I just read a great article about the latest Alien film and the evolution of horror.
Much has changed in the 38 years since Ridley Scott’s Alien was first released. The claustrophobia and primality of that first film have given way, in Alien: Covenant, to expansive planets, lost civilizations, and ponderous mythologies.
But the prevailing impression left by Scott’s latest installment is less of horror than of existential gloom. The threats it conveys feel at once larger and more diffuse than any one creature.