Director: James Cameron
Main Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Lance Henriksen, Jenette Goldstein, Bill Paxton
Storyline: The planet in which the aliens from the first film start a colony
Review (Spoils): Fifty seven years after the first film Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) survives it by drifting across the galaxy in a cryogenic stasis. She tells the group about the great battle of aliens on the planet LV-426 but nobody believes her. So they send a troop of space marines in to investigate the area with Ripley leading the way.
We have some of the greatest effects and action when it comes to space and horror right here. We have some intense scares and some crazy action when the battle begins between the marines and the aliens. We learn a lot more about the aliens themselves and even get to see the great queen in all her glory. We got lots of gore, slime and gun shooting.
Sigourney Weaver steals the show here again in this series but at the same time the acting is very well done all around. There is very little wrong with this film.
Rating: What we have here is one of the best horror sci-fi movies around. This might even be better than The Thing for me but if not it is damn close. Grab the pints and get ready for a damn good film with gripping special effects. If you have not seen this film well it’s your loss.
Near Dark (1987)
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Stars: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Joshua John Miller
Storyline: A young cowboy chases a young girl and falls in love. What he does not know is she is a vampire and travels with a family of them.
Review (spoils): Think Lost Boys and then mix it with some redneck and you have Near Dark. Does it work? I think so. We have young farmer Caleb (Adrian Pasdar) who thinks he is all that as he sees a young blond pixy cut girl named Mae (Jenny Wright). He does not know nor does he care as he tries to make out with her and but instead tries to drive her home before dawn. He does not make it in time and she bites him. He takes off confused and sick and the family picks him up to join their little coven. He has a hard time understanding and adapting to it plus his family is looking for him too. In the end he enjoys it but not before the youngest vampire Homer (Joshua John Miller) takes his sister (by chance) and wants to make her one too. This leads to a shootout, vampire deaths and some blood transfusions so we can have a happy ending.
The film gives us a van of vampires that tinfoil the windows or paint them out black, a dirty bar scene that involves throat slits (one with a spur off a cowboy boot), burning skin and fucking Lance Henriksen!
Rating: Minus the lame blood transfusion stuff to make the perfect happy ending this film is not bad and it’s a great staple vampire film. I recommend this to anyone who loves vampire films unless you’re a Twilight fan then just give up. (j/k)