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Thursday, August 12, 2010

At Plaza's 'Alien' screening, everyone can hear you scream

If the original sci-fi horror classic Alien gives you night terrors, be warned that Alien: The Directors Cut extends the outer space chills even further. The Plaza Theatre's Splatter Cinema screens a new print of director Ridley Scott's slightly longer take of the film, with screenings at 9:30 p.m., Aug. 13-15.

Speaking of which, Ridley Scott is developing at least one prequel to Alien, to be filmed in 3-D if all the financial and creative stars align. The face-huggers and chest-bursters deserve a break, since Hollywood has misused the franchise following James Cameron's superb Aliens in 1986. My favorite misstep in Alien movie history is this Alien3 teaser trailer, which promises (or at least strongly implies) that the third film will take place on Earth. In fact, the Aliens didn't fall to Earth until Alien vs. Predator in 2004. After such indignities, the Plaza screening will remind you of the wonderful, terrible qualities of the original.

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