Alien movies may be "manly," but that doesn't mean they can't make even the manliest of us cry.
The goal of this series is to show that being "manly" and being disconnected with your emotions do not necessarily go hand-in-hand. While the approach to these articles is one of comedy and satire, the emotional core of these movies is very valid. Manly movies make guys cry, for example:
No, I'm not just going to list the Alien films. Sure, one might find its way onto the list (spoiler: one does), but let's face it: not all of that franchise deserves to exist. This is more an exploration of a connecting theme of aliens that want to kill us. Alf only wants to eat cats, so he doesn't count. According to Stephen Hawking, if we do ever find interstellar aliens, they will be so far advanced that they will wipe us out without blinking for our resources, much like a child brushes a few ants off a cookie before eating it. The general movie-going public has subconsciously known this for years, and aliens in film are traditionally frightening by default. We might discover at the end of the film that they were just confused, but first contact is always something full of trepidation at best, and massacre at worst.
October is here, and that means two things: horror and candy (and provocative clothing if you look at any costume catalogue). Much like serial killers, a horror film with aliens can rack up quite a body count. And if you want a manly film, horror is always a good choice. Here's a list of the 5 best examples of when ET comes and probes a little too violently. It's also a list of movies that make guys choke up a little bit.
1. Alien 3
First off, chill. I'm not making a list of the best "xenomorph aliens" films, and if I was, this wouldn't be on it. We cool?
Alien 3 was the most somber of the four films (I'm not even including the cinematic vomit that was the two AVP films). Only one alien to deal with, just like in the first of the franchise, but the difference is that, much like the second film, our protagonist Ripley already knows about the villain's capabilities and traits. The fear of the unknown is gone, leaving only PTSD-addled immortality and a blood oath to exterminate them. Since the setting is a prison, you really only care about Ripley and whoever survived from the second film. Well at least Newt, the girl that Ripley saved in the second film (and essentially the driving force behind her character) is ok. Oh, she drowned off-screen for no reason at all? GOOD, GREAT, GRAND! Why don't we just have un-killable Ripley die in the end while we're at it?!