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10. Alien (1979)

When I decided to rip-off Gavin with doing these type of movie posts, I thought it would push me to watch more movies. Instead, I’m only up to thirteen films at the near-end of March. I’ve actually seen a couple more, but to be fair to this year-long project, I’m only going to count movies I haven’t seen… which might come to surprise the lot of you by seeinghaving Alien featured on the list.

I’m not too sure how I managed to miss out on every single one of the films in the Alien series (save for the ones they fought Predators), but here we are. The strangest part about missing out on seeing this classic sci-fi flick is that I thought I already knew how this movie was going to play out. Over the years, I’ve seen several homages and flat-out thievery of Alien that my brain plotted out exactly where every scare, every beat, every high point was going to be.

As it turned out, I got all of the references mixed up. The scene from The Simpsons where Groundskeeper Willie gets greased up to chase down Santa’s Little Helper inside the school’s ventilation system was not from this movie. The ending of Conker’s Bad Fur Day where you control a mechsuit to force a Xenomorph out of an airlock was not from this movie. Weirdly enough, the shot of Stan Smith from American Dad stripping down to a wifebeater and pink cotton panties while on a spaceship was right on the money…

Besides all that nonsense, Alien deserves every bit of praise it’s gotten over the years (even if I might have ended up liking its sequel a bit more).

4 Out of 5 Flaming Skulls

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8. American Horror Story: Season One (2011)

While it’s not technically a movie, I felt the need to include it because it’s rare that I actually sit and watch television, let alone an entire season of a series. Given how the season is it’s own stand-alone mini-series, I think it’s alright to list it.

Great premise with several memorable moments throughout the show, but by the time it was over, it had lost the original creepiness found in the opening episodes. In an attempt to wrap up everything in a nice bow, several filler episodes were made to give backstories to each and every psycho character introduced which just killed any kind of mystery surrounding people who have been cursed by the “Murder House”.

I could tolerate the show’s campiness and the dumb rules of the House itself, but the last episode veered directly into some murky waters with how things ended up. Complete bust all around, but I do hear that Season Two might be better… might just have to pick it up if I come across it for cheap.

2 out of 5 Flaming Skulls

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5. nWo: The Revolution (2012)

Turns out that this WWE produced documentary is nothing more than a cash-in on the nWo name. There’s just too much of the story that’s just glossed over as the film expects the viewer to already know certain details and facts of the organization and the backstage happenings at World Championship Wrestling.  The truth is that a documentary that focuses on the single angle that set the world of professional wrestling on fire and gave the “sport” the highest ratings it’s ever had could be entertaining to anyone, if it’s told right.

However, getting Curt Hennig’s son and Hugh Morris to discuss angles they had no part of while also replaying decade old interviews with the nWo key players is not the proper way to do so.

2 out of 5 Flaming Skulls