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Four Secrets From The Alien: Covenant Bonus Features

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Alien CovenantLove it or hate it, Prometheus inspired a hell of a lot of debate upon release, with viewers eagerly gobbling up essays and video breakdowns exploring the story and secrets of the film. That fever only increased with the reveal of deleted scenes like The Engineer talking to David and a more monstrous take on Fifield’s attack. Fans were somewhat sated with the Blu-ray special edition of the film – which between commentaries, feature-length making-of documentaries and miles of photos/concept art explored every nook and cranny.

Ridley Scott is a director who seems to know the value of posing a question and not quite answering it, be it “Is Deckard a replicant?” or “What is the Space Jockey?” Those two questions alone have fuelled decade’s worth of fan conversation, and he’s still doing it today. Alien: Covenant left plenty for audiences to chew on, deliberately leaving threads hanging and plots unresolved. While the film divided viewers – like Prometheus before it – there are still plenty of fans eager to dig around and find answers for themselves.

Alien: Covenant just landed on Blu-ray and DVD in the UK, with the bonus features offering up a few more secrets from the movie.

1. The Alien Is Immortal

So says Ridley Scott during his commentary. During Daniels battle with the Alien on the transport she manages to trick the beast into attacking a crane. She traps it there and ends up crushing it, sending its squished body parts flying back to the planet.

That should be that, but according to Ridley, the creature will be fine. He claims the crushed Alien will eventually reform itself on the ground, though the film never shows this. This revelation certainly adds an interesting wrinkle to the creature’s life cycle, and massively deviates from other Alien films, comics and novels. A blast from a Pulse Rifle or an explosive grenade has done the trick in the past, but since Ridley appears keen on reclaiming ownership of the series, he must want to mix things up.

The creature in the original was only defeated by being blown out of an airlock, and the second beast in Covenant is likewise thrown into space. David may have tampered with the DNA structure of the Alien and made it possible for it to reshape itself, which might be a feature of the monster if Ridley sticks around for another story.

2. David Killed Two Million Engineers

The Engineers who gathered in the plaza to welcome back the missing ship got a bit of a nasty surprise when it started raining black goo, turning them into dried out husks. The movie doesn’t provide a kill count for David’s genocide, but according to Ridley’s commentary, around two million of them perished in the attack. Ridley also claims the average lifespan of an Engineer is 150 years.

3. Weyland–Yutani Learns Of The Alien From David

Advent is a bonus featurette on the disc where David gives viewers a guided tour of his charming little lab, where he explains in greater detail how the black goo works, what his experiment have entailed and why he “salvaged” Shaw’s parts when she refused to become Eve in his Second Eden.

The interesting thing to note is that David is recording this for the benefit of Weyland–Yutani, giving them all the information and data he has. This explains how they became aware of the creature in the first place (if we ignore the events of Alien Vs Predator: Requiem, which we absolutely should), but the curious question is why he’d bother contacting them at all. He’s clearly not a fan of mankind, but maybe he wants the company to get hold of his creation so they can take it back, and his perfect monster will wipe out the planet on his behalf.

4. David Used Engineer Children To Perfect His Design

The David’s Illustrations feature lets you browse the insane androids years’ worth of drawings; because if you’re stranded on a dead planet for nearly a decade, you need a hobby. Some of the artwork is quite twisted – like his artistic depiction of Shaw’s mutilated corpse – but taking a closer look at the paintings reveals his research notes too.

His handwriting is a little hard to read, but it reveals further insight into the Engineer society, the biology of his Neomorph spores and his experiments on Engineer infants. Apparently, the children were useful for his research and helped in perfecting his final Xenomorph design, including the elongated head and dorsal tubes; he’s really not a good guy.

Bonus: The Covenant Crew Are Scared By The Original Alien 

This is more of a neat easter egg for those who catch it. The Phobos featurette features many of the Covenant’s crew – including Daniels, Oram, Tennessee and Walter – going through a “fear assessment.” This is Weyland–Yutani testing how they’ll react under pressure,

They have to suffer occasional loud bangs and watch horrible footage so their responses can be gauged. Walter obviously does well since he’s an android, but the rest get freaked out. The footage is only briefly flashed, but the sound effects make it clear they come from the original Alien, and a frame is shown of Brett’s death; good to know the film will still be terrifying in the year 2104.

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The Duffer Brothers Have Begun Working on Stranger Things 3

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I wasn’t the world’s biggest fan of the first season of Netflix and The Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things” to tell you the truth. That said, I absolutely loved the second season (read out reviews HERE).

It is with his in mind that we are all looking forward to “Stranger Things 3”.

Recently Deadline reported that at Vulture Festival LA, the Duffer Brothers, producer Shawn Levy, Finn Wolfhard, Paul Reiser, and Linnea Berthelsen talked about season two and tease season three.

“We are [in] very early days on season three and we’re still figuring it out,” Ross Duffer said, before taking a beat, then adding: “I probably wasn’t supposed to say that. That’s not official, that wasn’t an official announcement — we’re just working on it, just for our own amusement…for fun!”

Whatever.

We all know at this point that there is going to be a “Stranger Things 3” and that The Duffer Brothers will one day begin working on it. Don’t worry so much, Ross Duffer.

After all, your brother already let us know that season three will begin after a time jump:

“Even if we wanted to hop into the action faster, we couldn’t,” says Matt Duffer. “Our kids are aging. We can only write and produce the show so fast. They’re going to be almost a year older by the time we start shooting season three. It provides certain challenges. You can’t start right after season two ended. It forces you to do a time jump. It’s a long way of saying that yeah, we’re going to do a time jump.”

What did you think of “Stranger Things 2”? Did you dig it more (or less) than season one? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

“Stranger Things 2” is currently streaming on Netflix.

Synopsis:

It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.

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James Cameron’s Terminator Reboot/Sequel Hires Screenwriter

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The last word we brought you guys on producer James Cameron and Deadpool-director Tim Miller’s new Terminator film was when we let you know that Paramount had set the film’s release date for July 26, 2019.

Today we have news via The Wrap that the studio is bringing in screenwriter Billy Ray (Captain Phillips) to pen the movie’s script based on a story crafted by Cameron.

You may remember that Cameron and Miller created a writers room a while back to plan out an all-new trilogy of films, but while that writer’s room included David Goyer, Charles Eglee, and Josh Friedman, it seems like Ray will be the first film’s sole writer. For now.

Story details are, of course, being kept under wraps, but Cameron and Miller are treating the new movie as a direct sequel to Cameron’s T2: Judgment Day.

“This is a continuation of the story from ‘Terminator 1’ and ‘Terminator 2.’ And we’re pretending the other films were a bad dream,” Cameron told THR. “Or an alternate timeline, which is permissible in our multi-verse.”

We also know that Cameron plans to center the new film/trilogy around a new group of younger characters, who will eventually carry on the baton as it were.

“A lot of this is handing off the baton to a new generation of characters,” Cameron said. “We’re starting a search for an 18-something young woman to essentially be the new centerpiece of these stories. And then a number of other characters around her and characters from the future. We still fold time in the story in intriguing ways. But we have Arnold’s character and Linda’s character to anchor it.”

How excited are you for James Cameron’s new Terminator flick? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social mdeia!

The new Terminator film is produced by James Cameron and will be directed by Tim Miller (Deadpool). The film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton.

Terminator 2.5 is expected to hit July 26, 2019.

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The Strangers: Prey at Night Official Site is Live and Waiting

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It was just last week that we shared the all-new trailer and poster for the upcoming sequel to writer-director Bryan Bertino’s home-invasion thriller The Strangers.

If that trailer for The Strangers: Prey at Night wasn’t interactive enough for you then you’re in luck – the film’s official site has just gone live.

The site starts off playing the film’s trailer but you can click that shite off asap and get to the other goodies.

From there the site tells you that “They’re only Strangers until you tell them your name” and then asks you for your name, your email address, and your phone number.

Yeah. Right.

That’s how they get you.

Truthfully, I’m not brave enough to put my info on the site. Not that I’m scared of, you know, a knock at the door late at night or anything… Just… I don’t feel like it is all.

If you are brave enough to give the site your info, make sure to hit us up and let us know how it goes in the comments below or on social media! If you can… Moo-haha.

Visit the site HERE.

The Stranger: Prey at Night is directed by Johannes Roberts (47 Meters Down) from a script by Bryan Bertino and Ben Ketai. It stars Martin Henderson, Christina Hendricks, Bailee Madison, and Lewis Pullman.

The film hits March 9, 2018.

Synopsis:
A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive. Johannes Roberts directs this horror film inspired by the 2008 smash hit THE STRANGERS.

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