The poster art industry is not what it used to be. The majority of modern blockbusters are too quick to settle for a Photoshop 101 vibe instead of trying to create a frameable gem. Because of this, we tend to get a little excited whenever a movie invests in a piece of good promo art. This week, however, we’re more than a little excited because Alien: Covenant has just released a movie poster that’s not just a stunner, it’s a nightmarish work of art in its own right.
Many have pointed out that the artwork is reminiscent of Dore’s illustrations for the epic poem Paradise Lost, by John Milton. Given that Alien: Covenant was originally titled Paradise Lost , this probably isn’t a coincidence.
The poster also does a brilliant job at paying tribute to H.R. Giger, whose original designs of the Alien xenomorph remain an iconic piece of science fiction history. Alien: Covnenant is the first movie in the franchise to be released since Giger’s death in 2014, and I like to think that this is a tribute to his legacy.
Regardless of the inspiration behind this poster, the end product has enough detail for Alien nerds to pour over for a good long while. What does it mean? Are there any clues buried in there? Who knows, but we’re certainly going to enjoy searching for the answers.