A new extended international trailer for Ridley Scott's upcoming Alien sorta prequel Prometheus (it seems to take place far enough in the past that it's, like, a paleo prequel?) has been released, and in it we see far more revealing footage than we've seen before. Namely we see aliens. And they have us a little worried.
Specifically that little computery viper thing that pops up and looks at that one guy before jumping into his skin. Sure, it's a creature similar to the face-huggers in Alien, as these are at least loosely connected mythologies, but we hope it's not too similar. And we hope there aren't too many computer-animated alien ghouls running around ruining all the grim, existential, furturist outerspace foreboding. (Which is really what made Alien scary.) That would mar the experience, and it's suddenly really important that this thing be a good movie.
Why is that? Have you sensed that too? For whatever reason, there are some pretty high expectations attached to this movie, even though the last two films in the primary Alien franchise (we're not counting AVP, for obvious reasons) weren't terribly good (at least nowhere as good as the first two). Maybe it's all the secretiveness surrounding the movie, all the withholding of even the simplest of plot details, that has masterfully ginned up excitement about something we hardly know anything about, the same way Inception did a couple years ago. Or maybe we all love Alien more than we realized and we're eager for another chapter in the story. Whatever the reason, it feels like this movie suddenly has some pretty big expectations to live up to, ones that certainly demand more than a story about creepy fluke-like aliens.