Alien Covenant

(In our Spoiler Reviews, we take a deep dive into a new release and get to the heart of what makes it tick…and every story point is up for discussion. In this entry: Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant.)

In 1979, Ridley Scott unleashed Alien on unsuspecting moviegoers, creating something that would end up becoming iconic in the process. Scott, a filmmaker with a background in graphic design, took what was essentially the type of B-movie that cluttered up drive-in theaters and turned it into something greater – a haunted-house picture set in space, dripping with atmosphere and dread, heightened by grotesque creature designs from nightmare-expert artist H.R. Giger.

Alien would turn into a franchise, although Scott stayed away for most of it. He returned for the sort-of prequel Prometheus, one of the most polarizing films of his career. Fans expecting another Alien were sorely disappointed, as Scott no longer seemed interested in the simple, dread-inducing terror of his 1979 film. Instead, the filmmaker wanted to use the Alien mythology as a framework on which to build a more complex, existential examination of the origins of humanity.

Scott could’ve walked away from the Alien franchise after Prometheus, but instead he seems committed to riding this out to see how far it will go. He has returned with Alien: Covenant, which loaded its trailers and promotional material with the familiar xenomorph alien that fans are familiar with. This film, Scott seemed to be saying, would be the Alien-type film Prometheus was not. It was a trick, though. The filmmaker had more complicated, complex ideas in mind. They don’t always work, but you have to at least appreciate his willingness to experiment with them at this stage in his career.

Spoilers follow.

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Hero Complex Gallery Blacklight Show - The Dark Knight

This past weekend saw the opening of the Hero Complex Gallery‘s latest exhibition: Blacklight.

The Blacklight show featured dozens of fluorescent and blacklight reactive artwork, which means we’re talking about some bright, electric and neon tributes by extremely talented artists to some of your favorite movies and TV shows. The gallery featured pieces honoring movies like Boogie Nights, Alien, Blade Runner, RoboCop, The Dark Knight, Mad Max: Fury Road and Collateral, as well as TV shows like Rick and Morty, Stranger Things, Futurama and more.

Check out our favorite pieces from the Hero Complex Gallery Blacklight show below. Read More »

Alien Covenant

After questioning where human life came from in Prometheus, director Ridley Scott continues the narrative in the prequel sequel Alien: Covenant. But the trailers have indicated that this is an Alien movie that also goes back to the monstrous roots of the original 1979 movie that introduced audiences to xenomorphs. The truth is that it’s both. The question is whether that results in a cohesive, thoughtful, suspenseful sci-fi flick that’s worth your time.

After the jump, those of us on the /Film crew who saw the movie already offer their own thoughts. Read More »

best alien moments

In space, no one can hear you scream. Or make lists ranking the best moments from the Alien film series.

With Alien: Covenant hitting theaters this week, Jacob Hall and Jack Giroux revisited every movie featuring a xenomorph (yes, even the Alien vs. Predator movies) with one purpose: to watch for the scenes and beats and lines of dialogue that resonate the most. In this particular case, a “moment” is a malleable term. What stands out, really stands out, when we think back on these six movies?

We’ve included videos when available. And yes, there will be spoilers for the series from this point onward.

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alien video games ranked

Ridley Scott’s Alien has had a marked influence on the video game industry, but it’s mostly just that – influence. I’s James Cameron’s Aliens that feels like a video game itself (in a good way), and developers have “borrowed” from it liberally for their titles. Without these movies, the space marines that populate first-person shooters would never have emerged, and games like Contra or Metroid would never have been a thing.

But that’s not to say there haven’t been some really great officially licensed games! There are good Alien games! But there are also a lot of really bad ones. With Alien: Covenant out this week, there is no better time to rank them from worst to best.

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Rick and Morty Alien Crossover

Alien: Covenant is coming to theaters this week, bringing xenomorphs and new creatures to the big screen who will feast on unsuspecting space explorers. The early buzz on the movie was fairly mixed with critics having varying opinions on how the movie balances the horror and suspense of Alien with the intellectual, expository side of Prometheus. You’ll just have to see it yourself to form your own opinion.

In the meantime, fans can enjoy what will probably be the best piece of promotion for the movie yet: a crossover with Rick and Morty. In this clip, the title characters from the Adult Swim animated series get a distress call from a ship that should look quite familiar to fans who have kept up with the Alien franchise.

Watch the Rick and Morty Alien Covenant crossover after the jump. Read More »

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.
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alien sequels

Ridley Scott admits that he was “wrong” on Prometheus.

The much-maligned Alien prequel was a stumbling block for the renowned director, who had planned to launch a second coming for his Alien franchise to flesh out the origins and backstory of the terrifying Xenomorphs. His upcoming film Alien: Covenant continues the thread that Prometheus started, taking place long before the 1979 Alien film. Scott had intended to make at least four more sequels which would lead up to or take place concurrently as the original Alien movie. But negative reactions to Prometheus has him rethinking his plans.

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Alien Covenant Trailer Breakdown 59

If Alien: Covenant is a success, then Ridley Scott has no plans of leaving the Alien franchise anytime soon. The filmmaker wants the next few sequels/prequels to “gradually drive into the back entrance of the [original] film.” He has four more Alien movies in mind, and he’ll be ready to shoot the next one within 14 months.

Below, read Scott’s comments on the Alien: Covenant sequel.

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Alien Covenant Trailer Breakdown 59

When I visited the set of Alien: Covenant last year, I couldn’t help but be bowled over by the sheer scale of the production. It’s one thing to hear about a movie that costs far north of $100 million to produce, but it’s another thing to actually see what that cash is paying for. In the case of the sixth movie in the science fiction/horror franchise that director Ridley Scott kicked off back in 1979, much of that cash seems to have been spent on elaborate, detailed, and utterly enormous sets. The reviews have been all over the place, but one thing is certain: Alien: Covenant is a huge movie.

While there is a great deal of CGI in the finished film, the scale of the production and the practical effects are on full display in a new video, which offers a look at sheer number of elements that need to come together to make a movie of this size happen.

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