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Old 01-07-08, 12:50 PM
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I can watch Aliens without watching Alien, right?

I just wanted to make sure.

To make this thread somewhat useful list sequels/prequels that can be watched out of order with no spoiling anything in the previous film.

I can think of a couple:

James Bond films (for the most part)
The Die Hards

There has gotta be more out there...
Old 01-07-08, 01:32 PM
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Originally Posted by JPRaup
I just wanted to make sure.

To make this thread somewhat useful list sequels/prequels that can be watched out of order with no spoiling anything in the previous film.

I can think of a couple:

James Bond films (for the most part)
The Die Hards

There has gotta be more out there...

I believe that the villian in Die Hard 3
Spoiler:
is the brother or cousin of the villian in Die Hard 1. Since the death of the DH1 villian is mentioned in DH3
, I suppose that could be considered a spoiler.

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Originally Posted by lopper
I believe that the villian in Die Hard 3 is the brother or cousin of the villian in Die Hard 1. Since
Spoiler:
the death of the DH1 villian is mentioned in DH3
, I suppose that could be considered a spoiler.
you realize you posted the actual spoiler for DH3 without using tags don't you?
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I first watched Aliens when it came out before seeing Alien and was not confused at all. It made me want to go back and watch the first one, of course.
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Originally Posted by Chew
I first watched Aliens when it came out before seeing Alien and was not confused at all. It made me want to go back and watch the first one, of course.
Thanks! Already started watching it. Can't believe I've waited so long to watch.
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I wouldn't recommend it unless you already know what an Alien looks like and how an Alien is born. (chances are you do). Even then, there are some other plot points that would would make seeing them in order preferable.
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While I guess you can watch the Die Hards out of sequence, the sequels contain a lot of references to the original.
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Yes. They basically sum up the major plot points of Alien in that meeting with Ripley towards the beginning of Aliens.
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Originally Posted by Chew
I first watched Aliens when it came out before seeing Alien and was not confused at all. It made me want to go back and watch the first one, of course.
me as well. "Aliens" is very much a standalone and highly enjoyable regardless if know anything about queens, warriors, facehuggers, etc...
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You can also watch Aliens without watching Alien 3. In fact, I highly recommend you never watch it.
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I recommend Alien 3, the assembly cut especially. If you look at as a trilogy about Ripley, it's a good arc.

I wouldn't watch the series out of order, though. It feels better to see how Ripley's character progesses.
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I saw Aliens first (in the theaters I was 10) and couldn't make it through the movie, I left scared shitless at the first "motion tracker" scene. Good god that scared me.
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I would honestly recommend you make an event of watching the first 3 ALIEN films back-to back-to back. Watch the director's cut of ALIENS and the assembly vut of ALIEN 3.
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I think watching Aliens before Alien would ruin both movies, really.

One of the strengths of Alien is the unknown, the anticipation, it's a very different film and watching the action-fest (meh) that is Aliens will probably alter your expectations for the original and then disappoint you.

And then, you'll probably love Aliens because it'll just be a cheap action flick to you, because the actual thematically deep elements of the plot carried out through that android character you will miss out on, because you won't know what happened with Ripley and the other android character in the first movie...
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Originally Posted by Doughboy
You can also watch Aliens without watching Alien 3. In fact, I highly recommend you never watch it.
Here, here.
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Originally Posted by Shannon Nutt
Here, here.
I'm in complete agreement with them.
If you like Aliens a lot, you probably should NOT watch Alien3. If I could un-watch Alien3, I would.
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You should watch Alien Series starting from the first installment. You'll get to appreciate it more.
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You 'can' but why would you want to?
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Originally Posted by chanster
I saw Aliens first (in the theaters I was 10) and couldn't make it through the movie, I left scared shitless at the first "motion tracker" scene. Good god that scared me.
Pussy!


Oh, and OP, there is only 1 film to watch first in this series, and it is the king of them all...A L I E N.
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Originally Posted by pjflyer
You 'can' but why would you want to?
I only have Aliens at the moment.
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Originally Posted by Chew
I first watched Aliens when it came out before seeing Alien and was not confused at all. It made me want to go back and watch the first one, of course.

Same here. Wasn't around to see the first, but watches Aliens first and loved it. Didn't need anything to follow it.
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In answer to the thread title: Yes. Of Course. Go ahead.

ALIEN is a great horror film, but you already know how it ends, so seeing ALIENS first isn't gonna ruin anything.

And after 20 years, everyone is familiar enough with the basics of the series, that you don't need the first movie to get anything in the second.
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Originally Posted by Doughboy
You can also watch Aliens without watching Alien 3. In fact, I highly recommend you never watch it.
I too agree 100% with this statement.

Actually, just avoid the last two movies in the Alien series.

I saw "Aliens" before I saw "Alien" and I did not run into any problems.
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You can watch the many Bring In On and American Pie spin-offs/sequels without watching the orignals...

You can watch the Indiana Jones movies in any order.

You could watch the Terminator movies in any order. Well, I definitely watched T2 before renting the first one, and it made no difference.
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I have only seen Terminator 2 and not Terminator 1 and T2 is in my top 20 movies of alltime. Am I a bad person?

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