if that was your dream, well Michael Bay is back to crush your dreams (of actually getting a good Transformers movie).

Bay has revealed that the new movie will not be a reboot which was what people were thinking what was going to happen, but the next movie will be set “a few years after the third.” When asked about the plot and would it be a reboot, Bay said “No, that’s wrong, we keep the Transformers the way they were, it’s just four years later.”

It has also been noted that Mark Walhberg will be starring in the movie too, which might give you some hope for the movie. But saying that, Michael Bay is back so keep your expectations low if you want something other than explosions!

The ABCs of Death Review: F is for Fun

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When was the last time you watched a movie with 26 directors doing individual segments? Because if you haven’t (and most likely haven’t), then The ABCs of Death is a horror film you do not want to miss!

The ABCs of Death is a horror anthology movie, were every director in the movie makes their own small segment. The movies main premise is it has a short horror story that begins with every letter of the alphabet. It starts at A and goes all the way to Z, with each short segment very different to each other.

Also with The ABCs of Death is that not every segment is shot the same way, some are very different and don’t even use real people and instead use clay animation (claymation). Other shorts are animation, and some just use weird effects. Overall, you get a bunch of different stuff.

The directors that took part in this film are all up and coming horror directors, and really span all across the globe. Some faces you may recognize are Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers, V/H/S), Adam Wingard (Autoerotic, You’re Next, V/H/S) and Yūdai Yamaguchi (Deadball, Yakuza Weapon). You really get a bunch of different directors from all around the world and each have different (great) ways of telling a short horror story.

One of The ABCs of Death’s faults could also be considered one of its positives to some people. The thing about The ABCs of Death is you don’t get any underlying story, kind of the ‘main story’ for an anthology movie that you may get in other anthology movies. The movie starts straight off with the letter ‘A’ and that’s it. Though I think it’s good that there is no ‘main story’ per say, I think there could of been a better intro to the movie.

Of course with an anthology with as much segments as this one, you will have some bad ones. But in The ABCs of Death there is very few bad segments, the movie definitely ends on a low point with the letter ‘Z’ (by far the worst segment of them all) with Jon Schnepp’s ‘W’ and Noboru Iguchi’s ‘F’ following close behind. Apart from them three main suspects, there really isn’t any other bad segments. Some are very, very weird like ‘K’ and ‘H’ but still are very fun and enjoyable.

The movies most impressive segments would be ‘M’ which is directed by Ti West, it’s extremely short (probably the shortest of the whole movie) but it has that wow factor that West normally gives in his films. Another great segment would be ‘T’ which is directed by Lee Hardcastle, I can’t dive into much detail but it’s very weird and very funny (and shot great too). One of the other stand out segments would be ‘Q’, which again is shot in a very funny manner and isn’t something to be expected. Along with these there is ‘G’, ‘O’ and ‘X’ that all are great as well. Most segments are very funny, weird and shocking but all in the good way.

The ABCs of Death is not your everyday normal horror anthology movie, it’s really far from it. It’s a film that is just about sitting back, turning your brain off and enjoying a film that is going to gross you out multiple times, make you say ‘wow’ numerous times and most of all, make you say “What the f***?” The ABCs of Death is an overall great movie.

F is for Fun.

Rating: 9/10