Aliens. Just the word alone conjures up all kinds of thoughts, emotions and ideas in people. Are we alone? What does an alien look like? It's a fascination we have had for many years as human beings, wondering if aliens do indeed exist. Are we alone in the universe? We may never know for sure, but there is one place we can always count on them existing and that's in the books we read, the comics we escape with, the television shows we tune in to, and, of course, on the big screen at the movies. There is one aliens space saga so ingrained into our culture that it didn't need a fancy name like Plan 9 From Outer Space to make it exciting, it simply began with a movie in 1979 called Alien. Ridley Scott's science fiction classic started one of the scariest and most frightening film franchise ever made. In 1986, James Cameron would bring the world a sequel that would expand the franchise and become a modern classic of its own. Aliens arrived in theaters in July of 1986 and would take theater goers into a world of space marines, androids and a little girl as they fight to survive against these merciless creatures with no names. Now 30 years later, the film is still revered as a science fiction masterpiece and loved across the world. At Comicpalooza 2016 we celebrate the film's 30th Anniversary as we are joined by several members of the cast from the film. Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Lance Henrikson, Paul Riser, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Mark Rolston and Jennette Goldstein will all be joining us to celebrate this science fiction classic. Let's take a look at the significance of the 30th anniversary of Aliens and the cast coming together at Comicpalooza 2016.
For me personally, the Alien franchise is one, along with Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Star Trek, that I literally grew up watching. Aliens was one of the first R-rated films I ever saw. It was also one of the most impressionable movies. I loved Star Wars, but never knew that science fiction could also be dark and scary...and I liked it! Space marines, big guns, acid blood, shootouts on an alien planet. What wasn't there to like? It's a well crafted science fiction action film with great characters, amazing action sequences, special effects that still hold up today, plus a sense of awe and wonder that great science fiction should have. For me the significance of the 30th anniversary of Aliens means several things. The film has stood the test of time --- people still talk about and watch it today. This is the first time since Aliens was released that the entire cast will reunite for a convention and it is happening right here in Houston, Texas at Comicpalooza 2016! I can't wait to hear all the stories these wonderful actors have to share as this iconic film celebrates its 30th anniversary.
Did you also know that Sigourney Weaver was nominated for Best Actress for her role as Ellen Ripley? Today that may not seem like a big deal, but it's the only time the Academy has ever nominated an actress for a role in a science fiction film. Overall, the film was nominated for seven Oscars and won two for Sound Effects Editing and Visual Effects. The sounds of the alien creatures were enough to give any one nightmares and the visual effects still stand up in today's digital age. The film was a huge box office hit making $86 million -- it was the 7th highest grossing picture that year. It was the highest grossing film in the Alien franchise until 2012's prequel, Prometheus. The film would continue to find new fans on home video and eventually through DVD in which James Cameron released a director's cut with more scenes and footage that had been cut from the theatrical release. Many fans today consider this the definitive version of the film. Aliens is a classic and a fan favorite and 20th Century Fox would go on to make two more Alien films, along with crossovers with the Predator franchise and a prequel titled Prometheus. None of these have ever been loved as much as James Cameron's Aliens or the original 1979 film. We await Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant in 2017 which will be the next film in the long running franchise. For now though we celebrate 30 years of one of the most beloved films of the sci-fi action franchise. We hope you make it out to Comicpalooza 2016 and celebrate with us for this unique event as the cast from the film comes together for their first U.S. reunion. It will be a spectacle as much as the movie itself!