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“It Is A Straight Horror Movie” – Danny McBride Talks More Alien: Covenant

With his new series, Vice Principals, now being shown, Danny McBride continues his press rounds promoting the show. In a new interview with Complex, McBride spoke briefly about Alien: Covenant. He doesn’t reveal much and the subject only gets two paragraphs but he re-iterates that Alien: Covenant is heading down a darker path than its predecessor, calling the film a “straight horror movie.”

“It was nuts. The idea that he trusted me to be a part of this thing is something that I’m still blown away by. I’m not allowed to talk a lot about what happens in it, but it is a straight horror movie. I’ve never been on something that intense before, with that level of visual effects and gore. I’ve also never been in a movie where people just straight up die like that.”

"It is a straight horror movie. I’ve never been on something that intense before, with that level of visual effects and gore." - Danny McBride on Alien: Covenant.

“It is a straight horror movie. I’ve never been on something that intense before, with that level of visual effects and gore.” – Danny McBride on Alien: Covenant.

Michael Fassbender recently spoke about Alien: Covenant, telling Collider that “it’s much scarier than Prometheus.” Hopefully this indicates we maybe seeing a return to the intensity and style of Ridley Scott’s Alien. McBride also shared a great anecdote about the diminishing cast:

“When I started the movie, the cast would go to these dinners and it was like twenty people. Then each week, the numbers dwindled and it became less and less people at the table.”

Thanks to SuicideDoors and Igor Prokopczak for the news.



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Comments: 32
  1. NickisSmart
    Gore used right.  Alien had gore, but some of the horror came through suggestion, Lambert's death occurs off camera, but it makes you wonder what happened when you see her swaying off the ground

    Like someone else said, Lambert was naked from the waist down, her pants, underwear (I'm guessing), socks and boots all being removed. And I swear to god one of her toes is broken. I thought it might be a prop, but I'm thinking a model with double-jointed toes?

    Makes me shudder! :/

    The reason that scene is so powerful is because it is suggested, and because the scream that Lambert gives is so horrifying. It sounds, towards the end, with the stutters, that she's being raped. Not cool. Still, it's not shown, and we hear it while Ripley is running in vain down a dark corridor. This isn't a brightly lit room, even; there's lots of space to imagine as the horrorible act occurs off-screen.

    Alas, the scream they re-recorded in the Alien: Isolation DLC, Last Survivor (I think, or was it the other one?), for Lambert dying sounds so bad! XD
  2. Dottyacid
    Pause the sceen of a dead Lambert and Parker. Lambert has no trousers on and one of her big toes is dislocated. Factor that in with what Riply hears over the Tannoy.
  3. Novak 1334
    Gore used right.  Alien had gore, but some of the horror came through suggestion, Lambert's death occurs off camera, but it makes you wonder what happened when you see her swaying off the ground
  4. Perfect-Organism
    I'm sure any gore will be handled well with Scott at the helm, he isnt really a gore hound.

    On that note, I want it to have some gore, visceral, like in Alien. Obviously we don't want slasher flick gore, and I wouldnt think we would get that from scott.

    I'm of the same thoughts. Alien had gore but it was intense gore, not gore porn. I'm hoping that's the same way that he'll be handling it here. Not gore for the sake of it but as a punctuation.

    I am loving all these comments about it being horror though.

    I hope the gore is more practical... that cgi stuff still doesn't get the job done. So straight up horror movie... I guess that mean less exploring and more a-killing. Although I wonder how much body horror vs bloody horror he is speaking about.

    He'll definitely be exploring. That's the whole point to his prequels.

    What Hicks just said.  Intense gore, not gore porn.  It's an Aliens film.  Somebody has to die.  In a bad way.
  5. whiterabbit
    No offense but there is only one Parker and that is my Parker.

    right
    I think it's time we discus the bonus situation.

    He's gonna be our Parker.
    Where in the contract does it state that Alien:Covenant has to have a Parker who's a white guy? Now if you wanna pay the man some money we can have Yaphet Kotto reprise his roll.
  6. lv_226
    Gore can be used to great thematic effect. For example, the on-screen violence was one of the great qualities in Alien 3, IMO. The shot of the Alien after it kills Boggs and the blood sprays Golic.. the look of the alien was one of the best shots of the creature in the entire series. The way the alien picked apart some of the prisoners was intense (Jude being an example). I think that if done well, and I think the focus in Covenant seems to be on intensity, then it very well may be a good quality to have.
  7. NickisSmart
    If Danny's our Parker, who's our Brett? :P

    Alien had gore. Kain bursts open, and the filmmakers literally use gore taken from an abattoir. At one point, in the movie, they tried using bones fro ma abattoir for the derelict scenes, according to Giger. Brett and Parker's heads are both bit into, and in Parker's case, you can see the skull come open and the brains pop out. Ash's head gets knocked off with a baseball bat. They used "Nottingham lace" for the inside of the alien egg, as well. It's a violent, gory film.
  8. 426Buddy
    The gore comment doesn't bode well.  It should be about mystery IMO.

    Doesnt bother me at all, as an alien film some gore is to be expected. I myself prefer a certain level of gore, at least similar to the amounts seen in the first 3 films. Like everyone else has said, as long as its not gore porn then there shouldnt be a problem. It's not like Scott is known for crazy amounts of gore in his films anyway.
  9. Whiskeybrewer
    The comments on the cast dinners were perfect, maybe there's footage they can time lapse lol. Well it does seem that Ridley tried to film as much in order as he could then.

    Maybe McBride goes out like Parker
  10. Corporal Hicks
    I'm sure any gore will be handled well with Scott at the helm, he isnt really a gore hound.

    On that note, I want it to have some gore, visceral, like in Alien. Obviously we don't want slasher flick gore, and I wouldnt think we would get that from scott.

    I'm of the same thoughts. Alien had gore but it was intense gore, not gore porn. I'm hoping that's the same way that he'll be handling it here. Not gore for the sake of it but as a punctuation.

    I am loving all these comments about it being horror though.

    I hope the gore is more practical... that cgi stuff still doesn't get the job done. So straight up horror movie... I guess that mean less exploring and more a-killing. Although I wonder how much body horror vs bloody horror he is speaking about.

    He'll definitely be exploring. That's the whole point to his prequels.
  11. whiterabbit
    I hope the gore is more practical... that cgi stuff still doesn't get the job done. So straight up horror movie... I guess that mean less exploring and more a-killing. Although I wonder how much body horror vs bloody horror he is speaking about.
  12. 426Buddy
    I'm sure any gore will be handled well with Scott at the helm, he isnt really a gore hound.

    On that note, I want it to have some gore, visceral, like in Alien. Obviously we don't want slasher flick gore, and I wouldnt think we would get that from scott.
  13. Nostromo
    "I’m not allowed to talk a lot about what happens in it, but it is a straight horror movie. I’ve never been on something that intense before, with that level of visual effects and gore. I’ve also never been in a movie where people just straight up die like that. When I started the movie, the cast would go to these dinners and it was like twenty people. Then each week, the numbers dwindled and it became less and less people at the table."

    1. but it is a straight horror movie  :D ;D ;)
    2. and gore  >:( >:( >:(
    3. Then each week, the numbers dwindled and it became less and less people at the table  ;D

    One year away....couldn't it be for this November, shoot... I wonder how gory this will be, hope it's done right.
  14. Corporal Hicks
    Danny has shared a bit more, click the link below!

    https://twitter.com/complexmag/status/758702912759590912

    Ha. I love that comment about the cast dinners.  :laugh:

    Quote
    It was nuts. The idea that he trusted me to be a part of this thing is something that I’m still blown away by. I’m not allowed to talk a lot about what happens in it, but it is a straight horror movie. I’ve never been on something that intense before, with that level of visual effects and gore. I’ve also never been in a movie where people just straight up die like that. When I started the movie, the cast would go to these dinners and it was like twenty people. Then each week, the numbers dwindled and it became less and less people at the table.
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