I found a lot to like in the film, though I can’t really argue with its many detractors. The logic is utterly nonexistent in many of the characters. Still, I liked the ideas it tried to wrestle with. And visually I thought it was stunning. But a lot of folks wished it had been much more of an Alien film (that last, brief, xenomorph tag not being enough for them). And it was! At least back in Jon Spaihts‘ original draft (before Damon Lindelof came onboard).
Head inside to check out some details on what Prometheus was like back when it had Facehuggers, Chestbursters (during sex even) and Xenomorphs. Oh, and ostensibly more character motivation! READ MORE
Aliens. The 1986 sequel to Alien. Written and directed by James Cameron, this companion piece equally masters the depth and beauty of the original film.
Our heroine, Ripley, is awakened fifty-seven years after closing her sleep chamber only to learn that a colony has been established on the planet where her alien nemesis was originally found. When all contact is lost, Ripley is asked to join a team to find out the cause. The cause she is almost certain she’s familiar with… READ MORE
Alien. The amazing 1979 film directed by Ridley Scott and written by Dan O’Bannon.
A simple yet brilliant story.
An extraterrestrial creature makes its way onto a spaceship, the Nostromo, via incubating inside one of the crew members, Kane. After bursting through Kane’s chest, the alien rapidly evolves and ultimately stalks and kills the crew one by one. In the end, the strongest character, Ripley – a woman – is left standing. READ MORE
I’m going to try and explain this to the best of my ability because, well, the future appears to be here (isn’t the future always here?) and it’s a bit confusing. This is, without a shadow of a doubt, one of the coolest things ever.
I guess what you do is purchase the t-shirt, download the app, and then when you hold your smartphone up to the shirt it will appear to animate on your device. It’s epic wicked. There’s a demo of the short that we’ve added inside. It’s a lot of work for a Random Cool product, but well worth it IMO. READ MORE
Now this has potential. Not only is Gale Anne Hurd a producer on “The Walking Dead”, she’s also had a hand in classics such as The Terminator and Aliens. AMC not only has “Walking Dead”, but also has fostered (occasionally contentiously) shows like “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad”, both of which are light years better than “Walking Dead” (even though TWD is pretty good, there’s no contest).
So when they team up for a new show, I’m hoping for the best. Especially a show like “Area 51″, which not only has the period setting that worked so well for “Mad Men”, but also – you know – aliens. Seems like it could hit a cool middle ground between that show and “X-Files”. The whole thing will be adapted from the bestselling book of the same name by Annie Jacobsen and scripted by Todd E. Kessler.
Per The Hollywood Reporter, “Published in May, Jacobsen’s book revolves around the famed military installation in the world that has never been acknowledged by the U.S. government and explores the myths about the area and those who believe that region is home to aliens, underground tunnel systems and nuclear facilities. Jacobsen interviewed 19 men who served on the base and additional servicemen who were employed there. AMC’s entry will take place in the 1950s-1960s and will focus on those who work at the base and protect the country’s secrets — including the remains of the alleged alien crash at Roswell.”
I’ve always had a thing for comedies about Average Joes going toe-to-toe with sci-fi/horror-type antagonists and like many, Ghostbusters was the film that made that profound dent on the psyche. One of the main appeals of this sub-genre stems from the relatability of a hero devoid of special abilities, not unlike the viewer. Also, the sense of danger is heightened under these more realistic circumstances. Since Ivan Reitman’s 1984 classic, there have been a slew of flicks following its template. There have been great ones (Fright Night, Attack The Block) and some lousy ones (Evolution, Lesbian Vampire Killers). The Watch (originally titled Neighborhood Watch) is the latest entry. Despite not winning me over with its trailer, the premise, R-rating and talent behind the film made me take the plunge.
After the death of one of his employees, Costco Manager Evan Trautwig (Ben Stiller) puts together a Neighborhood Watch group with three fellow suburbanites (Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill and Richard Ayoade) in order to find the killer. Inadvertently they soon discover an alien plot that threatens not only their town’s existence but the entire planet’s. The screenplay was written by Jared Stern and comic duo Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg (Pineapple Express and Superbad). After sitting through The Watch, I find it hard to believe they wrote anything beyond a treatment. This flimsy script comes across as nothing more than a general outline disguised by a whole lot of add-libbing. That could work well enough if only the cast felt motivated to put in the effort. Aside from the underutilized Will Forte as Sgt. Bressman, the ensemble is on autopilot. If you somehow find Stiller and Vaughn’s shtick still funny and unembarrassing, The Watch may do it for you. The leads are stuck playing the same old tired character they’ve been riffing for seemingly an eternity. Even the usually reliable Jonah Hill and his improv skills don’t add much spark to the directionless material. Rounding out the lot is Richard Ayoade, who looks mostly confused and embarrassed to be a part of this thing. I won’t even get into talented Billy Crudup’s head-scratching turn as the “creepy neighbor”. His character’s inclusion in the film is probably The Watch’s only out-there attribute.
As for the R-rating, you get the usual brand of lowbrow profanity which would be totally fine if the jokes weren’t so obvious. You get the odd chuckle here and there but for the most part, it’s painfully unfunny. As for the actual alien, the design contains a decent amount of menace. As per usual, CGI takes over in the climax but up to that point there’s a healthy dose of old school man-in-a-suit which is performed by Guillermo Del Toro’s go-to-guy, Doug Jones. While they’re far and few between, The Watch’s most pleasant characteristic is how surprisingly gory it can get. It usually comes in the form of good old-fashioned practical effects. Director Akiva Schaffer (Hot Rod) has put together a dull, visually flat picture. The camera work is as pedestrian as it gets. The action set-pieces are completely devoid of excitement.
The Watch represents everything I loathe in mainstream cinema; it’s lazy and uninspired. This is none more obvious than in an instance in which one of the characters is unconvincingly motivated to reveal the aliens’ grand masterplan right before the “big” climax. It’s as if the screenwriters forgot this important piece of exposition and in the zero hour the filmmakers clumsily squeeze it in. A boatload of cash was needlessly spent on a production without the courtesy of accomplishing the basic necessity of any film; keep its audience entertained. Considering the folks involved, that’s the very least I expected. The Watch is ninety plus minutes of wasted potential. Makes me wish the studio would have simply decided to bury this turd instead of just changing its title.
While we still dream of a Ripley figure, NECA continues to do well by fans by turning away from creatures and focusing on the awesome characters that make the classic horror franchises so badass.
Just now, this very second, NECA pulled the black cloak off revealing “Game Over Man Hudson” from James Cameron’s 1986 epic Aliens, my personal all-time favorite movie. Thanks to Evan Dickson, we have your first ever look, and will be updating this post with a massive NECA image gallery loaded with everything from Gremlins to Left 4 Dead.
There are still more figures in hiding. What could be next? Dare I say the earlier teased Cpl. Dwayne Hicks (played by Michael Biehn)? We’ll update this story when the next cover is pulled off… READ MORE
I was one of those kids that loved playing Contra on the original NES. Friends would come over and we’d crowd around my 13-inch TV, eager to shoot the hell out of Red Falcon. I’d pop in the cartridge, turn on the Nintendo, and…DAMMIT! Gimme a second here guys… ::takes out cartridge, blows like a madman on the bottom, pops it back in, turns on POWER:: Dun-DUN-Dun-dun-Dun…BUM-BUM! YES! GAME ON! And the first thing we did? ⇡-⇡-⇣-⇣-⇠-⇢-⇠-⇢-B-A-select-start. 30 lives, bitches.
Taking the role of either Bill “Mad Dog” Rizer or Lance “Scorpion” Bean, my friends and I passed the controller tackling level after level in an effort to make it as far as we could before the parents determined that enough was enough and that we had to go play outside. Although we never beat the game, my memories of us trying are still ones that I look back on with fondness. And frustration (damn, that game was hard).
Now, if you ever played Contra as a kid but were also one of the lucky kids whose parents allowed them to watch rated-R movies, the image below will BLOW YOUR MIND! Seriously, I looked at it and my views on Obamacare, Mitt Romney, the Taliban, Demi Moore, and the Higgs-Boson particle have all radically shifted. So, if you’re strong enough of constitution (wear your helm of +5 to this perk), click on brave reader. Click on. READ MORE
What I would do for the free time to be creative again. Animation artist James Lee has some free time on his hands and used it to create his own interpretation of the infamous sequence in Ridley Scott’s now released Prometheus.
Love the Alien or not, the caesarean sequence is easily one of the great moments in cinema history. In it, Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) attempts to surgically remove an alien from her stomach. Lee animates this great moment, but instead of terror, cut out a heavy dose comedy instead.
Now in theaters, Ridley Scott returns to the genre he helped define. With Prometheus he creates a groundbreaking mythology in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race. write your own review here.
Most of you probably know Mars Attacks as one of the last good films Tim Burton made, but it actually spawns from a series of trading cards from the 60s. IDW makes an interesting move to bring the series back in comic book form this week with a stellar creative team driving the boat. Eisner Award winner John Layman of “Chew” will be writing, alongside John McCrae on art duties, to explore those pesky aliens once again. In order to stay true to the trading card scene, IDW will be shipping out random packages of alternate covers to local comic shops around North America so keep your eyes peeled for the ultra rare alternates. Prepare yourselves, Earthlings, the martians are about to attack! READ MORE
So much for being done with Ridley Scott’s Prometheus.
While I felt there was plenty clarity in the Alien prequel, many readers have felt confused by the lack of explanation. We learned quite a bit in Ryan Daley’s story posted this morning about the newly released “Prometheus: The Art of the Film”. And while his look inside revealed quite a bit, my own digging discovered even more.
Major spoilers do follow. You have been warned.
First, the opening sequence revealed a man, on some planet, drinking some ooze that causes him to break down into DNA that apparently created life. Some of the production art revealed “Elder Engineers” that were originally part of this sequence. Early trailer descriptions also revealed these cloaked figures were actually in the film, while IMDB once listed both Darwin Shaw and Matthew Rook cast as these “Elders”. The thought is that these Elders are actually the creator of the Engineers, a reveal saved for the sequel. A deleted scene perhaps?
The most shocking discover, by far, is that of what appears to be a varient version of the “zombie” Holloway (played by Logan Marshall-Green). In the film, Holloway becomes infected, and thus returns as some sort of zombie version of himself (pictured). BUT, one of the leaked images show that Scott’s original intent was for him to transform into a Xenomorph-ish creature. Readers on the boards indicate they believe this creature to either be Millburn (Rafe Spall) or Fifield (Sean Harris).
Lastly, we’ve also added an image of what appears to be the Engineers’ home planet. This is unconfirmed.
We’ve added all imagery inside for you to carouse through. Tell us what you think! READ MORE
With the June 8th release of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus fast approaching, we thought we’d take a look back at the original Alien franchise with which it “shares strands of DNA.” Whether or not there are xenomorphs as we know them in Prometheus, it’s abundantly clear that it takes place in the same universe.
In the weeks leading up to the release of that film I’m going to revisit the four films in the Alien franchise (sorry, not going to subject myself to AVP) in order to gather my thoughts in anticipation of the new outing. Last week I revisited Alien: Resurrection and absolutely hated it. The week before that I revisited Alien 3 and discovered a lot to like.
Now we come down to the two titans in the series, and this week I’m taking another look at Aliens. This is one of my favorite movies and I bet it’s one of yours as well. But what makes it tick? And is it better than Alien?
Anchor Bay Films announced today the acquisition of all North American distribution rights to the latest film by Amy Heckerling (Clueless, Fast Times at Ridgemont High), Vamps. Starring Alicia Silverstone (Clueless, Batman & Robin), Krysten Ritter (“Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23,” Confessions of a Shopaholic), Wallace Shawn (Toy Story, Princess Bride) and Sigourney Weaver (Aliens, Ghostbusters), the film combines the fun of the classic hit Clueless with the tremendous popularity of vampires. A theatrical release is expected near Halloween.
Heckerling recently chatted about the comedy that follows “Beautiful vampires Goody (Silverstone) and Stacy (Ritter) have been enjoying the good life in New York City. As upstanding, politically correct Extended Life Forms (ELFs), the pair hit a support group, “Sanguines Anonymous,” to help curb the temptation of human blood in between their clubbing and dating schedules. When love steals into each of their lives, the pair’s destiny is set on a new course and they must make a choice that will jeopardize their immortality—and maybe much more.”
In other acquisition news, Focus World will distribute Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo’s science fiction comedy Extraterrestrial in partnership with Tugg (which is also pushing Paramount’s The Loved Ones). The movie will be released in theaters and via video on demand (VOD) beginning Friday, June 15th, 2012, and will also be available for audiences nationwide to create their own theatrical screenings through the Tugg platform.
In Extraterrestrial, a world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival, Spanish writer/director Nacho Vigalondo follows up his cult feature Timecrimes by way of another sly and unexpected twist on a sci-fi genre – an alien-invasion tale. “Two strangers in Madrid, fresh off a one-night stand, find their morning after disrupted by a suspicious neighbor, a jealous ex, and a mysterious flying saucer suddenly hovering over the city.
Entertainment One will release Extraterrestrial on DVD later in the summer.
More information on the Tugg release after the break. READ MORE
A couple of small, sci-fi horror space stories popped up late this afternoon that warrant some attention on what has already been an insanely busy day in the genre world.
First off, Variety is reporting that Voltage Pictures has acquired the rights to Alter a sci-fi script by John Sonntag and Thomas Sonntag, and will be partnering with Benderspink to shepherd the project to the big screen. The script, “centers on a team of scientists aboard a space station monitoring activity around a black hole when they receive a transmission showing their deaths at the hands of mysterious aliens.” Sounds like a pretty cool concept actually.
In somewhat bigger news, director Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow, Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters) is now onboard to rewrite and direct Afterburn. In the film, “is set in a future where solar flares have left half the world a ravaged wasteland filled with mutants and pirates. Buried beneath the ash and rubble are priceless artifacts and some of the world’s most valuable works of art – for which wealthy Americans will pay any price. The story centers on a treasure hunter who leads his team into the quarantine zone, braving rival bounty hunters, rogue armies, pirate gangs and deadly mutants along the way.” THR is reporting that Gerard Butler (300, The Awful Truth) is set to star. Antoine Fuqua had been previously attached to direct. READ MORE
Welcome to Comics To Feast On! There are more exciting new series launching this week, and so far, it’s shaping up to be an incredible summer. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been reading comics for your entire life or if you just started this year, there’s something for everyone these days. This week brings on the collected edition of the highly acclaimed series, Severed, the beginning of Alabaster: Wolves, the second chapter in the Vietnam War/zombie book 68: Scars, and a whole bunch more!
With the ever-increasing number of books coming out between the tie-ins, the crossovers, and the new series, we’ve all got to limit our reading lists somehow. We present you with our ten most anticipated books of the week. So feast your eyes on these! Whether you’ve been into comics since you were a young’un, or you’re new to the game, we’re here to help you decide which books to pick up. If we’ve missed something you’re stoked about, let us know in the comments. READ MORE
In the dark and dangerous world of Aliens: Colonial Marines there are a lot of ways you can die. The interesting thing is none of them are quick or painless. Seriously, there hasn’t been a single story of a marine dying in his sleep while dreaming about childhood memories of playing in the backyard with his dog on a warm summer day while his mom baked cookies and brewed lemonade. No sir, in Colonial Marines you can look forward to being burned alive, eaten, dissected, bisected, or experiencing any number of other gruesome deaths where that thing that’s trying to kill you will always give you plenty of time to think about just how slow and awful your impending death is going to be. Where was I? Oh yeah, here are some screenshots. READ MORE
The boys over in the UK at Empire Magazine have done some solid reporting getting Ridley Scott to finally open up about the Alien connection in Twentieth Century Fox’s forthcoming Prometheus, which is a prequel to Scott’s 1979 film that brought horror to the blackest depths of space. It all begins with the elusive Space Jockey, which is featured prominently in the trailers:
“ years! Years, years, years,” he stresses, of Alien‘s space traveller subplot. “I always wondered when they did [Aliens] 2,3 and 4 why they hadn’t touched upon that, instead of evolving into some other fantastic story. They missed the biggest question of them all: who’s the big guy? And where were they going? And with what? Why that cargo? There’s all kinds of questions.”
Another question for Scott is the film’s rating. He hints that the violence may have been toned-down enough to facilitate a PG-13 rating, but intriguingly suggests that the impact will match the R-grade shocks of Alien and Aliens. “The question is, do you go for the PG-13, [which] financially makes quite a difference, or do you go for what it should be, which is R? Essentially, it’s kinda R.” He adds, “It’s not just about the blood, it’s about ideas that are very stressful. I’m not an idiot, but I’ll do everything I can to get the most aggressive film I can.”
What’s so interesting about the rating conversation is that I literally forgot that was an issue during pre-production. In fact, Fox allegedly nearly shut down the film during a quarrel with Scott. I’m kind of glad that none of us are harping on the fact that it will be PG-13. Looking at the footage, I personally don’t even care anymore. You? READ MORE
*Updated with a second image that I’m sure other sites will claim they unearthed. Fact is, credit goes to @Jason_Diaz and the folks at @Unfiction. Thanks guys!
While we’d never sink as low as to act like WE discovered the following, the online community has cracked a code that unveiled a brand new look at Prometheus, albiet one that’s not so special.
Clicking over to ProjectPrometheus.com/Eridu and typing in “tell abu shahrain” revealed the above image from Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel that blasts into space June 8.
Eridu references one of the oldest cities in the world and ties into the Weyland Corporation viral campaign.
Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Logan Marshall-Green, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Kate Dickie and Guy Pearce, “A team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.” READ MORE
Special thanks to BD reader ‘Fritte Öhman’ out of Sweden for the above and below screengrabs from the latest trailer for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, all of which provided major plot clues to the mystery surrounding the Alien prequel. And while Scott denies any connection, the above grab should end the conversation once and for all. Yes, that looks like a Xenomorph to me, too.
“Lost”‘s Damon Lindelof has penned this brilliant sci-fi horror film where he, along with Scott, creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which “a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.”
In theaters June 8 from Fox, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Guy Pearce, Kate Dickie, Rafe Spall, Logan Marshall-Green, Benedict Wong, Emun Elliott, Ben Foster, Patrick Wilson and Ian Whyte all star. READ MORE
Ridley Scott’s Prometheus is finally unleashing the deluge we’ve only been receiving hints of so far.
And it looks amazing. No xenomorphs, but there are creatures, and Space Jockeys and – more importantly – the sense that whatever Prometheus turns out to be will be inspired. No matter what the label. Though, technically, it’s impossible for it not to be an Alien prequel. Even if there aren’t any xenomorphs, it’s most certainly in the same universe. I personally think it’s a good thing they might not be in the movie, there’s no way Scott can recreate the terror of the first film by using a creature that’s been drug through the mud after six installments (if you’re counting the AVP stuff, which totally neutered the creature).
“Ridley Scott, director of ‘Alien’ and ‘Blade Runner,’ returns to the genre he helped define. With ‘Prometheus’, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.”
In theaters June 8, Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Guy Pearce, Kate Dickie, Rafe Spall, Logan Marshall-Green, Benedict Wong, Emun Elliott, Ben Foster, Patrick Wilson all star.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer! We’ve also included a 30-Second viral tease of Michael Fassbender’s character! READ MORE
It looks like someone used Weyland Industries’ technology to leak the second trailer for Prometheus, Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel taking off June 8. Below you’ll find all sorts of dazzling new imagery from the flick starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron, Idris Elba, Sean Harris, Guy Pearce, Kate Dickie, Rafe Spall, Logan Marshall-Green, Benedict Wong, Emun Elliott, Ben Foster, Patrick Wilson and Ian Whyte.
In other news, all of Twentieth Century Fox’s alleged fake fansites have all simultaneously crashed (what an odd coincidence) as the official website for Weyland Industries has released the entire timeline for their company.
“With ‘Prometheus’, Scott creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.” READ MORE
Vertigo, the creator owned imprint of DC Comics, has taken quite a hit over the past year. Both of writer Brian Wood’s critically acclaimed Vertigo books, DMZ and Northlanders, have been wrapped up, while Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera’s Scalped is drawing to a close as well. So what kind of fresh blood does Vertigo have waiting in the wings to help ease the pain of losing two of its flagship titles? Saucer Country, a book that mixes the thrilling political intrigue of Brian K. Vaughan’s Ex Machina with the dark supernatural elements of The X-Files to create one of the best launch issues from Vertigo since Jeff Lemire exploded onto the comics’ scene with Sweet Tooth. Read on for the skinny…