In 2020 it’s impossible to approach Ridley Scott’s 1979 film Alien as a first-time viewer and feel anything resembling its original impact. Everyone has seen Scott’s vision of space taken up by countless sci-fi films and most people know each of Alien’s iconic scenes, whether they’ve seen the entire film or not. After several Alien sequels and spinoffs, countless imitators, and the wholesale cinematic plundering of Giger and Scott’s visual sci-fi language, it is hard for latter generations to imagine a time in science-fiction before Alien – a time before face-huggers, chest-bursters, and strong heroines.
Fright-Rags’ latest releases are all about the end of the world. Whether it’s at the hands of aliens, zombies, or creatures, prepare for the apocalypse with apparel from Mars Attacks, Day of the Dead, and A Quiet Place.
“Nice planet. We’ll take it!”
I adored Species as a teenager, having persuaded my parents to rent it on VHS back in 1998/99. They trusted me with the horror genre, and I doubt they realised how sexually charged this genre flick actually was. Yeah, the VHS cover featured Natasha Henstridge in a state of seductive transformation – a extraterrestrial-human hybrid – but it also featured headshots of Forest Whitaker, Alfred Molina, Michael Madsen, and the Academy award-winning Ben Kingsley! How were they supposed to know that they had just rented their thirteen-year-old son smut!
“Be Intrigued. Be Seduced. Be Warned.”
When Cavity Colors show up unannounced at your door, that can only mean one thing. You’re toast! This officially licensed Killer Klowns from Outer Space collection includes all new tees, tanks, ringers, and enamel pins. Don’t be a bozo.
“Big top… big shoes… big teeth!”
According to the calendar, today is Alien Day (4/26 to commemorate LV 426!) so Super7 have dropped these exclusive Alien limited edition 3.75″ ReAction Figures, plus old school felt pennants!
“This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.”
Today’s Alien Day is a special one, as 2019 marks the 40th anniversary of the franchise’s birth with Ridley Scott’s Alien. Fright-Rags celebrates with an Alien Video Series box set and retro-style t-shirts.
Fright-Rags also commemorates the 30th anniversary of the original film adaptation of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary, and will soon release an old-school nylon jacket from John Carpenter’s Halloween.
“You still don’t understand what you’re dealing with, do you? The perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.”
Fright-Rags wants to believe. The horror apparel company has launched a collection of The X-Files tees that are out of this world, along with new merchandise celebrating The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs.
“The truth is out there.”
This year sees the 40th anniversary of Ridley Scott’s Alien, and to mark the occasion 20th Century Fox is releasing a 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray package that will be available in the UK from April 1st, 2019. Don’t miss the chance of seeing the alien, bursting out of John Hurt’s chest in glorious HD! Alien is one of the most discussed, dissected and academically analysed movies in modern cinema. Considering so much has been said about it, the film seems to be simplicity itself: a tense, linear storyline, an innovatively envisioned setting, sparse dialogue – simple, but close to perfect.
“In space no one can hear you scream.”
Siôn Griffiths’ Humanoids from Outer Space – an homage to the atomic age of cinema – continues with Chapter 4: The Chief that Fell to Earth and Chapter 5: The Day Wales Stood Still.
“I served in World War II and there was no Creature from the Black Lagoon shooting no ray-guns at me.”
Siôn Griffiths’ Humanoids from Outer Space – a throwback to the science fiction B movies of the 1950s – continues with Chapter 2: 20 Million Miles to Wales and Chapter 3: Attack of the Humanoids.
“If I don’t save the world, then who the hell will?”
Written and directed by Siôn Griffiths, Humanoids from Outer Space is a throwback to the science fiction B movies of the 1950s; an homage to Ed Wood, Tommy Wiseau, and the atomic age of cinema.
“Their mission is to destroy humanity. Can these alien humanoids be stopped?”
When an alien from another world crashes to earth via meteor and takes human form to hide in plain sight, it’s not rocket science to establish they’re not here to do any good. In fact all nastiness is planned as it’s on the hunt to impregnate a female to birth its own spawn!
The Spawning’s premise is simple enough, with clear influences of 70s & 80s British low budget sci-fi which I do have an affinity for, so I was so wanting The Spawning to succeed. Unfortunately what we get is a strained affair that may have played out better as a short.