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Which trio of films is better?

Prometheus, Alien Covenant and Alien
43 (52.4%)
Aliens, Alien 3 and Alien Resurrection
39 (47.6%)

Total Members Voted: 81

Author Topic: Which three Alien films would you rather watch in one sitting?  (Read 11197 times)

bb-15
Dec 13, 2020, 06:48:43 AM
Reply #240 on: Dec 13, 2020, 06:48:43 AM
$28 million in the early 80s isn't low budget and $125 million in 2009 wasn't low budget either. $125 million still isn't low budget - $80m is about the cutoff for "mid budget" movies.

I edited my above post because the way I write, it takes me time to crunch the numbers and get all of the references posted and do my edits.

I agree that 1982 Blade Runner was not a low budget special effects science fiction film. In fact for the genre it was above average in cost for its time. The final version of my comment says that. So, we agree there.

However, with Prometheus, I did not explain myself completely about the genre which is my fault.
I meant low budget in the context of big special effects science-fiction or adventure films. John Carter was an example of the genre. Other movies of this type from 2012 which cost $200 million or more included; Men in Black 3, The Dark Knight Rises, The Avengers, Skyfall, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Amazing Spider-Man and Battleship.
Films between $150 to $200 million include; Snow White and the Huntsman and Wrath of the Titans. Hugo is not a big adventure film but it cost like one. Same with Dark Shadows.

I could see where are you had the impression that I was comparing Prometheus with every movie that came out that year. That was not my intention.
- I was not comparing the cost of Prometheus to straight dramas like Lincoln or a comedy like Magic Mike which of course are cheaper to make than big special effects sci-fi or adventure.

;)

« Last Edit: Dec 13, 2020, 07:19:15 AM by bb-15 »

SpreadEagleBeagle
Dec 13, 2020, 08:00:41 AM
Reply #241 on: Dec 13, 2020, 08:00:41 AM
Man, this is a hard one.

ALIEN and A3 are my two favorite movies in the series, so I'll have to base my choice on the other two movies of each option available. A:R and PROM are my two least favorite Alien series movies, but as I prefer ALIENS over A:C I'd have to say that option no. 2 ought to be my choice... Even so, ALIEN is the original and I have never watched PROM, A:C and ALIEN in one sitting yet, so I'm going to pitch option no. 1...


SiL
Dec 13, 2020, 08:14:52 AM
Reply #242 on: Dec 13, 2020, 08:14:52 AM
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However, with Prometheus, I did not explain myself completely about the genre which is my fault.
I meant low budget in the context of big special effects science-fiction or adventure films.
Total Recall, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1, Fast Five, The Wolverine, Ender's Game, Cloud Atlas all had around the same budget or less, all effects heavy sci fi films.

Prometheus' budget is if anything perfectly average for its size and scale. Despite being a sci fi effects film it has only two primary locations and it's dialogue heavy. It's not on the same scale production wise of something like John Carter or even The Dark Knight Rises (crowd scenes on studio productions are incredibly expensive and TDKR has multiple, for example).


 

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