Get Ready for 'Prometheus' With Footage from 'Aliens: Ride at the Speed of Fright'Damon Houx |
With the release of 'Prometheus' mere hours away (for people stateside), it's worth noting that there aren't just three sequels and one prequel to Ridley Scott's 'Alien.' There was also a ride called 'Aliens: Ride at the Speed of Fright,' and that ride employed an auteur to direct its footage (intercut with snippets from James Cameron's 'Aliens'). That auteur: Stuart ('Re-Animator') Gordon.
Our own Matt Singer noted this in his twitter feed, and it's worth looking at now that we're in the midst of 'Alien' and 'Prometheus' mania. The footage is obviously a little bit cheap, but it does feature Gordon regular Jeffery Combs and Tony Todd in the role of the Apone-ish sergeant.
It's also interesting how they refer to the aliens as bugs and leave a nuke to kill the aliens, which makes the footage come across as similar to Paul Verhoven's 'Starship Troopers' - or at least the bridge between it and Cameron's 'Aliens.'
The ride was only done in San Francisco and in Manchester, England, and was released in 1996 as a motion-simulation ride. We can't simulate that here, but if you want to jump up and down in your seat while watching the footage, it might recreate the experience.