Alien Covenant clip

If I’ve learned one thing watching Alien movies, it’s to never, ever go to space. I’ll keep my feet on terra firma, thank you very much. But if I’ve learned two things, the second is that coming face to face with a facehugger is the first step in drastically shortening your lifespan.

So when one of those nasty little creatures zips around and introduces itself to a couple of crew members in this new clip from Alien: Covenant, it’s a safe bet that things aren’t going to turn out well for them.

Alien: Covenant clip

But hey, look at that! Just because Demian Bichir‘s character got face-hugged, that doesn’t mean he’s automatically slated for a fatal chest-bursting. Uli Latukefu’s Cole shows some team spirit and appears to rip that sucker off and save the day. But based on the end of the clip, the two crew members may not be around much longer to appreciate that brave act of heroism.

Alien: Covenant has proven to be a fairly divisive film among critics so far, and I’m firmly in the camp that thinks moments like the one in this clip are where Scott is at his best. When it comes to visceral, heart-pounding thrills and ramping up the intensity, Scott is still firing on all cylinders, even at age 79. For a while, this movie appears to be exactly the type of Alien prequel that fans wanted the first time around. But it quickly gets bogged down in continuing an intellectual train of thought that began in Prometheus, and the movie gets sidetracked as it shifts from a suspenseful thriller to a ponderous exploration of ideas. Some people will love it, but I can easily see Alien fans walking out of the theater after seeing this, thinking that they never signed up for an extreme character study.

Directed by Ridley Scott, Alien: Covenant also stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Carmen Ejogo, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, and Benjamin Rigby.

Alien: Covenant hits theaters May 19, 2017.

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created with Alien: Covenant, a new chapter in his groundbreaking Alien franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.

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