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The iconic Alien franchise is coming to SBS 2 this April. Sink your teeth into this dark, stylish and terrifying collection of double bills every Wednesday from 8:30pm.
By
SBS Movies, Presented by
Marc Fennell

4 Apr 2016 - 10:49 AM  UPDATED 4 Apr 2016 - 10:49 AM

As the original Alien director Ridley Scott is filming the new instalment Alien: Covenant right now in Australia, it feels like the right time to revisit the franchise, starting with what is considered one of the best sci-fi movies of all time. Alien launched the career of Sigourney Weaver as badass Officer Ellen Ripley, one of the best female characters in action cinema and permanently ingrained in the collective mind the terrifying image of a creature bursting out of a poor lad's chest. The subsequent movies benefited from the direction of then-new talents James Cameron (Terminator), David Fincher (Se7en) and Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen), who are now legends in their own rights. Enjoy this collection of the best and scariest sci-fi movies of all time.

Wednesday 6 April

Alien

8:30pm, SBS 2

M
USA, 1979
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt
What's it about?
The original Ridley Scott movie follows the crew of the commercial vessel Nostromo, who receive a distress call from an unexplored planet in a remote region of the galaxy. What begins as a routine search mission quickly escalates into a nightmare of unimaginable terror when the team, led by Officer Ellen Ripley (a 29-year-old Sigourney Weaver) discover and bring aboard an extraterrestrial life form. 

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

10:40pm, SBS 2
Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

M
USA, 1978
Director: Philip Kaufman
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Jeff Goldblum
What's it about?
This terrific remake of the 1956 film, itself based on a novel by Jack Finney (adapted four times at the cinema), was considered one of the best, thanks to truly scary effects and its social commentary. Donald Sutherland stars as health inspector Matthew Bennell and his colleague (Brooke Adams) start noticing a worrying change of behaviour in their friends and people they meet throughout the day. They discover that aliens are cloning human bodies and disposing of the originals and must escape lest they meet the same fate.

 

Wednesday 13 April

Aliens

8:30pm, SBS 2

MA15+
USA, 1986
Director: James Cameron
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton, Paul Reiser
What's it about?
Ellen Ripley is the last surviving crew member of a corporate spaceship destroyed after an attack by a vicious, virtually unbeatable alien life form. After 50 years adrift in space, Ripley fights depression until she is informed that trouble is again brewing on the planet where her crew came to grief. Ripley is enlisted as an adviser to a team of tough, rugged space marines on a rescue mission to the now partially terraformed planet to find out if there are aliens or survivors. As the mission unfolds, Ripley will be forced to come to grips with her worst nightmare, but even as she does, she finds that the worst is yet to come.

Watch The Movie Show ★★★★ review

eXistenZ

11:00pm, SBS 2

M
Canada/UK, 1999
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Jude Law, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ian Holm, Willem Dafoe
What's it about?
"Body horror" master David Cronenberg takes us in the near future, in a society in which game designers are worshipped as superstars and players can organically enter inside the games. An acclaimed techno-game designer, Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh), is leading a group of brave souls through a new game in which a control pod is attached to the player's spine. A young security guard, Ted Pikul (Jude Law) rescues Allegra from murderous anti-eXistenZialist fanatics, and so begins a dramatic series of events which may or may not be taking place in real life.

Watch The Movie Show ★★★★ review

 

Wednesday 20 April

Alien³

8:30pm, SBS 2

M
UK/USA, 1992
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance
What's it about?
Talented director David Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network) directs this sequel in which Ripley, after escaping with Newt and Hicks from the alien planet, crash lands on Fiorina 161, a prison planet and host to a correctional facility to vicious, violent criminals. The prison does not allow weapons of any kind, and with aid being a long time away, Ripley must team up with the convicts, armed with nothing but their wits to defend themselves against the deadly Alien creature.

Watch The Movie Show ★★★ ½ review: Wonderfully scary

Screamers

10:35pm, SBS 2

M
Canada/Japan/USA, 1995
Director: Christian Duguay
Starring: Peter Weller, Roy Dupuis, Jennifer Rubin, Andrew Lauer
What's it about?
Based on a short story (Second Variety) by sci-fi master Philip K. Dick (Blade Runner, Total Recall)Screamers is set in 2078 on Sirius 6B, a distant mining planet ravaged by a decade of war. Scientists have created the perfect weapon: a blade-wielding, self-replicating race of killing devices known as Screamers designed for one purpose only - to hunt down and destroy all enemy life forms. But these creepy-crawly machines have continued to evolve without any human guidance, with one goal in mind: eradicate all human life.

 

Wednesday 27 April

Alien Resurrection

8:30pm, SBS 2

MA15+
USA, 1997
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Ron Perlman
What's it about?
French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie, The City of Lost Children) lends his baroque visual style and dark humour to the Alien franchise, which sees the return of Ripley 200 years later, to discover that her 'resurrection’ is the result of a scientific experiment, cloning her preserved blood samples in order to give birth to the alien creature she was carrying. The scientists begin breeding the aliens, which manage to escape on the ship, which is on course to Earth. It's up to Ripley and a band of space pirates to stop the ship before it reaches earth.  

Watch The Movie Show ★★★ ½ review: Surely the bloodiest, most gruesome of the lot

Thale

10:30pm, SBS 2
Available after broadcast at SBS On Demand

MA15+
Norway, 2012
Director: Aleksander Nordaas
Starring: Silje Reinåmo, Jon Sigve Skard, Erlend Nervold
What's it about?
The mysterious and eerie Norwegian film Thale follows two male crime scene cleaners discovers a mythical woman (a "huldra") in the basement of a recently deceased man. She never utters a word, unable to tell her story, but thanks to a tape left behind, they soon learn that she's been held captive for decades. Soon the military forces and other creatures wanting to save their fellow huldra enter the scene, which means nothing good for our two anti-heroes.

Thale ★★★ ½ review

 

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