Aliens begins pretty much where Alien left off, just 57 years later. Ellen Ripley and the cat, Jones, have been asleep all that time and the Weyland Yutani Corporation has managed to find terraforming colonizers to send on LV-426. They get Ripley to agree to go back with the promise of killing basically everything that isn’t human. She joins a bunch of marines when the colony stops responding with the hope of finding out what happened, although by now, everyone can probably figure out what happened. What follows is a breathless jaunt through xenomorph infested environs where a lot of people die gruesomely, surrounded by many, many xenomorphs.

I saw this for the first time when I was about 9 or 10. Some little shits in my class convinced the teacher that it wasn’t that scary. I had nightmares for weeks afterward. It took me years before I could watch it again. And I’m glad I managed to come back to it. Just like Alien, this is still and will remain, a perennial favorite. It’s one of those things I can’t really be objective about.