Anyone who knows me is aware that Alien is my all-time favorite film. I’ve seen it so many times that I’ve actually lost count. But I do remember that I first saw it in 1983, and I’ll cop to having watched it once a month on average since.
Some years I watch it more than that. Others less. One year, I spent six months watching it once a week, and one of those weeks I probably even watched it every day. I’ve owned the film on every format except laserdisc, and have abstained (for now) buying the Blu ray. Really, how many copies does one person need. Still, I’m sure you can do the math, and agree that all of my copies should probably be confiscated forthwith. Although, there still is cable…
Now that you’re up to speed on my obsession for Alien and the sequels the film spawned (yes, I own those too), I’m sure you can guess how terrified I was when I heard that there was going to be a prequel film. Would the take something I love, and destroy it? Could this possibly be something great that I’ll love for years to come? Those thoughts swirled inside my head. Before I had a panic attack some news came to me that made me get a good night’s sleep. The prequel would be in the loving hands of Ridley Scott.
This is the man who sat at the helm of the first film that I hold so dear. He’s also the man who has directed some of my other favorite films, like Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, and Blade Runner (to name a few). Surely this film would be safe with him. Still… thoughts of Terminator: Salvation swirled in my head.
It’s not that I didn’t like that film. I own it for Pete’s Sake! But just because I own it doesn’t mean it’s on my Top 10 List. It wouldn’t even make the Top 50 if I’m being honest. That’s what I was afraid of happening when I first heard about Prometheus. A movie studio being so gung-ho on the idea of revitalizing the Alien franchise, that they never stop to think if they should. Then I saw the teaser, and I nearly cried.
Nothing really happens in the teaser, but the tension is so strong that you believe it will. A large part of that is due to the score, and the other I would say is due to the creepy atmosphere, and previous experience. Fans of the franchise know what happens when you happen upon strange pods, hear slithering noises, and see rooms covered in a sticky goo. We know what lurks in the shadows of the textured walls inside abandoned space crafts. We know what the new arrivals have yet to discover.
That’s the beauty of a prequel if done right. The viewer already comes armed with knowledge, and hopes to learn more as the movie progresses. As the trailers changed from teasers to full-on trailers (like the one below) we discovered that this would be the case here. If you haven’t seemed the Prometheus trailer by now (is that even possible? Two came on while I typed this post.) I don’t want to spoil anything, but I will say that what we may previously guessed about our Face Hugger friends looks dead on. No pun intended.
You all have no idea how excited I am for this film. I don’t think I can even put it into words. Still, even though the film has a kick-ass director, and is starring some of my favorite actors (Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender, Idris Elba, and Guy Pearce) there is still a chance things could go horribly wrong. Maybe I’m just afraid I’ve built my hopes up to such an impossibly high degree, that nothing can live up to them.
Prometheus hits theaters in 15 days, 16 hours, and 38 minutes, or June 8, 2012. Whatever! Click here for more information of the film, trailers, and to join the fan community.