"Alien" was so far ahead of its time that it's almost impossible to imagine it was made in 1979.
A sci-fi moviethat managed to be the stuff of nightmares (instead of cheesy laughs) before special effects came into their own, it also gave usSigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley, a female heroine when Hollywood was still in its damsel-in-distress phase of casting women in movies.
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Then in 1986,"Aliens" pulled off something even more impressive — a sequel thatsurpassedits acclaimed origin story. To commemorate the film, theaters nationwide are holding themed screenings on Tuesday, April 26,and New York City scored the best fan event of them all: an appearance by Weaver for a post-showconversation at TheTown Hall. Doors open at 7:15 p.m., andtickets are still available for $35.
Also on Tuesday, channel your inner Ripley when the aliens come for us in a pair ofher sneaker-boots from the movies. Reebok is releasing high-and mid-top versions of theAlien Stomper, priced at $174.99. The limited edition kicks will be availableonline and at select retailers.