Decades of Horror 1990s Episode 14 â€“Â Alien 3Alien 3Â -Â or as it’s often stylizedÂ Alien3Â – is often considered the black sheep of the Xenomorph ladened franchise. Not as beloved asÂ AlienÂ orÂ Aliens, yet not quite as controversial asÂ Alien vs PredatorÂ orÂ Prometheus. While often dismissed by many – including its own director David Fincher -Â Alien 3Â offers a unique perspective that sets itself apart from others in the franchise. Abandoning crowd pleasing nature ofÂ AliensÂ and doubling down on the thriller angles ofÂ Alien,Â Alien 3Â seeks no light at the end of the tunnel. The prison planet of Fiorina 161 is a desolate pit covered in lice and bald angry prisoners. The only hope for Ripley, Dillon or any of the few remaining peopleÂ on the planet is merely killingÂ the XenomorphÂ as it’s killing them. It’s bleak, unrelenting and oppressive… meaning it really wouldn’t be for everyone. To examine this, Thomas Mariani not only welcomes backÂ Adam ThomasÂ from last week, but also recruits his Horror News Radio co-host Santos “The Black Saint” Ellin Jr. The Black Saint has been a heavy defender ofÂ Alien 3Â since it was originally released, hailing it as his favorite film of the franchise. He praises the nihilism, the bleak outlook of the characters and Fincher’s grimy atmosphere. Adam praises much of the same, though still considersÂ AlienÂ his favorite. Thomas has a few more issues, but respects the consistent dark tone and risky choices. Together, these three discuss the differences between theÂ Alien 3Â theatrical and Assembly Cut, the troubled production David Fincher went through and the controversy over killing off Newt, Hicks and Bishop. It’s a spirited discussion that showsÂ Alien 3Â has far more depth than people give it credit for.
“In an insane world, a sane man must appear insane.” Gorlic (Paul McGann) babbles true words to Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) andÂ Clemens (Charles Dance) just before”The Dragon” attacks.Â Alien 3 was to many a rather insane proposition. After the incredibly belovedÂ Aliens,Â Alien 3Â decides to throw out many of the beloved characters introduced there and leave its audience wallowing in a nihilistic pit. Where the main journey of Ripley is centered around a desire to die. Perhaps that’s why it wasn’t too popular 25 years ago. However, does that impeded it from finding a modern audience now?