Clive Barker on Jim Cameron's Aliens

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Views on Alien
While Clive Barker loved Aliens,  and saw it as a brilliant movie for all kinds of technical reasons,he saw how in the movie, the strange and the mysterious and the extraordinary just happen to be all devouring and actually very ugly creatures and he saw that the film was an example of how we often forget in our enthusiasm for the imaginative how it can be politically reprehensible, and in the case of Aliens, he saw it as a Vietnam movie in that it's about humans going into the aliens territory and they try to colonise them, but the creatures fight back and so the humans wipe them out.

And then Ripley surviving the first Alien movie, embracing the monstrous world that she had stepped into, would thus become the alien in Aliens and then would go on to become the heroine.
  1. Clive Barker: If you look at it from the aliens' point of view, Aliens is a Viet Nam movie! You know, you go into their territory, you try to colonise the fuckers, the damn things fight back... so you wipe them out! Now I love Aliens, which is a brilliant picture for all kinds of technical reasons, but in our enthusiasm for the imaginative we often forget that the subtext is politically reprehensible (Clive Barker's Shadows in Eden)
  2. Clive Barker: It's very convenient that, in Aliens, the strange and the mysterious and the extraordinary just happen to be all devouring and actually very ugly, but -. (Clive Barker's Shadows in Eden)
  3. Clive Barker: And they have to choose to turn their backs on it, or  embrace it, and invariably they embrace it. Now in Nightbreed, I've taken  it three steps further, in the scene that the hero [Boone]  not only embraces the monstrousness of the Breed but becomes one of them, and then goes on to reinvest his life with meaning by becoming one of them. It's almost like Sigourney Weaver survived and became the alien, and then went on to become the heroine of Aliens. (Clive Barker's Shadows in Eden)

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