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Prometheus Teaser Trailer Analysis

There’s a lot of intricate details contained within the teaser trailer so I thought it was worth doing an analysis of the thing for everybody to read. Here’s my Prometheus Teaser Trailer Analysis. It’s just my take on everything we’ve seen and how the scenes might fit together. I’ve tried to put the scenes in some sort of chronological order of when they happen in the movie. There’s still a huge amount we don’t know about the film so hopefully some scenes will become clearer when more media is released.

 Prometheus Teaser Trailer Analysis

 Once again, it’s just my opinion, and not necessarily fact.



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  1. psychonaut25
    I think the way the Prometheus trailer has been cut would be just as effective for an unknowing audience as the original Alien trailer would be for an unknowing audience in 1979. The fanboys and girls may geek out about what we know, but that's just an unexpected bonus of the genetic crossing....err, I mean, that would only be a side effect. The trailer was made in a way so that it gets peoples interest without depending upon their viewing of Alien.

    And the main problem is that it is not a trailer, only a teaser...real trailer will follow...I think in march or later.
  2. ThisBethesdaSea
    I think the way the Prometheus trailer has been cut would be just as effective for an unknowing audience as the original Alien trailer would be for an unknowing audience in 1979. The fanboys and girls may geek out about what we know, but that's just an unexpected bonus of the genetic crossing....err, I mean, that would only be a side effect. The trailer was made in a way so that it gets peoples interest without depending upon their viewing of Alien.
  3. RabidNinja
    In all fairness, the trailer seems quite dependant on the fan-base of the aliens franchise. We have to make our own assumptions of the trailer, let alone the film itself and had us use our collective knowledge of the AvP world to come to a conclusion. And with the help of the Analysis given by Darkness (Whom i wish to praise for his well thought out information which has now given off an adrenaline thrilled hype for me about the film), i have come to some of my own points about the trailer. For safetys sake, i will insert them as spoilers.

    Spoiler (click to show/hide)
  4. Effectz

    I think death by fright is a fairly common thing; at least in the animal kingdom ...well maybe 'fright' isn't the right word, watch ANY leopard chasing gazelle scene...when the gazelle is in the leopard's jaws, mostly, it's dead.
    True, some struggle for a time, but I believe that there's a ''GAME OVER'' switch in most mammals brains, to stop the inevitable 'eaten-alive' scenario...

    Actually the game over switch for a Gazelle is when the leopard severs it's spinal cord with its canines.It is designed to ''dispatch''animals quickly,something it has evolved over millions of years.There is no ''GAME OVER' switch as you call it,every animal has a built in survival mechanism and will try to live,it doesnt just throw in the towel.

    However,Dying of fright and shock are two different things.

    Not to be pedantic, but it's more suffocation, than spine-severance...hence the 'switch'...there comes a point where prey STOPS living that has NOTHING to do with predator.

    Suffocation is used in larger animals.It is common knowledge that a leopard is an ambush predator and attacks on humans are always from behind and aimed at the back of the neck.
    http://animal.discovery.com/videos/im-alive-man-survives-leopard-attack.html


    You are going to die from Trauma to your neck when you have 4 massive canines sinking into your jugular.When the animal stops living its due to massive blood loss and trauma/shock.

    Im way off topic now sorry.

  5. Glaive

    I think death by fright is a fairly common thing; at least in the animal kingdom ...well maybe 'fright' isn't the right word, watch ANY leopard chasing gazelle scene...when the gazelle is in the leopard's jaws, mostly, it's dead.
    True, some struggle for a time, but I believe that there's a ''GAME OVER'' switch in most mammals brains, to stop the inevitable 'eaten-alive' scenario...

    Actually the game over switch for a Gazelle is when the leopard severs it's spinal cord with its canines.It is designed to ''dispatch''animals quickly,something it has evolved over millions of years.There is no ''GAME OVER' switch as you call it,every animal has a built in survival mechanism and will try to live,it doesnt just throw in the towel.

    However,Dying of fright and shock are two different things.

    Not to be pedantic, but it's more suffocation, than spine-severance...hence the 'switch'...there comes a point where prey STOPS living that has NOTHING to do with predator.
  6. Effectz

    I think death by fright is a fairly common thing; at least in the animal kingdom ...well maybe 'fright' isn't the right word, watch ANY leopard chasing gazelle scene...when the gazelle is in the leopard's jaws, mostly, it's dead.
    True, some struggle for a time, but I believe that there's a ''GAME OVER'' switch in most mammals brains, to stop the inevitable 'eaten-alive' scenario...

    Actually the game over switch for a Gazelle is when the leopard severs it's spinal cord with its canines.It is designed to ''dispatch''animals quickly,something it has evolved over millions of years.There is no ''GAME OVER' switch as you call it,every animal has a built in survival mechanism and will try to live,it doesnt just throw in the towel.

    However,Dying of fright and shock are two different things.
  7. Glaive
    Fear induced heart attacks are actually fairly common, or, commonly reported...in a situation where you're dealing with an alien creature, I can't imagine any other scenario happening.

    Look I realize we are getting off topic, but sometimes a lot of interesting shit is discussed when things go off on a tangent.  This is a case in point.  Heck, that is why I love this forum/site.  We can be talking about one thing one moment, and someone brings up something interesting or intriguing, and then things veer off on a new tangent.  Never a dull moment.

    Anyways, just playing "devils advocate" here.  It is funny to imagine dropping dead from sheer terror at being suddenly confronted by an Alien.  I mean, it is nightmare fuel, after all.  But with that said, it didn't happen to Brett, it didn't happen to Dallas, it didn't happen to Parker, it didn't happen to Ripley.  Yet somehow, Ridley Scott titillates us with reported comments that it probably happened to Lambert.  And if it could happen to anyone, I guess it would be Lambert.  She was already reeling on the edge of a full blown panic attack through most of the movie.

    Anyways, like I said, interesting to discuss, in any event.


    What matters is that it's WAY within the confines of "can happen, has happened" so I think this is a moot point?

    I guess that is my cue to get back on topic.  Point taken.    :(

    I think death by fright is a fairly common thing; at least in the animal kingdom ...well maybe 'fright' isn't the right word, watch ANY leopard chasing gazelle scene...when the gazelle is in the leopard's jaws, mostly, it's dead.
    True, some struggle for a time, but I believe that there's a ''GAME OVER'' switch in most mammals brains, to stop the inevitable 'eaten-alive' scenario...
  8. Ucdavisnum1
    This is my first post, but I have been following these forums for a while.

    Just rewatched the trailer and I am pretty sure that the "planet" at 0:32 into the trailer is really a moon.  And if it is really a moon,  I'm gonna guess its lv-426.  I have a hunch that Scott is throwing us some curve balls so we don't figure out the entire story and connecting point before its release,  which is why he's lying about the story occurring in a different area.  The "planet". They visit is definitely a moon,  you can clearly see a larger planet in the distance.
  9. deepelemblues
    Hi, found this place looking for a good spot to read news and such about Prometheus, I noticed something at the very end of the trailer (when it's just a black screen with "Prometheus" then the release date, when the distorted video cuts in for a split-second and then does it again), it kept poking at the back of my mind, and now that I've watched Alien again last night, I remember where it's from: it's a frame from the videolink of Dallas talking to Ash while they're approaching the Derelict, when the signal kept getting interference.

    The more I think about it, the list of references in the trailer belying Scott saying this isn't a true or direct Alien prequel gets bigger and bigger.
  10. KirklandSignature
    Alright then so no tail rape, I didn't want Alien to be some wierd rip-off of tentacle rape from Japan,sh*t grosses me out.


    I heard somewhere that Ridley was quoted something along the lines of "the aliens in this film will do perverse things". What do you think he meant by that?
  11. Valaquen
    Scott wanted the mere presence of the creature to induce fear induced paralysis in its victims. He spoke about the sight of the creature causing heart attacks in a couple of interviews. OZ already provided one, here's one which wasn't on the blog: "run-ins with the Alien was always done to the ultimate feeling of a heart attack. The rush of a heart attack, even if the thing didn't ever touch [them]." He expressed this through the sound design [the screeching and such that plays when the Alien attacks, the heartbeat that plays prior to its every appearance - even the sound of the Nostromo's engine are synthesised like a heart beat: 'you're never aware of it,' said Scott, 'but it starts to work on you.']
  12. RICH-ENGLAND
    Link finally worked for me.  Not sure what the problem was.  Interesting article.

    My only reservation/qualification in you last reply is "that it can happen to anyone".  Well, yes, in the general sense that no one necessarily knows if they have won (or lost, maybe more appropriately) the genetic lottery, and just so happen to have certain genetic allele(s) that cause the adrenal glands to over-produce epinephrine...at levels enough to put the heart into a deadly arrythmia.  I mean, getting struck by lightning "can happen to anyone", as well.

    Look these reports are rare, and many times anecdotal.  While the MD's can explain the causitive chain of physiological events that could trigger such an episode for a person who is genetically predisposed, I don't think there is any peer-reviewed studies into this phenomena, nor real statistics.  And since the general news isn't replete with reports of ordinary people falling dead in their tracks after witnessing and/or experiencing incredibly stressful or frightning situations, I think we can file this away as "possible, but extremely, extremely rare".

    one last response before heading back on topic! lol.

    i agree, its probably rare, but its more than probable. but i would say its a little hard to research or peer review as you cant really kill people for research! lol, not only that but probably all people that die of this are just listed as heart attack victims and not only that but its a little hard to witness and quantify someone as dying of fright... example: i could be sat here now, hear a sudden loud noise or be shocked by a pet dog or cat in the dark as i open the door and die as a consequence, but when my body is found there would only be evidence for a heart attack! so with that in mind, it could happen more than we know...

    thanks

    rich
  13. Xenomorphine
    It can happen, but we all know what that audio sounded like - especially the shriek at the end. From what I recall, heart attacks just sort of paralyse you into non-action, not something where you go, "AGH!"

    I've always suspected that Ridley prefers to shy away from certain things he deliberately put in there, to appear a bit more respectable. I find it very difficult to accept he wasn't aware of what having that tail slowly creep up between Lambert's legs was going to look like, especially when it wasn't filmed that way.

    It brings to mind how he thought the vagina-like egg openings were "obscene" and others had to point out, dude... You've got a monster running around with a three-foot penis on its head and you think those are obscene?! :D
  14. Deuterium
    Fear induced heart attacks are actually fairly common, or, commonly reported...in a situation where you're dealing with an alien creature, I can't imagine any other scenario happening.

    Look I realize we are getting off topic, but sometimes a lot of interesting shit is discussed when things go off on a tangent.  This is a case in point.  Heck, that is why I love this forum/site.  We can be talking about one thing one moment, and someone brings up something interesting or intriguing, and then things veer off on a new tangent.  Never a dull moment.

    Anyways, just playing "devils advocate" here.  It is funny to imagine dropping dead from sheer terror at being suddenly confronted by an Alien.  I mean, it is nightmare fuel, after all.  But with that said, it didn't happen to Brett, it didn't happen to Dallas, it didn't happen to Parker, it didn't happen to Ripley.  Yet somehow, Ridley Scott titillates us with reported comments that it probably happened to Lambert.  And if it could happen to anyone, I guess it would be Lambert.  She was already reeling on the edge of a full blown panic attack through most of the movie.

    Anyways, like I said, interesting to discuss, in any event.


    What matters is that it's WAY within the confines of "can happen, has happened" so I think this is a moot point?

    I guess that is my cue to get back on topic.  Point taken.    :(
  15. Deuterium
    Link finally worked for me.  Not sure what the problem was.  Interesting article.

    My only reservation/qualification in you last reply is "that it can happen to anyone".  Well, yes, in the general sense that no one necessarily knows if they have won (or lost, maybe more appropriately) the genetic lottery, and just so happen to have certain genetic allele(s) that cause the adrenal glands to over-produce epinephrine...at levels enough to put the heart into a deadly arrythmia.  I mean, getting struck by lightning "can happen to anyone", as well.

    Look these reports are rare, and many times anecdotal.  While the MD's can explain the causitive chain of physiological events that could trigger such an episode for a person who is genetically predisposed, I don't think there is any peer-reviewed studies into this phenomena, nor real statistics.  And since the general news isn't replete with reports of ordinary people falling dead in their tracks after witnessing and/or experiencing incredibly stressful or frightning situations, I think we can file this away as "possible, but extremely, extremely rare".
  16. RICH-ENGLAND

    i'll just leave this here for you...
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=scared-to-death-heart-attack

    thanks

    rich

    Rich, the link isn't opening up for me.  I suppose it must be confirmation that someone can indeed suffer a fear-induced heart attack.  Yes, I am sure it can happen, but it certainly would be classified as "rare" or very uncommon, yes?  Also, there is always the question of pre-existing condition contributing to the coronary...such as heart disease or genetic predisposition for stress induced arrythmia, such as Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

    With that said, if an ALIEN jumped out of my closet right now, I probably would be that one in a million person who would drop dead from sheer fright.  Such would be my luck.  ;D

    hmm, its working ok for me!. and yes its confirming it, and explaining how it happens, but yes, people with heart conditions are at a higher risk but it can happen to anyone!.

    there was a similar case of instant death in england back in the 90s, there was a gangland execution of 3 drug dealers, when the police informed one of the victims fathers he died instantly from heart attack brought on by an emotional response exactly the same as how the fear response works.

    thanks

    rich
  17. Deuterium

    i'll just leave this here for you...
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=scared-to-death-heart-attack

    thanks

    rich

    Rich, the link isn't opening up for me.  I suppose it must be confirmation that someone can indeed suffer a fear-induced heart attack.  Yes, I am sure it can happen, but it certainly would be classified as "rare" or very uncommon, yes?  Also, there is always the question of pre-existing condition contributing to the coronary...such as heart disease or genetic predisposition for stress induced arrythmia, such as Paroxysmal atrial fibrillation.

    With that said, if an ALIEN jumped out of my closet right now, I probably would be that one in a million person who would drop dead from sheer fright.  Such would be my luck.  ;D
  18. RICH-ENGLAND
    Huh??  Did Ridley Scott ever say this somewhere ????
    Clickity. Go to the Lambert section.

    LOL.  Well I be dipped in butter!  Excuse me, there is a plate of crow waiting for me in my fridge.  ;D

    This now constitutes the THIRD time that Ridley has flummoxed and flabergasted me.

    The first is when I learned he always intended
    Spoiler (click to show/hide)
    .

    The second is when I heard about his whole idea with regards to the Space Jockey being a "guy in a suit" concept.

    And now I learn that in Ridley's imagination/universe, Lambert's death is due to fright induced heart attack.  C'mon...I mean does that actually happen in real life.  I mean, I would love to see an official Coroner's report for Cause of Death ==> Severe Fright.  Doesn't say much to our Evolutionary adaptation of the "Fight or Flight" response to threats.  I don't think Homo sapiens, as a species, would have gotten very far if every time we saw a lion or tiger or bear, we instantly keeled over.

    Although, in my half-hearted defense, Ridley's comments (from that site) could be construed as just him being rather "cheeky".  I mean it is possible he was being rather "tongue and cheek" with those comments, and that he didn't intend on being taken literally.

    I mean, seriously, can't you see him having a little bit of fun, when saying something like this:

    Quote
    In a separate interview with Danny Peary, Scott said: 'You'd probably die before the thing touched you anyway. I mean, you'd have a heart attack, right? You'd turn and see it and last about four seconds before you had a coronary, okay.'

    i'll just leave this here for you...
    http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=scared-to-death-heart-attack

    thanks

    rich
  19. Omegamorph
    It's very Lovecraftian if you think about it. Some of the Alert sailors died of fear when they saw Cthulhu rising from the R'lyeh portal; Johansen, while he was able to resist, had his hair turned white from blond. Just the first example that popped in my mind.

    And the Jockey suit thing is actually an idea he came up with some years ago, I think. The original concept had it being an actual creature fused to its chair.
  20. Deuterium
    Huh??  Did Ridley Scott ever say this somewhere ????
    Clickity. Go to the Lambert section.

    LOL.  Well I be dipped in butter!  Excuse me, there is a plate of crow waiting for me in my fridge.  ;D

    This now constitutes the THIRD time that Ridley has flummoxed and flabergasted me.

    The first is when I learned he always intended
    Spoiler (click to show/hide)
    .

    The second is when I heard about his whole idea with regards to the Space Jockey being a "guy in a suit" concept.

    And now I learn that in Ridley's imagination/universe, Lambert's death is due to fright induced heart attack.  C'mon...I mean does that actually happen in real life.  I mean, I would love to see an official Coroner's report for Cause of Death ==> Severe Fright.  Doesn't say much to our Evolutionary adaptation of the "Fight or Flight" response to threats.  I don't think Homo sapiens, as a species, would have gotten very far if every time we saw a lion or tiger or bear, we instantly keeled over.

    Although, in my half-hearted defense, Ridley's comments (from that site) could be construed as just him being rather "cheeky".  I mean it is possible he was being rather "tongue and cheek" with those comments, and that he didn't intend on being taken literally.

    I mean, seriously, can't you see him having a little bit of fun, when saying something like this:

    Quote
    In a separate interview with Danny Peary, Scott said: 'You'd probably die before the thing touched you anyway. I mean, you'd have a heart attack, right? You'd turn and see it and last about four seconds before you had a coronary, okay.'
  21. Xenomorphine
    The decision to replace the Brett tail scene with Lambert and hearing those very suggestive noises of pain and hyperventilating over the speakers, was a deliberate editing decision by the director.

    It's obvious what he wants to imply to our psychology, as viewers.

    Whether or not he'd want to clarify that it's actually what happened, I don't know, I think he'd prefer to leave it as mysteriously ambiguous, but with a deliberate insinuation to make it feel unsettling.

    The entire film is full of sexual subtext, after all. That was just one of the more clear-cut examples, that's all.
  22. Deuterium
    Bro, I'm talking about Prometheus, not Alien.  Besides was it ever explicity stated that the Xeno actually "raped" Lambert?
    By the authors? Not that I know of. Ridley Scott never said a word on the matter, and instead always had the intention of having Lambert dying of fear.

    Huh??  Did Ridley Scott ever say this somewhere ????

    We don't see how Lambert dies...all we hear are her fear induced exhalations/hyperventilations, followed by a blood curdling scream.  For all we know, the Alien ripped her bloody head right off of her shoulders.  Another possible interpretation is that there is some sort of venom in the tip of the Alien's tail (stinger) that could incapacitate or paralyze it's victim (obviously, Dallas was taken alive)...possibly in order to preserve him as a living host for the cocooning process?  Although, on that score, the Alien must get failing marks for Brett.  I'm pretty sure getting a telescoping projectile jaw shot straight into your cranium is going to cause more then a headache.

    In any case, of all the myriad possible interpretations of Lambert's eventual fate...the idea that she "died of fear" never made it on my radar screen.  And while I can't be absolutely certain, my guess is that it was NOT Ridley Scott's intention for the audience to be left with the impression that Lambert died from sheer fright.
  23. KirklandSignature
    What?
    You mean like the " 'alien-tail' going between Brett's legs ...but it's edited to look like Lambert's being raped, so we'll just grin and go along with it??" kinda thing?

    Well, carry on!!


    Bro, I'm talking about Prometheus, not Alien.  Besides was it ever explicity stated that the Xeno actually "raped" Lambert? I highly doubt the Alien "sticks" its tail up there; that just plain grosses me out and doesn't seem like something the Alien would do.
  24. Glaive
    What?
    You mean like the " 'alien-tail' going between Brett's legs ...but it's edited to look like Lambert's being raped, so we'll just grin and go along with it??" kinda thing?

    Well, carry on!!
  25. Glaive
    WTF?????

    ...she didn't get raped in either 'Played with Fire', 'Hornet's Nest', 'Game of Shadows'; and I'm curious how you KNOW what happens in 'Prometheus'..."OBVIOUSLY"??

    ...weirdo.
  26. Ash 937
    Next we have a shot of Noomi Rapace in a lot of pain. This is where the shot of her stomach enlarging would be I assume. She gives birth to something and survives.

    She gets raped in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  She obviously gets raped in Prometheus by something too.  Is anybody else worried that Noomi Rapace is going to be typecast as someone who gets raped in all of her movies?

    I am.
  27. ryanjayhawk
    I would be surprised if the round UFO was of human origin.  You can see some markings or writing on the bottom if you take a 1080P resolution image of the saucer and play around with the brightness/contrast.  Those markings don't really scream human to me.  Just my opinion though.  I have a feeling I'll be wrong about a great many assumptions I've made  ;)

    I agree...

    If you look at our own military we employ a variety of aircraft.  If someone who had never been exposed to the outside world discovered a single aircraft, it would not be representative of every aircraft in use.  I'm sure even in the future with much advanced technology this will be true.
  28. Mustangjeff
    I would be surprised if the round UFO was of human origin.  You can see some markings or writing on the bottom if you take a 1080P resolution image of the saucer and play around with the brightness/contrast.  Those markings don't really scream human to me.  Just my opinion though.  I have a feeling I'll be wrong about a great many assumptions I've made  ;)
  29. whiterabbit
    The ship we see seems way too small for intergalactic travel. It also seems to be able to land on ground just fine. So why would they even need the Magellan? The UFO we see in the trailer could in fact be Prometheus.
  30. Highland
    Strange, I wonder if the transmission is at the start - when the ship leaves for the mission, or the end, if the group get's split for some reason?

    If it's at the end then there would have to be a base and a ship on the Alien planet. Either that or the Magallen and the Prometheus get split up.
  31. AnthonyWC70788
    I put the trailer through my stereo system at home and rewinded it over and over on one of the loudest possible setting I could get it on without to much background noise, it says this....

    What sounds like Shaw....

    You have got to stop...
    **gargle** prometh.. prometheu...
    I was wr.. wrong.. it was so wrong....
    **deep breathing over and over**
    I'm so sorry....

    And then the music cues up.
    Honestly with the volume set up it sounds creep as hell. I mean I was actually getting goose bumps lol..

    Also, someone needs to seriously analyze the blips of video at the end of the trailer. There is definitely images there just way to fast for me to do anything with.... Anthony
  32. Some Mothers Do Have Em!
    hahahaha. :D
    You're right...don't know what the hell I was hearing there. ???
    Having now heard it without the kids running around me...it sounds like someone hailing somone over the radio. But I am not sure the first bit we hear is part of the actual call.

    "You don't understand" or "You don't have to stop" Still not sure here???

    "Prometheus, Prometheus, Prometheus" 

    "I was wrong, it was so wrong, and I'm so sorry"

    IMO What we are hearing is a call from, Shaw, back to the Prometheus. The beginning of the transmission is just distorted a little so the first two Prometheus don't come across they are cut short and are quite faint.
    Don't think there is anything about coming or leaving though.
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