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Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' trailer recalls 'Alien'-style sci fi horror (Video)

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(Read caption) A still from the trailer to the upcoming film 'Prometheus,' directed by Ridley Scott is seen here.

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20th Century Fox has really been milking fan interest in seeing the teaser trailer for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus this week, by releasing multiple trailer previews that offer brief glances at some actual footage from the film, but are by and large composed of short interviews with the esteemed filmmaker (Scott) talking about his third venture into the sci-fi genre - following in the footsteps of classic titles like Alien and Blade Runner.

Prometheus looks to combine sci-fi and horror tropes in a fashion similar to that of Alien; matter-of-fact, the new Prometheus teaser trailer plays out as a stylistic homage to the promo for Scott’s original 1979 film.

Here is an official description of Prometheus:

Ridley Scott, director of “Alien” and “Blade Runner,” returns to the genre he helped define. With PROMETHEUS, he creates a groundbreaking mythology, in which a team of explorers discover a clue to the origins of mankind on Earth, leading them on a thrilling journey to the darkest corners of the universe. There, they must fight a terrifying battle to save the future of the human race.

Now check out the official Prometheus teaser trailer and compare it to the original Alien trailer (which we’ve also linked to below):

Prometheus Trailer:

Original Alien trailer:

Between the eerie audial background, quick cuts of disturbingly violent imagery, visuals depicting mysterious events, and astronauts exploring an evocatively dark and uninviting extraterrestrial world, the trailer for Prometheus evokes the intriguingly unnerving atmosphere of the iconic Alien theatrical preview. Likewise, the former title also aims to be a similarly moody and psychologically taut tale that chronicles a collection of humans’ (and one android’s) descent into madness, upon encountering less-than-friendly other-worldly lifeforms.

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Scott has emphasized many a time that Prometheus confronts some pretty troubling philosophical ideas and concepts, concerning not only the nature of humanity’s evolution, but also its eventual destination, as a species. Between those thematic elements and the gorgeously shadowy and practical production design (which should actually look better on the big screen in 3D) there’s really good reason for fans of cerebral sci-fi to get excited about seeing this flick.

Prometheus will be released in theaters (2D and 3D) around the U.S. on June 8th, 2012.

Source: iTunes Movie Trailers

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