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‘Blade Runner 2049’: The Horror News Network Review & Analysis

Blade Runner 2049 is a breathtaking achievement which can remind even the bitterest critic of contemporary moviemaking that the big studios can still deliver artistic, emotional, and thought provoking material to cinemas. Between its expert handling of the source material, its downright gorgeous set design and cinematography, and its incredible performances, the film is a bona fide masterpiece which is more than worthy of the Blade Runner name.

Thirty-five years ago, Blade Runner was released in theaters after a rocky production period. The film didn’t exactly receive a warm reception, and there have since been multiple cuts of the film to more accurately reflect director Ridley Scott’s unadulterated, yet updated vision. However, throughout all of the cuts of the movie, fans and critics began to appreciate it more and more. Its aesthetic was decades ahead of its time, and its themes and motifs were simply beyond the scope of anything else available in the early 80s. It was beautiful, it was terrifying, it was haunting, and it was unforgettable. The movie has since achieved the kind of legendary status that few of its contemporaries currently enjoy; and creating a sequel after 35 years of nostalgia and canonization would be a daunting task for any director. read more

Rest in Peace: Harry Dean Stanton Dead at 91

The movie community lost a legend with the announcement that actor Harry Dean Stanton has passed away at the age of 91. Although he was never honored by mainstream institutions like the Academy Awards, Stanton was well known to directors and lovers of film alike as a one-of-a-kind force on unforgettable projects throughout his illustrious career.

Harry Dean Stanton was born in Kentucky in 1926. He moved to California and began racking up acting credits in the mid 50s. He career began to explode in the mid 70s with a variety of high profile projects. His body of work includes collaborations with directors John Carpenter, David Lynch, Sam Peckinpah, and Ridley Scott. Film lovers know him for his roles in mainstream projects like Paris, Texas and the television series, Big Love. Horror fans know him for his unforgettable performances in AlienEscape from New York, and Repo Man. read more

Warner Bros. Releases Chilling Short Prequel Film to Promote ‘Blade Runner 2049’

Ridley Scott’s 1982 film, Blade Runner takes place in 2019. Denis Villeneuve’s upcoming Blade Runner 2049 will take place a full thirty years after the events of the original film. It’s understandable that all of this passage of real-life and narrative time between Blade Runner and its sequel may cause viewers to have questions before going in to see the new film. Warner Bros. have just released a short film to fill in some gaps and answer a few questions about how the world of the film has changed since we first saw it. read more

Warner Bros. Releases New ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Featurette

Blade Runner 2049, the highly anticipated sequel to the 1982 Ridley Scott masterpiece is right around the corner! It launches in theaters on October 6th, 2017, but you can watch a brand new making-of featurette, courtesy of Warner Bros. Studios, today.

Entitled “Time to Live,” (a play on Roy Batty’s and Leon Kowalski’s famous line, “Time to die!” from the original film) the clip shines some light on the creative process of Scott, director Denis Villeneuve, and actors Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling. In the video, art director Paul Inglis has this to say about the nostalgic-yet-original look of the new movie: read more

Ridley Scott Confirms Over 20 Minutes Cut from Alien: Covenant

In a recent interview with Collider, Ridley Scott revealed that he cut just about 20 minutes from his latest film Alien: Covenant.

Scott cut the 20 minutes based on test screenings and in an effort to bring the film in at just over the two hour mark.  Scott actually appeared happy with the feedback from the test screenings and there were no signs that the director was told to trim the film by his producers (no Blade Runner-style creative showdowns it would seem). Scott asserted that sometimes a director “…thinks you know everything, but you don’t”. read more

Alien: Covenant Wins Weekend Box Office, But May Have a Tough Road Ahead

According to current box office estimates, Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant narrowly beat out another set of “aliens” in the form of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 with a weekend gross of $36 million dollars.  Last week’s champ (Guardians) finished with just over $35 million at the weekend box office, ending their two week reign in the top spot.

While the win is a positive for the new Alien film, it did not bring in the estimated $40-$45 million that most tracking agencies predicted.  In fact, the much maligned Prometheus brought in $15 million more than Covenant with a total of $51 million in its first weekend in 2012.  Couple this with a summer packed with a new blockbuster or two every weekend until  mid-August, and Covenant may not last long at your local theater. read more

Fox Unveils Yet Another Promo Video for Alien: Covenant

In 2012, Fox took a very conservative approach to marketing its $130 million project, Prometheus. Loosely based on it’s Alien mega-franchise, the studio put its faith in Ridley Scott’s ability to subtly thread connections between the film and the original source material. Before the movie launched, very little was known about the plot; and when it came out many fans ultimately yearned for more direct connections to Alien. All of that subtlety didn’t work out… the movie’s domestic box office totaled $126 million. Therefore, Fox has chosen to market this summer’s Alien: Covenant with the subtlety of a belly flopper shot out of a cannon! read more

Second Alien: Covenant Prologue Reveals What Happened After Prometheus

In an attempt to generate interest for Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant and also serve as a bridge from his return to the world he created in 1979 (Alien) in the form of 2012’s Prometheus, Warner Brothers Pictures recently released a second prologue video (“The Crossing”) for the upcoming film.

The video features the only survivors of Prometheus,  Elizabeth (Noomi Repace) and android David (Michael Fassbender), as they attempt to locate their “creators”, but even David’s sweet, mellow voice can’t downplay his disappointment and horror when they reach their destination at the end of the clip. read more

FANtastic fun to be had on April 26th for “Alien Day”

Everyone’s favorite planet, LV-426, will once again be the subject of mass celebrations on April 26th (4/26…get it?). For those not in the know, LV-426 is the name of the planet from the Alien films where the USCSS Nostromo landed and first made contact with the Xenomorph eggs.

In anticipation of Ridley Scott’s latest addition to the franchise, Alien: Covenant, tons of fan activities haven been planned including an interactive trivia challenge, a fan art contest, new merchandise reveals and even a live-streaming event to be broadcasted from Fox Studios in Los Angeles featuring cast members from the film! read more

Fox Releases New Xenomorph-Centric Alien: Covenant Poster Image

Fox Studios have been teasing fans with a steady drip of information on its upcoming film, Alien: Covenant over the past few weeks. Anticipation has been high due to the return of Ridley Scott as director and the fact that the film promises to put its famous xenomorphs front and center this time (after 2012’s Prometheus largely avoided them). Today, Fox released a new poster image which reinforces this commitment. Check out the entire image below:

The poster features every creature a fan of the Alien franchise could possibly want to see: alien warriors, facehuggers, an engineer (originally known as the space jockey!), and even some not-so-subtle patterning up top which looks a little like the crown of the alien queen! It sure seems like we’re in for a real monster fest with this entry in the 38 year old franchise. read more