Alien Covenant is a proper return to R-rated horror

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You think of the Alien franchise these days, and you think of a series of largely action-packed movies starring a motley band of various ruffians in space, barely surviving the onslaught of a species based on the worst genital nightmares ever concocted by a mad Swiss artist. But it always used to be this way, oh no.

The very first Alien movie was tense stuff when it was first released, a dangerous game of cat and mouse as the crew of the Nostromo found themselves being hunted by a creature that was perfect in its singular design, unclouded by delusions of morality. But it was James Cameron’s 1986 sequel that went from horror to straight-out action. Sure, David Fincher’s Alien 3 attempted to bring the horror back, but studio meddling pretty much killed that dream with the rest of the series favouring high levels of easily-digestible explosions and bullets instead.

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But for the next chapter in the franchise? With audiences once again thirsty for blood, it sounds like Alien: Covenant is returning to its terror-filled roots. That’s according to reactions from the people who were in attendance for a special 20th Century Fox presentation last week, that showcased big slices of films in production that included the Xenomorph slasher. Bear in mind that only 15 minutes of Alien: Covenant footage was shown off, but the reactions sound wonderfully nasty already:

YEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSS. I’m drooling like one of the Xenomorphs over here. Now I still loved Prometheus, which I thought was at least a step in the right direction. Even if it did include some of the most bafflingly stupid people to ever exist and attempt to pet a vagina-snake. But stripping the stupid and earning that R-rating? I’m down for that.

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Alien: Covenant drops next year May, and stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride, Demián Bichir, Billy Crudup, Amy Seimetz, Jussie Smollett, Carmen Ejogo, and Callie Hernandez.

Last Updated: December 12, 2016

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  • After that terrible movie that had a Xeno at the end I will have to see it before I believe it.

  • Captain JJ

    I also enjoyed Prometheus.

  • Original Heretic

    Excellent news! A good Alien movie is just what the doctor ordered!

  • Bruce Bielie

    What happened to Noomi Rapace? Did I get that right?

  • Yondaime

    So this is the new tactic then….Both Rogue One and Alien having screenings where people come out absolutely loving it?

  • Gustav Willem Diedericks

    I saw Prometheus not really as an Alien franchise movie, but more of an below-average Sci-Fi flick, that only punted the “Alien” bit to try and draw audiences. I just hope director Ridley Scott doesn’t let the fandom go to his head this time like with Prometheus and thinks a bit more about his story and character development

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