Ask film buffs what the most important thing about an ALIEN film is, and you’re likely to get an important “A” word. No, not action — though that still has its place in the franchise — but atmosphere. That’s something the first two ALIEN films had in spades. It’s the same atmosphere that inspired METROID into the moody, isolated, and eerie video game franchise it is today (at least in a good number of its entries). While successive ALIEN sequels certainly skewed from this, director Ridley Scott managed to reclaim some of that imagery for 2012’s PROMETHEUS, which still had mixed results from fans.
However, with his next film, ALIEN: COVENANT, Scott seems to be returning to the core DNA of the franchise, and it’s something that’s become all too apparent by the most recent image released via the official ALIEN Facebook page.
Check it out below!
As you can see, the image shows Katherine Waterston’s character (Daniels) with her back against the corridor wall and nowhere to run. The lighting and mise en scÃ©ne are moody, colorful, and threatening. I believe this shot is the closest we’ve had to the look of the original ALIEN since the original ALIEN, which bodes well for the finished product. Yes, at the end of the day, this is just a picture, and we can’t forget that in order to be great, the script has to hold up, but getting the feel right is a great step in the right direction. Consider this writer hyped for the project.
What do you think? Does this new image do anything for you, or are you still waiting for a trailer to cast your judgment? Sound off in the comments below!
ALIEN: COVENANT hits theaters on August 4, 2017.
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SOURCE: Official ALIEN Facebook Page