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Badass ‘Prometheus’ Alternate Scene Would’ve Made the Movie So Much Cooler!

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When it was released in 2012, Ridley Scott’s Prometheus more or less split audiences right down the middle. While some felt that the film was a total mess, full of plot holes and plagued by frustratingly unanswered questions, others praised the heady sci-fi flick for working as both its own movie and a clever prequel to the original Alien. I personally fell into the latter camp, and consider Prometheus a more-than-worthy addition to the overall Alien mythology.

But there’s one scene they kind of messed up.

In the film, the character Fifield (played by Sean Harris) falls into a puddle of alien goo shortly after discovering the creatures known as Hammerpedes, and later is shown to have been completely mutated into some sort of monster. His face melted and his forehead bulged out, the hideous Fifield goes on a bloody rampage inside the hangar bay, and is ultimately crushed underneath the tires of a group transport vehicle. It’s a confusing scene, as it’s unclear what exactly the alien goo has turned Fifield into, and many fans have noted that he looks more like an infected zombie than anything else.

The original version of that scene was SO MUCH COOLER.

In the original Prometheus script (titled Alien: Engineers, at the time), writer Jon Spaihts used the transformation of Fifield as a means to more directly connect the film to Alien. When Fifield shows back up at the hangar bay, he has quite literally transformed into a Xenomorph, described as having an elongated skull, impossibly long arms, claw-like talons, and dorsal tubes tearing out of his spacesuit. Sounds pretty cool, right? What’s even cooler is that the scene, as Spaihts originally wrote it, was actually created in post-production.

When Prometheus hit Blu-ray, the four-disc set contained a whopping 7+ hours of bonus features, including a 3 1/2 hour documentary and all sorts of deleted/extended/alternate scenes. The most must-watch of those scenes that were left on the cutting room floor is hands down the original Fifield attack sequence, which is pretty close to Spaihts’ original vision for the scene.

With generous amounts of CGI laid over top of the practical makeup effects, the alternate scene reveals that the black goo literally turns human hosts into Xenomorphs, adding another layer to the mythology of the creatures and making for a pretty chilling sequence that makes a whole lot more sense than the one that ended up in the finished cut of the film. Yea, for once, CGI was kind of a good thing.

Ultimately, the added-in-post CGI was removed from the scene, presumably because Ridley Scott desired to separate Prometheus from the Alien franchise a bit more than was originally intended. Then again, the film does end with a baby Xenomorph being born, so one has to wonder why this incredibly badass version of Fifield’s transformation didn’t make the final cut.

Is it just me or would a human-Xenomorph hybrid have made Prometheus so much cooler?



  • Daucus Karota

    Really wish this was the version they went with. A rare CGI victory over practical.

  • I love the winking nod to Cameron’s ‘Aliens’ with the wheels running over Fifeld. It’s just like when Ripley ran over that one xenomorph on the way to save the marines.

    • John Squires

      Good call, totally didn’t even spot that connection!

    • Phendranah

      That’s what I thought when I saw it. Was that in the original cut? I can’t remember if it was…

    • And the curled up pose at the beginning is totally reminiscent of the cut version of Lambert’s death scene in Alien 1; the part where she is unknowingly rolling canisters toward Big Chap.

  • Satanzilla

    It’s a cool scene, but it definitely looks CG when he’s hopping around inside the bay of the ship. The zombie version in the movie may have less xeno goodness, but it looks less cartoonish.

    • John Squires

      Definitely a bit too much CG going on here, can’t disagree. But I just love the idea of a human/Xeno hybrid so much more than the zombie-like creature we got in the finished cut.

      • Satanzilla

        Aye, couldn’t agree more.

  • Ocelot006 .

    Did you really just discover this scene? If so you should really be ashamed of yourself.

    • John Squires

      Nope, as noted, appeared on the Blu-ray release that came out years ago. Just revisiting it because it’s a cool deleted scene.

      • Ocelot006 .

        Well you do kind of just simply note that it was on the Blu-Ray. Still can equally be interpreted as you just discovered the scene. I don’t know. This whole posting old special features on slow news days is getting tiring.

        • J Jett

          Ocelot, yeah, i agree that the recent(?) posting of old articles (unless it’s 100% relevant to a recent/new movie, etc) is not my favorite thing about the site right now.

          • Creepshow

            Yeah, something reeks around here. Although we all like talking about movies from all years, it now seems like people are trying to reinvent the wheel here. Now 30 years later, our favorite horror movies aren’t about what we thought they were. Please!
            And where the fuck is Trace! He’s limited to one article a week now.

    • gabriel

      Read much?

  • Christian

    Liked what we got in the film better.

  • J Jett

    it’s been so long since i’ve seen PROMETHEUS so can’t even remember how the Fifield sequence/death goes down. this deleted scene is alright but also has characters doing the most idiotic things (like Millburn playing pattycake with the vagina snake scene that without a doubt one of THE most idiotic/insulting to everyone’s intelligence scenes ever written). the one guy clearly can see a messed up, bent into IMPOSSIBLE positions Fifield and just calmly walks up to him and is like “HEY BRO! WHAT’S UP?”. then when he walks to him and is literally like 1 foot away from him (clearly seeing this is a fucked up situation, maybe i should retreat a bit to a safer distance just until i’m sure this is not dangerous) he just stands there like a dumbass (as his co-worker just stands there crying like a little bitch. LOL) while Fifield kills him/them.

    • The Heatmiser

      Too bad the co-worker couldn’t have been a pillar of testosterone fueled masculinity like you are jett.

      • J Jett

        Heatmiser, while you are 1000% correct about my masculinity, i my point is that i thought these “scientists” and accompanying security personnel
        were supposed to be intelligent (Millburn…really?! Fifield, who’s job it was is to map out locations…meaning he’s supposed to be competent enough to find his way out of a mapped out cave!!). instead of the co-worker guy just IMMEDIATELY crying/freezing up, shouldn’t he have been vetted enough by management/Weyland for them to know that this person, who’s on a kajillion dollar mission, can deal with ANY situation?

        again, i didn’t hate PROMETHEUS but if you are saying there’s not severe problems with the story/script then…i mean come on.

        • Tigernan Quinn

          Sorry, ma’am.

        • The Heatmiser

          I would say jett based on your comments that you are so deep into the worlds created by tv and movies that you actually live in a fantasy world. All movies need stupid decisions by characters to have a plot line. Kane sticking his face in the egg in Alien is an example. As for your masculinity, I would not be shocked if your wearing adult sized footy pajamas as you read this.

  • Poopsmith McUnty

    still doesn’t make much sense

  • Darkness69

    Look at Fifield, lookin’ all sexy n shit.

  • J Jett

    i do have to add though that i freaking love (in the unused parts of the script?) the idea of the goo turning any species(?) into a form of Xenomorph. what’s annoying is that Ridley (who is now running back to the ALIEN franchise) didn’t add that part into PROMETHEUS because he wanted to distance that movie from the ALIEN franchise.

    • John Squires

      Yea I think he wanted Prometheus to be as stand-alone as possible, which I understand. But looks like the sequels will have a MUCH stronger connection to the Alien franchise – after all, next year’s is titled Alien: Covenant. Should be interesting, to say the least.

      • gabriel

        Do you really think it could have something to do with the crucifixion in the Bible? The last article or maybe the one before it said something about 2,000 years ago the engineers tried to destroy mankind. That would be so crazy and probably offend a lot of people. And the ark of the covenant is way before the crucifixion so I don’t know how he will get all that junk in this movie. Either way, ecstatic!!

    • Baron Von Marlon

      My guess: Scott realised the mistakes he made with Prometheus.
      Hence the title Alien: Covenant instead of Prometheus 2.
      I think it’s also an attempt to distance the new movie from Prometheus (even though it’s a sequel of sorts) and to attract a bigger audience.


    I really just wanna see where ridley goes with the next Prometheus /alien film plus it needs to come out before they release the Alien 5? sequel/retelling with Sigourney and Michael biehn. The whole franchise has got confusing as shit I just want a great xenomorph alien movie its been 30 fucking years since the last one

    • John Squires

      Yea, Scott’s Alien: Covenant is coming out next year, and Blomkamp’s “Alien 5” is on hold until that’s complete. Excited about all of it!

    • JoeyDon818

      I fuckin agree with all the shit you just said.

  • XX

    WRONG. Would have RUINED the film.

    • John Squires

      How so?

  • Seal Clubber

    I agree – this would have been much better.

  • JoeyDon818

    Hell yeah, a bazillion times better. It ties in the mythology alot better than zombie big head dude. What were they thinking?

  • Eizzy IceBorne

    That looks really strong and would have fit so much better.

  • Kyle Lawrence

    This is how I will choose to remember this scene from now on. Would love to get a Director’s Cut with this scene in place (and a little more polish on the CGI).

  • Nathan Bradley

    It plays more like a scene from Aliens than it does Alien. I like it.

  • Baron Von Marlon

    In the original script it wasn’t goo but eggs.
    And there were different rooms. Each one with a different species of eggs.

    “David is dragging her across the floor – into a huge cargo hold full of Alien eggs”

    David: “This ship has seven other cargo bays like this one. The eggs in each bay
    slightly different. They’ve been weaponized.”

    I recommend every Alien fan to read the Alien: Engineers script. If Covenant will have a script as good I think we’re in for a treat.

  • Jamroast

    Hey! Let’s all take off our ultra fragile headgear on a alien planet! What could possibly happen?

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    For me, Prometheus is a sad example of what could’ve (and should’ve been). Just thinking about following the movie when it was in pre-production and learning how the script was being laid out. Knowing that originally the planet (or moon) that Prometheus sat down on was indeed LV-426 and all the questions we had about Alien were going to answered….. then seeing the mess we ultimately got handed after the script was screwed with……… grrr. I think the studio is now ensuring that Covenant is the movie that Prometheus should’ve been. Ridley went from talking about his Pro-sequel in referencing moving further away from the Xenos altogether, to suddenly coming out and stating “we’ll have them all….egg, chestburster, larva, then the big boy.” I hope this seals the deal in completing the bridge into Alien and opens the door for Alien 5 with Ripley and Co.

    • Well according to Ridley there are actually 3 more Prometheus movies in the works, so don’t expect that bridge to be completed just yet.

  • Bryant Low

    Cool version of the scene. Thanks for sharing. But I don’t get it… What is this hybrid creature trying to achieve with its rampage?

    • John Squires

      Kill everyone, just like the Xenomorphs do.

    • Mister Sinister

      It was explained or briefly nodded to the idea that humans derived from this alien species and they feared the humans would try to destroy or at least figure out their makers. so they in turn created the xenomorph as a biological weapon to eradicate their offspring species. I think it was engineered specifically for one thing. The premise of the movie was good but i think it was lazy in explaining it.

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  • Nahuel Benvenuto

    old “news”

  • zombie84_41

    That was wicked.

  • Judith Quinones

    I saw Alien and Aliens (actually all four Alien films) in the movies and I did not see this one (I was deployed to Afghanistan). And thank goodness I did not. It was a botched mess, had no horror or suspense and Mr. Scott was a fool to trust Damon Lindelof with his hacked screenplay trying to make it like his Lost TV series. The Engineers spoiled the movie. They should have kept that Alien fossil in the first movie as an Alien species and just had the company go to the planet knowing there were creatures they wanted to capture and use as bioweapons and realized the species were more dangerous than anticipated. When all goes awry, the last stranded survivor creates the SOS signal that Ripley picks up decades later (which the company knows its already a warning). Now Ridley has to fix the story with Prometheus sequels. Critics give this stinker kudos but yet slams decent movies like Batman v Superman and the last Divergent movie.

    • Mehliens

      The last sentence killed me xD

    • gabriel

      It had some pretty cool stuff in it but could have been way better

    • horrorfan2016

      Superman v and Divergent movies? No wonder you hated it. You poor thing.

    • GunsOfNavarone

      Divergent ? Wtf bro.

  • Orvilla Bedinbacher

    Too late

  • Larry

    Ridley Scott has always been his own worst enemy.
    There should be a clause in every contract of his that bans him from the Editing Room.

  • chronikheckler

    I’m not sure anything would have saved the 35-second massacre scene of the nameless, expendable Prometheus “Red Shirts”.

    However, I will agree that THIS version of the Fifield mutation is certainly cooler looking. 😉

  • disqus_k39rnaVe8B

    Nothing could have saved this film.

  • RawBeard

    I did not like Prometheus, it looked really nice and had a great cast but the poor writing and story decisions ruined what could have been a great take on this franchise. Just for the record… I did not need to see a Xenomorph but the fact they switched planets to try and be clever spoilt the whole point of Prometheus being made. This version of Fifield was cool but would not have saved the film.

  • Mister Sinister

    I dont care how this movie was received, i know it lacked important details and had some plot holes, but i do love the Alien Universe. Now i need to know what happens between the The end of Prometheus and Alien, what transpired between is what makes me interested in the next film

  • aNYagenda

    Nothing would have made prometheus cool in any way after they brought in lindelof.

    Although I’m not sure there is any good way to expand on Alien in the first place.
    Every sequel and comic and novel and the entire expanded universe have all been fan fiction level junk. And yes I’m including that stupid female rambo movie that james cameron made.

    The only decent thing to come out of it all that I can think of was the original AVP2 game.

    • Steve Bakewell

      Glad to see i’m not the only one who hates aliens! its not even like James cameron can’t make a horror movie his terminator movie was a slasher horror movie but he seems to love making action movies like T2 way more than horror.

      And let’s not forget that the Space jockeys even in the original script was pretty much the same, space jockeys were designed to be a cybernetic organism permanently fused with that chair(according to H.R giger), the writers seemed to give no fu*ks about that and just went ahead and rewrote it so that space jockeys were just big albino dudes in space suits.

      The most common defence i hear for this change is that he was rewritten as more humanoid so that we could relate to him more(even though in the movie he’s doesn’t even have a single line of dialogue and reacts like any typical violent xenomorph) and let’s not forget that the LV-226 space jockey was fossilized meaning he was there for like millions of years! This god damn trash movie doesn’t even explain the origin of xenomorphs or the proper story of space jockeys.

      There wasn’t even a prequel necessary! the space jockey fossil was just there to show that something terrible happened and xenomorphs were the primary cause of it, it was just a warning.

  • Thyris Discordia

    Prometheus has scores of 1/10 ratings followed by a bunch of drivel in so-called reviews on IMDB, and then more drivel here in these comments.
    The problem is, I suspect, that these silly people believe that the humans are the protagonists of Prometheus and it’s related films, and that has never once been the case. The human element in that series has always been the antagonist of the various species highlighted in the films.
    Definitely worth the watch…well, if you have at least half a brain and some DNA. 😉

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