On July 18th, 1986, writer/director James Cameron (Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Avatar) brought director Ridley Scott‘s original characters back to the big screen in the first sequel to Alien, appropriately titled Aliens. Lead actress Sigourney Weaver (Ghostbusters, Working Girl) returned to reprise the role of Ellen Ripley, who after the original was discovered in cryogenic sleep in her escape craft and returned to Earth. After communication is lost with colonists investigating Ripley’s claim of aliens on the moon, she and a rescue crew are sent on a mission to investigate the moon and discover if there are any survivors, or if Ripley’s outrageous claims are true. Aliens would go on to win two Oscars, doing even better than its predecessor. The film won for Best Sound Effects and another for Best Visual Effects; it also received another four nominations for Best Actress (Weaver), Best Set Decoration, Best Sound, Best Film Editing, and Best Music. Appearing alongside Weaver are actors Carrie Penn, Michael Biehn (The Terminator, The Abyss), Paul Reiser (Beverley Hills Cop, Whiplash), Lance Henriksen (Damien: Omen II, Savage Dawn), and Bill Paxton (Twister, Apollo 13).
Director Ridley Scott had stepped away after the original film, leaving a seven year gap between the release of Alien 1979 and Cameron’s sequel in 1986. Alien 3 was taken up by director David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network) and again featured Sigourney Weaver in the lead role as Ripley. In recent years, director Scott has returned to the series; he directed Prometheus in 2012, which took place prior to the events of his 1979 original. Scott is currently filming a sequel to Prometheus, titled Alien: Covenant, which is expected in theaters this August. If you haven’t seen Alien before, its definitely worth your time to watch, particularly the first and second. We’ll be brining you a trailer for Alien: Covenant in the next few weeks.