12. Aliens

12. Aliens (1986). James Cameron’s magnificent bastard of a science fiction war movie is unforgettable—it’s also a terrifying first-time experience. Its horror elements are front and center, with jump scares, fake-outs, gross-outs, rape imagery, and up-and-down action beats that keep the adrenaline flowing even when there aren’t any gruesome extraterrestrial monsters on screen. This is the post-World War II American war experience writ in acid blood and xenomorphology. This is the failure of our technological superiority and attitudes of nationalist exceptionalism, revealed to us by the biomechanical horrors of H.R. Giger and Stan Winston—horrors that thrive precisely because of our narcissistic blundering in the dark corners of “our” frontiers. What could possibly be more terrifying to American audiences?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: