July 18 in Sci-Fi History: Aliens

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Jul 18, 2017, 8:30 AM EDT

On this day in 1986, Aliens premiered.

Now, it's a very tricky thing, naming a sequel. But James Cameron sort of knocked this out of the park, no? Second movie. More aliens. Plural. Genius.

Starring (duh) Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Bill Paxton and just a lot of other people, the movie grossed $180 million worldwide and was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Actress for Weaver.

Paul Reiser is, by the way, great and largely unsung in this movie:

Interesting story! Editing was so last-minute that the film's composer, James Horner, still hadn't seen a final cut six weeks before the premiere and hadn't written the score. Working with James Cameron wasn't easy, and ultimately the entire score for the movie was recorded in four days. Naturally, Horner wanted it to be better and is said to have felt it was only 80% completed.

That score resulted in James Horner's first Academy Award nomination. He and Cameron wouldn't work together again until 1997. On Titanic. For which he WON his first Academy Award.

Finally, because these are sometimes sort of great:

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