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The next big thing in Sci-Fi Horror is out

The next big thing in Sci-Fi Horror is out

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NeomorphMember1541 XPSep-27-2017 6:25 PM

The teaser trailer for "Annihilation" is out. I must confess it gave me goosebumps!

This is the latest effort from Alex Garland, Director of "Ex-Machina", writer of "28 Days Later" and "Sunshine". It has elements in common with "2001", "Solaris", "Roadside Picnic" and even "Alien" and "Prometheus".

It is based on the first chapter in the "Southern Reach" trilogy saga by Jeff Vandermeer. So there is a potential for a franchise. This is the type of weirdness the Alien franchise needs in my opinion.

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PraetorianStaff2414 XPSep-27-2017 6:29 PM

joylitt Alex Garland is a fantastic writer!!

Sunshine, much like Alien is a perfect 10/10 for me


PraetorianMember3378 XPSep-27-2017 6:38 PM

Yeah, it looks like a Solaris remake, I mean the original Solaris (1972) by Tarkovsky. Probably it will be too much for a wider US audience.

I think it won't be a franchise but Portman is beautiful in it.


NeomorphMember1541 XPSep-27-2017 6:52 PM

Well I read the 3 books and I can tell you it is not a remake of Solaris. And there are so many things left unexplained in the first part that it is not unlikely to have a trilogy. On top of that, a secondary character from the first part becomes protagonist of the second and in the third you get the point of view of every character and a final conclusion. This is the type of novel that can fuel endless theories and discussions. It is really a mind-bending narrative, a whole thoroughly imagined world of its own. The first book focuses on what happened to an expedition sent to a quarantined site known as Area X, which apparently has been object of some kind of alien invasion (not the typical alien invasion though). The second part takes place in a facility known as Southern Reach, a bureaucratic nightmare of place where the protagonist of Annihilation is being studied; the main character here is the new director of Southern Reach. The last part of the trilogy is fascinating, it is like a puzzle where you get to know more less the final fate of every character, and maybe of earth. Oh and i forgot to say it is also very Lovecraftian.


PraetorianMember3378 XPSep-27-2017 7:03 PM

'an expedition sent to a quarantined site known as Area X, which apparently has been object of some kind of alien invasion (not the typical alien invasion though)'

So it contains the main idea of the other well-known Tarkovsky movie, the Stalker, as well.

It should be good. I love Portman, her beauty is enough for me to enjoy a movie. :D


NeomorphMember1541 XPSep-27-2017 7:10 PM

Ati Yes, you are right. That is why I mentioned "Roadside Picnic", which is the novel Stalker is based on. By the way Jack Paglen, one of the writers of Alien Covenant created a series based on Roadside Picnic that has much more in common with Stalker than Annihilation.


NeomorphMember1541 XPSep-27-2017 7:19 PM

Someone complained online it's an all female cast. Obviously they haven't read the book because that is how it is in the novel. I have a little complain about the casting of the guy who is interrogating Portman's character though. If he is who I think he is, they changed his ethnicity ( I can see why he was cast though since he's been in "Sunshine"); the original character is a mixed hispanic/white man and his cultural background is very important in the second novel.


PraetorianMember2674 XPSep-27-2017 11:53 PM

joylitt thank you so much for this, why did I know nothing about this movie?

Roadside Picnic meets Heart of DarknessI must see it!!


"Let The Cosmic Incubation Begin" ~ H.R. Giger


TrilobiteMember8212 XPSep-28-2017 12:13 AM

It can't really suck if it is from the writer of Ex Machina.


NeomorphMember1541 XPSep-28-2017 12:26 AM

dk He adapted the original novel by Jeff Vandermeer. The author said the movie is great and that it reminded him of "2001: A Space Odyssey". The teaser is trending #1 on youtube, so the interest for this type of sci-fi is still there.


TrilobiteMember8212 XPSep-28-2017 12:29 AM

joylitt Nice. Annihilation looks pretty good. The trailer seems interesting without giving too much away. Bring it on!


PraetorianAdmin4317 XPSep-28-2017 5:16 AM

It looks fantastic, I don't want to get too hyped over it just in case but it def looks like it has potential. 


PraetorianMember3381 XPSep-28-2017 7:59 AM

Thank you sharing joylitt


PraetorianMember3381 XPSep-28-2017 8:04 AM

The opening image looks like someone was hit with a mutation blast of some sort.

Great capture.


PraetorianStaff2414 XPMar-29-2018 3:27 PM

joylitt instead of starting a new topic, I thought I would refresh your thread instead :)

This film is now streaming on Netflix (who bought the international distribution rights to the film)

Have you had a chance to watch it yet? 

It is an interesting ride packed full of some interesting and clever themes (without spoiling it).

This is the type of weirdness the Alien franchise needs in my opinion.

Im definitely more convinced now that Garland could do an Alien film. His films have many overlapping themes, styles and nuances that would lend beautifully to the Alien Franchise..and add something different


TrilobiteMember8212 XPMar-29-2018 8:33 PM

Rats. I am not seeing it listed over in the States.


PraetorianStaff2414 XPMar-30-2018 12:28 AM

Ill just leave this ouroborus here...... ;)

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