Trail Mix takes a look at classic movie trailers from years past to explore their relationship (however sometimes tenuous) to the films themselves and to the movie promotion of today.
The third Alien film’s trip from conception in 1987 to release in 1992 was so fraught with well-documented peril that the first teaser trailer released describes a completely different movie altogether, one based on an early draft of the script that saw Aliens survivors Ripley (Sigourney Weaver), Hicks (Michael Biehn) and Newt (Carrie Henn) crash land on Earth to find the population under siege and overrun with angry Xenomorphs.
The full length trailer is a tad more honest, obviously, showcasing the movie’s setting and plot complete with era ubiquitous “in a world” narration, co-stars Charleses Dutton and Dance, and introducing the film’s simultaneously awesome and awful signature tag line.
Alien is my favorite film series, and Alien 3 my favorite installment (not a popular opinion, I know, and the less said about Resurrection the better, though I loved Prometheus) but I’m sure I’m not the first person to wonder what could have been if Ripley and co. bypassed Fury 161 for our own home planet. Maybe we’ll get a taste of that if Neil Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium, the upcoming Chappie) can ever get his recently confirmed Alien dream sequel off the ground.