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H.R. Giger’s Unearthed Alien Concept Art Is As Haunting As It Was 35 Years Ago

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AlienOne of our all time favorite movies is celebrating a powerful milestone this year, as Ridley Scott’s classic sci-fi/horror hybrid Alien turns 35-years-old. Watching the film today it is every bit as powerful as the first time you saw it, and it has aged better than perhaps any genre movie ever made. It’s still terrifying, still wildly original, and even though it’s been ripped off countless times, it’s still as fresh as it was three-and-a-half decades ago. A big part of that is the creature and set design from noted Swiss surrealist H.R. Giger, and a new collection of concept art from the film has found its way out of the shadows and onto the internet for you to check out.

These images will be featured on cards that come along with the new 35th anniversary Blu-ray box set from 20th Century Fox, but you can get a sneak peek at them thanks to Yahoo. These paintings are replicas of the original designs that Giger gave to Scott. You not only see the intricate designs that the artist came up with for the sets, and the horrifying creations that would go on to haunt so many of our nightmares over the years, but the twisted eroticism and sexuality that Giger’s work is notorious for is also prominently displayed in these works.

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Alien: Isolation’s Final Trailer Terrorizes You In Deep Space

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It’s been a long time coming, but Alien: Isolation, the long awaited video game from Creative Assembly that takes players back to the universe first created by Ridley Scott in 1979, drops tomorrow. To mark the occasion, there’s a terrifying new trailer that provides our most comprehensive look at the game yet, and the view is pretty damn impressive.

The most noteworthy thing about this video, aside from how great the game actually looks, is how they capture the tension and the feeling of terror and horror as you’re being hunted by an armor plated alien killing machine through a dark, dank, isolated environment millions of miles from home. If nothing else, this game feels like an Alien movie in the way the dread is overwhelming and chilling. And it doesn’t hurt that the glimpses of xenomorphs will likely send shivers running up the length of your spine.

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Sci-Fi Happy Meals That Are Too Good To Be True

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BladeRunnerWhy don’t adults get meals that come with prizes? Some of my favorite rituals from childhood involved being elbow-deep in a box of cereal, feeling around for the prize, or dumping all the food out of my Happy Meal just so I could get to the toy. So how come we don’t get a grown-up equivalent? After-dinner mints and fortune cookies don’t count, damn it. I want to be able to finish my snazzy, five-star meal, and then have the waiter bring me out a Rocket Raccoon action figure on a silver platter. Sadly, I will probably never live in such a world, but at least pretending is a little bit easier thanks to these faux Happy Meals that were ripped right out of my Happy Place.

These awesome fake Happy Meals are the work of Los Angeles digital artist Newt Clements. (He mostly comes out at night. Mostly.) His Pinterest is full of a wide variety of crazy projects, but his Happy Meals collection is one of the most extensive. He’s got over 100 of the things by my count, and they’re all incredibly well done. Designing Happy Meal boxes to tie into Doctor Who, Aliens, or Escape from New York would have been worthy of a story in and of itself, but Clements goes the extra mile by imagining what toys might be included with each meal as well. And I don’t care what bounty McDonald’s has on offer, there’s no way it’s cooler than an action figure of Firefly’s River standing atop a pile of Reaver corpses.

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Alien: Isolation Extended TV Spot Is Distressing As Hell, In The Best Possible Way

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At this point, as jaded and bitter as we are, it takes a lot to scare us. That said, Alien: Isolation, the upcoming video game from Creative Assembly, looks straight up terrifying. It doesn’t hurt that they’re milking one of our all time favorite movies, Ridley Scott’s 1979 horror-sci-fi classic Alien, and squeezing it for all it’s worth, and it’s worth a lot. This new trailer, appropriately titled “Distress,” gives you a sense of what to expect to encounter in game, and shows you that it might be a good idea to play this with the lights on.

That voice you hear belongs to Amanda Ripley, the point of view character in Isolation. As you may have guessed from her surname, Amanda is the daughter of Ellen Ripley, one of cinema’s all time greatest badass, played by Sigourney Weaver in the films. This is the first time we actually meet Amanda, but she is first mentioned in the director’s cut of James Cameron’s 1986 sequel Aliens, which is also a classic in its own right. Different movie entirely, but it’s still great.

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Alien: Isolation Challenges You To Make It Through Survivor Mode

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After being on the way seemingly forever, Creative Assembly is finally only a few weeks away from dropping their new video game, Alien: Isolation, into your eager, waiting laps. Aside from the setting and overall set up, there are a number of things that make this game unique, and this new featurette highlights one of them: Survivor Mode.

Not only does the gameplay in this video look fantastic, but at the CA offices, when the designers were testing and playing the game, they started to notice that everyone had their own strategy they employed. Some played the game fast and loud, making as much progress as they could before hiding from the xenomorphs. On the other hand, some were stealthier in their approach, quietly sneaking through each mission, avoiding conflict and dicey situations.

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Alien: Isolation Trailer Offers You No Escape

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It feels like it has been coming forever, but as each day passes we get one small step closer to getting our hands on Alien: Isolation, the upcoming new video game that returns us to the universe first unveiled by Ridley Scott in 1979. Let’s just hope it doesn’t disappoint everyone like Prometheus did in 2012. Creative Assembly drops the game into your expectant little hands on October 7, but to keep you occupied until then, they’ve delivered this new game play trailer titled “No Escape,” for good reason.

If you’ve seen any of the movies set in this particular cinematic world, you should already know that running rarely work—then again, fighting doesn’t pan out all that well either, unless you’re Sigourney Weaver, then things work out on occasion. And that futility is on full display here in this short video. More than your average run of the mill trailer, this is really just a single uninterrupted shot from the player’s point of view, and it illustrates, in very graphic terms, exactly what can happen to you in this game.