Space Remains Horrifying in Newest ‘Alien: Covenant’ Photos
Space is terrifying; at this point, that much is beyond debate. All people do there is die! (And make game-changing scientific discoveries, sure, but at what cost?) Space tried to murder Sandra Bullock in Gravity, it came back for Matthew McConaughey in Interstellar, and that’s not even counting all the space-set films that are supposed to be horrifying. None moreso than Ridley Scott’s 1979 masterpiece Alien, back in the news these days due to its upcoming sequel Alien: Covenant, the trailer for which made for a primo excuse to leave the dinner table and its various political arguments this Christmas night.
But even as we all continue to feverishly rewatch the Covenant trailer, 20th Century Fox has unveiled a trio of new images to stoke the flames of fan anticipation before its May 19 release date. And none of them make space look like a particularly nice place to visit. In the first, we see Scott himself giving actor Jussie Smollett a pointer on set between takes, their faces lit with an eerie blue glow from some kind of console interface:
In the second, Carmen Ejogo and Amy Seimetz attend to a medical situation onboard their ship. It could be your typical space-headcold, but judging from the expression of excruciating pain and dribble of blood from the side of the mouth, smart money’s on something having laid eggs in that dude‘s spinal cord.
And in the final photo, Katherine Waterston and her haircut both cower in fear from an unseen attacker alongside a companion with an obscured face. What‘s she looking at? Is it yet another attempt from space to eradicate all life that dares to penetrate its airless void? Who knows, but probably!
As the old expression goes (and it says something about Alien’s cultural ubiquity that its tagline has graduated from marketing slogan to universal wisdom), in space, no one can hear you scream. You’d think that before the crew decided to venture back into the most dangerous climate on or off the planet, they’d develop some kind of scream-hearing technology. But no. Space remains silent, scary, and full of homicidal organisms.