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"Aliens"...horror or not horror film?

Old 04-19-06, 10:48 AM
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"Aliens"...horror or not horror film?

Well, after so much back and forth in this thread .... Horror Movies
i want to see the general public's (we DVD Talkers) consensus of what genre to label the movie "Aliens"(1986), the 2nd in a fine quadrilogy.

bear in mind that the horror film category carries a broad spectrum of other genres as clearly defined at reputable sights...

1. "Some horror films owe a substantial amount to other genres, particularly science fiction, fantasy and the thriller." --- Wikipedia

2. "A horror film is a film dominated by elements of horror...Some horror films exhibit a substantial amount of cross-over with other genres, particularly science fiction." --- explanation-guide.info

3. "Horror films are often combined with science fiction when the menace or monster is related to a corruption of technology, or when Earth is threatened by aliens." --- filmsite.org

I highlight science fiction because that is where this debate heats up with some labeling it as an action/science fiction film only . I disagree and say it is all that and a very frightful horror film.

So forget formal and informal definitions, use your first instinct, gut, or simply where you placed in your DVD collection... basically YOUR opinion to answer the question of what genre you think the film "Aliens" should be placed in.

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Old 04-19-06, 10:50 AM
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I've always thought of Alien as a horror film and Aliens as an action film.
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I voted action/sci-fi. I associate horror with something scary. Alien I associate more closely with horror than I ever would Aliens.

Aliens to me is an action movie that happend to be sci-fi. I don't really recall a horror/scary moment. Lot's of "that's cool" and "wow" moments, but nothing scary for me.
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Originally Posted by Mr. Cinema
I've always thought of Alien as a horror film and Aliens as an action film.
With the addition that Alien is a sci fi/horror film and Aliens is a sci-fi/action film, absolutely.
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
With the addition that Alien is a sci fi/horror film and Aliens is a sci-fi/action film, absolutely.
My thoughts as well.
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
With the addition that Alien is a sci fi/horror film and Aliens is a sci-fi/action film, absolutely.
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ALIENS has:

a) butt-kicking marines blowing away everything under the sun with some of the most wicked harware ever filmed = ACTION

b) intergalactic spacecraft, cyrogenic chambers, terraforming colonies = SCIENCE FICTION

c) hordes of blood-curdling, relentlessly pursuing insectoid aliens that devour their human prey or use them as living incubators for their offspring, which then hatch out of their human hosts' chests in a spray of blood and organs while said hosts still live: HORROR

It's all three or its none of them.
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Originally Posted by Filmmaker
ALIENS has:

a) butt-kicking marines blowing away everything under the sun with some of the most wicked harware ever filmed = ACTION

b) intergalactic spacecraft, cyrogenic chambers, terraforming colonies = SCIENCE FICTION

c) hordes of blood-curdling, relentlessly pursuing insectoid aliens that devour their human prey or use them as living incubators for their offspring, which then hatch out of their human hosts' chests in a spray of blood and organs while said hosts still live: HORROR

It's all three or its none of them.
I agree with what Filmaker said. It has to be all three.
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Originally Posted by Filmmaker
ALIENS has:

a) butt-kicking marines blowing away everything under the sun with some of the most wicked harware ever filmed = ACTION

b) intergalactic spacecraft, cyrogenic chambers, terraforming colonies = SCIENCE FICTION

c) hordes of blood-curdling, relentlessly pursuing insectoid aliens that devour their human prey or use them as living incubators for their offspring, which then hatch out of their human hosts' chests in a spray of blood and organs while said hosts still live: HORROR

It's all three or its none of them.
very well put!
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Originally Posted by scott1598
Well, after so much back and forth in this thread .... Horror Movies
i want to see the general public's (we DVD Talkers) consensus of what genre to label the movie "Aliens"(1986), the 2nd in a fine quadrilogy.

bear in mind that the horror film category carries a broad spectrum of other genres as clearly defined at reputable sights...

1. "Some horror films owe a substantial amount to other genres, particularly science fiction, fantasy and the thriller." --- Wikipedia

2. "A horror film is a film dominated by elements of horror...Some horror films exhibit a substantial amount of cross-over with other genres, particularly science fiction." --- explanation-guide.info

3. "Horror films are often combined with science fiction when the menace or monster is related to a corruption of technology, or when Earth is threatened by aliens." --- filmsite.org

I highlight science fiction because that is where this debate heats up with some labeling it as an action/science fiction film only . I disagree and say it is all that and a very frightful horror film.

So forget formal and informal definitions, use your first instinct, gut, or simply where you placed in your DVD collection... basically YOUR opinion to answer the question of what genre you think the film "Aliens" should be placed in.
I class it as sci-fi.
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Old 04-19-06, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Filmmaker
c) hordes of blood-curdling, relentlessly pursuing insectoid aliens that devour their human prey or use them as living incubators for their offspring, which then hatch out of their human hosts' chests in a spray of blood and organs while said hosts still live: HORROR

It's all three or its none of them.
i don't remember seeing the Aliens "devouring" anyone in the sequel. Nor do I remember anyone's chest bursting open. ripley's dream gets close, i suppose. and bishop was pierced thru the back and torn in two, but there was only white artificial "blood". i guess what i'm saying is that your reference points were "softened" in Aliens when compared to its predecessor. and personally, i don't think the aliens were significantly more frightening than the alien ships in war of the worlds or the raptors in jurassic park.

i say, "sci-fi action".
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I always saw it as horror even before I saw it thanks to Fangoria. They mention it in the editorial in their 150th issue as one of the good horror films to come out in the last 15 years. I think if you look at definition of horror as black and white, then no it isn't horror. If you see there is a lot of grey in the definition, then i can see how someone would put it in that catagory.
To me, horror has probably 100 subcatagories, and Aliens fits in there somewhere.
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I voted "Horror only" until I realized this was about Aliens with an "S". My bad.

My action vote: Action with a touch of sci-fi.
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Originally Posted by Cygnet74
i don't remember seeing the Aliens "devouring" anyone in the sequel. Nor do I remember anyone's chest bursting open. ripley's dream gets close, i suppose. and bishop was pierced thru the back and torn in two, but there was only white artificial "blood".
So what was with the scene that showed the Marines using flame-throwers to fry a cocooned woman colonist who died after the chest burster killed her?
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Sci Fi Action Horror is what I call it.
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I haven't seen it, but since scott1598 thinks it's "horror/action/science fiction" I voted
"action/science fiction".
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Action/Sci-fi...and one of the best ever at that.

Horror...mmmmm....not so much.
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I love the movie and its one of my favorite movies of all time....

but i know that its action/sci-fi.

"Alien" would be horror/sci-fi, "Aliens" is flat out action/sci-fi.
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
With the addition that Alien is a sci fi/horror film and Aliens is a sci-fi/action film, absolutely.
That's how I classify them.
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I voted all 3, although i can see why its far less horror then the other two.
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just because a movie has laser guns or spaceships in it dosent automatically mean its a sci-fi movie.

in my opinion, something is only truly "sci-fi" when it explores the changes technology or progress has on the human experience.

thats why Alien is a horror movie, and Aliens an action movie. You can take a movie with a very similar plot to Aliens ("Deep Rising" with treat williams comes to mind) and that is not a sci-fi movie by any stretch.


in my opinion most movies have a "genre" and a "setting"

Romeo and Juliet (with DiCaprio and Danes) is a Shakespeare adaptation set in modern times. Shanghai Noon is a comedic action/buddy movie that happens to be set in the old west, its not a Western.

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Old 04-19-06, 02:51 PM
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All of the above: Action/Sci Fi/Horror.
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Originally Posted by Groucho
I voted "Horror only" until I realized this was about Aliens with an "S". My bad.

My action vote: Action with a touch of sci-fi.
I also missed that "s," so I voted for the first poll option. I see Alien as sci-fi/horror and Aliens as sci-fi/action.
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