Exploring: Predators Trailer
The trailer gives the Predators movie a feel much more like the original Predator movie. I also like that they have the Predators collecting their prey for a big game hunt since the humans proved themselves formidable and it is a typical behavior for them to do so.
Both franchises had their first movie named in the singular and featured only one. Aliens went on to feature many Aliens in it's second movie and was thus named in the plural. Predators also will feature multiple of the hunter warriors and is named in the plural.
Predators' release date 7th July 2010
Royce, a mercenary who reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they’ve been brought together on an alien planet… as prey. With the exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members human “predators” that are now being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators.
Concerns For Alien in 3D
There are plans to do an Alien remake in the 3D format and to make it a trilogy. I loved the Alien movies they are a brilliant example of good horror. This remake project brings great concerns.
Will James Cameron return to the project? This is an important question. He was so involved with the movies starting with his writing on the first Alien movie.
The gimmick concern. The studios are going nuts over making movies in 3D as a gimmick to lure people into the theaters to watch movies. This creates problems since not all theaters can handle 3D. Thus if the movie is not shot with care it appears distorted and becomes troublesome to watch in non 3D. I also find it offensive that the studios would take such a flagrantly lazy approach to create desire in watching movies in the theater. Generally I find putting out movies that have good writing, storylines, and aren’t just throwaway media will make me want to go watch it in the theater.
One of the things that makes the Alien movies work so well as horror and to still appear fairly current even 30 years latter is that they don’t show too much and they use the real when they can for the effects. Modern movies, especially those for 3D, tend to show too much moving from a terrifying scene toward the grotesque desensitizing the audience.
(via SCI FI Wire)
ABC is tweaking the pilot for V making it slightly different for the lucky viewers who got to see it at SDCC. The main changes is fight scene between the visitors and the resistance. They want to make the visitors more formidable.
Sounds good to me.. I would be disappointing if we get to the fight scene and the technologically advanced and tough fighting visitors weren't.
(via SCI FI Wire)
Weekend Craft: Glowing Alien in a Jar
Ever wanted your own alien in a jar, now you can make one with this weekend's craft. This one looks awesome, I want it for my desk. It will cost more then some of the other projects to buy some of the supplies and require some minor electrical work to get the jar glowing.
What you need:
- A jar with a lid that is thick enough to conceal a battery pack and some LEDs (local supermarket)
- Glow water made from florescent dye extracted from a highlighter pen (http://www.metacafe.com/watch/464980/glow_water_how_to_make_your_own/)
- Alien Embryo Growing Pet (http://www.thespacestore.com/alemgrpet.html)
- 4.5V Battery pack (http://www.instructables.com/id/Making-a-45-volt-battery-pack-from-a-9V-battery/)
- Protostack half size prototyping board (http://www.protostack.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=1_2&products_id=3)
- 2.7 ohm resistor (1W)
- 6 x High Power Ultra Violet LEDs (http://www.protostack.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=24_30&products_id=36)
There are 8 steps to this project which can be read here on instructables. Some additional recommendations from the discussion that follows are:
- Re circuit board: don't have to have it but it helps hold everything together.
- should add some kind of biocide to the water like salt or ammonia.
If you had a glowing Alien in a Jar how would you use it? I like the recommendation to swap out the batteries for a solar pannel and turning it into a solar powered porch light!
The Disturbing Baby Snuggie
This is so disturbing to look at. The first image that comes to mind is from the movie Aliens when the alien baby bursts from the chest of their victims. Imagine: Aliens five Revenge of the Queen. In it we find out that the Alien Queen used Ripley to get back at the humans for her demise but this time the alien spawn are a hybrid species which have human faces and murderous alien bodies...