Tag: Alien

Ridley Scott’s Prometheus – review

Finally, Prometheus has landed. My anticipation of this film has been, at times, fever pitched. A loose prequel to one of my all time favourite scifi films, Alien. Was I destined to be disappointed? Surely, nothing could come close to the original Alien. I was about to embark on a discovery to see if the poisonous fangs of Hollywood had sucked the life out of this genre. All I could do as the trailers for Batman, Spiderman, and James Bond rolled on was to try and forget Scott’s original film and take this on face value. Unfortunately, I just couldn’t manage it.  Read my full review here.

Micheal Fassbender as David in Prometheus


H.R. Giger’s Alien

Stumbled upon this fascinating doco/interview with H.R. Giger by Dennis Lowe. Giger was the artistic force behind the Xenomorph in Ridley Scott’s original Alien(1979). For me it was his design of the derelict ship (including its interior) that had me in awe. The documentary itself is pretty average and perhaps a little bit cheesy, however, it does give an interesting account of Giger’s professional life. The doco is about 45 minutes long and is in five parts. Apparently it was not officially released because for some reason Giger was unhappy with it. I’m not sure how long these will be on YouTube and at the time of writing part two is missing. So here are the remaining four. (update: you can download the entire doco here. please bear in mind it is a 229mb download)

New Prometheus trailer, Alien, Moon, and their Hollywood gloss.

Just released in IMAX theaters (in the U.S. at least) is the new Prometheus trailer.  For those who don’t know Prometheus is considered a loose prequel to the original Alien.  To be released this June, Prometheus has a great pedigree, and as with Alien, it is directed by Ridley Scott.  I am a huge fan of the original Alien, and I must say that this trailer looks impressive.  However, this is not without a few concerns. The original Alien had an authentic realism to it.  Bordering on mumble core, Alien, was dirty, industrial, and avoided what I will call the “Hollywood gloss”.  Alien used milk crates as set flooring, and modified cricket pads for its space suits, all unrecognizable yet ironically working towards its realist aesthetic. And this is my big concern with Prometheus.  Judging from this trailer and previous teasers, my concern is that Prometheus will suffer from the big budget Hollywood gloss that its lower budget counterpart avoided.  Its attractive cast, and its computer generated wizardry, among other minor quibbles, suggest to me that Prometheus will not capture the essence of its original.  Look no further that Duncan Jones’s cult classic Moon if you want to see a fine example of how a low budget sci-fi can work within its means to create a cerebrally brilliant film.  In an interview Jones talked about avoiding this Hollywood gloss and aimed for an Alien aesthetic.  I had kind of hoped that Prometheus would do the same. Perhaps my expectations are unrealistic, wrong, … or maybe they will actually be realized.  Either way, I still think I will enjoy the film regardless.  I’m just hoping it will be good enough to join the pantheon of sci-fi classics.

Lynch’s Mulholland Drive, Scott’s Alien, and their gender representations

The transformation of gender representations undergone by the protagonist raises challenging questions about the nature of modern and/or postmodern identities.  Added to the academic section is an abstract of an essay where I discuss this with reference to Ridley Scott’s sci-fi/horror classic Alien and David Lynch’s superb Mulholland Drive (pictured).


This tickled me quite a bit. Alien from the Nostromo’s resident cat Jones’ perspective. You can read it here.


Prometheus – official trailer

And here it is. The trailer for Prometheus proper. I must say it look looks fantastic.

In Greek mythology Prometheus was “a champion of mankind, known for his wily intelligence, who stole fire from Zeus and gave it to mortals.Zeus then punished him for his crime by having him bound to a rock while a great eagle ate his liver every day only to have it grow back to be eaten again the next day. His myth has been treated by a number of ancient sources, in which Prometheus is credited with – or blamed for – playing a pivotal role in the early history of mankind.” – taken from Wikipedia.

This strongly hints at some of the themes that the film will touch on.

Prometheus – teaser 2

And so it continues … Prometheus Teaser Trailer Part 2

Prometheus – teaser

A little ridiculous really, but here is the trailer to the trailer for Prometheus.

I am sensing a palpable 1979 Alien vibe here! Compare this to the original trailer (a work of art in its own right):



Prometheus. A film I am really looking forward to. Not exactly a prequel to the original Alien(1979) but set in the same fictional space and unpackages many of the questions that arose from Ridley Scott original masterpiece. Alien is one of my favorite films, it chilled me to the core and hasn’t lost anything over the years. What’s really exciting is that Prometheus has the same pedigree as Alien with Ridley Scott’s returning to direct. From what little I’ve seen of released (and leaked) stills and footage Prometheus shares the same feel as Alien … and so it should should! However, now I’m expecting great things which makes me feel somewhat uncomfortable. Here’s hoping that Ridley can pick up his game after his recent disappointments.