Month: December 2016

The Trailer Park-Alien: Covenant

(Content warning for body horror and gore. Of course, it’s an Alien movie, so it kind of goes without saying.)

I’m a pretty big fan of the Alien movies. I remember watching the first movie with my mom when I was about 15, and it was basically my introduction to the horror genre. It also gave us a badass heroine in the form of SIgourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley.

Needless to say, I’m pretty excited about an addition to the franchise.

Alien: Covenant (directed by Ridley Scott, who also directed Alien), apparently takes place sometime between Prometheus and Alien. It follows a colony ship who go to the planet where the ill-fated Prometheus expedition landed to find it’s one survivor: an android named David (Michael Fassbender). I actually haven’t seen Prometheus yet, though I do have it in my Netlix queue. From what I’ve seen, it was released to decent reviews, though a lot of people I know who are also fans of the series didn’t like it very much. Either way, it obviously did well enough at the box office.

The main issue I have with the above trailer is that it doesn’t really give any information about the actual plot. The above plot info came from the film’s Wikipedia page.  It certainly does a good job of setting the tone, however. The lack of plot details is still somewhat troubling to me, though, especially since it came to light how badly the trailer for Passengers grossly misrepresented its plot. Then again, Covenant is a part of a well-known franchise that people generally know what to expect from, even if it’s had its ups and downs. (That said, I may be the only human being on the planet that actually liked Alien: Resurrection, despite its flaws).

Alien: Covenant is currently scheduled for a May 19 release date, after being pushed up from August 4. This is one that I will most likely be seeing when it comes out. 

The Trailer Park: The Mummy (2017)

Does The Mummy really need to be rebooted again? And why does this reboot look so fucking joyless?

This version, directed by Alex Kurtzman and starring Tom Cruise, appears to take place in the modern day. The trailer begins on an aircraft that’s transporting an Egyptian sarcophagus for some unexplained reason, which apparently results in releasing the titular mummy (Sofia Boutella) upon an unsuspecting populace.

Admittedly, I haven’t seen any of the old Universal or Hammer Horror Mummy movies, but I did see the 1999 version in the theater and really enjoyed it. It was fun, actually quite colorful, and actually had a sense of humor.

I’m not really seeing any of this in this trailer. Between the dull color palette mostly consisting of grays, to the slow, solemn music of the trailer, there don’t seem like there’s going to be too many laughs here. There’s also the fact that it stars Tom Cruise. I’m sorry, I just don’t think he’s really that fantastic of an actor (plus Brendan Fraser is way more likable).

The trailer also doesn’t give us a whole lot of detail as to what the movie is about, other than a mummy. It’s interesting that the mummy is a woman this time, though she is still weirdly conventionally attractive. Although, in the 1999 movie, Imhotep isn’t too bad looking himself (when he’s Arnold Vosloo rather than a decaying CGI mummy), so I guess there’s some precedent for that.

And my question above still stands. Apparently, this movie marks the third time that this franchise has been rebooted. Meaning that this is the beginning of a fourth series of Mummy movies. Do we really need that many? Also, why did Universal decide they needed to pull a Marvel and have all of their monster movies in a shared universe?

The Mummy doesn’t have a specific release date, but should be hitting theaters sometime this summer.