Ridley Scott Says Alien: Covenant Has Something "Much Worse" than the Chestburster Scene

Friday, 15 January 2016 - 11:45AM
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Friday, 15 January 2016 - 11:45AM
Ridley Scott Says Alien: Covenant Has Something "Much Worse" than the Chestburster Scene
The infamous "chestburster" scene from the 1979 Alien has become not only the most iconic scene of the franchise, but one of the most iconic scenes in the history of horror movies. Now, having dropped all pretense that the Prometheus movies aren't Alien prequels, Ridley Scott teases that the upcoming Prometheus installment, Alien: Covenant, will be a "pretty hard R" and will have something "much worse" than the chestburster scene.



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"I think I'm going to do a pretty hard R," Scott told Coming Soon. "I always remember walking down the edge in Saint Louis when we were previewing [Alien]. I couldn't sit through the film one more time. I walked down the edge into the kitchen scene when John Hurt started to bring up his breakfast. That moment, I realized how pretty scary the film was… I felt a sense of responsibility that I had gone too far because it was extreme. I'm going to try and do that again this year, but much worse."
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It's not too surprising that the film would be R-rated, as every Alien movie has been rated R with the exception of Alien vs Predator (which was sort of its own thing anyway). But it would be surprising if anything could surpass the chestburster scene, which is viscerally horrible and kind of haunting, famously shot in one take and traumatizing the poor actors who weren't warned what was going to happen. It's hard to imagine anything topping that.

But then again, if there's anything Prometheus got right, it was the body horror. It didn't live up to the Alien franchise in any way, with the exception of that extremely memorable alien C-section. So although Alien: Covenant may not actually top the chestburster scene, it could easily provide some psychologically scarring body horror.

Here's the official summary for the film:

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Bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, the crew of the colony ship Covenant discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world -- whose sole inhabitant is the "synthetic" David (Michael Fassbender), survivor of the doomed Prometheus expedition.
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Alien: Covenant is scheduled to be released on October 6, 2017. Fassbender and Noomi Rapace are set to reprise their roles, with Inherent Vice standout Katherine Waterston joining the cast. Scott is set to direct, and Skyfall and Penny Dreadful writer John Logan penned the most recent draft of the script.
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