Alien Alien question

Which is better, Alien or The Thing?
Daniel Dunkle Daniel May 07, 2018 12:56PM
AlienThe Thing

The Thing lacks a strong female character. Alien, like The Thing, lacks much background on the characters. But The Thing has a head crawling across the floor.

Alien. No contest. It's a visual masterpiece. Dan O'Bannon and H.R. Giger came off Jordorowski's failed Dune experience with vigour and a need to create something powerful. And with Ridley Scott's help, they did.

Sure, The Thing is a special effects wonderland, but Alien is so much better fleshed out. Part of it is the limited cast of characters (I barely remember the names or faces of anyone from The Thing). Part of it is the superb writing, egalitarian leads, and use of sexual imagery.

Not to mention, Alien is unintentionally an LGBT movie. The character of Lambert is transgender. Look it up. ;)

Daniel Dunkle I had never heard that, but did just look it up online. I think I will check out my Aliens DVD and freeze frame on the lambert file and see about that ...more
May 19, 2018 07:11AM
Daniel Dunkle I think the complete lack of female characters is the biggest problem with The Thing. I also think they could have developed the characters a bit more ...more
May 19, 2018 07:13AM

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