Depending where you are in the world, there's currently a new Alien
film in cinemas or you're about to get one. And not just any Alien
film: this one has been directed by Sir Ridley Scott, for the first time returning to lens the xenomorph he made famous and which made HIM famous.
Reactions to Alien: Covenant
so far are mixed: some call it the best of the franchise since James Cameron's Aliens
, while others, like our Kwenton Bellette, take a dimmer view.
This outing seems roughly as polarizing as Prometheus
, a film which can safely be counted as part of the franchise yet had no true xenomorphs in it (no, that grey one in the epilogue doesn't count).
Pleasing everyone with an Alien
film will always be difficult though. The first two are classics, and even THEY were both much-reviled upon premiere. Still, it's hard to think of two films which were more influential, be it in horror, action, videogames,.. Ever since 1979, we've been bombarded with output which borrowed, stole or was influenced by Alien
Which brings me to my question of the week: which film is the most like Alien
without being part of the franchise? It can be a guffaw-inducing blatant rip-off, or better: a film which (inadvertently or not) managed to hit the same vibe.
Chime in, in the comments below, and HAVE YOUR SAY!!!
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