Director of the upcoming Alien movie, Alien: Romulus recently sat down with the folks over at Perfect Organism Podcast to discuss all things Alien and Horror prior to filming taking place early next year. The Evil Dead and Don't Breathe director was kind enough to elaborate on a number of topics, giving us insight to what his vision of ALIEN is like, how previous Alien films have impacted his ideas and what we can expect from his foray into the franchise. Check out part of his interview below:
Perfect Organism: When did you fall in love with the Alien series?
Fede Alvarez: I watched Alien: The Eighth Passenger (as it was called in Uruguay, where I'm from) on network television at midnight, probably sometime in the early ‘90s when I was 13, and it made quite the impact. I remember knowing nothing about the film, and expecting some sort of Star Wars adventure... Oh boy was I wrong. But it was probably renting Aliens on VHS that cemented the fandom.
PO: Do you have a favorite Alien film?
FA: That's a perverse question. No one should be forced to choose between 1 and 2!
PO: What makes Alien ALIEN for you?
FA: Like the xenomorph itself, I think the franchise has been constantly evolving and mutating into completely different incarnations. What sets it apart from all the other long-running franchises are the incredible directors that have been involved with the saga in the past. From Ridley to Jean-Pierre Jeunet—those happen to be some of my all-time favorite directors. And I think that's what sets this franchise apart. It's a Director's franchise, like no other...
PO: Do you have a favorite moment from the Alien series?
FA: So many... But today, when Hicks pushes the ceiling up to discover the horde of xenos crawling right above them.
PO: What is it about Giger’s creature that intrigues you?
FA: What doesn't! The whole creature is a endless pit of mysteries and unanswered questions.
PO: What is it about the horror genre that’s always fascinated you?
FA: Nothing makes me feel more alive than being terrified watching a horror film. It reminds you of our fragility and mortality like no other genre.
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