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This Day in Horror History: ALIENS Was Released in 1986

James Cameron’s Aliens (a sequel to Ridley Scott’s Alien), was released on this day in 1986, and it remains one of the best action-horror films ever made–not to mention a rare sequel that equals (or surpasses) its predecessor in both critical and financial success. Many still lament that Sigourney Weaver didn’t win an Oscar for her arresting and now iconic turn as Ellen Ripley.

If it’s been a while, or if you’ve yet to experience the awesomeness of Aliens for yourself, give the trailer and synopsis a spin below.

Synopsis:
After floating in space for 57 years, Lt. Ripley’s (Sigourney Weaver) shuttle is found by a deep space salvage team. Upon arriving at LV-426, the marines find only one survivor, a nine-year-old girl named Newt (Carrie Henn). But even these battle-hardened marines with all the latest weaponry are no match for the hundreds of aliens that have invaded the colony.

Trivia:
Lance Henriksen (who played Bishop) had privately pledged to quit acting if this part didn’t work out for him after years of journeyman roles. It proved to be one of his most successful films. (Source)

The full-size queen puppet was actually too big to fit into the elevator. For the shot where she is seen there, her tail was removed, and yet the back of the elevator still had to be opened to accommodate the prop; smoke effects, dark lighting, and a black curtain at the back obscure this. (Source)

The alien screams are Baboon shrieks altered in post. (Source)

Aliens poster - This Day in Horror History: ALIENS Was Released in 1986

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Written by Josh Millican

Josh Millican is the Editor in Chief at Dread Central.

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