Whenever people ask what is the right way to watch the Extraterrestrial movies in order, I tell them to start with the 1979 original, move on to the 1986 James Cameron sequel, aliens, then stop. That should tell you everything you need to know about my own personal feelings for the franchise as a whole. However, on recent news, I might be open to the possibility of changing my answer.
A new episode of Extraterrestrial The franchise is in the works, and while I would normally be a little apprehensive about it, knowing that this next Hulu movie will be a standalone film from writer and director Fede Álvarez actually excites me. I mean, if anyone can pull off an awesome reimagining of this sci-fi/horror classic, I believe that’s the man behind one of my favorite horror reboots – 2013 evil Dead. I don’t want to tell Mr. Álvarez how to do his job, but I have a few ideas for how this new movie could really break out like a chest buster. In fact, why not start with the main creature itself?
A whole new approach to Xenomorph design
the Extraterrestrial the movies have given us all sorts of different creatures to keep us up at night, including a few diverse variations of its central antagonist: the Xenomorph. The bloodthirsty, sour-blooded alien went through an interesting evolution that involved some truly unique crosses with human DNA in the 1997s. Alien: Resurrection and also that of the titular creature of the Predator movies. I think the new chapter of Fede Álvarez should stay true to tradition.
I would like to see Hulu’s Extraterrestrial the movie gets more creative with the Xenomorph than ever before, with a design that would hopefully deviate more from the original than the creature from the climax of Alien: Alliance did, for example. Still, one thing I liked about this movie, which was Ridley Scott’s 2017 Prometheus followed, was how they flipped the script on the chest burster and instead, a new creature called Neomorph emerged from the back of an unlucky man. Perhaps this could inspire Álvarez to imagine what other ways the Xenomorph could make a grand entrance into his film.
A return of Alien’s signature atmospheric tone
One thing I didn’t care so much Alien: Alliance – as well as the years 2012 Prometheus – was how far they seemed to stray from the genre it all started with: horror. Now don’t get me wrong: I think it was a brilliant move on James Cameron’s part to give the franchise a new twist and make aliens more of an action thriller (leading to one of the best movies of the 80s as a result). However, it would also set a precedent for most subsequent films by aiming for greater scope and spectacle, losing sight of what made the original a classic.
Granted, that’s probably my bias as a horror movie fan, but I really want to see the Extraterrestrial movies are once again becoming a horror franchise (or, more accurately, a sci-fi/horror hybrid), especially to see the revitalization of the calm, minimalist tone that made it so haunting in the first place. So, I’m glad Hulu has one of the genre’s most talented filmmakers working at the helm today, and the original’s director, Ridley Scott, producing. I think putting their heads together will result in the right kind of start in terror that the series could greatly benefit from.
A return of Fede Álvarez’s signature graphic vision
Proof that Fede Álvarez is the perfect choice to resurrect the original Extraterrestrial the film’s signature atmospheric tone lies in its 2016 sleeper hit, don’t breathe. This flip-flop version of the home invasion thriller (which spawned a sequel in 2021) about three young thieves trapped in the home of a visually impaired veteran is a jaw-dropping exercise in suspense in which the tension is at its highest. in its quieter moments – love it very much Extraterrestrial. However, honestly, I’m not as excited for her Extraterrestrial film because of its success with don’t breathe as I am because of his success with another film.
Speaking as someone whose all-time favorite horror movie is Sam Raimi’s 1981 low-budget cult classic, diabolical death, Álvarez’s 2013 reimagining was so much better than it ever deserved. The secret was a fresh take on the plot, some honorable homages to the franchise’s most iconic moments, and most importantly, relentlessly brutal gore that comes to life with as much practical effect as possible. With a decent balance of what made don’t breathe a masterpiece of simplicity and evil Dead a masterpiece of exploitation, this new Extraterrestrial The movie might be the best of both worlds and the franchise’s most gloriously insane to date.
Jane Levy as main hero
Apart from the frightening violence of evil Dead and the chilling suspense of don’t breathe, one of the most critical elements to the success of either was Jane Levy. Her lead performances in both movies are so raw and believable that, while I’m happy, it led her to find stardom in the romantic musical, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, and her holiday movie follow-up, I’m a little bummed she didn’t become a more prominent Scream Queen. Well, what better way to revive her status as a horror icon than a reunion with her boy, Fede?
I believe the old Subburgatory star would be a fantastic choice to lead the cast of Hulu Extraterrestrial movie. Even fans of her non-horror work would agree that she has the charisma to single-handedly carry a movie, and fans of her horror-centric work would agree that she has more than enough experience to endure the terror. that would happen to him. With Jane Levy in the spotlight, I think it would help the audience warm up to the idea of Sigourney Weaver’s absence, which brings me to my final point.
Honor the promise to make it a standalone product
To be clear, I believe that Sigourney Weaver (who earned her Oscar nomination for portraying Ellen Ripley in aliens) is the heart and soul of the franchise and its presence has been missed, along with Newt (Carrie Henn) and Michael Biehn as the wrongfully killed Hicks. However, I’m not necessarily looking for Fede Álvarez’s new film to be Halloween-retcon style that sees their return, which has almost become a reality with Neil Blompkamp at the helm. In fact, 20th century president Steve Asbell’s promises of a new story “with a bunch of characters you’ve never seen before” to The Hollywood Reporter is what really got me interested in the movie at to come.
As I said before, I personally became less amused by the Extraterrestrial movies as they continued after the second installment and, to be honest, I think getting as far away from the original franchise timeline as possible is in the best interests of this new chapter. I don’t think there’s a need to wedge tongue-in-cheek references to iconic moments from the original films, previous cast appearances, or anything that would connect it to its predecessors outside of the Xenomorph. All Álvarez has to do with his contribution to the show’s legacy, as far as I’m concerned, is keep it original.
In an effort to be unique, I would actually go with the idea of bringing the Xenomorph to Earth, like they did with the Alien vs Predator movies, but always find a way to keep it tight and contained. Again, for this reason, space is probably the best possible setting for a Extraterrestrial movie. So, I can’t wait to see what new places in the universe Fede Álvarez will take us with this original thriller from Hulu.