Get away from her you bitch…

(spoilers ahead for Alien: Covenant)

When an bloodthirsty alien comes at you, that’s probably the right premise for the use for the word ‘bitch’. This will of course make sense when read in context with my previous post.  The headline to this post is derived from the famous words of Sigourney Weaver, as Ellen Ripley, the sole survivor of the events of Alien (1979, Dir: Ridley Scott) in a moment of rage and murderous intent.

Flashback…so I watched two ‘alien’ movies over the past few weeks.  A key commonality in both is the epic use of sound (samples further below) to drive home the message of despair and hopelessness in outer space, and to the audience’s detriment works beautifully, leaving you spent and drained at the end.

The entire Alien anthology, including the latest outing from the series, Alien: Covenant, a sequel to 2012’s Prometheus and Daniel Espinosa’s Life, both dwell on humanity’s eagerness to explore, for adventure and to conquer. The consequence for such hunger and power is horror and death in the unknown. Both films somehow teach that somethings are best left untouched and Man mustn’t meddle with Mother Nature.

Funnily enough, some of the biggest action films derive from mankind’s interference in someone else’s business,  Jurassic Park, Jaws, all of Alien, King Kong, the list goes on. None of them end in triumph for all parties involved. Don’t even get me started on the war-movies.  What does that tell us about what we want to see as movie-goers?

 

 

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