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I'm one of the more active users on Xenopedia. My main areas of activity (and interest) are the Alien and Predator films, and especially any related behind the scenes information and trivia. I've also put a lot of work into making Xenopedia more user-friendly, especially for new users, and clearer in its rules, regulations and policies.

Don't forget to visit my talk page if you want to ask me anything!

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Official Stuff

Xenopedia policy

Xenopedia has a few policies and guidelines that you should look at. The three most essential principles are NPOV, CC-BY-SA, and civility. What does this mean?

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  • Style: Xenopedia articles should be written according to our Manual of Style. In particular, new editors should ensure that they write their articles in an "in-universe" perspective. Titles of works set in the Alien vs. Predator universe (such as movies, books and comics), alternative endings of games, non-canon and real world information should never be incorporated in the article itself. The articles present history as real. To add such commentary, use the Behind the scenes section of each article.
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Wiki rules

Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, is the largest and most successful wiki. This page lists some of the overarching guidelines that have helped make Wikipedia a success. You may like to consider them for this Wikia.

  1. BE BOLD! in updating pages. Go ahead, it's a wiki!
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Alien/Predator Stuff

My thoughts on the stuff this wiki is based on!

The Alien films

I've always thought of the "original" Alien film series as a fantastic trilogy with a much weaker fourth entry tagged on the end. I first saw them in a completely messed up order (I actually started with Alien3 when I was far too young to be watching a movie like that, then saw Alien Resurrection a few years later, then finally watched Alien and Aliens together on VHS when I was quite a bit older).

  • Alien: Just about the only horror film that manages to genuinely scare me, and for that it gets my respect; I remember almost not being able to watch the scene with Dallas in the ventilation ducts the first time I saw it. And of course it introduces one of the greatest, most iconic movie monsters ever, the Alien. I mean, before I'd even seen an Alien film, I knew about the Alien. Such an iconic (and disturbing) piece of design by H. R. Giger. Preferred version: Theatrical cut.

"Die, motherf*cker!" Aliens rocks.

  • Aliens: Not just my favourite film from the Alien series, but my favourite film ever. Everything about it — the characters, the creatures, the story, the sets and the setting — are damn-near perfect in my eyes. I kinda wish they'd make more films about the USCM, even if they had nothing to do with Xenomorphs. Turning the original horror monster movie into an action war film was a stroke of genius on the part of sequel maestro James Cameron, and probably the only way a sequel had any chance of living up to the first film. Preferred version: Special Edition.
  • Alien3: This film is probably the most divisive in the entire franchise — many people hate it, many people love it, and there doesn't seem to be a lot of middle ground in between. Personally, I love it. It's bleak, dark and nihilistic, and above all it didn't just try to copy Aliens, but mixed things up again. I love the characters (although, being English, I probably have a much easier time telling the inmates apart because most of them are familiar faces from British TV!) and the quadruped Alien kicked off the whole traits-from-the-host concept that is so much a part of the Alien creature today. Even so, it clearly isn't as magnificent as the first two Alien films, and obviously it has glaring faults that just cannot be denied. But given the mess that was its development process, its a miracle that we got something this good. One thing I will say though — I find the extended Special Edition to be far superior to the butchered theatrical version. Preferred version: Special Edition.
  • Alien Resurrection: This one's not so great, and certainly nowhere near as good as the first three on a critical level, but I admit I still enjoy it for what it is. Some of the characters are good fun (especially Ron Perlman) and it's got one or two genuinely great moments (like the underwater attack and the clone room scene), but overall the film's just a little too silly to measure up to what came before. I like it as a piece of entertainment, but it's not a particularly good Alien film. Preferred version: Special Edition.

The Predator films

As a pre-existing fan of Arnie's madcap action movies, I've loved Predator for as long as I can remember. I didn't see Predator 2 until much later, and obviously the other films only came out more recently. At least I watched them in order this time!

Manliest movie ever?

  • Predator: You're not a true action movie fan unless you've seen this. One of the all-time classic action flicks, this is quite possibly the manliest movie ever made — it will put hair on a two year-old's chest. The script contains endlessly quotable dialogue, and I've always considered the shootout near the beginning to be one of the most awesome ever put on film (by Hollywood, at least). And of course there's Stan Winston's (RIP) wonderful creature effects; it says a lot that his Predators still look so much better than the ones seen in the more recent films. Every time I watch this, I always forget quite how much of this movie is left once it's been whittled down to just Arnie...
  • Predator 2: This is one of those sequels — like Die Hard 2, RoboCop 2 and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom — that I feel gets an unfair amount of hate simply because it isn't as good as the first. Obviously it isn't even close to the brilliance of Predator, but taken for what it is it's a damn good action film. And it introduces a whole load of awesome new Predator weaponry, much of which is now indelibly linked with the character. The cast is good, the final battle/chase is pretty epic (it goes on for like twenty minutes) and I really like the urban setting. It's daft and cheesy, but it knows it and doesn't try to be anything more. I just wish they'd release the uncut version one day.
  • Predators: I didn't like this so much the first time I saw it, but it's grown on me since. I still think Adrien Brody was completely miscast as the action hero lead, but even so he does a surprisingly good job with a part that, on paper at least, he shouldn't have a hope of playing. Some of the references to the '87 original are a little heavy-handed, and the movie as a whole spends too much time simply recycling ideas from the previous entries, but on the whole it's a fun film.
  • The Predator: This one kinda strikes me as being a lot like Alien3 — both were subjected to extensive studio interference and alterations in post-production, and both wound up being flawed and very divisive movies. Something else it has in common with Alien3? I fall into the camp that really enjoyed it. In fact, delete the dumb final scene and I think it's a pretty solid movie. I've always been a huge fan of Shane Black's work, and as you'd expect from him the characters and dialogue are ace. I like that he tried to do something genuinely different with the story, instead of just retreading old ground (*cough* Predators *cough*). It's just a shame the plot is such a mess, something that I can't help but feel is a result of the rumoured studio meddling.

The other films

Eugh, those AVP movies...

  • Alien vs. Predator: I liked the concept of this, but it was ruined by its child-friendly tone, boring characters, terrible dialogue and a silly last act where a woman ties bits of an Alien to herself and fights alongside a Predator, despite having zero combat training. There's also the fact that they set it several hundred years before mankind supposedly first encountered the Alien, thus crating a huge plot contradiction that didn't need to exist. I hated it when it came out, but I'll be honest, now that we're a few years down the line I've mellowed to it a little. It's still crap, but as a bit of forgettable fluff designed to kill an hour and a half, it's passable. It's nothing like the crossover we should have got, though. Preferred version: Unrated Edition.
  • Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem: Oh how a once great franchise has fallen. This was REALLY bad. While the previous movie held at least some entertainment value, there is literally nothing to redeem this film (except perhaps the fairly decent design of Wolf and Brian Tyler's admittedly sweet "greatest hits" score). They amped up the violence to stupid (actually, revolting) levels, but it was still a kid's movie in every other way. Absolute trash, without question the nadir of the film series. I hope I never see it again. Preferred version: Couldn't care less.

David trying to work out just what Prometheus was all about.

  • Prometheus: I had high hopes for this, but sadly I found it to be a massive disappointment. The set up and first act were great, but then it just sort of fell apart. It clearly thought it was a very intelligent and meaningful film, but then you have characters making ludicrously stupid or illogical decisions just to further the plot or facilitate their death, and it completely undermined that sense of grandeur. If the movie had been less pretentious, it might have been OK. Michael Fassbender was magnificent, but the rest was a bit of a mess.
  • Alien: Covenant: I was lucky enough to attend the world premiere in London! The first half of this was really good, but sadly I thought it started to go downhill around about the time David reappears; the final act in particular was pretty rubbish. It was definitely an improvement on Prometheus, with a much better and more relatable cast of characters, but it still wasn't the film this franchise deserves.

The games

Fortunately, many of the games based on the series hve been really good, better than some of the films even. I'm hoping the rumours of a new AVP video game in the near future turn out to be true.

  • Aliens versus Predator: I only got this quite recently, courtesy of it's re-release on Steam. Obviously it's dated as hell, the graphics are borderline-terrible now, and there's practically zero plot, but it's actually really scary in a particularly frantic way. The Xenos just swarm all over you and are tough to hit, and if they get close they'll rip you to pieces in short order. Oh, and the Queen puts other video game versions of the big boss to shame — she will destroy you in seconds if you give her the chance. Good fun.
  • Predator: Concrete Jungle: The controls in this game were kind of ass, but other than that it was awesome. It took a little while for the story to get going, but once you really got into it the plot was great, and you get to use all the Predator gear from the films and plenty more besides. Name one other game where you can leave skinned Jamaican gang bangers hanging from billboards all around the city...
  • Aliens vs. Predator: This had its flaws, but overall I loved it. The Marine campaign was scary, and the Predator's trophy kills were so horrific they were hilarious. The singleplayer reused the same levels too many times though, which made the end product feel either rushed or cheap. It was also let down by a mediocre Alien campaign and some of the most atrocious multiplayer matchmaking I've ever come across — doubly frustrating because the multiplayer was actually great once you finally got into a match.
  • Aliens: Colonial Marines: Absolutely terrible. Ignoring for a moment the fact the game was unacceptably bad from a technical standpoint after what we were shown in advance, it was the story and voice acting that really sunk this for me. The "plot", such as it was, was nothing but a stream of tired clichés, made little logical sense, frequently contradicted the films and included the most laughably contrived character resurrection I've ever seen. The characters in general were all totally forgettable, the dialogue cringe-worthy and the voice acting sub-par at best. Michael Biehn in particular was simply woeful (although I don't blame him personally for this; he was clearly lacking any interest or passion in what he was doing). This and Requiem are the only contenders for the low point of the franchise in my eyes. Still, the multiplayer wasn't bad.

Hope you've got plenty of juice for that flamethrower...

  • Alien: Isolation: The Alien game I've been waiting for my whole life. Terrifying, beautiful, engrossing, challenging and thrilling, this game is everything many previous games based on the franchise have tried to be and failed. The fear you sense whenever the Alien is nearby is relentless; it's by far the most intimidating the creature has ever been in a game, because if it sees you, it kills you. The sequence where you first encounter it proper, in the medical centre, is one of the most pulse-pounding moments in recent gaming memory. Absolutely brilliant.

Other random things

A few other select bits a pieces that I feel are worthy of special mention.

  • Alien: The Illustrated Story: In general, I'm really not a fan of comics (which is a shame, because there are so many based on the combined franchise). That said, the original adaptation of Alien by Heavy Metal is absolutely fantastic. Brilliant artwork, and a great translation of the atmosphere and story of the film to a new format. Amazing that the Alien itself only appears in a couple of frames!
  • Predator 2 novelisation: Nowadays, with home video so ubiquitous, film novelisations have become kinda niche, but the fact remains I really rate this book. Easily my favourite of the franchise movie adaptations (sorry, ADF). I genuinely think this might contain the best depiction of the Predator itself of any of the expanded universe novels — it does a great job of shedding some interesting light on the creatures and their customs without ever going too far and over-humanising them, as I feel many of the other books do. It's just a shame copies are so prohibitively expensive to buy now.
  • The Rage War trilogy: Special mention to these books simply for being so different to every other Alien and Predator novel I've read, while still maintaining the key elements that fans want to see from the series. The sprawling, epic, space opera story likely won't be to everyone's taste, but to get an AVP story on this scale was such a refreshing change from the neatly contained incidents we're so used to reading about. Sure, there's a lot here that arguably rips off the Mass Effect trilogy, but at the end of the day I found this to be a really thrilling and different series of novels.

Don't let the awful cover art and generic plot summary fool you — this novel is superb.

  • Alien: The Cold Forge: Not just far and away the best of the franchise novels in my mind, but a really damn good book full-stop. Great concepts, engaging characters and fantastic writing from author Alex White result in a brilliant novel that manages to be so much more than its run-of-the-mill synopsis suggests. This is a book very obviously influenced by the wonderful Alien: Isolation, with its cast of largely unarmed survivors having to resort to ingenuity and stealth to survive. I'd go so far as to suggest it is quite simply required reading for any fan of the series. It's that good.

The Stuff I Own

These are the various bits and pieces of Alien, Predator and Alien vs. Predator media and merch that I currently own.

Films:

  • Blu-ray
  • DVD
  • VHS

Video games:

Soundtracks:

Novels:

  • Film/game novelisations
  • Alien(s)
  • Predator
  • Alien(s) vs. Predator

Audiobooks

Other books/magazines:

Comics:

Trading cards:

Random things:


Weyland-Yutani's influence spreads to Los Santos, San Andreas...

Wiki Stuff (To-Do List)

Task Status
Overhaul the Alien3 character pages DONE!
Overhaul the Ellen Ripley article DONE!
Add anything relevant from The Winston Effect DONE!
Move any applicable production info from main film articles to relevant pages DONE!
Add more images to the deleted scenes articles DONE!
Expand Republic of Val Verde article with info from other films DONE!
Improve Xenopedia's basic technical/administrative articles to help new users DONE!
Create proper header nav bar for the help pages DONE!
Add "relatives" section to character infobox DONE!
Add more quotes to Alien Resurrection character pages DONE!
Add a long-overdue "Writing" section the the Alien page DONE!
Add "Origins" section to Aliens vs. Predator comics page
(Included info in "Overview", there wasn't enough for a stand-alone section)
DONE!
General clean-up of all comic book pages DONE!
Create articles for the remaining Alien documentaries DONE!
Overhaul the Aliens magazine page, especially Vol. 2 section DONE!
General clean-up of all comic book "staff" pages DONE!
Overhaul the Xenomorph and Yautja pages, to make them more "in-universe" DONE!
Add info on Dark Horse Digital comic book releases DONE!
Add "Merchandising" sections to the film pages that don't have them DONE!
Clean up unnecessary disambiguation pages using new {{Disambiglink}} template. DONE!
Finishing adding stuff from the "Under the Knife" articles in Aliens magazine to the relevant pages DONE!
Fix the enormous clusterf*ck I've created by altering the character infobox template DONE!
Rename remaining Predator weapons based on Predator: Concrete Jungle names DONE!
Fix media header bars, after ImageShack helpfully deleted the separator file DONE!
Add character images for the Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem characters DONE!
Scan and upload better Aliens magazine/Alien3 Movie Special cover images DONE!
Scan and upload Total Carnage cover images DONE!
Overhaul references site-wide using new simplified/improved reference templates. DONE!
Scan and upload better trading card images DONE!
Overhaul infobox templates so they all read "Template:Infobox XXXX" DONE!
Do side-by-side comparisons of the alternate cuts Alien 3 Special Edition DONE!
Aliens Special Edition DONE!
Alien Resurrection Special Edition DONE!
Alien vs. Predator Unrated Edition DONE!
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem Unrated Edition DONE!
Alien Director's Cut DONE!
Create Aliens 3D page DONE!
Improve Charles de Lauzirika documentary pages DONE!
Complete Prometheus short films article DONE!
Create Alien: Covenant short films article DONE!
Overhaul comics contributor pages, adding infoboxes and missing colorist/letterer pages DONE!
Overhaul the Alien: Out of the Shadows-related pages IN PROGRESS
Add anything else relevant from the Strange Shapes website IN PROGRESS
Add anything relevant from Alien: The Archive IN PROGRESS
Overhaul/create the Alien: Isolation-related pages IN PROGRESS
Polish off the Canon and Spoilers policies IN PROGRESS
Overhaul all actor pages, adding filmography tables noting other actor/director appearances IN PROGRESS
Overhaul the pages pages for the Predators and Alien: Isolation comics IN PROGRESS
Overhaul the Alien vs. Predator character pages IN PROGRESS
Add extra info from Alien vs. Predator novelization to relevant pages IN PROGRESS
Overhaul the Predator: Concrete Jungle-related pages IN PROGRESS
Overhaul the Alien: Isolation character pages IN PROGRESS
Overhaul/create the Alien: Sea of Sorrows-related pages NOT STARTED
Overhaul the Aliens: Colonial Marines-related pages NOT STARTED
Overhaul the Aliens: Colonial Marines Technical Manual-related pages I haven't already done NOT STARTED
Overhaul the Predators character pages NOT STARTED
Overhaul the Prometheus character pages NOT STARTED
POSSIBLY: Create pages for Predator/Alien vs. Predator documentaries? NOT STARTED
Add The Predator novelisation differences NOT STARTED
Replace all DVD character images with Blu-ray captures NOT STARTED
Compare Aliens magazine Tech Readouts with Tech Manual for differences/omissions NOT STARTED
Add Alien character notes backstory stuff, especially Ripley and Dallas NOT STARTED

My Contributions

User contributions: My contributions, and they are legion.

Earned Barnstars

Original Barnstar.png The Original Barnstar
For large amounts of quality edits. The Cruentus (talk) (Contribs) 19:29, August 2, 2013 (UTC)


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For large amounts of quality edits. The Cruentus (talk) (Contribs) 19:29, August 2, 2013 (UTC)


Dedicated Contributor Barnstar.png The Dedicated Contributor Barnstar
For continuous and excellent contributions to the wiki. The Cruentus (talk) (Contribs) 19:29, December 18, 2014 (UTC)


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For tirelessly categorization of the wiki pages. The Cruentus (talk) (Contribs) 19:29, December 18, 2014 (UTC)


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For your contributions to the "Differences from the Film" sections in film novelization articles.--Toa Quarax(Talk) 21:53, January 5, 2015 (UTC)
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