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Memory: The Origins of Alien Official Trailer Released

With several cinema releases and its UK home release just over the horizon, the official trailer for Alexandre O. Philippe’s Memory: The Origins of Alien has been released online!

Take an in depth voyage into the sci-fi masterpiece ALIEN with the visionary filmmakers who created it. See how one of the most terrifying movies of all time burst to life 40 years ago, inspired by ancient mythology and our universal fears.

For our readers in the US, Memory will be in cinemas from the 4th of October. You can find screening details over at Screen Media’s website. For those of you in the UK, the documentary is available to pre-order for a September 2nd release. The Prince Charles Cinema is also showing the documentary in London over the coming weekend and next week.

Alien vs. Predator Galaxy’s very own RidgeTop had the pleasure of watching Memory: The Origins of Alien at its Sundance Film Festival premiere. You can check out his review here. RidgeTop was also able to sit and chat with Alexandre O. Philippe, the director of Memory, about his work on the documentary. That is also available in our interviews section.

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Comments: 22
  1. T Dog
    Really enjoyed this for the most part. Felt like such a loving tribute to O Bannon/Giger.
    Thought it lost it's way a but 2/3 of the way through and went off on a bit of a tangent but overall I'd highly recommend it for Alien fans.
  2. Valaquen
    I really haven't had time to write a review, but I got a screener of this a month ago or so. It was interesting, the best parts for me was seeing the excerpts from Memory itself. Otherwise there wasn't much new. The focus on O'Bannon was absolutely welcome. The score for this was great actually (watched it with headphones). But in trying to do something new it goes off on unwelcome tangents. I had flashbacks to sitting in my literary criticism classes at uni. I paused it two or three times to tidy my house  :-[
  3. Baron Von Marlon
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    The later production history is interesting, but has been extensively detailed elsewhere. It’s Philippe’s deeper psychological excavation that really bears fruit, even if his bibliography gets a bit too indiscriminate (the influence of HP Lovecraft seems more relevant to Alien’s icky soulmate The Thing). He joins the dots from Bacon to the Greek Furies, who often hounded children who committed crimes against their creators, their parents; the implication being that the xenomorph is a scourge for over-reaching humanity. Scott, of course, has picked up such Promethean themes in his recent sequels, but it was only the primal power he helped uncork in the first instance that has powered him through these mangled new incarnations.

    https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/aug/30/memory-the-origins-of-alien-review-francis-bacon-greek-myth-dan-o-bannon-sci-fi-classic-film

    I enjoyed the doco. It was certainly a different take on Alien and refreshing because of it. I like that O'Bannon got much more focus for his involvement.

    Watched it today and I second the above.
    Didn't know O' Bannon and Carpenter had a falling-out so early. A real pity, I think they could've created movie magic together.
    Also re-interested in O' Bannon's version of Necronomicon. I read about it a while ago and forgot about it. But his wife brought it up again so now I'm hoping again for a release someday.
    And all the other stuff he has written, waiting for the right people to be picked up.
  4. HuDaFuK
    Neat as well that a lot of it is dedicated to outsiders analysing the various subtexts, which isn't something that's really been featured as heavily ion the existing documentaries. From memory I think Alien Evolution did a bit of that, but certainly not to the same extent.
  5. Corporal Hicks
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    The later production history is interesting, but has been extensively detailed elsewhere. It’s Philippe’s deeper psychological excavation that really bears fruit, even if his bibliography gets a bit too indiscriminate (the influence of HP Lovecraft seems more relevant to Alien’s icky soulmate The Thing). He joins the dots from Bacon to the Greek Furies, who often hounded children who committed crimes against their creators, their parents; the implication being that the xenomorph is a scourge for over-reaching humanity. Scott, of course, has picked up such Promethean themes in his recent sequels, but it was only the primal power he helped uncork in the first instance that has powered him through these mangled new incarnations.

    https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/aug/30/memory-the-origins-of-alien-review-francis-bacon-greek-myth-dan-o-bannon-sci-fi-classic-film

    I enjoyed the doco. It was certainly a different take on Alien and refreshing because of it. I like that O'Bannon got much more focus for his involvement.
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