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European genre festival crowns 2017 winners.
Super Dark Times has been awarded the best feature film prize at the 17th Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival.
The film premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in January and marks the debut feature for director Kevin Philips.
It explores the lives of two teenage friends in the Us in the 1990s whose lives are altered by an unexpected act of violence.
This year’s other winners included Japanese director Takashi Miike. His new film JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond Is Unbreakable premiered at the Swiss festival, which is known for championing genre and Asian cinema.
The 2017 edition of the festival screened 151 films from 43 countries; 10 films had their world premieres while six had their international premieres.
A total fo 37,000 tickets were sold, according to the organisers.
Full List Of Winners
H.R. Giger “Narcisse” award for best feature
Directed by: Kevin Phillips
United States, 2017
Silver Méliès »
Sideshow has released a batch of promotional images for its upcoming Alien Warrior statue which is based on the Xenomorph from James Cameron’s 1986 sequel Aliens. The collectible stands at around 17 inches tall and is available to pre-order now, priced at $465; check it out here…
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Based on the creature’s famous appearance in Aliens, this fearsome member of the xenomorph species stalks along a stylized base representing the Alien environment from the film. Standing over 17” tall, the Alien Warrior prepares to menace unwitting colonists who dare to land in its territory.
The Alien Warrior is faithfully rendered with H.R. Giger’s visionary bio-industrial aesthetic, with an incredibly detailed exoskeleton and sinewy, segmented limbs. Its body is designed with a variety of complex textures, including its ridged headpiece made famous through its appearance in this film.
The xenomorph’s iconic inner jaw can be seen »
- Amie Cranswick
Author: Matt Rodgers
With the home entertainment release of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter acting as punctuation to Paul W.S. Anderson’s cinematic adaptation of the Capcom console phenomenon, it’s time to open a creaking door, descend a ladder, or put a pin code in a panel that you’ve taken five hours trying to work out. We’re here to round up the most horrific beasts from the film franchise, in order to make up our own Resident Evil: Monster Squad.
So often the harbingers of doom (see Game of Thrones, The Omen), the crow qualifies for this list above your average moaning zombie, or blood stained undead Doberman, not because it was one of the most difficult things to shoot in the video game, but because it plays on the long-dormant fear of birds that we »
- Matt Rodgers
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Scary films and monster movies are not only meant for the month of October, and this summer’s selection is proof – It, Annabelle: Creation, It Comes At Night and The Mummy.
The evolution of creature technology and the fundamental role technology have played a huge part in shaping monster movies.
From the evolution of creature technology beginning with King Kong (1933), Bride Of Frankenstein (1935), Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954), Horror Of Dracula (1958), One Million Years B.C. (1966), Planet Of The Apes (1968), The Exorcist (1973), An American Werewolf In London (1981) and Aliens (1986) through the digital age of Jurassic Park (1993), Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005) and King Kong (2005), audiences love the monsters that grace the silver screen.
In honor of Universal’s The Mummy, opening in theaters this Friday June 9th, we decided to look back at one of our lists of those creepy, loveable characters that fill our dreams and »
- Movie Geeks
We at Collider are happy to exclusively debut some concept art from Alien: Covenant that further reveals the design work that went into bringing director Ridley Scott’s sequel to life. While Scott first returned to the sci-fi genre with Prometheus, that film shied away from the traditional Xenomorph design that Scott and H.R. Giger created in the first Alien. For Covenant, however, Scott brings the series full circle in some ways, giving audiences a look at that traditional Xenomorph design from a new, different point of view. The following concept art work was created by Mpc’s … »
- Adam Chitwood
Her looks can be lethal for those unlucky enough to fall for them in Species, and Scream Factory will spotlight the alien hybrid like never before with a new Collector's Edition Blu-ray release of Roger Donaldson's 1995 sci-fi horror film. In addition to a new 4K scan of the film's inter-positive, the Collector's Edition Blu-ray comes packed with plenty of special features that have just been revealed by Scream Factory.
Press Release: Beauty can be deceiving. Loyal fans of the popular sci-fi terror classicSPECIES know well that evil lurks beneath the beauty go unnoticed, especially in the form of a seductive alien-human hybrid. Directed by Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job, The Recruit) and produced by Frank Mancuso, Jr. (Stigmata, Friday the 13th Part II), Species stars Ben Kingsley (Shutter Island), Michael Madsen (The Hateful Eight), Alfred Molina (Feud), Forest Whitaker (Arrival), Marg Helgenberger (CSI) and introducing Natasha Henstridge (The Whole Nine Yards »
- Derek Anderson
Alien: ConvenantThe eight films that encompass the Alien series—including its succession of sequels, prequels, and spin-offs—make up a widely varying compendium of consistencies and contrasts. The latest entry, Alien: Covenant (2017), is no exception. As the critical reviews of this new installment are now sufficiently mingled with the predictably deviating audience reactions, one thing about the popular franchise remains clear: each title will forever be burdened and bolstered by the films that came before it. Of course, this isn’t all that surprising; sequels are usually judged by their precursors. But with the Alien anthology, it’s not just about the quality of one film as opposed to another, it’s about a deference to the fictional narrative construct (few movie cycles are as preoccupied with a generally coherent narrative thread) and the anticipation derived from an incorporation of familiar themes and visual motifs (there have likewise been »
The phrase Xenomorph, which has been adopted by fans as the official name for the titular hostile aliens, was never mentioned in the original “Alien.” Oscar-winning VFX artists H.R. Giger and Carlo Rambaldi designed the Xenomorph in the original film using 900 parts. To add to their biomechanical appearance, the teeth on both its outer and inner jaws were made from polished steel. The jaw tendons, however, were made from something far less fearsome: shredded condoms. While filming “Alien,” Ridley Scott and his crew got some famous neighbors in the soundstage next door: The Who. The British rock band was testing. »
- Jeremy Fuster
Alien: Covenant (20th Century Fox)
I really loved Prometheus, not as a cinematic masterpiece, but as movie-worthy prequel to Sir Ridley Scott's genre-defining 40 year-old masterpiece Alien. And having rewatched it again, Prometheus's smart narrative and deliberate storyline still resonate with me. Perhaps it is my age, and probably his, that that prequel raised major existential questions -- "why are we here?" and "who created us?" -- that resonate with In that film, why did the Engineers seed life in the ever-expanding universe and our own planet, if they did at all. He certainly knows how to direct action sequences that have grit, energy, and beauty as his films Gladiator and Blade Runner Scott next chapter Alien: Covenant answers many of the questions left dangling at the end of the aforementioned movie, but still leaves some questions unanswered -- a great device to hook newbies and fans alike. And certainly raises new questions, »
- Dusty Wright
(Warning: Some Alien: Covenant spoilers below.) The iconic and singularly horrific creature created by H.R. Giger for Ridley Scott’s classic in 1979 springs to mind whenever anyone says the word “Alien.” But the franchise is full of variations on what’s commonly called the “xenomorph,” thanks to everything from the parasitic creatures infecting animals to genetic tampering by scientists. Here is every alien in the “Alien” franchise, ranked by how frightening it is — or not. 17. Baby Xenomorph (“Alien: Covenant,” 2017) For some reason, “Alien: Covenant” does away with the brand of Chestburster we’ve been seeing since 1979 and instead adds this. »
- Phil Hornshaw
18 May 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
"In space no one can hear you scream."
Those ominous words of warning served as the tagline for Ridley Scott's original foray into deep-space horror in 1979's Alien. The promotional phrase is among the most recognizable in movie history, offering would-be theatergoers a tantalizing preview of what lay in wait in the glowing green egg that adorned the film's poster.
Nearly 40 years later, Scott's alien is no mystery to viewers. The Xenomorph (the unofficial pseudonym commonly used to refer to the franchise's alien) design, based in large part on Swiss artist H.R. Giger's sketch Necronom IV (Giger himself was »
- Patrick Shanley
There’s a lot to admire about Alien: Covenant, Ridley Scott’s gore-strewn return to the sci-fi horror franchise he kickstarted back in 1979. As a piece of visual, physical spectacle it’s extraordinary: visually elegant and sleek, never going in for cheap shocks but fully engaging us in an otherworldly atmosphere. It’s what we’ve come to expect from the world-builder responsible for the original Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator and countless other handsome spectacles. As a piece of storytelling however, it’s an altogether different proposition, more on which momentarily.
Sadly it appears that Scott, who it goes without saying is one of cinema’s truly great visionaries, has past form in this area. In particular, the quality of Scott »
- Sean Wilson
What Could Go Wrong: Interview with Alien: Covenant's Michael FassbenderWhat Could Go Wrong: Interview with Alien: Covenant's Michael FassbenderJulide Tanriverdi - Cineplex Magazine5/17/2017 10:58:00 Am
It’s a rainy, chilly day in L.A. but Michael Fassbender is all smiles during an interview at the city’s London Hotel.
Our last visit to the Alien universe came in 2012 with Prometheus, a film that ended with Fassbender’s android David losing his head and having it carried off the spaceship in a bag by crewmate Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace).
The movie got mixed reviews and didn’t connect with the franchise’s passionate fanbase. But expectations are high this month as Scott returns to the »
- Julide Tanriverdi - Cineplex Magazine
In space, no one can hear you scream. They can, apparently, hear you clamoring for sequels.
Which brings us to Alien: Covenant, the latest installment in the vaunted deep-space horror saga that was born with 1979’s Alien, mutated into several follow-ups in the ‘80s and ‘90s, and has now morphed into a subspecies of prequels that kicked off with 2012’s Prometheus.
Covenant picks up after Prometheus, and shares more than just a narrative through-line: Both films were directed by Ridley Scott, who himself helmed the very first Alien film, and he mines that movie’s DNA for stylistic strains to infuse in Covenant. »
- Alexis L. Loinaz
Run, hide and pray are the words of wisdom attached to the latest batch of lime-green international posters for Alien: Covenant.
Coming to us by way of Cbm, each one-sheet features H.R. Giger’s grotesque abomination at a different stage in its vastly accelerated lifecycle, while there’s also a shot of Michael Fassbender’s synthetic David – or Walter, perhaps? – staring down the muzzle of a fully-grown Xenomorph. That chasm between android and alien has featured in Covenant‘s marketing campaign before, and much like Prometheus before it, 20th Century Fox has pumped out a series of viral videos designed to chronicle the creation of the Walter model. Spoilers: it’s a cutting-edge upgrade to the David model. But the big question is how the two androids will react to the Xenomorph, the Neomorph and all of its many permutations – each of which seems to be more horrific than the last. »
- Michael Briers
Picking up the torch from H.R. Giger’s snarling, serpentine Xenomorph and Alien: Covenant, Empire has elected Spider-Man: Homecoming to be its latest cover star in anticipation of Jon Watts’ reboot swinging into theaters in two months’ time.
The standard issue is expected to hit store shelves on Thursday, May 18th, and the outlet promises a deluge of new content comprised of Luc Besson’s wildly ambitious sci-fi tentpole Valerian, the “first word” on Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Transformers: The Last Knight, Wonder Woman, and Taika Waititi’s hotly-anticipated Thor: Ragnarok, so stay tuned for more.
If you’re an Empire subscriber, you’ll likely find that this month’s issue is either on its way to you, or that it’s already popped through your letterbox. It’s a real treat, too (see below), as the outlet enlisted legendary Marvel artist Alan Davis to design a special cover for Spider-Man: Homecoming. »
- Michael Briers
The genius of the “Alien” franchise — and the temptation to continue it ad infinitum — is that each of its installments has been so markedly different. From the ominously sparse thriller that first introduced the world to the Xenomorphs, to the steroidal orgy of muscles and machine guns and alien mucus that James Cameron fashioned out of its sequel, to the fascinatingly garbled industrial sludge of “Alien 3,” and so on… this series has proven to be as endlessly adaptable as the extraterrestrial monster that inspired its title.
So, when people complain that “Alien: Covenant” isn’t an “Alien” movie, it’s hard to know what they mean. Apart from strong women, two-mouthed nightmares, and the dark promise of outer space, there isn’t much that runs through this series and ties it together as a stylistically coherent whole. On the contrary, the saga is defined by its flair for change, »
- David Ehrlich
11 May 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Star Wars and, two years later, the much more violent, R-rated Alien. Darth Vader looks almost cuddly compared to Alien's implacable star, designed by the Swiss surrealist painter H.R. Giger. "We used to say they were The Beatles and we were The Rolling Stones," says Alien producer Walter Hill of the blockbusters. "Our film had something people hadn't seen up to that point: the artifice of a B-movie done in an A-movie style."
THR called Alien "extremely effective and scary as hell," which is what »
- Bill Higgins
Prometheus is many things to many people. Somewhere out there in the dark recesses of space the Internet, there’s a vocal minority that swears by Ridley Scott’s grand 2012 prequel – warts and all. Others…not so much.
For all of the film’s grandeur, ambitious world-building and haunting cinematography, for many, Prometheus was hamstrung by thinly-drawn (read: preposterously stupid) characters that became hard to root for, particularly once the black goo began hurling toward the fan. And though his Alien prequel tends to be unfairly compared to an unforgivable trainwreck, that blowback was enough to prompt Ridley Scott to indulge in a little soul-searching, eventually arriving at a back-to-basics, R-rated horror movie by the name of Alien: Covenant.
- Michael Briers
Alien: Covenant is déjà vu all over again. The sequel to Prometheus and sixth film in the franchise is a straight rehash of the same damn story. We do get more regarding the savage creatures origins, but its two hours of banal predictability apart from that. I was sincerely hoping that Ridley Scott would offer something new. There isn't. Alien Covenant is textbook in every way. It has a great production value, definitely well made, but utterly lacks creativity.
The film opens ten years after the events in Prometheus. The spaceship Covenant is transporting two thousand colonists and a small crew to a new planet. Their voyage interrupted by an anomaly, the crew (Billy Crudup, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride) is awakened by Walter (Michael Fassbender), an android doppelganger of David. As they go about making repairs, they receive a faint human transmission. Their investigation into its source leads to »
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