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It's time to stir things up a little here. In this, the next match-up come two films that are going to be hard to vote against either way. I speak of Jim Cameron's Aliens and George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead. In many ways these two films are superior to their predecessors and are part of the avante garde of the Horror film genre.

So pick what you would rather do: Go on a "bug hunt," or hide in a mall. Lets see what people think by voting for their favorite sequel here. The polls are now open.
 

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My choice goes with Dawn of the Dead. Aliens is a great movie and all, but I consider it to be more of an action/sci-fi flick than a horror movie. The original Alien, on the other hand, is definitely a horror movie.
 

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I agree Z ,Aliens, yes a sci-fi , but since they are toe and toe, you have to ask yourself, which one would you be watching if they're both on different channels.
That all depends on how much time I have on my hands. Personally, Zombie movies are a favorite of mine and if I had the time to watch Dawn, I'd pick it over Aliens. Aliens is a lot more slick in the production department, but Dawn of the Dead makes up for low production values in a gripping social commentary and great story.
 
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That all depends on how much time I have on my hands. Personally, Zombie movies are a favorite of mine and if I had the time to watch Dawn, I'd pick it over Aliens. Aliens is a lot more slick in the production department, but Dawn of the Dead makes up for low production values in a gripping social commentary and great story.
Well, we all got our tastes. And if I were to be invited to your house for a bucket of popcorn, I would watch any movie you were to slide into the DVD player that you enjoyed, no question!
I would even leave witha smile on my face :D
 

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Well, we all got our tastes. And if I were to be invited to your house for a bucket of popcorn, I would watch any movie you were to slide into the DVD player that you enjoyed, no question!
I would even leave witha smile on my face :D
You sure about that? I'm prone to watching weird crap like "Ravenous." :p
 

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I almost sat this one out. While Aliens is indeed a sci-fi action flick, it also has some horrific parts in it, enough to classify it as a Horror film. It's easily one of my favorite movies of all-time, but...

Dawn of the Dead is one of my Top 10 all-time HORROR flicks. While the effects weren't the best in the world, they were great for that time period. There are still parts I cringe when they come on screen. For someone first watching the film, it is a very nerve wracking experience. This is the zombie film which I judge all others by. It has yet to be topped. :zombie:
 
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Again, I agree Sin, but total movie value on this one has to go to Aliens.
I remember going to the theatre for both, but, choice given, well, you already know.
And I really love Savini's work ( he also had a booth last year at transworld for props) not to bad!
 

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I don't know what you guys think, but I believe Savini's protege, Greg Nicotero has surpassed the master.

Ravenous. Another horror film one would be doing themselves a favor to watch and own.
 

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Dawn of the Dead. Aliens was creepy and all, but the horror in space thing just isn't as cool to me as something that could strike home like a massive zombie invasion! Besides... Savini.

And I agree with Sinister and Zombie-F! Ravenous is a great film; definitely one worth watching. Oh, and Sinister? I made my husband bring me home some Ginger Snaps last night, on your recommendation. I've just gotta say thanks for the great suggestion. I was to the point of despairing of werewolf movies, but the Fitzgerald sisters redeemed them for me. 'Bout damn time somebody did... Such a great monster, the werewolf, and so very, very misused.
 

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Dawn of the Dead. Aliens was creepy and all, but the horror in space thing just isn't as cool to me as something that could strike home like a massive zombie invasion! Besides... Savini.

And I agree with Sinister and Zombie-F! Ravenous is a great film; definitely one worth watching. Oh, and Sinister? I made my husband bring me home some Ginger Snaps last night, on your recommendation. I've just gotta say thanks for the great suggestion. I was to the point of despairing of werewolf movies, but the Fitzgerald sisters redeemed them for me. 'Bout damn time somebody did... Such a great monster, the werewolf, and so very, very misused.
Now, to further redeem the Lycantrhope genre, go check out Dog Soldiers. Another grade A horror flick!
 

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Agreed, Z-F! It's a cross between The Howling and Predator. Great action sequences. Sadly, there's no real transformation scene. There's just the whole spazzing out, falling behind a table, and getting up in full killing mode, a' la Universal Studios. Don't let that deter your decision to pick it, it's well worth every minute to see the film.

Glad you liked Ginger Snaps Tipo. I try to turn on as many folks to that movie as I can. Each film in the series deals with different issues. The first, of course, is about the dreaded "Curse." Ginger Snaps: Unleashed, is about addiction. Though a different type of film, it's still nonetheless pretty good. Not great, but good. Somewhat misnamed, as Ginger makes very rare appearances in the movie. This one's all about Brigette.

Ginger Snaps Back is set in the past and more or less throws out the other two films in terms of what was going down with their modern counterparts. This one is about sisterhood and it's strong bonds. It's a movie that grew on me, as I didn't care for it too much my first time around. Check 'em out, Tipo and anyone else. You might take something more from the sequels than I did. I think they get better with subsequent viewings. ;)
 

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The Dead for me. I'm also one that is not crazy about space movies and aliens. Although I have to admit that the original "Alien" movie in my opinion was great, I'm still not sold on the space creature thing.

You know, come to think about it, I never did see "Ginger Snaps". I watched "Ginger Snaps Back" and really didn't see what was the big deal about it. I think I'm going to take the advice of my forum cohorts and rent the original. I still don't know why I've never seen the original. Usually I'm all over it.
 

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ALIENS. Cameron took a 17 million dollar budget,and made the movie look three times that! The Queen as an executed design..was cutting edge!
Tony Gardner's T-REX from "My Science Project" was a guiding light for the Aliens team to make The Queen happen.

Two scenes (BOTH FILMED) that were cut,may have upped the films' horror quotient. Paul Riser (The traitorous Burke) is found by Ripley when she goes into the nest looking for Newt. He is stuck to the wall that Ripley is squirming by,his hand lashes out,grabs her. :"I can feel it inside me." She cooly hands him a grenade,and pops the pin,puts it in his hand,and continues,..followed by a "boom!"

The other one. Lance Henriksen (The android Bishop),is crawling in the pipe,that leads to the satellite uplink tower,..ahead in the darkness,there is a shaft of light...he sees it is a hole caused by the alien's acid blood. He brings his eye up to the hole to inspect it. WHAM,..a set of alien piston teeth slam into the other side of the hole,denting it. Bishop recoils,..nothing else happens,..and that particular alien continues (unseen) along with his pack towards Ripley,Hicks,and the rest.

The guy who put out the special edition,requested James Cameron let these scenes be included in the deleted section. Cameron declined. My guess is he didn't want any fanboys like myself inserting those scenes back into their own "personal cuts" of the film. :)

If you have read this far..you have a good attention span.

Dawn of The Dead is a very special movie.

Not fair,Sinister.
 

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Good question, FE.

Thanks for the info, Pact! Just knowing that, I see a millenium edition coming some time in the near future. FOX has to make money any way they can, and yes, I'll buy the freakin' thing! :rolleyes:

I thought Burke was terminated by the one Xenomorph behind that door. It certainly seemed so. Maybe they put that in in lieu of the grenade scene.

Sorry Pact, but those two are advante garde to me and seemed more of a challenge to each other than stacking the deck in either or's favor.
 

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Good question, FE.

Thanks for the info, Pact! Just knowing that, I see a millenium edition coming some time in the near future. FOX has to make money any way they can, and yes, I'll buy the freakin' thing! :rolleyes:

I thought Burke was terminated by the one Xenomorph behind that door. It certainly seemed so. Maybe they put that in in lieu of the grenade scene.

Sorry Pact, but those two are advante garde to me and seemed more of a challenge to each other than stacking the deck in either or's favor.
Hey Sinister. You are doing the right thing. We all have to face the tough decisions eventually! :)

The alien lashing out at Burke,is proper,..we don't see it connect..shoulder hit? Thus the audience is mislead,..and JUMPS when Burke shows up later.

I have a picture of this scene,(Burke cocooned/ Ripley)..and it may be on the web somewhere too. Starlog had it,as this cut was last minute.

Dawn of The Dead was one of my best movie experiences. Saw it at a Drive In Theater!!
 
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