Director Ridley Scott’s 1979 space-age horror thriller ALIEN ranks as one of the most terrifying sci-fi shockers of all time…
I remember literally jumping out of my seat during THAT scene—you know the one— where the beast bursts out of John Hurt‘s body.
Fast forward to this weekend which has Scott unleashing a second installment of the current ALIEN prequel series.
It’s ALIEN: COVENANT which thankfully is more intent on gripping content than the previous semi-sequel PROMETHEUS turned out to be five years ago.
Here Scott gets back to basics.
And that’s a good thing—even though there could be at least one more prequel in the offing before we reach the actual origin of the 1979 movie.
Confused? Don’t be.
It will all make sense in this edition of the franchise which should answer a lot of questions fans were left with after 2012’s film.
They’ll get those answers now in COVENANT.
This time we find the crew of the spaceship carrying a large number of human embryos in deep freeze mode to a possible better world and future–or something like that.
Along the journey they come across a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, only to discover what they think is an uncharted paradise, but that’s really a threat beyond their imagination.
You guessed it; a new encounter with an alien life form that is now forcing the crew of the Covenant into a diabolical fight for survival.
Any nasty critters bursting from humans in this edition, you ask?
You WON’T be disappointed, trust me!
There are plenty of acid-dripping beasts to satisfy your relentless appetites.
The ensemble cast includes Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride and Michael Fassbender in dual synthetic robot roles.
There’s all that and more, with director Ridley Scott giving an all new meaning to invasion of body snatchers.
ALIEN: COVENANT, new this weekend in 2-D, 3-D, IMAX and in other premium large screen formats citywide.
My grade: B
JACK GOES TO THE MOVIES Friday mornings during Kansas City’s Morning News on 98.1 FM, KMBZ.