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6 Movies like Aliens: Death to E.T.

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Dale Barham itcherMovies like ‘Aliens’, ‘Starship Troopers’ and ‘Pacific Rim’ are a perfect blend of sci­fi and action, pitting humanity’s finest fighters against a formidable intergalactic foe. If I were a betting man, my money would be on E.T.!~ Dale Barham

Number One Killing Machine in the Galaxy

I often find myself wondering if there are intelligent lifeforms out in the Universe. What would they look like? Would they be peaceful? Not according to films like ‘Aliens’! Those mothers are nothing short of a hateful, merciless swine who need a bullet or two planted straight into their skulls.

If you ever come face to face with one of these beasties, your best hope is to have a weapon close at hand … even then you’ll probably still turn into mincemeat. I’m a pacifist but not when it comes to those damn Xenomorphs!

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Movies Similar to ‘Aliens’…

‘Pitch Black’ (David Twohy, 2000)

A severely underrated movie, ‘Pitch Black’ is the story of a spaceship that becomes marooned on a desert planet. Sucks right? Well things are about to get a whole lot worse because the system is home to nocturnal creatures that are as merciless and haunting as they come. And if things weren’t bad enough already, a month­-long eclipse is just about ready to start.

You can guarantee there’ll be casualties in the dark.

Similarity Match: 90%
The first Riddick movie is as close to ‘Aliens’ as you’re going to get, playing up the horror elements but falling just short of James Cameron’s classic monster pic.

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‘Starship Troopers’ (Paul Verhoeven, 1997)

Casper Van Dien and Michael Ironside star in Paul Verhoeven’s sci­fi war on bugs. In the future, humanity has evolved into a military­based, almost fascist race that faces extinction at the hands of giant alien insects.The only way to win is to take the fight to the extraterrestrial hordes with an army of soldiers ready to do their duty for their species.

The acting is shoddy and the script borders on laughable, but this is one of the most entertaining action movies you’ll ever see. Who doesn’t love a bit of space­themed gore?

Similarity Match: 80%
You’ve got humanity fighting on distant planets against a seemingly insurmountable threat, however this is less about horror and more about gun­slinging.

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‘Predators’ (Nimród Antal, 2010)

Adrien Brody finds himself thrust into the middle of the ‘Predator’ franchise as part of a band of elite human soldiers who quickly realise they’re being hunted by members of the same ugly m*********** alien race who terrorised Arnie and all the rest in the 1987 classic.

Don’t listen to the naysayers, ‘Predators’ is the best thing we’ve had since the Schwarzenegger original, held together with great action and a formidable central cast.

Similarity Match: 75%
Once again, you’ve got aliens hunting humans, however this time it’s more about sport and less about killer instinct.

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‘Pacific Rim’ (Guillermo Del Toro, 2013)

Guillermo Del Toro’s ode to a kaiju received a lukewarm response from critics upon its release, which I feel was wholly unjustified. The film never pretends to be anything other than what it is on the surface and that is a badass movie about giant robots fighting giant monsters.

Do yourself a favour, sit back and relax with this one and don’t take it seriously, the stunning visuals are enough to warrant the price of the Blu­Ray.

Similarity Match: 70%
The battlefield is Earth this time round and the fight is of a much bulkier disposition. Forget about any horror elements, this is a straight up balls­to­the­wall action spectacle at its best.

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If You Like ‘Aliens’, You Will Like…

Without a doubt one of my favourite cinema monsters is the Xenomorph. From Giger’s impeccably terrifying creature design, to its on-­screen introduction and indestructibility, everything about this horrifying nasty screams kickass!

If that sounds like your cup of acid blood, why not check out its other outings below?

‘Alien’ (Ridley Scott, 1979)

I wish I’d been alive to catch this in the cinema when it was first released. In fact, if I ever meet a genie, that’ll be my first wish. I don’t care if it’d make me a middle-­aged (probably bald) little man now, this is the kind of movie that demands that first-­time big screen viewing.

There’d never been anything like Ridley Scott’s ‘Alien’ before. It’s claustrophobic, it has a strong female lead (no more damsels in distress thank you very much) and the introduction of the Xenomorph is cinematic gold.

The movie plays its cards pretty close to its chest for the most part, unlike ‘Aliens’, refusing to show its monster fully until the closing stages. Yet both are just as iconic as the other.

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‘Prometheus’ (Ridley Scott, 2011)

While this is in no way a perfect movie and it definitely has its flaws, Ridley Scott’s ‘Prometheus’ does a great job of returning to this cinematic universe and expanding on the Xenomorph lore that has already been established.

Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender star as part of a team of scientists who travel to a distant solar system in search of alien life, and possibly our creators.

Man, that caesarean scene is about as shocking to watch as the initial chestburster scene in the original ‘Alien’. In fact, they should just leave this franchise to Cameron and Scott from now on!

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Stay Away From Her, You B****

It’s safe to say that ‘Aliens’ is iconic as they come. While many movies attempt to reach those same dizzying heights (and some get very close) they always seem to fall short at the final hurdle. That being said, it’s a near impossible task to best James Cameron’s seminal sci-­fi flick here, but the list I’ve concocted works perfectly if you’re after a movie marathon of monster proportions.

What are some of your favourite movies like ‘Aliens’?

Have I missed any off the list?

Let me know in the comments section below!

Hi, I’m Dale and I’m a Blu-Ray addict. When I’m not obsessively fixating over the ever-growing mountain of movies taking up most of the front room, I’m usually writing about all things Hollywood. Go figure, huh? If I’m not glued to the television watching ‘Pan’s Labyrinth’ for the billionth time, you can probably find me crooning in my hard-rocking blues band or having inane conversations with the resident cats.
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