With one film, Ridley Scott has been able to recapture his acclaim and the public trust, for the first time since, probably, the director’s cut of Kingdom of Heaven. His success at the Golden Globe awards (even if it was in a category that did not fit the film) seems only to reaffirm this.
So with all this in mind, it is disappointing for me to be reminded that his next film is Alien: Covenant. While I do consider myself a fan of the Alien Franchise, I have never been a fan of Prometheus. The film felt like a lot of build up, to a question that was never answered. While visually stunning, I found the story to be a mess.
However, with shooting being scheduled to begin shortly, Scott has begun giving interviews about the piece. In his most recent one, he made it clear that he was, not only going for a hard R, but he was also looking to truly scare us.
In the interview he stated: “I always remember walking down the edge in Saint Louis when we were previewing [Alien]. I couldn’t sit through the film one more time. I walked down the edge into the kitchen scene when John Hurt started to bring up his breakfast. That moment, I realized how pretty scary the film was… I felt a sense of responsibility that I had gone too far because it was extreme. I’m going to try and do that again this year, but much worse.”
With everything I’ve said before still in mind, I really want to see how he intends to do that. The chestburster is one of the most iconic images in all of horror, so to see Scott attempt to one up himself, is a concept that intrigues me. You have my attention Scott; please don’t let me down.