Aliens Year: 1986
Runtime: 154 minutes
Gore: Bishop is ripped in half by the giant Queen Alien, other than that just bug guts
In the action-packed sequel to Alien, Sigourney Weaver returns as Riply, the only survivor from mankind's first encounter with the monstrous Alien. Her account of the Alien and the fate of her crew are received with skepticism - until the mysterious disappearance of colonists on LV-426 lead her to join a team of high-tech colonial marines sent in to investigate. Joined by an all star cast, Michael Biehn as Hicks, my personal favorite character, alongside Drake. Also Paul Reiser, Bill Paxton, Al Matthews and Janette Goldstein appear in the movie with supporting roles.
I'd have to say that this movie is one of those instances where the sequel is better than the first of the series. I own Aliens on VHS and also the Special Edition on DVD which includes 17 minutes of restored footage, an interview with writer/director James Cameron (Termanator 2, Titanic), and much, much more. The Special Edition DVD version of this movie is very well worth the money as it remains as one of my all time favorite horror movies. Hell, it's one of the 10 horror movies to pull me in to the genre in the first place. My only complaint, and the only reason it didn't receive a perfect Five Skulls, is the fact that most of the deaths are done off-screen, and it's the same way in Alien. But overall, this movie is just spectacular.