10 times 'Alien: Covenant' made us scream inside (and maybe also outside)
In space no one can hear you scream, but it's not the same in the cinema
Alien: Covenant, directed by the legendary Ridley Scott, is the sixth instalment in the Alien franchise and you're probably wondering why the hell no one has yet learned their lesson about space exploration. Keep in mind that you'll have to see the film's 2012 prequel Prometheus and this prologue clip before watching the movie.
The film focuses on the events that take place on an unchartered planet 10 years after the Prometheus's only two surviving crew members (the synthetic humanoid David and Dr. Elizabeth Shaw) take off into deep space to look for the home world of the Engineers. It's now the year 2103 and the Covenant ship loaded with over 2,000 people in hypersleep is on its way to Origae-6, a new planet where the settlers hope to make a new life for themselves.
Michael Fassbender reprises his role as David and also plays the new synthetic Walter. The rest of the cast includes Katherine Waterston as Daniels, Bill Crudup as Oram, Danny McBride as Tennessee, Carmen Ejogo as Karine, Amy Seimetz as Faris, Benjamin Rigby as Ledward, and Nathaniel Dean as Hallet.
WARNING: Spoilers ahead! Here are ten moments that we guarantee will have you screaming inside (and maybe also outside) either from anticipation or in fear.
1. When the crew strays off course to discover an unknown but nearer habitable planet
Just when we thought that mankind might've become perhaps a tad bit smarter than to wander off the marked path, no. They haven't.
2. When the crew splits up into three teams to explore
Isn't rule number one of space exploration "Do not split up"? But the crew does anyway; some take the Lander spacecraft to check out the planet.
3. When two crew members get infected by the pathogen
Early into the expedition, crew members Ledward and Hallet get infected. As you know, the virus infects non-botanical organisms in order to reproduce and once it kills its human host, a Neomorph – the latest alien incarnation to join the franchise – is born the classic way.
4. This scene
Rule #2 when in space: run when you see a crew mate start to shudder and foam at the mouth. Clearly, this rule was not included in the Covenant handbook before any of these people signed up for the mission.
5. When efforts to escape the room fail epicly
Members Faris and Karine both try to exit the medical bay where the Neomorph is born (out of Ledward's back) but they slip on his pool of blood. Obviously, twisted ankles don't make escape from a vicious alien any faster. TL;DR, they die and the Lander blows up.
6. When we recognise the stranger who saves the stranded crew
All hope is lost. More Neomorphs (where the hell did they come from?!) start to attack the stranded team, until a hooded stranger saves them and it's – wait for it – David from Prometheus. He also seems to be wearing a cloak from the Engineers (previously seen in Prometheus).
7. When David brings the crew to a city of corpses
It's revealed here that he's the one who murdered the entire civilisation of Engineers when he released the pathogen virus on them, although he did try to lie about it at first.
8. When Oram follows David into a dark and creepy cave
Here is where you'll find out how and who created the new species of aliens called the Xenomorphs.
9. When we learn of Dr. Elizabeth Shaw's fate
We can tell you one thing: her unforgettable delivery scene in Prometheus is nothing compared to her current state.
10. THE BIGGEST PLOT TWIST EVER
The android that makes it back onto the Covenant is not who you think it is.
Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant opens in local cinemas on 10 May.