In the age of corporate sponsored education reform, endless permission slips, and relentless standardized testing (where some of the companies churning out all these tests and workbooks can be more ruthlessly capitalistic than the Weyland-Yutani Corporation and more unapologetically parasitic than the alien xenomorph in its infantile facehugger phase), it’s uncommon to witness the level of courage and creativity the staff and students of North Bergen High School in North Bergen, New Jersey put into their stage adaptation of Ridley Scott’s classic 1979 film, Alien. Their production made headlines around the world, and photos of the students’ perfectly accurate costumes and amazingly lifelike props and special effects have been impressing everyone for the past few weeks. It turns out that Sigourney Weaver-the star of the cinematic franchise and one of the greatest leading ladies of horror ever to grace the silver screen- was so impressed that she took a special trip to North Bergen High School to give the students an evening they’ll never forget!
As hard to fathom as it is, this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Ridley Scott masterpiece Alien. A truly revolutionary picture, both in terms of horror and science fiction, Alien was groundbreaking in so many ways that it has spawned multiple sequels, merchandising, games, and has generally influenced pop culture in all facets since the late ’70s that truly cannot be measured to this day. While the last film entry in the franchise, 2017’s Alien: Covenant, was a pretty good movie there has been little movement on the sequel front since due to licensing and script delays. But 20th Century Fox knew that they had to capitalize on this important moment as best they could, and keep the hardcore fans satiated. read more
We sift through the new release heap so you don’t have to!
Welcome to Horror News Network’s Buy / Wait / Rent, a monthly article devoted to the most highly-anticipated horror releases on blu-ray. Here you will find the best home video releases of each month, along with our opinion on whether each film is a must-own on the first day of release, something you should wait to buy until it goes on sale, or something you’re better off renting for a one-time watch. And now, on to the notable new releases of April 2019! read more
According to the gang at Observer, an R-Rated animated Alien Series may be in development. Sources tell the site that a seven-episode series based on the Alien: Isolation game could arrive as early as April. Rumor has it that Axis Animation will bring the series to fruition.
Alien: Isolation was published by Sega and released in October 2014 for both consoles and the PC. The game is set 15 years after the events of the original Alien film and follows Ellen Ripley’s daughter, Amanda Ripley, as she investigates the disappearance of her mother. The series received generally positive reviews and was nominated for several year-end awards. read more
Following up on our coverage of the big Alien franchise announcement from earlier this week, apparently the best was yet to come. After two rather cryptic (but cool!) tweets hinted at a new project about to be unleashed featuring Amanda Ripley, the speculation regarding the media format was running wild. But now we know that gamers everywhere have reason to celebrate……Alien: Blackout has been officially unleashed.
The Alien Twitter account (@alienanthology) has been busy in the early part of this week. On Monday they posted teasers for the upcoming open-world video game Alien: Blackout for mobile devices, a highly-anticipated follow-up to the moderately successful venture Alien: Isolation (2014). Whether this is a direct sequel is still not entirely clear, but with Amanda Ripley being the star once again this is a logical conclusion. For fans who were left hanging following the non-specific tweets from this weekend, however, the update (below) was a very welcome response. read more
Fans of the Alien franchise can once again rejoice. According to the official Alien Twitter account (@AlienAnthology), a new game starring Amanda Ripley appears to be on the horizon for 2019 (in January, specifically. Of course, this could all be some sort of swerve as the details are presented in a very sketchy manner with only a closing tag line hinting at the format. Welcome to viral marketing in the new year.
The two videos (tweets can be seen below) appear to give a quick rundown of the ill-fated Nostromo and its violent disappearance but with a bit of a twist. The “hero” being referenced is Amanda Ripley, the daugher of the Alien films protagonist Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and also the star of the 2014 video game released by Sega, Alien: Isolation. While not necessarily a huge financial and critical success (or disaster), an Alien: Isolation sequel does seem to be the purpose of these teaser videos, though it’s not entirely clear. The videos end with the cryptic crawl “Read. Play. Watch.”, with the term “play” seemingly implying that a game is what will be announced. But then again, this theory is not spelled out explicitly so the anticipation is causing quite the uproar with Alien fans everywhere. read more
Horror News Network was on site at Day One of the 2018 New York Comic Con to bring you the hottest horror toys on display at the show! Super 7 brought a wide variety of properties to the show, including ReAction figures from Alien, Misfits, and Phantom Starkiller. Their classic monsters line included masks and Halloween buckets based on Frankenstein and The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and they offered two different 3-packs of popular Hellboy characters. You can check out all of our photos from the event below: read more
This past June, 20th Century Fox partnered with Tongal (a crowdsourcing platform for video content) with the intention of celebrating the 40th anniversary of the original Alien film by “… tapping six visionary filmmakers in the Tongal Community to produce their own original short videos set in the aftermath of the original film.” And according to the official Alien twitter page, the finalists have been selected.
From over 550 entries and 18 incredible finalists, we’re excited to announce six talented @tongal filmmakers have been selected to create short films set in the #ALIEN universe! Stay tuned… ? pic.twitter.com/swQK6MzsZp read more
Fans of Ridley Scott’s original Alien film and James Cameron’s Aliens eagerly awaited the release of the third film in the series in 1992, helmed by first time director Davis Fincher. Although Fincher would later be forgiven many times over (Seven, Fight Club, Zodiac) most of those fans walked out of the theater on May 22 of that year disappointed and confused.
What fans did not know at the time that Alien 3 was released was that a script by sci-fi legend William Gibson (Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive) had been scraped at the eleventh hour, resulting in a rushed production that took the film in a very different direction. read more
Are you looking to express your fandom by purchasing some new merchandise based on a beloved franchise after the conclusion of Harry Potter Book Night, but before the launch of Star Wars’ May the Fourth extravaganza and Force Friday? Well, Twentieth Century Fox has just the event for you: the third annual Alien Day!
Set for April 26th, 2018 (because “4/26” sounds kind of like “LV-426,” the name of the infamous planet where the crew of the Nostromo encounter the viscous little facehugger), the event will include everything from sale prices on digital purchases of classic Alien movies to an Aliens pinball tournament. Special products will be available from such companies as Dark Horse Comics, Fright Rags, Neca, Funko, Mondo, Mattel, and Diamond Select. read more