If it weren't an Alien film it would be much better loved...
i know i'll get slammed for this but it was Aliens that killed the franchise, not Alien 3. its one of my favourites but its strength is also its only weakness, its nothing like Alien. Alien was a straight up horror and Cameron deftly sidestepped the comparison by making an awesome thrill ride. nobody back then could have followed Cameron, so they had to go in another direction which would inevitably piss off the fans. 3 is not a perfect film by any means but it is provocative like an Alien film should be. i mean think about it, if someone else made another action type Alien movie after Cameron it would suffer far worse in comparison (at least in the long term).