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What are your rankings in the Alien series?

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colonialsoldier

May-20-2017 8:56 PM

I just saw this post from a reviewer and it made me laugh that Covenant was last.  Personally, I put Covenant tied with Resurrection and Prometheus with the AVP2, then AVP last.

Can't really recommend it even when it could just be a throw-away Alien film to watch on Netflix in a few months. Maybe they'll have the non- ultimate-extended-special-director's cut that the studio meddled with to see. Now THAT, I would've rather seen.

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Final thoughts: Since I did just watch (now) all 8 films, here's how I'd rank them:

1. Aliens (Director's Cut)

2. Alien (Theatrical Cut)

3. Alien3 (Director's Cut)

4. Prometheus

5. Alien: Resurrection (Theatrical Cut)

6. Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem

7. Alien vs. Predator

8. Alien: Covenant

54 Responses to What are your rankings in the Alien series?

Engineer Tech Brett

May-21-2017 1:35 PM

Alien (Directors cut)

Aliens (Directors cut)

Prometheus

Alien3 (Directors cut) / Alien Covenant

 

I really really really do not like Resurrection or the AVP films at all so I'm not rating them in any way

Viddy well, little brother. Viddy well.

zeppo

May-23-2017 5:00 PM

very hard to put the movies in order as they are all so very different style movies but here goes.

1- Alien.  

2- Alien3, i liked the fact that they where brave enough to remove hicks and newt and do away with a happy ending. not what this franchise is about.

3 Aliens, fantastic movies but it did degrade the xeno into being nothing but a tough ass bug. Still was a great movie.

4 Alien Covenant - not perfect but a great alien movie

5 prometeus. Its only real issue for me was the fact it didn't seem to fit in tech and style into the alien universe

6 AVP- ok by now we are losing it but was a fun and somewhat logical movie. 

7 alien resurrection, signory weaver is the only reason this film should be watched. visuals where good but hated the xenos in this film.

8 i should say AVP requiem but i won't dignify it with a listing.

dk

May-23-2017 5:20 PM

Alien Anthology in chronological order- director/assembly cuts

Prometheus

AVP- good movie but I don't count as canon or part of the series

AVPR- worst movie ever in any category.

Grinning & Dropping Linen

May-23-2017 5:40 PM

1. Alien

2. Aliens

3. Alien Covenant

4. Prometheus

35. Alien 3

12,987,567,456,789,210. AVP

12,987,567,456,789,210 X3. AVP Requim

998,768,497,164,867,553,861,008,839,912 X10 (Cubed) Alien Resurrection....who am i kidding, id rather pretend that it was never made than rank it

Phallic Jaw

May-23-2017 6:10 PM

MY LIST

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion.  I watched Androids blow and finger each other's flutes.

Bubba Zanetti

May-24-2017 2:31 AM

1. Alien (Theatrical or Directors)

2. Aliens (Directors)

3. Alien 3 (Assembly)

4. Prometheus and Covenant together

Like some others on here I have an unbearably low opinion of Resurrection. Saw it once and that was opening night. I came out of the theatre in a rage, like one of the infected from 28 Days Later. STEAMING PILE OF FAILURE.

The director, Jenuet and screenwriter Whedon? Both very good! Amelie and A Very Long Engagement? Brother can make a great film. Whedon can write a solid script. What happened? I don't know. Maybe the two together are like a speedball. Some of you aren't old enough but thats mixing cocaine and heroin together. Sounds like fun, but actually wasn't when the rubber met the road.

The AVP movies insult my intelligence. People want to talk about poor/ lazy writing and such. Two great examples. The irony is that idea could actually work with very little effort. Another reason the AVP films suck is Cameron walked away from the series as a result. There would probably be few threads on 'imagine what could be' if his talent stuck around for another installment.

Lastly, my #4 pics are not because I dislike these films. I actually enjoyed both films, but they have there own part of the story going in the same universe as the first three films. So I think they get there own classification.

BZ

djamelameziane

May-24-2017 3:47 AM

1. Alien 

2. Alien's

All other films so far after that i view as not part of it all :( . I might watch them if I'm really ill in bed but that's about it. I do love the ' idea ' of Prometheus with engineers elders demi gods multiple levels of evolution origins of life and the xenos and black goo etc.. but the execution was so bad i can't bring myself to watch it a second time and I've tried. I still need to see AC.  Anyway I'm still hoping for demi god mind control the idiots avenue or similar to save the day! The demi god was making them all idiots and wants them to get infected! :p

 "It's almost as if they are making it up as they go along" :D

Neomorph

May-24-2017 4:19 AM

Hall of Fame:

1. Alien 

2. Aliens

3. Alien Resurrection 

4. Alien 3

5. Alien: Covenant (not bad at all just no nostalgia factor yet. A good Alien film) 

Hall of Shame:

Prometheus 

AvP 

AvP 2: Requiem 

Movie fan

May-24-2017 8:29 AM

Here is MY list:

Alien- 5/5

Aliens- 5/5

Alien 3- 5/5

Prometheus- 5/5

Alien: Resurrection- 4/5

Alien: Covenant- 3/5

The reason I gave Alien, Aliens, Alien 3, And Prometheus a 5/5 is because each one gave us a unique and interesting lore to the Alien universe.

The reason I gave Alien: Resurrection a 4/5 is because they were given a chance to expand on the Alien universe, but they went the route of a clone instead thus ruining a very good chance. :/

The reason I gave Covenant a 3/5 is because they had a chance to expand the universe they created with Prometheus, but instead they went the route of the crazy android thus ruining an even better opportunity. :/

That is my rank.

Obsession is a Power, not a Curse ;)

SpellboundSynapses

May-24-2017 12:42 PM

@colonialsoldier: I'm extremely picky about movies, music and art, but Alien Covenant easily passes all my filters despite flaws. 

I think it's fair to say that most people just didn't understand Alien Covenant at all. People nowadays just want to be spoonfed and have their hands held all the way through. 

Imagine if the original Alien was held to the same standard as Alien Covenant:
"Why is there a weird elephant bone creature? It's not even explained! Ridley Scott is a senile hack!"

Aliens is a good movie, but it basically ruined the feel of the first film by basically being bugs vs marines. 

Ridley Scott fixed that with Alien Covenant by making the Aliens tough again.

SaveSeanBean

May-28-2017 9:28 PM

AVP and AVPR don't count. They suck anyways.

6: Alien Resurrection

Was a parody of the alien saga, had one dimensional characters, fun dialogue and serious story don't mix, completely unnecessary story, and you don't need to even watch this movie in the first place.

5: Alien 3

I actually liked Alien 3 and thought it was a good conclusion to the the Alien trilogy (shouldn't have been a quadrilogy). However, it's depressing tone, indistinguishable characters, bad blue screen effects, and the choice to kill off Hicks and Newt (spoilers) at the very beginning just worsened the movie.

4: Prometheus

Unlike a lot of people, I loved Prometheus and I thought it was a risky move for the franchise that payed off pretty well. That doesn't mean it's a perfect movie as there are numerous plot holes, with only some being answered in its sequel, stupid decisions being made by professionals, and alien creatures that I thought were cool, but aren't even related to the normal xenomorph, as shown in Alien Covenant. It is one of most stunning visual movies of the franchise and the soundtrack is excellent.

3: Alien

The original classic of the franchise, Alien works perfectly as a suspense horror movie and the characters are great, however, the soundtrack being almost gone from the movie, along with the scare factor being reduced substantially on repeat viewings lowers it down.

2: Alien Covenant

My expectations were very low for this movie as a lot of people said it was just mediocre, but I was pleasantly surprised by this film. Alien Covenant is breathtaking with its locations and visual effects, on par with Prometheus, and the soundtrack is a great homage to Alien and Prometheus. I really liked the way of how the xenomorphs were created and the David and Walter conversations were great. The neomorphs were also an amazing addition to the species and is probably second only to the classic xenomorph. The characters are still stupid, but are also more likable, being married couples.

1: Aliens

Aliens is the perfect sequel to Alien going from suspense to action in the horror genre. Although the xenomorphs lose some of their terror, being killed so quickly, their huge hive mind and the addition of the Alien Queen makes up for that. The characters are probably the best they've ever been and the story is great.

 

SaveSeanBean

May-28-2017 9:31 PM

AVP and AVPR don't count. They suck anyways.

6: Alien Resurrection

Was a parody of the alien saga, had one dimensional characters, fun dialogue and serious story don't mix, completely unnecessary story, and you don't need to even watch this movie in the first place.

5: Alien 3

I actually liked Alien 3 and thought it was a good conclusion to the the Alien trilogy (shouldn't have been a quadrilogy). However, it's depressing tone, indistinguishable characters, bad blue screen effects, and the choice to kill off Hicks and Newt (spoilers) at the very beginning just worsened the movie.

4: Prometheus

Unlike a lot of people, I loved Prometheus and I thought it was a risky move for the franchise that payed off pretty well. That doesn't mean it's a perfect movie as there are numerous plot holes, with only some being answered in its sequel, stupid decisions being made by professionals, and alien creatures that I thought were cool, but aren't even related to the normal xenomorph, as shown in Alien Covenant. It is one of most stunning visual movies of the franchise and the soundtrack is excellent.

3: Alien

The original classic of the franchise, Alien works perfectly as a suspense horror movie and the characters are great, however, the soundtrack being almost gone from the movie, along with the scare factor being reduced substantially on repeat viewings lowers it down.

2: Alien Covenant

My expectations were very low for this movie as a lot of people said it was just mediocre, but I was pleasantly surprised by this film. Alien Covenant is breathtaking with its locations and visual effects, on par with Prometheus, and the soundtrack is a great homage to Alien and Prometheus. I really liked the way of how the xenomorphs were created and the David and Walter conversations were great. The neomorphs were also an amazing addition to the species and is probably second only to the classic xenomorph. The characters are still stupid, but are also more likable, being married couples.

1: Aliens

Aliens is the perfect sequel to Alien going from suspense to action in the horror genre. Although the xenomorphs lose some of their terror, being killed so quickly, their huge hive mind and the addition of the Alien Queen makes up for that. The characters are probably the best they've ever been and the story is great.

 

QueenElizabethShaw

May-28-2017 10:23 PM

1. Alien (Theatrical Version)

2. Aliens (Director's Cut)

3. Prometheus

4. Alien: Covenant/Alien3 (Theatrical Version)
[Like them equally for different reasons]

5. Alien: Resurrection

 

 

GARBAGE PILE

Throw Away 1. Alien vs. Predator

Throw Away 2. Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem

dmx1138

May-28-2017 11:18 PM

1. Alien (still stands as one of the greatest sci-fi masterpieces of all time)

2. Aliens (comic-book-y action film "dumbing down" of the ideas presented in the first film but still a great ride overall)

3. Prometheus (the opposite of Aliens: a great, engrossing exploration of the more truly creepy ideas behind the original which the sequels almost entirely ignored)

4. Alien 3 (fantastic, courageous punch-in-the-gut plot worthy of the best horror cinema with what is arguably the best production design of the series)

5. Alien: Covenant (great performances and production design with a weak plot and thoroughly uninspiring creatures)

6. Alien Resurrection (some compelling ideas murdered by comically bad execution)

7. AvP (occasionally watchable)

8. AvP: R (seriously, wtf)

splatterpunk

May-29-2017 6:31 AM

Alien 

covenant 

aliens

prometheus

that is all that exist.

Batchpool

May-29-2017 7:40 AM

I’m just going to throw in a couple of non-alien films to show where I’m setting my bar level and put things into context.

 

1 Alien

2 Aliens

3 Event Horizon

4 Alien Covenant

5 Alien 3

6 Prometheus

7 Alien Resurrection

7 AVP

8 MAC and me

9 AVPR

ridleyplzstop

May-29-2017 2:38 PM

1. Aliens

2. Alien

3. Alien 3

4. Prometheus

5. Alien: Resurrection

6. Alien vs. Predator

7. Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem

8. [RESERVED]

9. Alien: Covenant

I can't understand how anyone can rank Covenant high. Not only it added inconsistency and confusion to aliens, black goo and engineers story. On top of that it's a plain bad movie in general:

1) characters are dim and dumb (except for David and Walter, thanks to Fassbender, but what about others?)

2) story borrows many elements from previous movies

3) it's supposed to be scary but it's not

colonialsoldier

May-30-2017 6:38 AM

Amazing that I see Covenant beating Alien or Aliens lol.  

Personally, I liked AVPR than AVP but they filmed it too dark.  Again, the Assembly cut of Alien3 raised the bar on the film.  And the acting, character development and scenes are way better than Covenant.  

Fincher knows how to film a movie and his Se7en proved it.

Ati

May-30-2017 3:06 PM

ALIEN COVENANT

ALIEN

PROMETHEUS

Goddamn Tropics in here

May-31-2017 10:23 PM

Alien ( King that will not be dethroned)

Aliens ( Queen that supports her King admirably)

Alien Covernant ( Prince that will never be king )

Prometheus ( Princess, but a 3rd in line sibling )

Alien 3 ( Senior MP that will never be royalty )

Resurrection ( The court Jester )

AvP ( Theives locked in the Castle Dungeon )

joylitt

May-31-2017 10:39 PM

I would move Covenant to the bottom and list it as "The Black Plague" or "Maggots That Ate The Thieves In The Castle Dungeon" The rest I would leave just as it is.

Goddamn Tropics in here

May-31-2017 11:48 PM

@joylift - I assume your skipping the Covenant party at the Castle later?

Rumour has it, David is playing the flute all night...

joylitt

Jun-01-2017 12:00 AM

Goddamn Tropics in here No, I would't miss it. I'll get vaccinated and the maggots can be collected and sold to fishermen as bait :-)

ali81

Jun-01-2017 12:45 AM

alien

aliens

prometheus

alien3

AR

covenant- out of sheer disappointment of ridley selling out added to the fact it is such a bad movie

avp

avpr-just aweful.what else can u say about it

 

 

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