Why Alien Remains The Stuff Of Nightmares

Screen Media Films has debuted an official trailer for the movie-making documentary Memory: The Origins Of Alien, a must-see behind-the-scenes documentary looking back at 1979’s sci-fi horror classic Alien.

The film 78/52, directed by Alexandre Philippean, was a detailed, feature-length documentary that examined the shower scene from Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho from every angle possible, and was received very well at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.

Move two years forward and Philippe is back with another cinematic geek dive doc, and it goes without saying that I’m very excited for this movie.

Here’s the trailer:

Here’s the synopsis:

Memory: The Origins Of Alien tells the untold origin story behind Ridley Scott’s Alien – rooted in Greek and Egyptian mythologies, underground comics, the art of Francis Bacon, and the dark visions of Dan O’Bannon and H.R. Giger. A “contemplation” on the symbiotic collaborative process of movie-making, the power of myth, and our collective unconscious.”

This is not your usual documentary, this one will explore the creation of the film in a remarkable and captivating way – by examining the mythos & the big ideas behind its inception.

Memory: The Origins Of Alien unearths a treasure trove of never-before-seen materials from the archives of Dan O’Bannon and H.R. Giger including original story notes, rejected designs and storyboards, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, and Dan’s original 29 page script from 1971, titled Memory. Bridging the ancient world with Scott’s complex futuristic universe through a mix of distinctly low-fi VHS aesthetic and stunning 4k Cinemascope aspect ratio footage.

Memory: The Origins Of Alien in select theaters + on VOD starting October 4th. Are you up for it?