Do not open AVP2 until after Christmas

Over at Arrow in the Head, Eric Walkuski is overcome with a case of the vapors because ALIEN VS. PREDATOR: REQUIEM is being pushed back from its originally scheduled December 25 opening to January 18.

Is Mr Walkuski concerned because January is a month during which studios often dump films that are deemed too weak to compete during the competitive Christmas season (when Hollywood rolls out their high-class heavy hitters for Oscar consideration)?

No, Walkuski worries that the delay will allow more time to trim the film down to a PG-13 rating. Oh, the horror – the horror! This is just more evidence that gore-hounds – who supposedly the thrill of fear provided by horror films – are most truly and deeply frightened by only one kind of cut: the kind that deletes bloodshed from a film.

Considering that the original Christmas release date is over three months away, I think it’s safe to say that there was enough time to trim the movie and resubmit it to the Motion Picture Academy of America, if that was 20th Century Fox’s plan; an extra three-and-a-half weeks are not going to make any difference. What we should really be worried about is whether this sequel can improve on the mechanical videogame dynamic of the first ALIEN VS. PREDATOR.


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Steve Biodrowski

Cinefantastique's Los Angeles Correspondent from 1987 to 1993 and West Coast Editor from 1993 to 1999. Currently the webmaster of Cinefantastique Online, I also run a website called Hollywood Gothique that covers Halloween Horror and Sci-Fi Cinema Events in the Los Angeles area.

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