Forty years. It’s been forty years since Ridley Scott’s sci-fi/horror masterpiece Alien was unleashed upon audiences. The impacts and ripples from that day are still felt as the Xenomorph has become a cultural icon, a symbol that is instantly recognizable, even if one hasn’t seen any of the films.
From video games to comics, movies to TV shows, merchandising to cakes, the Alien universe has expanded in some of the most clever and interesting ways. Tomorrow, that trend will continue.
20th Century Fox recently held a contest where they received 550 submissions on the Tongal platform from upcoming and emerging filmmakers. The point of this was to curate a select number of voices to tackle six original short films that live in the Alien universe, expanding the mythology and offering new stories from perspectives the films never offered. And tomorrow will see the fruits of their labor made available for all to enjoy.
Our pals over at IGN will be launching the six short films on a weekly basis. Each film will premiere at
If you’re interested in knowing what the stories are about, each synopsis can be read below and there’s a trailer at the top of the article.
March 29th: ALIEN: Containment
Four survivors find themselves stranded aboard a small escape pod in deep space. Trying to piece together the details around the outbreak that led to their ship’s destruction, they find themselves unsure to trust whether or not one of them might be infected. Written and Directed by Chris Reading
April 5th: ALIEN: Specimen
It’s the night shift in a colony greenhouse, and Julie, a botanist, does her best to contain suspicious soil samples that have triggered her sensitive lab dog. Despite her best efforts the lab unexpectedly goes into full shutdown and she is trapped inside. Little does she know, an alien specimen has escaped the mysterious cargo, and a game of cat and mouse ensues as the creature searches for a host. Directed by Kelsey Taylor
April 12th: ALIEN: Night Shift
When a missing space trucker is discovered hungover and disoriented, his co-worker suggests a nightcap as a remedy. Near closing time, they are reluctantly allowed inside the colony supply depot where the trucker’s condition worsens, leaving a young supply worker alone to take matters into her own hands. Written and Directed by Aidan Brezonick
April 19th: ALIEN: Ore
As a hard-working miner of a planet mining colony, Lorraine longs to make a better life for her daughter and grandchildren. When her shift uncovers the death of a fellow miner under mysterious circumstances, Lorraine is forced to choose between escape or defying management orders and facing her fears to fight for the safety of her family. Written and Directed by the Spear Sisters
April 26th: ALIEN: Harvest
The surviving crew of a damaged deep-space harvester have minutes to reach the emergency evacuation shuttle. A motion sensor is their only navigation tool leading them to safety while a creature in the shadows terrorizes the crew. However, the greatest threat might have been hiding in plain sight all along. Directed by Benjamin Howdeshell
April 26th: ALIEN: Alone
Hope, an abandoned crew member aboard the derelict chemical hauler Otranto, has spent a year trying to keep her ship and herself alive as both slowly fall apart. After discovering hidden cargo, she risks it all to power up the broken ship in search of human life. Written and Directed by Noah Miller