Celebrate Alien’s 40th anniversary with 6 new short films

Last Updated on August 2, 2021

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Two weeks after unleashing a digital series based on the video game Alien: Isolation through IGN, 20th Century Fox has announced that, as a part of the ALIEN franchise's 40th anniversary, they've asked six visionary filmmakers to create ALIEN-inspired short films. Each installment will help to present an exciting new narrative for fans of the franchise, while acting as a tribute to Ridley Scott's sci-fi horror classic ALIEN. I hope you've got your running shoes on, because the shorts are bound to feature plenty of narrow escapes through claustrophobic corridors, as a new cast of characters work to avoid Facehuggers, Xenomorphs, their own crazed crewmates, as well as a series of ship-related malfunctions.

You can check out the trailer below:

The Alien 40th Anniversary Shorts will be making their debut at Emerald City Comic-Con in Seatlle on Friday, March 15th (today), and at C2E2 in Chicago on Saturday, March 23rd. If you're unable to make it to either event, fear not. You can also watch the shorts via IGN where a new chapter will release every Friday, beginning on March 29th.

Here are the titles, synopsis, and talent atttached to each ALIEN-related short:


They've all been exposed, but which one is truly sick?

Written and Directed by Chris Reading


A fractured crew realizes there's more than one monster on board.

Directed by Benjamin Howdeshell


A woman and her unlikely pet form a dangerous bond.

Written and Directed by Noah Miller


A quiet night is shattered by a cry for help.

Written and Directed by Aidan Breznick


A woman and her dog are on the hunt – or are they the ones being hunted?

Written and Directed by Kelsey Taylor


Their underground mission has just turned into a nightmare.

Written and Directed by the Spear Sisters

For more information about ALIEN's 40th Anniversary, the upcoming short films and more, be sure to check out AlienUniverse.com.

Source: alienuniverse.com

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