Ridley Scott returns the ‘Alien’ franchise to its horror roots with ‘Covenant’

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FINES MASSEY ◆ FMASSEY@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

No one in space can hear you scream, but that won’t keep you from doing so at the top of your lungs during Ridley Scott’s brutal, gorey return to the sci-fi/horror genre with “Alien: Covenant.”/p>

The latest film in Scott’s “Alien” prequel series is almost certainly an answer to all of the people who hated “Prometheus,” which was the first in a series of films that are leading up to the 1979 original. While “Prometheus” had loftier goals of mixing some high brow sci-fi into the series, asking questions about human and alien orgins alike, “Covenant” mostly throws those musings mostly to the side to focus on what made the series famous in the first place —blood curdling terror. I, for one, was not among the “Prometheus” haters. I found it to be a breath of fresh air in a series that had gone way past its expiration date (Have you seen any of those trashy “Alien vs. Predator” movies?). But for many fans who were expecting Ridley Scott to take the series back to its origins, it left many fans leaving the movie theater disappointedly scratching their heads. /p>

Scott, with the help of screenwriters John Logan and Dante Harper, literally go back to the drawing board. Much like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the filmmaker cleverly goes back to what made the series so popular, while still moving the story forward in an interesting way. As J.J. Abrams learned with “Star Wars,” there is an incredible longing from audiences for nostalgia. You can basically repackage a plot and resell it to the public, so long as you do it in a fun and interesting way.

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