Ridley Scott’s return to prominence was clear when he gave us the impressive adaptation of The Martian with Matt Damon and after Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Chappie) failed to show any improvements as a storyteller beyond the same tropes, he was booted (more or less) from his vision of the next Alien movie in the franchise.
I liked Prometheus, I’m not sure why or how people could have hated it like they claim, but I also know it wasn’t a perfect film either. Still, the fact I am more than intrigued as to where the story goes beyond Prometheus proves there was something to behold. The first red-band trailer for Alien: Covenant was bloody as f**k and genuinely terrifying, a return to the roots of the first film, and it’s clear that Scott wants to bring more horror to the sequel than ever before.
What people are calling the “Neomorph” seems to be just as freaking as the original Xenomorphs only more limbs, but just as frightening as last time. My only problem with this trailer is it’s attempt at a money shot at the end when it didn’t need it. We know that this crew is going to bite it, that’s how these films work, but why show the alien so bluntly like that by the trailers end? Regardless, the trailer proves that the fear factor is there, the cast is strong, and obviously Ridley Scott knows a thing or two about making visually pleasing films.