1986 Aliens was a sequel to the highly rated original released in 1978. The movie was directed by James Cameron, starred Sigourney Weaver and newcomer Bill Paxton. The premise of this movie is a crew of highly trained soldiers arrive on an unknown planet to discover what eliminated contact with a research team that only saw Ripley (Weaver) as the survivor. The crew discovers quickly why the research team is nowhere to be found. One by one the alien species living on the planet eliminate the fearless crew.
This movie combined elements of old horror movies in terms of setting a tone of fear with a menacing looking creature that bleeds acid. With dark, low lighting and uses the aliens popping out to create a reaction of jumping out of your seat and possible screaming in sheer terror. One scene that stood out above the rest was when an alien traps Ripley (Weaver) in a corner and the audience gets an up-close shot of the alien who extends another part of his mouth towards her with the acid dripping from the mouth. The alien snaps his teeth while Ripley jerks her head side to side shreecking in horror. This scene certainly creates a moment of fear that draws the audience to root for Ripley (Weaver) who eventually after most of the crew is killed is able to find the queen and well you'll just have to watch the movie to see how it ends.
The movie uses dark, low lighting to create confusion and fear and follows the classic strong female heroine as the protagonist. The movie runs just over two hours and 15 minutes.