New Prometheus trailer is terrifying

Posted by CB Droege

20th Century Fox has released another promotional video for Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi thriller Prometheus.

This one takes a look at the film’s protagonist Elizabeth Shaw. Noomi Rapace plays the part in the film, and here she’s doing an in-canon video call, like a visual voice-mail, to Peter Wayland, in an effort to convince him to finance Prometheus’s expedition with Weyland-Yutani funds.

I’d like to think that in the future video calls are bit less glitchy than this, but there are a bunch of neat effects going on here while the call is coming through, like constant analysis of the emotional state, and some type of algorithmic face-matching with other callers. We get the idea here that a lot of the motivation for taking the expedition rests on this character’s shoulders, which will be an emotional challenge when it all goes terrible wrong.

We also have a new international trailer which shows some additional footage of what is going to go wrong on the expedition. Here we get a brief glimpse of the alien menace, and even some roiling abdomen’s seemingly about to burst, which is very reminiscent of the original Alien film, though creator and director Ridley Scott already confirmed that those aliens will not be in this film.

This is the first trailer that makes me feel like this film is going to be truly terrifying, rather than just emotional and visually spectacular.

The synopsis is thus:

Visionary filmmaker Ridley Scott returns to the genre he helped define, creating an original science fiction epic set in the most dangerous corners of the universe. The film takes a team of scientists and explorers on a thrilling journey that will test their physical and mental limits and strand them on a distant world, where they will discover the answers to our most profound questions and to life's ultimate mystery.

Prometheus, which also stars Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Logan Marshall-Green and Charlize Theron, hits theaters in the US - in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D - on June 8, 2012.