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James Cameron took the helm for this frightening sequel, with Sigourney Weaver reprising her role as Ellen Ripley.

After 57 years in deep sleep Ripley is rescued from the escape capsule of the starship Nostromo, the sole survivor of the alien attack.

Back on Earth, she finds that the planet where she and her late crewmates first made contact has since been colonised, but all communication has been lost. Persuaded that the mission is to destroy the aliens, Ripley joins a group of marines sent to investigate.

Inside the colonists' complex, they discover a terrified girl, Newt (Carrie Henn) who reveals the truth; a group of aliens are using the human hosts to incubate their offspring.

With most of the marines killed, Corporal Hicks (Michael Biehn) takes charge and decides to nuke the planet. But then, as they are fleeing the doomed planet, fate steps in, leaving the survivors in a very unenviable position...

(1986) Cert: 18

Aliens synopsis

This follow-up to the 1979 sci-fi shocker is that rare thing - a sequel that does justice to its predecessor

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