well the horror elements of the film were ham fisted at best. i put it down more to the editing than scott but he would have been heavily involved in it. i never said prometheus was ever meant to be a horror but if your going to include elements that make it a sub genre of horror then you have to do it right. this is my one and only gripe about the film
As for the horror element as such, he stated he wanted to scare the shit out of us with certain scenery, not that he was making a horror genre film.
i only ever remember him saying he wanted to scare the shit out of us. your quote seems a bit abstract for scott
I wasn't quoting him, just summarizing his intentions according to a pre-release interview with him and some behind the scenes footage of the medical pod sequence on the Furious Gods
doc, with Ridley being all giddy while shooting the scene, expressing the shock effect he hopes it'll achieve with the audience.
That scene turned out great from a horror perspective. What didn't
turn out great (I'll give you that one), was the Fifield attack in the hangar bay sequence. If a scene serves no purpose in itself and could be removed entirely without affecting the film and its plot, you need to come up with a very good reason to keep the scene in the film.
In that scene, no character we care about is in danger, the antagonist is someone we believed dead and don't care about anymore and the effects work isn't great either. To add, it was storyboarded entirely different than what it ended up as, as revealed by the trailer footage. The editing of that scene is probably bad because Ridley didn't really know what to do with that scene and yet couldn't part with it for whatever reason.