Here’s how to watch the Alien movies in chronological order

Here’s how to watch the Alien movies in chronological order

The Xenomorph from the Alien franchise is one of the coolest and most nefarious movie monsters to ever hatch, with his acidic blood, mouth-to-mouth, and devilish claws. It pretty much single-handedly (and with a lot of teeth) invented the space horror genre and gave a whole generation a new bogeyman.

We haven’t had a new Alien movie since 2017’s Alien: Covenant, although the latest news is that Legion’s Fargo and Noah Hawley are developing an Alien TV series for FX – which is primed to happen in the not-too-distant future and play on earth. With that in mind, you might want to check out the Alien franchise (including the Alien/Predator movies that are set on earth).

But what is the correct order to see them? We’ll cover you. Below are complete lists for the Alien films, both in chronological and theatrical release order.

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The Alien movies in chronological order

Alien movies in (chronological) order

1. AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)

where to see: Hulu or rentable on most platforms.

The Xenomorphs story begins chronologically in the first of the two crossover films for the franchise, AVP. Set in 2004, Alien vs. Predator by Paul WS Anderson of Resident Evil/Event Horizon brings to life a “clash of the titans” concept that first appeared in a comic book in 1989. In the film, people discover that predators (aka the “yautja”) have been coming to earth for thousands of years. Ancient cults that worshiped them sacrificed themselves to the spawn of a xenomorph queen – the facehuggers – and produced adult xenomorphs so the Predators could hunt the “ultimate prey”. Suffice it to say that things went badly during the Predators’ 2004 hunting trip.

2. Aliens vs Predator: Requiem (2007)

where to see: Hulu, Cinemax Go or rentable on most platforms.

The crossover sequel Aliens vs Predator: Requiem is still set in our modern times and therefore still takes place before anything else in the Alien franchise. She picks up right where AVP left off. An Alien-Predator hybrid – the “Predalien” – is now on the loose in a small Colorado town. A seasoned, experienced Predator arrives to help clean up the mess, and a great deal of carnage ensues. This would be the final crossover film in the Alien franchise.

3. Prometheus (2012)

where to see: Hulu, Freevee or rentable on most platforms.

Academy Award-winning director Ridley Scott returned to the franchise he founded in 1979 with the star-studded prequel Prometheus. Here in Late 21st Century, Peter Weyland (believed to be a descendant of AVP’s Charles Weyland) funds a cosmic journey into the unknown by following a star map left on Earth that could lead the crew of the Prometheus to the beings who created mankind. Unfortunately, the crew also stumbles upon these creators’ bioweapon – the Xenomorph. Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba and Charlize Theron star.

Read ours Review of Prometheus.

4. Alien: Covenant (2017)

where to see: Rentable on most platforms.

Still in prequel mode here, as Alien: Covenant is a sequel to Prometheus, the story continues 11 years later and follows a colonization ship. Pulled out of stasis years too soon, the crew sets out for another target planet, a possible “utopia” to track down a distress signal. However, the crashed ship that sends out the message is connected to the previous film and contains all sorts of spooky things – from xenomorphs to androids. The film doesn’t exactly take us to the doorstep of 1979’s Alien, as there’s room for more story if that’s right, but it does get us close. Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir and a returning star of Michael Fassbender.

Read ours Alien: Covenent review.

5. Alien (1979)

where to see: Starz apps and add-ons or rentable on most platforms.

Space would never feel the same again after Ridley Scott’s seminal horror film Alien, in which the hardened crew of a commercial space tug, the Nostromo, accidentally discovered a moon full of Xenomorph eggs. These underpaid workers – played by Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto and future heroine Sigourney Weaver – find themselves trapped in a cosmic nightmare.

Aliens also made our list one of the The best sci-fi movies any times.

6. Aliens (1986)

where to see: Starz apps and add-ons or rentable on most platforms.

Terminator director James Cameron, before creating his own groundbreaking sequel with T2: Judgment Day, gave us Aliens by taking the slow-boiling brutality of Ridley Scott’s original and turning it into a full-fledged masterpiece. Sigourney Weaver, returning as Ellen Ripley, would cement himself as an action hero icon in this exciting, endlessly quotable film that would introduce the world to the idea of ​​Space Marines AND Space Marines getting their ass kicked, bro! Aliens would effectively feature more than one Xenomorph (hence the plural title), as well as stars Michael Biehn, Bill Paxton, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen (who decades later would play Charles Weyland in AVP), and Carrie Henn.

7. Alien 3 (1992)

where to see: Starz apps and add-ons or rentable on most platforms.

Appreciation for Alien 3 eventually bubbled up over the past 30 years, but at the time David Fincher’s directorial debut (three years before Se7en) was seen as thin, somber, and essentially underwhelming in terms of Ripley’s story (though it leaves us with one of the most iconic Images from the franchise, see above). Alien 3 picks up right where aliens left off as the Colonial Marine starship the Sulaco is destroyed from the inside by a Xenomorph and an escape pod carries Ripley to a planet home to a penal colony. There, she and the inmates must deal with a rampaging alien before he massacres them all.

8. Alien Resurrection (1997)

where to see: Starz apps and add-ons or rentable on most platforms.

The final film in the Ripley saga, Alien Resurrection throws us 200 years beyond the events of Aliens and Alien 3 and into the inner workings of a military project aboard the USM Auriga using Ellen Ripley clones (and abducted humans). trying to successfully breed Xenomorphs. The City of Lost Children and Amélies Jean-Pierre Jeunet direct this bizarrely terrifying chapter with cartoonish flair, casting Ron Perlman, Dan Hedaya, JE Freeman, Brad Dourif and Michael Wincott as the story’s new space grunts. The film ends with a possible teasing of Xenomorphs on their way to Earth, although we’d never get that story as a sequel (only in crossover prequel form with AVP).

How to watch the Alien movies by release date

If you want to watch all the movies in theatrical release order, below is the correct list:

  • Alien (1979)
  • Aliens (1986)
  • Alien 3 (1992)
  • Alien Resurrection (1997)
  • AVP: Alien vs. Predator (2004)
  • Aliens vs Predators – Requiem (2007)
  • Prometheus (2012)
  • Alien: Covenant (2017)

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