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Queen of Night
by James Shafie

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Oh god yessssss.

Oh god yessssss.
So I just made one of the best purchases of my life a couple days ago. It was a DVD box set, as you might have expected, but it wasn't just any DVD box set it was a magnificent DVD box set. Full of wonder, and joy and beauty. Yes my friends, it was the Alien Quadrilogy box set. Is Quadrilody even a word? WHO CARES. This is movie heaven.

Now I know at least one of you said to your inanimate computer screen, "What about AVP?!" Well, I have two letters, a punctuation mark, and two numbers for you: PG-13. Now, I'm not saying the movie was awful, but with a premise as huge as that (and I'm talking Rambo vs. John McLean proportions), you DON'T make it PG-13. But money makes the world go round. The movie, in my lowly opinion, was "eh" at best. SO HUSH YOUR FILTHY MOUTHS YOU CRETINS.

I also know some of you are keen on one out of the four movies, and I'm guessing it's ALIEN or ALIENS. A lot of people
My mommy always said there were no monsters. No real ones. But there are.

"My mommy always said there were no monsters. No real ones. But there are."
disliked ALIEN 3 and a lot of people loathed ALIEN RESURRECTION, but not me. I like all four of the movies pretty equally. I even lean towards 3 being my favorite, but only very slightly.

First off, every movie had a fantastic director. 1 was Ridley Scott (BLADE RUNNER), 2 was James Cameron (TERMINATOR 2), 3 was David Fincher (FIGHT CLUB) and 4 was Jean-Pierre Jeunet (CITY OF LOST CHILDREN). Fincher, Scott and Jenet have all directed one or more of my all time favorite movies. T2 was pretty awesome as well. They all have extraordinary skills and are extremely unique. And each one brought something new to the series in one way or another. Plus the actual Alien design was created by one of my favorite artists, H.R. Giger.

ALIEN was dark and gritty; made in 1979, it really helped lead the way for Sci-Fi flicks in different special effects and of course, gender equality! The character of Ripley

(played by Sigourney Weaver) was, to put it in a vulgar term, a tough broad. She kicked all sorts of ass and really, it didn't matter if she had a rack or not. The only character to come close to that sort of character was Sarah Conner from the TERMINATOR movies.

The sequels all have their good and bad points, but all seem to keep Ripley being bitchin' and the aliens being nasty and really, that's all you need. Though in RESURRECTION they brought in Wynona Ryder (who I vehemently dislike), they also added in Jeunet standby, Ron Perlman, who is a terrific actor. They also added a human element in the aliens themselves, where Ripley has to kill one she feels a very strong bond to.

All in all these flicks are fantastic. They always have me on the edge of my seat, the effects are great, the action's constant and they just generally are magnificent Sci-Fi movies. Plus there are face-huggers and chest-bursters. DELICIOUS.

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'The Lair' discusses the many aspects and qualities of the horror genre. From actors, to make-up, to music, James Shafie explores everything the "cult" genre spews up.

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James Shafie
James Shafie is an avid watcher of movies of all sorts, but the horror genre is closest to his heart. He loves to read and is addicted to music, mostly metal and itís thousands of sub-genres. He was once fired by Blockbuster, which we see as a strong character trait.

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