“Anywhere you go, it follows you.” AMC has released the first trailer for their upcoming second season of the Ridley Scott-produced anthology series The Terror which is now, officially, going under the title of The Terror: Infamy.
I am a very dangerous man to know.
Tom Hardy goes into the wild and comes back to an even wilder society, now a changed man. Set in 1814, Taboo follows James Keziah Delaney, a man who has been to the ends of the earth and comes back irrevocably changed. Believed to be long dead, he returns home to London from Africa to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire and rebuild a life for himself.
But his father’s legacy is a poisoned chalice, and with enemies lurking in every dark corner, James must navigate increasingly complex territories to avoid his own death sentence. Encircled by conspiracy, murder, and betrayal, a dark family mystery unfolds in a combustible tale of love and treachery.
This is the first trailer for the upcoming FX miniseries Taboo.
While Prometheus 2 is not due to hit the theaters until May of 2017, buzz on pre-production alone have been bursting out across the newsfeeds faster than even a Xenomorph chestbuster.
The title of Prometheus 2 has been officially announced by director Ridley Scott in a recent interview. The sequel will be named Alien: Paradise Lost. Check out the interview below, which also contains a bit of news on Blade Runner 2.
There are many things to take away from the first viewing of Alien, Ridley Scott’s now iconic creature feature. For some it was the raw, used and lived in feel of Scott’s universe, a far cry away from the shining, gleaming future we saw in most of the sci-fi flicks of the 1970s. For others it was the claustrophobic and intense atmosphere that the film created. Regardless the reason for loving (or hating the movie); no one can argue that it isn’t a visually stunning film. H.R. Giger’s designs were perfectly displayed on-screen and turned into horrific visions of a future, where we are simple prey, or worse yet hosts.
This attention to visual detail was certainly what caught my eye when I saw the movie so many years ago. That first visual from Alien that’s now burned into my brain, is not the famous Xenomorph, but the huge, imposing figure of the Space Jockey. A mysterious thing that at that time had no back story, leaving us to the wonderment of our own imaginations. Simply a sign that what is about to happen, has happened before. Prometheus (unnecessarily) attempted to answer some of the questions that had long surrounded the Space Jockey, and now the talented sculptors at Sideshow Collectibles have created a superb version of the Space Jockey which can now be yours.
Sideshow Collectibles is proud to present the Space Jockey Maquette from Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi horror classic, Alien.
Long before Prometheus uncovered the origins of the Engineer and his species, the mysterious ‘Space Jockey’ captured the imaginations of movie-goers around the globe. First encountered by the doomed crew of the ship Nostromo, the haunting discovery of the enormous lonely star gazer remains one of the most memorable moments in the Alien franchise. Based on the iconic bio-organic industrial designs of Swiss artist H. R. Giger, Sideshow’s artists have faithfully captured every detail of the fossilized sentinel, a tragic traveler who fell victim to his own lethal cargo and was forever frozen, trapped in time and space.
Intriguing so far, but how does the piece fare under close inspection? Pretty darn good – that’s how! Below is a gallery of the piece so you can see for yourself.
The Marquette looks incredible, with an attention to detail that really brings the piece to live. If you had some tinted lighting and a smoke machine, you could be the crew of the Nostromo yourself! This craftsmanship does come with a price however, and the almost $600, it may be too rich for some collectors. Fear not though, as Sideshow Collectibles have their own $60 a month payment scheme you can sign up to if you really need this piece on your shelf at home.
This is not Sideshow Collectibles first venture into the Alien franchise. They’ve also created a piece for the Alien 35th anniversary ($399.99 and limited to 2000).
In addition to the piece above, they also have an upcoming Aliens Warrior bust which is due to be shipped in March / April of this year ($359.99 and limited to 1750).
Something else that really caught our eye is the upcoming April/May release of the Alien: The Weyland-Yutani Report, a collaborative creation between Sideshow Collectibles and Insight Editions. This piece is part sculpture, part book and chronicles the rise of the Xenomorph with some incredible visual illustrations to top it all off, all for $325.
Quite the collection of Alien related paraphernalia for fans to be getting on with, but with all these pieces having a limited run and only so much cash to go round, collectors may have to decide what is more important, the Space Jockey or a Xenomorph?
If you like what Sideshow Collectibles has on offer then you may also like some of the fantastic work NECA has done with the Alien franchise too. Keep checking with Grizzly Bomb for all your collectible news as it arrives.
Images: Sideshow Collectibles, Insight Editions.
I have been following The Counselor with a lot of anticipation since it was announced that Pulitzer prize winning author Cormac Mccarthy had penned the screenplay. When Ridley Scott was announced as director I was even more excited. The second trailer for the upcoming thriller is out now and boy, does it look every bit as promising as I hoped:
The trailer is just about as vague as the synopsis, which has me both intrigued and overjoyed: Per IMDb, The Counselor stars Michael Fassbender as “a lawyer [who] finds himself in over his head when he gets involved in drug trafficking.” We don’t need to know more – too many trailers spoil the fun by showing the best action sequence or the funniest joke in the previews. Here we get just enough of a tease to pull us in, though the names attached are sufficient enough for me. This should be good.
The Counselor hits theatres October 25th, 2013.
So we here at Grizzly Bomb have a mammoth Countdown to Halloween going on, focusing on some of the greatest Halloween icons to ever terrify humanity. However, here I just want to give a thumbs up to some of the more obscure creatures of the night who have terrified me over the years.
So welcome to our Countdown to Halloween Special – Top 10 B-Movie Monsters. Click on through our new handy Tabber below and prepare yourself for some B-Movie greatness.
The one creature in the universe that could discourage me from being an astronaut is strangely enough one of my favorite horror creatures. The Xenomorph or Alien was first introduced in the 1979 film of the same name, and although the film came out before my time, it stills bring in the scares. The concept of Alien was brought forward by Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett, who wrote the script for the 1979 film. However the Xenomorphs design was the brain child of H. R. Giger. The creature is truly alien in the way it looks, sounds and even evolves (I’ll discuss that later on). The Xenomorph has been in a grand total of seven films over its impressive lifetime, and although not all the films were perfect, the majority were some of the best Sci-Fi/Horror films ever made.
Prometheus is a good Sci-Fi film with great acting and an interesting plot, but sadly it wasn’t a great Sci-Fi film and definitely wasn’t this generations Alien. But I would love to see a sequel which could easily fix the problems I found with this film. The best advice I can give to anyone going to see this film would be not to have your expectations to the level that the hype has put it.
Ridley Scott, director of Alien and Blade Runner, returns to the genre he helped define. With Prometheus, he creates a ground-breaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.
To start off let’s talk about the acting. The acting was very professional and you could feel the emotion but the main flaw I found with the characters and the film in general were that you couldn’t connect with the people. The main character Elizabeth Shaw (Noomi Rapace) was the exception to this with a realistic but strong character who survives at all costs (credit goes to her with a great performance). Sadly the characters you start to like get very little screen time and the one’s you don’t really care about (Charlie) get time that was more boring than interesting. Then there’s my main fault with this film. The crew don’t really mix very well and you get the feeling their all in their own little worlds, rather than experiencing something as a group. So in that respect it loses some of its authenticity.
Think I have moaned enough about the characters for now, so let’s talk about something more fun like the visuals. The special effects, physical props and visual landscape shots where both excellent viewing and brilliantly immersive to the universe that Ridley Scott’s created. There’s nothing quite like being four rows from the screen of an IMAX 3D showing of Prometheus and I would definitely recommend that experience. At one point the spaceship felt like it was landing two feet from your seat which was a little shocking because I have never sat that close at an IMAX. The best thing I felt about this films look was the way that the ships interiors and the alien building where all real and built in the Pinewood Studios which gave everything a realistic touch which helps to bring you closer to believing you’re in that world.
The plot is very much its own. If nothing else this film is not like any other and for that Ridley Scott has made a great addition to his Sci-Fi resume. My favorite scene without giving anything away would be the end scene of the film and if you have seen alien you will know why, but the other would probably be anything involving the Android David (Michael Fassbender) because he was such a great character and played brilliantly by Michael Fassbender who was being great as always. So if there is a sequel which after watching the film I would be expecting one, then I hope that they keep David but give him more face time and a better physical presence.
Finally I would like to address the question of whether Prometheus is a prequel to the Alien film. In my opinion it certainly was a prequel and the film does nothing but leave clues to the original films plot and origins. The end gives you the strongest connection to the original; they couldn’t have made that last scene more revealing to the alien origins if you saw the crew of the Nostromo land at the end. Simply put though this film needed to be more like alien and have a more structured and sensible plot that wouldn’t confuse viewers, I did feel that the film alienated (pure coincidence I used that word) people who wouldn’t get some of the more subtle and complicated plot strands. So go watch it because the film is a great viewing pleasure and will keep you thinking for a long time after about what happened.
grizzly rating 4.5
1.) It’s the spiritual predecessor of the Alien films.
Multiple shots from trailers and clips have shown the plot to be centered in some fashion around the ubiquitous “Space Jockey” from the original Alien. Now, originally, it was just called The Pilot in the script, and was put there as a one off bit of foreshadowing towards the decidedly gory death that would befall the crew of the Nostromo. Anyone who’s watched Alien multiple times, has probably had questions about that weird elephantine looking pilot, who is surrounded by so much mystery and awe in the first film. Ridley Scott had also given thought to who this character was way back when the film first came out, and spoke of how it was “Really just a suit”. This of course lines up with some of the SPOILER images shown from the film, which depict a large bipedal creature, and not the elephantine enigma we’ve all come to love and enjoy.
2.) It’s a science fiction film made by Ridley Scott.
Granted, he’s only made two before this, but they were single handedly two of the most influential and captivating science fiction films of all time. Alien itself brought to the forefront the idea that science fiction CAN be taken seriously by a mainstream audience, and damn scary as well. Blade Runner, while not as critically appreciated in it’s time, is nonetheless regarded as a modern classic, teeming with philosophical, moral, and societal themes that all serve to rally around a singular question: What does it mean to be human? Both films revolutionized how we view aliens, artificial intelligence, body horror, fear and of course, being horribly mutilated by monsters and/or replicants. Both were also amazing, quintessential examples of their genre, and another entry by Mr. Scott is something to always be on the lookout for, regardless of its heritage. Its a damn, damn exciting heritage.
Charlize tells us how brilliant Ridley Scott is. Fun Fact: if you flip the D in Ridley Scott’s first name 180 degrees it turns into RIPLEY. COINCIDENCE? CONSPIRACY? You decide.
3.) It could lead to other, amazing, potentially game changing science fiction films by Ridley Scott.
Along with his proposed sequel to Prometheus, he’s mentioned getting a TRUE sequel to Blade Runner up and running, written by the original writer, giving us perhaps some finality and closure on the long running question of Deckard’s humanity, or telling an all new story entirely. It’s supposedly going to have a female lead, but I wouldn’t discount old Mr. Ford showing up in a cameo, and personally it’d be badass if it was ambiguous as to whether or not Deckard was old because his replicant time clock is running out, or if he’s just old because people get old and are old. Either way, if it’s got Scott behind the helm I’m all in for the ride, because trying to remake or reboot it just wouldn’t work without the OG crew in tow.
4.) It’s apparently set in the Firefly/Serenity universe.
I know what you’re thinking. “Whoa, what? How could that even be? They’re like two different things entirely Cheesebadger, you’re just making stuff up.” BUT YOU’D BE WRONG. BEHOLD!
That’s a screenshot of Mr. Malcolm Reynolds’ POV shooting a Weyland-Yutani cannon at Alliance cruisers. Go pop in your copy of the Firefly dvd DVD if you don’t believe me. It’s one of the first scenes in the first episode, where you see Mal lose hope as the battle of Serenity is lost. So what does this mean, other than horrific fan fiction where we see the fallout of weird alien sex clones made from River and Ripley? Nothing probably, but maybe… just maybe, if enough people see it… FIREFLY WILL GET PICKED UP FOR A NEW SEASON AND COME BACK, STRONGER THAN EVER!*
*Warning, may be entirely untrue and a horrible lie.