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Third Alien short film debuts

The third in a series of short films based on the iconic Alien series is now live. Night Shift focuses on a missing, and possibly drunk, space trucker.

In space…

Yes, a space trucker. You read that right. That’s what Alien: Night Shift is all about. If you’re in the dark as to what I’m talking about, you’ve got a nice surprise. A set of 6 short films based on the Alien universe are being released for the franchise’s 40th birthday.

Each one will has a different setting and director. And of course each one will also try to capture some of that old fashioned Alien terror. Alien: Night Shift is the 3rd of them. It sounds suitably creepy… even though the term “space trucker” is a tad silly.

When a missing space trucker is discovered hungover and disoriented, his co-worker suggests a nightcap as a remedy. Near closing time, they are reluctantly allowed inside the colony supply depot where the trucker’s condition worsens, leaving a young supply worker alone to take matters into her own hands.  Written and Directed by Aidan Brezonick 

20th Century Fox press release

You can check out the film exclusively on IGN here.

Celebrating the 40th

It might be hard to believe, but this year is the 40th anniversary of the original Alien film. That’s why we’re getting these mini-movies. They might not be a whole new feature, but at least they’re a quintet of new visions of the Alien universe.

From this point, we’ll get one a week till April 26th, that’s “Alien Day” you know (4/26). At that point, once they’re all released, you’ll be able to check out the full collection. Head to the “@AlienAnthology social channels and AlienUniverse.com” for that. There’ll also be some behind the scenes stuff thrown in for good measure.

Miss out on the first 2? Check them out below.

  • ALIEN: Containment – Four survivors find themselves stranded aboard a small escape pod in deep space. Trying to piece together the details around the outbreak that led to their ship’s destruction, they find themselves unsure to trust whether or not one of them might be infected. Written and Directed by Chris Reading
  • ALIEN: Specimen – It’s the night shift in a colony greenhouse, and Julie, a botanist, does her best to contain suspicious soil samples that have triggered her sensitive lab dog. Despite her best efforts the lab unexpectedly goes into full shutdown and she is trapped inside. Little does she know, an alien specimen has escaped the mysterious cargo, and a game of cat and mouse ensues as the creature searches for a host.Directed by Kelsey Taylor

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