Thursday 21 March 2024

Alien: Romulus teases terror

On Wednesday, a teaser trailer dropped for Alien: Romulus.

Read the official synopsis:

"While scavenging the deep ends of a derelict space station, a group of young space colonizers come face to face with the most terrifying life form in the universe."

The old-school trailer music gave me all the chills. The look and feel of Alien: Romulus evokes Ridley Scott's original Alien, a haunted house in space, and survival horror video game spin-off Alien: Isolation.

The upcoming Alien franchise movie, directed by Fede Álvarez (Evil Dead), is said to be set between Alien and Aliens. Ridley Scott (Alien) is the producer, and James Cameron (Aliens) is an unofficial consultant. The movie stars Cailee Spaeny, Isabela Merced, David Jonsson, Archie Renaux, Spike Fearn and Aileen Wu. Industrial Light & Magic (ILM) is producing the visual effects.

"I wanted to travel back not just to the style of the original movies, but to the genre of the original movies," Álvarez told Variety. "I really wanted to go back to the sheer horror of the first film, and to take those elements of thriller that Aliens has, and Alien 3 has as well. We went to crazy extents to keep it pure to the film-making techniques of the first movie."

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter (THR), Isabela Merced recalls being on set during reshoots and holding an iPad belonging to the director.

“Fede Álvarez gave me the iPad where he watches playback, and he had the movie pulled up,” Merced said. “So I told him I wanted to see parts of it, and he showed it to me. I was the one holding the iPad, and there were ten people around me watching it on the iPad. So there’s a scene that I’m in, and they all had to turn away. Not one person stayed looking at that iPad because it was so disgusting.”

Hopefully, Álvarez's standalone movie will revitalise the chest-bursting franchise as director Dan Trachtenberg's Prey did for studio stablemate Predator.

Originally intended to go straight-to-streaming on Hulu and Star on Disney+ like Predator prequel Prey, Alien: Romulus is only in cinemas on 16th August.

What did you think of the teaser trailer? Are you looking forward to Alien: Romulus? Let me know in the comments below.

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