“This is rumor control.” Alien³ is a very divisive film. The first two installments in the Alien franchise were critical and box office successes that went on to become classics – Alien³ was a different beast. Unable to agree on a final script, and chasing a studio-imposed release date, first-time feature director David Fincher (Se7en, Fight Club, Zodiac, Gone Girl) was placed in an impossible no-win scenario. The resulting film is relentlessly bleak, visually stunning… and miraculously full of merit.
In this episode the Vultures come to the defense of Alien³ as a movie that deserves another shot, and to be viewed on its own terms. It may not be the sequel to Aliens everyone wanted, but that doesn’t nullify its value as a movie or justify the hate it receives. The bitch is back.