Here.s the unusual part of being a prequel to one of the seminal works of science-fiction cinema. Audiences will look at you and wait to see how you connect to the movie they have burned into their imaginations. A slight disconnect of materials plagued Ridley Scott.s Prometheus. All anyone wanted (the director, as well, it seems) was an explanation as to how it tied to Alien. And a similar issue is starting to crop up with our current box-office leader, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Where is the ape-hating Charlton Heston? We found out. Knowing that Matt Reeves already has committed to another Apes movie, I started to ask him during a recent, exclusive interview, if some of the important pieces had moved into place yet. I wanted to know if they had yet discussed a title, but he says they have not. But when I »
Humankind’s collision with otherworldly life forms can make for unforgettable cinema.
This article will highlight the best of live-action human vs. alien films. The creatures may be from other planets or may be non-demonic entities from other dimensions.
Excluded from consideration were giant monster films as the diakaiju genre would make a great subject for separate articles.
Readers looking for “friendly alien” films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), It Came from Outer Space (1953) and the comically overrated Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) are advised to keep watching the skies because they won’t find them here.
Film writing being the game of knowledge filtered through personal taste that it is, some readers’ subgenre favorites might not have made the list such as War of the Worlds (1953) and 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).
Now let’s take a chronological look at the cinema’s best battles between Us and Them. »
- Terek Puckett
New to Blu-ray this week is the fascinating documentary Jodorowsky's Dune. I caught the film earlier today and have no reservation calling it a must-see for sci-fi fans. Seeing Alejandro Jodorowsky passionately recant the events that led to his convincing the likes of Orson Welles and Salvador Dalí to join the pic is a joy in its own right, but illustrating the impact his unmade movie had on future science-fiction films is one of the doc's greatest achievements. The level of imagination, creativity, detail, and ambition that Jodorowsky and his visionary team put into their adaptation of Frank Herbert's seminal sci-fi novel is staggering and a bit awe-inspiring when you consider its influence on future entries such as Star Wars, Alien, The Terminator, and more. Ahead of its time doesn't even begin to describe it. For better or worse, I'm not sure that the world is prepared for the »
- Jason Barr
A little over seven years after the release of Ridley Scott’s Alien arrived in theaters, James Cameron brought out the big guns (literally) with his action-oriented sequel Aliens, which dominated over the summer of 1986 as it held the number one spot on the box office charts for four weeks straight.
Starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Paul Reiser, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton, Carrie Henn, Jenette Goldstein, Mark Rolston, and William Hope, Aliens follows Ellen Ripley, the sole (human) survivor of the events of Scott’s original film, and a rag-tag crew of Colonial Marines back to the planet Lv-426 where Ripley and her crew first encountered the deadly alien species after a terraforming colony located there mysteriously goes dark.
The complete antithesis of Scott’s Alien, Cameron’s sequel was a raucous action/sci-fi mash-up that took everything that made the original movie so great and then kicked it up »
- Heather Wixson
Geeks around the world are still coming to terms with the passing of artist H.R. Giger – and while many will remember him for his fantastic artwork that helped make the Alien franchise a reality, Giger had countless other projects during the course of his career. The Mystery of San Gottardo was a science fiction film he’d been crafting since the 1970s, and it unfortunately never came to fruition. With Giger’s passing, it seems likely the project will never see the light of a film projector, but we can all marvel over the various concept-art pieces the visionary illustrator left behind. First conceived back in 1963, San Gottardo was set to be a “unique love story,” the kind only Giger could create. "It is about a man and his love for a...
- Mike Bracken
Guillermo del Toro is the kind of filmmaker who leaves me wanting more — just not always in the best way. Whether he's adapting someone else's work with the "Hellboy" films, or inventing his own stories with something like "Pan's Labyrinth," del Toro leaves no hallucinatory stone unturned, no burst of inspiration unexplored. I've often walked out of his movies impressed by the depth and breadth of the creativity on display, yet frustrated at how little time there was to thoroughly explore it all. I wouldn't want to take away the big budgets and fancy effects work that he can apply to something like "Pacific Rim," but I've been itching for a while to see what del Toro might do with an ongoing television series, where he could drill down deep and expand each concept to its fullest, rather than rushing to fit them all into two hours. "The Strain," the »
- Alan Sepinwall
Creative Assembly has addressed concerns over the recently-unveiled Dlc for Alien: Isolation — entitled the Nostromo Edition — which was originally exclusive to those who pre-order the game. However, in response to fan feedback, the studio has announced that the extra content will be available to all users “at a later date.”
In an official statement, Sega was quick to taper the community backlash:
“Some of you have been asking if the two pieces of content are only available through pre-order or if we’ll be releasing them at a later date as well. So, I can confirm today that we do plan to release both Crew Expendable and Last Survivor at a later date and we’ll have more details for you guys on that shortly.”
- Michael Briers
Alien Isolation's pre-order Dlc will be sold separately, Creative Assembly has confirmed.
The recently announced 'Last Survivor' and 'Crew Expendable' pre-order Dlc sees Sigourney Weaver reprise her role as Ripley alongside fellow movie cast members.
'Last Survivor', meanwhile, puts players in control of Ripley during the film's finale.
In a post on Facebook, a Creative Assembly spokesperson said that the reaction to the content has been great.
"It's genuinely been great to see the reaction to 'The Crew Expendable' and 'Last Survivor' pre-order bonus content we announced yesterday and how excited you all are to re-experience those classic scenes from the original movie with our Alien.
"It's been absolutely amazing for us at the studio.
"However, some of you have been asking if the two »
Sigourney Weaver is set to reprise her role as Ripley in the Alien franchise in the upcoming video game Alien: Isolation. She's not the only one from the original movie coming back either — Tom Skerritt, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton, and Veronica Cartwright will also be reprising their roles for the game.
This will be a part of Dlc expansion for the game, which will allow players to take control of Ellen Ripley, as well as Captain Dallas and Parker, as they try to survive the intrusion of the the xenomorph alien that comes aboard the cargo ship Nostromo. John Hurt was not included in the game because the events take place after he died in the film. I included a trailer for the Dlc that you can watch below.
The story follows Ellen Ripley's daughter, who is looking for answers about her mother's disappearance. Below, you'll find a »
- Joey Paur
In a video interview with The AP, the Alien actress explained why she decided to revisit the character of Ripley for the upcoming video game.
The game's primary narrative revolves around Ripley's daughter Amanda. Amanda Ripley's mission takes her to a remote trading station 15 years after the events of the first Alien film as she attempts to track down the flight recorder of her mother's ship.
Weaver and the cast of the original film will reprise their roles for the game's 'Last Survivor' and 'Crew Expendable' Dlc pre-order packs.
Weaver said that she was "touched" by Amanda's search for her mother, before admitting that it felt like no time had passed when she got back into character.
Alien: Isolation's humans, »
For years, fans have been rallying for a proper video game based on the Alien film franchise, which revolutionized the sci-fi genre and scared the pants off of generations of fans. While Aliens: Colonial Marines was a slap in the face with a thumbtack taped to the palm, us scorned fans have our hopes up for the upcoming Alien: Isolation. Following Ripley’s daughter Amanda, the game promises to deliver a survival-horror experience on par with the original film’s intensely terrifying game of cat-and-mouse.
As if developers Creative Assembly weren’t spoiling fans enough already, they’ve just announced that Sigourney Weaver will be reprising her role as Ellen Ripley for a Dlc chapter that follows the crew of the Nostromo during their first encounter with the Xenomorph.
- Christian Law
Exodus: Gods and Kings is next epic from director Ridley Scott, who brought us Alien, Blade Runner or Gladiator, is a few months away and you can watch the first trailer right here. So Noah wasn’t the only big budget Bible story headed for the big screen this year, nope, there’s also Exodus: Gods and […]
You are hiding in a locker and keep telling yourself, "Breathe slow, breathe slow." But it’s hard to stay calm when all you can see is a gigantic tail laboring across the floor in front of you, attached to a body that craves your mortal coil with a need only known by crackheads at 6 am.
If this scene from the upcoming horror game Alien: Isolation doesn’t sound inviting enough, Sega announced a huge pre-order bonus for the upcoming title.
Pre-ordering Alien: Isolation will grant players access to two downloadable missions that will allow them to relive two classic scenes from the film and feature voice acting and likenesses of the film’s original actors. Gamers can look forward to seeing Veronica Cartwright (Lambert), Harry Dean Stanton (Brett), Yaphet Kotto (Parker), Ian Holm (Ash), and Ripley herself, Golden Globe winner Sigourney Weaver.
Gamers who pre-order Alien: »
- Scott Dell
We've still not quite forgiven video game publisher Sega (and developer Gearbox) for the absolutely dreadful Aliens sequel Aliens: Colonial Marines, but the company is doing its best to win us back into the Xenomorph video game fold with today’s news. Sega has revealed that the latest title in the series, Alien: Isolation, will feature not only the voice talents of Sigourney Weaver, but also her Alien costars Tom Skerritt, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton and Veronica Cartwright. That’s most of the original film’s cast, minus Ian Holm, who will not be back. For an Alien geek, this is pretty awesome news. While the main game follows Ellen’s daughter, Amanda, as she searches for her mother 15 years after the events in the original film...
- Mike Bracken
What is this? It's a column where a guy who spells his first name weird speculates and spoils superhero movies by discussing news and rumors. It includes spoilers, maybe. Be wary if you don't like spoilers.
Did everyone have a good Fourth of July holiday? I mostly sat in my room and watched The X-Files on Netflix in between seeing people and fireworks while eating barbecue. And I read a bunch of Daredevil comics, because they are fantastic and Marvel Unlimited is a great program and app that gives me access to hundreds of comics on demand from all eras.
That sounded like a plug, and I wish. Marvel - buddy - pay me to plug your comics stuff. Or pay me in comics. »
Alien: Isolation may focus on Ripley’s daughter, but Sega and Creative Assembly are allowing gamers to relive the events of the 1979 movie and have brought back much of the Nostromo’s crew, including Sigourney Weaver, to lend their likeness and voice.
This will be part of two Dlc missions that will allow players to relive classic scenes from the movie and are part of the game’s pre-order offerings. Details on the missions and how you can get them are included below, along with the new trailer and two screenshots:
“San Francisco & London – July 9, 2014 – Sega® of America, Inc., Sega® Europe, Ltd. and Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products today announced exclusive pre-order bonus content for Alien: Isolation™, featuring the vocal talent and likenesses of key cast members of the 1979 Ridley Scott masterpiece, Alien. Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winner Sigourney Weaver (Ellen Ripley), Tom Skerritt (Dallas), Veronica Cartwright (Lambert »
- Jonathan James
Sega of America announced today that their upcoming video game Alien: Isolation will feature two bonus missions that include original Alien cast members Sigourney Weaver (Ellen Ripley), Tom Skerritt (Dallas), Veronica Cartwright (Lambert), Harry Dean Stanton (Brett), Yaphet Kotto (Parker) voicing their characters in two bonus missions. Ian Holm's likeness was used for Ash, but he did not provide the voice for this character. A new pre-order trailer has been released, giving fans the first look at these video game versions of the Nostromo crew in action, and you can also check out images from the game, and find out what Sigourney Weaver thinks about returning to voice Ripley.
During an interview with Associated Press, Sigourney Weaver reveals how quickly it came together for her return as Ripley.
"It was eerie how quickly it happened. Honestly. I had to start with this sort of sign-off, 'This is Lieutenant Ripley of the starship Nostromo. »
Sigourney Weaver is playing Ripley again — or, more precisely, she’s remaking her first turn as Ripley. The cast members from Ridley Scott’s Alien (minus Ian Holm and John Hurt) are reprising their roles for a downloadable content (Dlc) expansion for the forthcoming game Alien: Isolation. So we’ll hear Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean […]
- Russ Fischer
Sigourney Weaver is to reprise her signature role as Ellen Ripley – albeit in video game form – with the actress set to reunite with the cast of Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic for a pre-order bonus pack for the upcoming Alien: Isolation. Weaver will be joined by Tom Skerritt (Dallas), Veronic Cartwright (Lambert), Harry Dean Stanton (Brett) and Yaphet Kotto (Parker), all of whom have recorded new dialogue for the game and will have their likenesses appear in bonus levels. Here’s a shot of the crew of the Nostromo…
The original crew will feature in two missions: ‘Crew Expendable’, which takes place after the death of Brett and gives gamers the choice of playing as Ripley, Dallas or Parker; and ‘Last Survivor’, which Ripley has to activate the self-destruct on the ship and make it to the Narcissus in order to escape the alien. Check out the trailer here, courtesy of IGN… »
- Gary Collinson
The previous Alien game, Aliens: Colonial Marines was, to put it lightly, reviled to the point of people suing the developers for making a game so incredibly terrible. The new Alien game, Alien: Isolation, looks like a vast improvement by taking the popular sci-fi series away from a first-person shooter and moving it to a first-person survival horror game. Those who pre-order Alien: Isolation will get a pretty cool bonus: the ability to play through two scenes from Ridley Scott's Alien, and they will have the authenticity of including voice work from actors Sigourney Weaver (Ellen Ripley), Tom Skerritt (Dallas), Veronica Cartwright (Lambert), Harry Dean Stanton (Brett), and Yaphet Kotto (Parker). Ash will still look like Ian Holm, but it will be a sound-alike. Damn androids. Hit the jump to check out the pre-order trailer and the press release, which details the two scenes from Alien »
- Matt Goldberg
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