What Truly Scares You? Over the course of the past year, since the inception of Perfect Organism Podcast, and probably since I first fell in love with Ripley and the ALIEN series in the 80s; I’ve been asking myself ‘what scares me?.’ This question is important because, more than anything, I want to be scared again.
I’ll never forget seeing ALIEN for the first time, seeing the Space Jockey sitting in the chair, lifeless, yet absolutely terrifying. My imagination did more to freak me out then what I was actually seeing. Ridley Scott managed to lift the curtain on our nightmares, but not fully reveal them, letting what we can imagine do more to scare us than anything we could see on film. I’ve always asked fellow fans, ‘Can an ALIEN film scare us?’ The answer has always been mixed.
I haven’t been truly frightened in a film in a long time, and I’m not talking jump scares, I’m talking real, legitimate psychological horror. It’s always an easy thing to criticize and give advice, but it’s another thing entirely to create a film that scares us to our core. In an age where we’ve seen everything, and everything is possible, including the alien creature, over and over, ad nauseum; how does it then become something that scares the living daylight out of us successfully?
My answer has always been a few things. Number one, push the creature back into the dark. Number two, go back to H.R. Giger’s original designs. Make the creature elongated, silent, deadly, but as quiet as the dark that develops it. I imagine a scenario where the creature is chasing someone, but it’s in complete darkness. We only hear what’s happening. We know it’s there, but we don’t where.
Imagine being trapped in a cave or a room, no lights, only feeling the texture of the atmosphere…but there, quietly, it sits, it waits, praying for you to draw near. Those are my answers. I put together a video investigating what scared us in the ALIEN films, using existing footage, and a rarely seen deleted scene from ALIEN. I want us all to be afraid when we see an ALIEN film. Along with my hope that ALIEN Covenant is expertly written, wonderfully acted, I hope that we are authentically scared, not knowing what’s about to happen next.
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