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[Spoilers] Alien: Romulus Footage Debuted At CinemaCon!

As CinemaCon wraps up the third day of the convention, Walt Disney Studios took to the stage to show off footage from many of its upcoming films and as expected, they finally showed off footage from Fede Alverez’s Alien: Romulus. While the footage itself is not available online, descriptions of the footage (via Discussing Film) have been shared by the outlets in attendance. Beware spoilers!

The majority of their crew is stuck in a flooded room with water up to their knees. What they don’t realize is that they are in the middle of an incubation room of sorts with dozens of alien pods holding facehuggers above them. The crew’s android, Andy (David Jonsson), needs to power down and reboot because of an error. While he’s in the middle of rebooting, standing frozen still, the alien pods activate and release the facehuggers into the water. The crew is then all attacked by a horde of facehuggers, some using their tails to drown people and others leaping straight out of nowhere.

The crew is managing to survive since they’re skilled enough to swipe the facehuggers away with their guns and help each other out whenever one of them goes down. The majority of the facehuggers are noticeably brought to life through practical puppetry, giving the scene a tangible sense of urgency. The android Andy finishes his reboot and helps the team escape, grabbing some of the facehuggers with his bare hands to pry them away from people’s faces. Cailee Spaeny’s character manages to open one of the room’s sliding doors from outside, but only for a limited time. We then see an image of dozens upon dozens of facehuggers leaping out at the crew from a claustrophobic hallway as everyone is running for their lives toward the only exit.

The sliding door closes and everyone makes it out just in time, with the horde of facehuggers smashing against the glass from the other side. However, the only crew member who takes a brief moment to look back is suddenly attacked by the single facehugger who barely made it through the closing doors. We then flash forward to a different scene where this same crew member is about to have an alien burst from her chest. She starts feeling pain while she and one of the other female crewmates are piloting a small ship. When the pain becomes too excruciating, she takes an x-ray flashlight of sorts to check her body and we see a clear visual of a small chestburster trying to break its way out of her ribcage.

When the chestburster starts to make its way through her chest, she falls to the floor which prompts her co-pilot to fall to the ground to try and her. The ship they’re on starts flying in uncontrolled circles as the small chestburster slowly begins to break its way through the crew member’s body. The footage ends with a montage of other moments from the film, including our first look at the full body of an adult xenomorph, which looks like an actor in a practical suit more than an animatronic.

According to a lot of the reporting, this footage was a demonstration of the practical effects we’ll be seeing in use in Alien: Romulus. Discussing Film notes that:

The small alien is brought to life via puppetry, with it coming out super slow and giving the audience enough time to notice the small details in its design. It’s an incredible visual that makes Alien: Romulus feel more in line with the first Alien trilogy than the recent prequels.

The reaction to the footage on Twitter has been largely positive, with Collider’s Steve Weintraub describing the footage as brutal and scary and exactly what I wanted.

The original Alien is heading back into cinemas for Alien Day, alongside a “special sneak peak” of Alien: Romulus which we expect will be this footage shown at CinemaCon. So far we’re only seeing booking for the US, but the original announcement does make it sound like this isn’t limited to just screenings on Alien Day.

A special 45th anniversary screening of one of the most acclaimed and iconic sci-fi films of all time in a 4K Digital Restoration.

Also includes a special sneak peak extended clip of the new film ALIEN: ROMULUS (releasing in August).

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  1. Mr.M
    I would assume the Space Station is within traveling distance and likely the colony can pick up transmissions from if it is within range. It's been there for sometime as the story takes place 20 years after Alien. Meaning, they must of gotten a hold Big Chap years and years earlier.

  2. Mr.M
    Just my thoughts imagination here going:

    Kids huddle together in the local colony bar. Talking of how they want to get off the planet and get an actual life.

    One of the kids says he knows of an abandon space station where they can go and get the things they need.

    Older man in the corner, smoking and drinking, been around a while overhears them and replies,

    "The place is dead. Everyone dead they say. Story is they found a demon in space and brought it back to that cursed station. Ye best stay away from it."

    Kids look oddly at him and go back to planning.

    Anyways...lol
  3. TheBATMAN
    Quote from: Highland on Apr 16, 2024, 07:29:11 AM
    Quote from: ASH1977 on Apr 15, 2024, 09:09:53 PMI do wonder where this space station is situated. They would have to be close to last known location of the Nostromo. The company knows that the alien was there on LV426, at least the ship's continuous beacon going off. Curious how Fede will tie all this together.

    We might be looking too much into it, I wouldn't be surprised if explanations are thin.

    Regardless I think it's safe to say the station will be destroyed by the end of the film.
  4. Highland
    Quote from: ASH1977 on Apr 15, 2024, 09:09:53 PMI do wonder where this space station is situated. They would have to be close to last known location of the Nostromo. The company knows that the alien was there on LV426, at least the ship's continuous beacon going off. Curious how Fede will tie all this together.

    We might be looking too much into it, I wouldn't be surprised if explanations are thin.
  5. Mr.M
    I do wonder where this space station is situated. They would have to be close to last known location of the Nostromo. The company knows that the alien was there on LV426, at least the ship's continuous beacon going off. Curious how Fede will tie all this together.
  6. solace97
    I like to think the company didn't know about the alien yet and it was all just theoretical, so they sent some barrel scrubbers to check it out because they themselves didn't even know if they'd find something
  7. Mr.M
    Just a theory, but it would make sense for Weyland to a tail ship behind the Nostromo. In theory, the crew would be dead, Ash the caretaker and only survivor would be waiting for the science/military to come and intercept to acquire the organism. Would not make sense to have the Nostromo go all the way to earth.
  8. El Diablo
    Quote from: [cancerblack] on Apr 13, 2024, 07:13:35 PM
    Quote from: 426Buddy on Apr 13, 2024, 11:08:49 AMHot take: I think Ressurection is more satisfying to watch than Prometheus.

    It's more satisfying to rewatch than most of them at this point, it's good value.

    It is a lot of fun. It took me years to get over my initial hatred of that film (I left the theater crushed after watching it on opening night). I've greatly enjoyed all of the films in the franchise for the most part.
  9. BigDaddyJohn
    Quote from: TheBATMAN on Apr 13, 2024, 07:26:58 PM
    Quote from: BigDaddyJohn on Apr 13, 2024, 06:20:57 PMI think we're going to see it when it was active, considering what we saw with the extra shots in the instagram version of the trailer, when
    Spoiler
    we see people in hazmat suit carrying something that is probably Big Chap for experimentation.
    [close]

    Spoiler
    i suspect the Big Chap scene is an opening five min flashback, then the movie jumps ahead 20 years to our colony planet, by which time the station is already dead.
    [close]

    Maybe we get a few shots of the operating station in the intro then ? But who (besides Mike) knows ? We'll see.
  10. TheBATMAN
    Quote from: BigDaddyJohn on Apr 13, 2024, 06:20:57 PMI think we're going to see it when it was active, considering what we saw with the extra shots in the instagram version of the trailer, when
    Spoiler
    we see people in hazmat suit carrying something that is probably Big Chap for experimentation.
    [close]

    Spoiler
    i suspect the Big Chap scene is an opening five min flashback, then the movie jumps ahead 20 years to our colony planet, by which time the station is already dead.
    [close]
  11. BigDaddyJohn
    I think we're going to see it when it was active, considering what we saw with the extra shots in the instagram version of the trailer, when
    Spoiler
    we see people in hazmat suit carrying something that is probably Big Chap for experimentation.
    [close]
  12. 426Buddy
    Yeah I'm interested in that too. Also how many people were aboard the station before the everything went to pot? It seems like a huge station, seems like it could support a few hundred personel... maybe.

    A station that size seems like it would be difficult for the company to not realize there has been a problem.
  13. TheBATMAN
    So any theories on why the Renaissance station is just seemingly abandoned by the company? Besides the obvious of everyone being killed, are company agents on their way to secure it ala Alien 3? Or is the implication it has been abandoned for a significant time? If so, why has it seemingly been left with all those valuable specimens onboard?
  14. 426Buddy
    I know some people enjoy AvPR, but for me personally it's just dire. I watched at the theater and one time since then. I don't plan to ever watch it a third time.

    AvP I actually enjoy for what it is. A silly adventure movie with some nice effects work. Unfortunatly I get no joy or entertainment from the sequel.

    Hot take: I think Ressurection is more satisfying to watch than Prometheus.

  15. 426Buddy
    All the films have been worth the cost of a ticket imo, even the ones I don't love like Prometheus and Ressurection.

    But not AvPR,  it's not with the price of admission.
  16. solace97
    Quote from: Mike's Monsters on Apr 12, 2024, 11:13:46 PMThese moments are close to the beginning of the film and are only a taste of way more chaos that follows. Basically the inciting incidents. I don't feel like they take away, but I'd say go in as blind as possible if you want to have more fun and have no idea what to expect.
    That's good to hear. I unfortunately will not be going in blind, I have to read spoilers but don't care as long as it's executed properly. But damn that makes me excited if those scenes are considered minor to what awaits
  17. The Cruentus
    Quote from: Mike's Monsters on Apr 12, 2024, 11:13:46 PMThese moments are close to the beginning of the film and are only a taste of way more chaos that follows. Basically the inciting incidents. I don't feel like they take away, but I'd say go in as blind as possible if you want to have more fun and have no idea what to expect.

    Spoiler
    Hey Mike. Left you a message if you have room in your inbox.
    [close]

    Agreed but I would say even if someone didn't see or read about the cinemacon footage, the trailer made it so most will know which character may or may not be dooomed.
  18. Mike’s Monsters
    These moments are close to the beginning of the film and are only a taste of way more chaos that follows. Basically the inciting incidents. I don't feel like they take away, but I'd say go in as blind as possible if you want to have more fun and have no idea what to expect.
  19. 0321recon
    Glad to see on the report finally acknowledging the effects for the trilogy including Alien³ since its always just aLiEn oR aLiEnS lol! Alien³ always kicked to the curb.
  20. BigDaddyJohn
    Quote from: SiL on Apr 12, 2024, 12:06:57 PM
    Quote from: BigDaddyJohn on Apr 12, 2024, 11:39:14 AMAlso it is said that
    Spoiler
    the Romulus crew shot numerous facehuggers, so not much worry about acid blood damaging the station apparently ? Or maybe they end up in water and that negates the acid blood or something.
    [close]
    Spoiler
    They say they're knee deep in water.
    [close]

    Spoiler
    I had the impression that it wasn't clear where they were shooting the facehuggers, but re-reading it, it's clear they are still in water.
    [close]
  21. Ant
    I'm staying away from the detailed scene descriptions, but is there any word on what the adult Alien looked like? Beyond what we learned from the trailer... Any biomechanical elements? I'm just really looking forward to getting away from the generic sinew look we've had since Resurrection.
  22. BigDaddyJohn
    Also it is said that
    Spoiler
    the Romulus crew shot numerous facehuggers, so not much worry about acid blood damaging the station apparently ? Or maybe they end up in water and that negates the acid blood or something.
    [close]
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