Four Sci-Fi Movies You Might Not Remember Were Set During Christmas

XmasElbaSince their inception, movies have loved to use holidays as a backdrop to the stories they tell. It makes sense. Celebrated by large swathes of the population, their inclusion lends an air of commonality to the proceedings, a sense that the people on screen are not so different from you the viewer. Each holiday comes with its own set of easily recognizable tropes, and many bring with them their own set of complications and problems to add layers to a narrative. How many times have we watched a family gathering set on Thanksgiving, where people not usually in the same room with one another come to blows, real or metaphorical, when forced into close proximity?

Christmas, being the biggest kid on the holiday block, has easily amassed the greatest number of holiday-themed movies, and science fiction is not immune from taking part in the cinematic festivities. In honor of December 25 rolling around once again, we decided to put together a collection of some of our favorite sc-fi you might not remember unfolded during this festive season. Did we miss any of your favorite sci-fi holiday gems?


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Teaser Image For The Aliens, Prometheus, And Predator Comics From Dark Horse

Alien Prometheus PredatorHollywood is waist deep in reboots these days. Comic books were feeling a little bit left out, so Dark Horse Comics has decided to get in the game, rebooting their Aliens, Predator, and Alien vs. Predator titles. And what the hell, they’re going to throw Prometheus into the mix as well. News of these titles hit a little while back—except for Prometheus, that’s a new addition—but now they’ve released a new teaser for their upcoming remixes.

This faux-police line up, which plays like a scarier version of the one in The Usual Suspects, features a collection of humans, surrounding the Predator himself, all with their odds of survival. I don’t know what these odds makers know, but the 10 to 1 on Predator seems a bit off, especially when a normal looking dude is pulling 90 to 1. Then again, I don’t know any of these people, maybe he’s the ultimate space badass.

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Aliens, Predators, And Engineers: Four Things You Should Know About Dark Horse’s Shared Comics Continuity

AlienWith the success of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, the notion of franchises existing within a shared universe is very en vogue right now. (They’re giving the classic Universal monsters the treatment.) The same thing has been happening to a much less ambitious degree with the respective universes of Alien, Predator, and Prometheus. The Alien vs. Predator movies were the biggest direct crossover so far, but they’re also very much the black sheep of the bunch, typically not regarded nearly as well as the standalone films. Whether future movies in those franchises will tie together closer or not, Dark Horse Comics is about to take this notion and run with it, rebooting their Alien, Predator, and AvP titles in 2014, then launching an ongoing Prometheus series to form a cohesive shared comics universe.

Dark Horse has been publishing licensed comics for titles such as Aliens, Predator, RoboCop, and others for decades now. That’s a lot of years of stories shifting into the rearview mirror, but the nice thing about Dark Horse’s Aliens/Predator/Prometheus reboot is that it isn’t a reboot in the traditional sense. The movies still stand as canon, this is just making a fresh start for the comics side of things.

The folks over at io9 conducted some great interviews with Chris Roberson, Paul Tobin , Joshua Williamson, and Chris Sebela, the four series writers. We’ve sifted through the lot and picked out the biggest take-aways that should leave you excited for Dark Horse’s grand experiment.

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Blade Runner, Aliens, And Other Classic Sci-Fi Flicks Become Multi-colored Barcodes

HeaderWhen combined with the global outlet that is the Internet, passion for our favorite movies and TV shows can inspire people to translate that passion into a thousand different, unexpected creations. We here at GFR regularly feature fan-created artwork and short films that can rival Hollywood when it comes to creativity and unique vision. But this one, this is one of those things where trying to figure out how they came up with the idea is enough to give a guy a headache. The left half of the image above is obviously pulled from Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner. But before we spoil the how or why, you’re just going to have to take our word for it when we tell you that the right half of the image? That’s Blade Runner too.

That multi-colored barcode comes from the MovieBarcode Tumblr blog. It was created by taking frames from the film, squeezing them down into digital strips, and then assembling them in sequence to create…well, barcodes. And while these images don’t tell you much about the story or characters of your favorite films, they do simply demonstrate one visual quality of films that it sometimes overlooked: the color palate, and how it changes over the course of the movie. Knowing that and looking back at the Blade Runner image up top, it makes sense. You can see the film’s mixture of dark imagery peppered with bright neon flashes, a concise summary of the visual world Ridley Scott created.

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Dark Horse Bringing Prometheus Characters Into Aliens Comic Book Universe

PrometheusThere were a lot of reasons to be excited for Prometheus back before it hit theaters. It was legendary director Ridley Scott’s return to the science fiction genre, expanding upon a resume that already included Blade Runner and Alien. Moreover, we soon learned that Prometheus would also have Scott revisiting the universe of that latter film, exploring a new chapter of the Alien mythology and shining new light on the origins of the vicious xenomorph aliens and the mysterious “Space Jockey” from the first movie. Unfortunately, the finished product left many fans cold and frustrated at wasted potential. But take heart: the characters of Prometheus may be getting a second chance to shine, this time on the comic page.

Bleeding Cool cites unnamed sources in revealing that Dark Horse Comics, which has been publishing Aliens comics for decades now, will be expanding that universe a bit more by incorporating characters from Prometheus into upcoming releases. There are literally no more details than that, and it’s not been officially confirmed yet, but the folks at BC suggest we’ll likely hear more at next week’s San Diego Comic-Con.



Prometheus Sequel Lands Trancendence Writer

PrometheusIt’s hard to believe that it’s already been more than a year since Ridley Scott’s Prometheus underwhelmed science fiction fans worldwide. That may be a bit harsh. It’s a deeply flawed film to be sure, and we could spend all day debating and yelling about various plot holes, inconsistencies, and the crew’s ability to make the absolute wrong decision in every single situation. Still, I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed Prometheus.

But we’re getting sidetracked. Today The Wrap has learned that the Prometheus sequel, strangely enough known as Prometheus 2 at this point, is moving forward. Screenwriter Jack Paglen has reportedly been given the Herculean task of writing a part two that doesn’t suck. At the end of the first film we see Noomi Rapace’s Dr. Elizabeth Shaw and Michael Fassbender’s android David blasting off into space to continue the search for the mysterious Engineers. Presumably those two would be back for a sequel, but at this point it’s unclear what exactly the story will entail.

Paglen is relatively young blood in Hollywood. In fact, he only has one credit listed on IMDb. He penned the script for Transcendence, the sci-fi directorial debut from Christopher Nolan’s principal cinematographer, Wally Pfister.

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