Comparing the “Alien” Films

I sometimes pepper the travel content of this blog with movie critiques. See, I was a movie geek long before I became a travel geek, and both activities appeal to the dreamer inside me. (I have even penned a few screenplays – of varying degrees of ineptitude.)

The “Alien” films, which began with 1979’s simply-titled “Alien,” comprise one of my favorite movie universes. Not only do they generally have above-average writing and acting, but their art direction and creature design are state of the art. And what kind of traveling journeyman hasn’t dreamed of spending months or years in peaceful cryo-sleep, en route to a new world?!

This past weekend marked the release of “Alien: Covenant,” the sixth film in the franchise. So far, it has all the hallmarks of a box office disaster, although it will still turn an eventual profit following its overseas release. I don’t consider the cheeky “AVP” (“Alien vs. Predator”) movies part of the immediately family, but I will share my thoughts about the six core “Alien” films in the following paragraphs.

Yes, there will be SPOILERS.

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