Sigourney Weaver poses with one of the "Alien" eggs like it ain't no thing in DecembeAlex Wong, Getty Images

"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.