R-Rated Alien: Covenant Trailer Contains Plenty of Action and Chills

The first trailer for Alien: Covenant is here. This is the latest entry in the long-running sci-fi horror series, and it looks set to be a seriously intense, scary ride. Check it out below:

The film is directed by Ridley Scott, who helmed the original 1979 Alien, as well as 2012’s semi-prequel Prometheus. It stars Michael Fassbender, who reprises his role from Prometheus, alongside Katherine Waterston (Inherent Vice), Billy Crudup (Watchmen), Demian Bichir (The Hateful Eight), Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down), and James Franco (Spring Breakers).

A synopsis has also been released. It reads: “The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.”

This trailer certainly looks like the film that the cast have hinted at over the past few months. In July, McBride said that the movie would be a “dark horror movie” with “no comic relief at all”. More recently, Fassbender revealed that Scott had “gone back to the original DNA of Alien, the horror element of that.”

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Fox unveiled footage to critics at a recent showcase for some of their 2017 movies. We saw a couple scenes, and it does indeed capture the Alien vibe fans are craving. Seeing a neo-morph burst through someone’s back is every bit as grotesque as you would expect. Waterson attended the event and stated, “This is an Alien movie with a capital ‘A’.” Despite filming the scenes shown, she confessed it was a little scary to actually see on the big screen. As a director, Scott didn’t want to get in their way. He allowed them to act out each scene. If it was “terrible,” they would simply do it over.

Alien: Covenant hits theaters on May 19, 2017.

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