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Adam Wingard is directing the most recent "vs." film to come up in recent years (after such classics as Freddy Vs. Jason, Alien Vs. Predator, and Batman V Superman) with Godzilla Vs. Kong. This is exciting for me, as I've loved Wingard's films you're Next and The Guest (and while I haven't seen Blair Witch yet, Death Note looks pretty good too), so I'm... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
Many years before the Alien and Predator franchises collided on the big screen, the Yautja and Xenomorph species’ began their battle in the world of comic books and video games. Released by Campcom in 1994, the arcade game Alien vs. Predator pit humans and Predators up against the Xenomorphs, and toy company Neca has used […] »
- John Squires
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers is undoubtedly one of the most iconic stories in science fiction, which is perhaps why it’s been resurrected in cinema on a semi-regular basis. Since the first version of the tale arrived in theatres in 1956, we’ve seen a further three takes on that same narrative – some attempting to apply the social concerns of the time to the themes explored in the story. Now, we have a fifth heading our way, and this one comes from Warner Bros.
The source material is the 1955 novel The Body Snatchers, by Jack Finney – which began life as a serial published in Colliers Magazine in 1954. For those unfamiliar, the story sees alien seeds drift to Earth through space, and grow emotionally void clones of unsuspecting town residents while they sleep. The residents are then turned to dust, and the clones replace them in their community. The clones do not reproduce, »
- Sarah Myles
In the studio world's constant quest to mine familiar IP, this one was inevitable, folks. Deadline reported this afternoon that Warner Bros. has hired veteran producer John Davis (Predator, Alien vs. Predator, And Predators!) to lead the development of a new adaptation of Jack Finney's 1954 novel "The Body Snatchers", with The Conjuring 2 scribe David Leslie Johnson along for the ride. Davis is a man with a bazillion projects in development, so we'll just have to see how far this goes. Though in terms of sure bets this one should be firing on all cylinders. If you're a reader of ScreenAnarchy than you are no doubt a fan of at least one of the four film adaptations that's been made from the source material...
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Author: Zehra Phelan
Starring Rafe Spall (The Big Short, Life of Pi), Robert James-Collier (Downton Abbey, Spike Island), Arsher Ali (Line of Duty, Four Lions) and Sam Troughton (Robin Hood, Alien vs. Predator), The Ritual tells the story of a group of friends who take on a hiking holiday in honour of a friend who was murdered at the hands of a criminal. What lays ahead of them in a remote Scandinavian forest proves it might not have been the best idea they’ve ever had.
The trailer begins with the two friends in conversation before Rafe Spall dips behind the shelving of a shop in the midsts of a violent robbery. With his friend dying at the hands of one of the robbers, »
- Zehra Phelan
The world’s darkest heroes… fight to the death. It’s always fun when iconic characters either collide or join forces, isn’t it? Films like Freddy vs. Jason and Alien vs. Predator are bonkers fan service of the highest order; even if you don’t like the movies themselves, you have to admit that the actual battles were […] »
- John Squires
Let’s face it: The Alien franchise – at least on the big screen – isn’t what it used to be. When Alien: Resurrection released in 1997, it marked a serious turning point for the series, with director Jean-Pierre Jeunet delivering a colorful film unlike any of those that preceded it that ultimately proved pointless in its existence, effectively killing the franchise’s viability at the time not unlike Batman & Robin had done to its own franchise earlier in the year. It wasn’t until 2004 that audiences would see the Xenomorph grace the big screen again (sans Sigourney Weaver’s Ripley for the first time ever) in the crossover film, Alien vs. Predator.
Though a critical failure, that film managed to spin enough of a profit to warrant a sequel in 2007 that immediately dashed any hope AvP had at becoming a long-running cinematic franchise of its own. And so it was that »
- Geoff Cox
Predator turned 30 recently and, even three decades later, it remains a true action classic. The movie holds up incredibly well, even by today's standards, and the creature is still a relevant part of pop culture. Shane Black is currently shooting The Predator, a sequel to the original, which is set to come out next year. Before he was a successful writer/director, Shane Black was an actor and, he actually starred alongside Arnold Schwarzenegger in the original Predator. That being the case, Black recently celebrated the 30th anniversary of the movie.
Shane Black took a break from reviving the Predator franchise and took to social media in order to honor the 30th anniversary of Predator. On his Twitter, he shared a pretty sweet looking poster, with Arnold Schwarzenegger's Dutch front-and-Center, celebrating the entirety of the franchise. Shane Black, who played Hawkins, did have a very simple but effective message »
Long before any sort of justice had ever dawned, Freddy vs. Jason debuted in cinemas to what may be remembered as the first notable crossover between two major film franchises. Since then, we’ve received a couple Alien vs. Predator movies, the second of which performed so poorly that Fox split them back into their own separate entities, and to a much, much lesser extent, Lake Placid vs. Anaconda.
Believe it or not, the road to getting the dream mashup made was treacherous indeed. With the first seeds having been planted in the closing moments of 1993’s Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, you’d have thought we were off to the races. Alas, we we wrong.
None of us could have foreseen that the Hell Jason had actually been sent off to was that of the developmental variety, but, technically, he did at least get to go to »
- Eric Joseph
The Alien franchise has a long and winding history. From lengthy gestation periods between sequels, to lots of conflict between filmmakers and studios, to varying audience interest over the years - I’m amazed that they just haven’t given up yet. Despite all these challenges, the series has persevered for nearly 40 years and gained legions of fans. As of late, the Alien franchise is back in theaters with a prequel storyline being helmed by series originator, Ridley Scott. Predator will also soon be back in theaters with a new film in 2018.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
From the falling of snow in White to the fierce galactic battles in the Alien vs. Predator Rage War trilogy, Tim Lebbon has consistently found ways to tap into readers' minds and crank up the terror switch to fun and frightening levels. A frequent contributor to anthologies, Lebbon is part of the star-studded author lineup behind Dark Cities, and with the new anthology now out from Titan Books, we've been provided with an excerpt from Lebbon's short story "In Stone" to share with Daily Dead readers.
Dark Cities: "In shadowy back alleys, crumbling brownstones, and gleaming skyscrapers, cities harbor unique forms of terror. Here lie malicious ghosts, cursed buildings, malignant deities, and personal demons of every kind.
Twenty of today’s most talented writers bend their skills toward the darkness, creating brand-new tales guaranteed to keep you awake at night— especially if you live in the dark cities.
Far worse »
- Derek Anderson
Alien: Covenant opened in theaters this past weekend and brought in an estimated $36 million at the box office.
Fox’s film enjoyed a solid global debut performance as the Ridley Scott directed film that is the second of the prequel series and the sixth Alien feature film in the franchise earned $66.3 million globally.
In space, no one can hear you scream. After nearly four decades, those words remain synonymous with the sheer, relentless intensity of Ridley Scott’s masterpiece of futuristic horror, Alien. Now, the father of the iconic franchise returns once more to the world he created to explore its darkest corners with Alien: Covenant, a pulse-pounding new adventure that pushes the boundaries of R-rated terror.
The films timeline line up as such:
Engineers create humanity. Archaeologists Elizabeth Shaw and Charles Holloway discover humanity’s origins »
- Michelle Hannett
Last week, the visual effects company Amalgamated Dynamics Incorporated (Adi) dug into their VHS archives and dusted off a rare Alien 3 behind-the-scenes video, which featured David Fincher, who made his feature directorial debut with the movie, offering direction to the Adi team during rehearsals for a scene involving an animatronic head of Bishop (Lance Henriksen). With yesterday marking the 25th Anniversary of the movie's theatrical release, Adi has put together a comprehensive eight-minute video where the effects team revisits this movie. Here's what the Adi team had to say in the video's description.
"As the 25th Anniversary of Alien 3 approaches, we could not ignore our contribution to the film's title character: the Alien itself. Through the miracle of VHS and exclusive photographs, Adi takes you back to that year of hard work at Pinewood Studios. Enjoy the retrospective!"
This eight-minute video surfaced on studio Adi YouTube, which shows »
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 »
Upon first glance at the title it might seem like some "click-bait" article trying to get read. And perhaps, no matter what you read here, that is how you're going to see it. However, once you finish reading this opinion piece (and remember, this is simply my opinion), you may very well agree that Ridley Scott is no longer the man to handle the Alien franchise. Especially after watching this weekend's less than stellar Alien: Covenant.
When the first Alien movie landed in theaters in 1979, it was groundbreaking. It featured incredible special effects, a plausible look at the space program in the future, and a scene of such amazingly grotesque proportions (the alien exploding out of a crew mate's stomach), it still shocks people to this day. The film was smart, it featured a female kicking ass, and in many ways, the first Alien movie directed by Ridley Scott is still ahead of it's time. »
“I see a really huge franchise here — honestly, as big as ‘Star Wars.’” the director told BBC 4’s Francine Stock in an interview that aired in May, just before the film was released overseas. “I’m trying to open it up. This is not an innocent plan,” he said.
Which must have made this weekend’s numbers a bit of a gut explosion … er … punch. Off a $97 million production budget (not including marketing costs) “Alien: Covenant” opened in first place at the domestic box office with $36 million, just barely beating out the third frame of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” It’s leading worldwide as well with $66.3 million this weekend, and $117.8 million total when counting last weekend’s international opening (one frame before it was released in the states).
- Seth Kelley
Now, we have an answer. As of Sunday morning, “Covenant,” from 20th Century Fox and Scott Free Productions, looks to be the winner with a three-day estimate of just over $36 million from 3,761 locations. That’s just above Disney’s “Guardians” sequel which is raking in an additional $35.3 million from 4,347 spots. The super sequel is seeing only a 46% drop from last weekend. The movie’s domestic earnings are now more than $300 million.
The sixth installment in the Alien franchise (not counting the two Alien vs. Predator films) was directed by Ridley Scott and stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, and Danny McBride. It holds a 73% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is in line with 2012’s “Prometheus.” Although it came in already »
- Seth Kelley
The A.V. Club’s staff film critics, A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, may have different interests, but when it comes to big-budget blockbusters and genre movies, they rarely disagree. And yet, despite sharing a lot of opinions on the previous Alien films (give or take their fondness for the first Alien Vs. Predator), they find themselves split on the question of whether Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant is an inspired gothic sci-fi horror movie or a limp, dull retread.
Watch the full episode of Film Club below:
- A.A. Dowd, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Like a mysterious parasite that infects your body and results in a demon-faced alien spawn bursting from your chest and rapidly growing into a murderous eight-foot creature, the Alien franchise has made its presence known over the past 30-something years, itself spawning a number of sequels (Aliens, Alien 3, Alien: Resurrection), crossovers and 2012's it's-not-a-prequel-but-really-it's-a-prequel, Prometheus.
If you've never seen Prometheus -- or if you saw Prometheus, hated Prometheus and had a sort of Ptsd reaction to Prometheus that now renders you incapable of remembering anything that happened in that movie -- you may think the latest installment, Alien: Covenant, is not for you. But it can be! There's even a section in the middle of the movie where it stops to just kind of...explain the plot of Prometheus. But while Covenant proves an easy enough entry point for those new to the Alien franchise, you may still have a few questions. Hopefully, ahead »
Near the end of “Alien 3,” Ellen Ripley delivers her most tragic line: “You’ve been in my life so long, I can’t remember anything else.” Why should it be any different for us? Sigourney Weaver’s defining character defiantly takes her own life shortly thereafter, marking a moral victory against both the creature and the corporation that have come to shape her existence.
Spanning three centuries — “Prometheus” is set in 2089, “Alien: Resurrection” in 2379 — and more than one life cycle for its embattled heroine, the enduring sci-fi saga is among the most mutable cinematic enterprises ever created. I hope it lasts as long in the real world as it does in its own.
Unlike certain other franchises, “Alien” is neither based on pre-existing materials nor beholden to anything resembling real life. There’s no book for us to say is better, no set-in-stone mythology to upend. Anyone worried about »
- Michael Nordine
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