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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.
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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
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 […]
The post It’s a Bug Hunt: The 15 Best Moments From the ‘Alien’ Series appeared first on /Film. »
- /Film Staff
It appears so, according to early estimates which project Fox’s “Prometheus” sequel will make anywhere from $40 million to $45 million during its opening weekend. The studio is projecting earnings on the low end of the range. “Prometheus” made $51 million when it opened in June 2012 in the second slot behind “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.”
Which is to say the squirm-inducing franchise appears to remain sentient nearly 40 years after “Alien” shocked theater-goers in 1979. This latest R-rated horror extravaganza hails from 20th Century Fox and Scott Free Productions, and stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, and Danny McBride. The project centers on the crew of the colony ship Covenant who are confronted by life-threatening alien life-forms — and, yes, there will be blood. »
- Seth Kelley
What makes a movie franchise a franchise and not just a collection of similar films? Commonalities.
Sometimes it’s just a character by himself that makes it a franchise (Tarzan). At other times a common theme (Final Destination). Sometimes films of a franchise will share a common style if they are all made by the same filmmakers (Jason Bourne), or expand on a singular story (Star Wars). For others, it's a gimmick or hook (Home Alone), or a premise (Planet of the Apes).
The Alien franchise doesn’t necessarily fit into any of these categories; although it has featured all of these traits at one time or another. It started in 1979 with the release of Alien, a sequel came seven years later in Aliens, »
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When you’re a director like Ridley Scott, you can pretty much get any actor you want for your movies, and for his last three or four movies, he’s assemble some amazing ensembles. That was definitely true for Prometheus and The Martian, and just as much for his Prometheus sequel, Alien: Covenant.
Of course, Michael Fassbender is back as the synthetic android David (and as a second synthetic named Walter), and actress Katherine Waterston (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them) takes on the strong female role of Daniels. Playing the ship’s captain, Christopher Oram, is Billy Crudup, while Danny McBride plays the pilot Tennessee, while Jussie Smollett, probably best known for his role as Jamal on Fox’s Empire, is Sergeant Ricks.
Lrm sat down with the three actors backstage at the Times Square studio of Good Morning America, on which they had appeared earlier. The trio had been together all morning, »
- Edward Douglas
Next week marks the 25th Anniversary of the controversial sci-fi sequel Alien 3, which was both the feature directorial debut of a talented young man named David Fincher, but also showed the controversial death of Sigourney Weaver's iconic character Ellen Ripley. While it remains to be seen how many fans will actually be celebrating this anniversary, since it is considered by many to be the worst Alien movie in the series, the visual effects company Studio Adi dug into their vault to unearth some rare behind-the-scenes footage from a crucial scene in Alien 3. Here's how Studio Adi describes this video in the YouTube description.
"Alien 3 celebrates its 25th anniversary this month, and to celebrate we present this gem from deep within the VHS vault, footage from the prep and rehearsals of the Bishop puppet shoot complete with direction from David Fincher. Despite the aged quality of the video, »
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
'Alien: Covenant' review: Michael Fassbender plays android brothers David and Walter in this effective sequel to Ridley Scott's muddled 'Prometheus.' 'Alien: Covenant' review: Recapturing 'some of the excitement, awe, and horror' of 1979 original Before we get to Alien: Covenant, a rant about its predecessor, Prometheus. The problem with Ridley Scott's 2012 return to the Alien universe is that the more we learned about the skeletal, seething, phallic, vicious xenomorphs, the looser their hold on our cinematic subconscious. Much of the effectiveness of Scott's 1979 franchise starter lies in its cruel randomness; the tragedy of a horrible death being the result of bumping into the wrong stranger on the wrong street on the wrong night. Jettisoning such primal simplicity, Prometheus suggested a farfetched connection between the aliens and mankind. The result was a muddled attempt at expanding the Alien universe so it could address no less than the origins of humanity. »
- Mark Keizer
In 1979 the world of cinema was forever changed as Alien arrived in theatres across the world. Based on a script from Dan O’Bannon, director Ridley Scott scared an entire generation senseless with his chilling space-set sci-fi horror. The film followed a group of space miners whom, after investigating a distress beacon on an uncharted planet, found themselves in distress as they came under attack from the deadliest of foes, the Xenomorph. The creature came from the inventive brain of the late H. R. Giger and has haunted viewers ever since it first sprung forth from John Hurt’s chest cavity.
Since Alien burst onto the screen we’ve had three sequels, two spin-offs and, with this week’s release, Alien: Covenant, two prequels. That’s a lot of films for one creature to inhabit and the results have varied. There’s been a lot of debate over the years about which film is best, »
- Kat Hughes
Fan theories are often little more than fun, and when it really comes down to it, they're probably nothing substantial in the scheme things. But every once in awhile, one comes around that has some serious legitimacy to it, and could change the way we look at a particular movie franchise. Or in this case, a couple of franchises. If there is any truth to this latest theory, it looks like Predator and The Terminator are directly linked to one another and take place in the same movie universe.
Aside from the fact that Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in both movies, as Dutch in Predator and the T-800 in The Terminator, there is nothing that actually connects those movies and suggests that they exist in the same universe. Until now, that is. The theory comes courtesy of Cracked and, the lynchpin of this whole thing comes from a pretty obscure place. »
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