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Poster emerges for Sundance-premiering “ALIEN” documentary “MEMORY”

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 | News

By MICHAEL GINGOLD

The backstory and influence of one of horror and science fiction’s all-time classics are explored in depth in MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN, which has its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival this month. The poster has been revealed tonight, and you can see it after the jump.

Written and directed by Alexandre O. Philippe, who created the acclaimed PSYCHO doc 78/52, MEMORY will be Sundance’s opening-night Midnight-section screening on January 24 at 9:45 p.m. at Park City, Utah’s Egyptian Theatre. The synopsis: “MEMORY was a script that Dan O’Bannon started in 1971, abruptly hitting a wall at page 29. But after the idea gestated for several years, it ultimately took the form of Ridley Scott’s masterpiece ALIEN. If MEMORY: THE ORIGINS OF ALIEN were only a comprehensive account of ALIEN’s origins—ancient myths, comic books, H.P. Lovecraft, sci-fi movies and parasitic wasps—it would still be fascinating. But how did ALIEN lodge itself so indelibly into our cultural imagination? Philippe’s real interest lies in the deep resonance of myths and our collective unconscious. The strange symbiotic collaboration between ALIEN creators O’Bannon, Scott and H.R. Giger suggests a greater synchronicity across history, art, and storytelling, a synchronicity that gives us the Furies, creatures of Renaissance painting and even chest-bursting aliens.”

Look for more on MEMORY at this site later this month!

Michael Gingold
Michael Gingold (RUE MORGUE's Head Writer) has been covering the world of horror cinema for over three decades, and spent 28 years as a writer and editor for FANGORIA magazine and its website. In addition to RUE MORGUE, he currently writes for BIRTH.MOVIES.DEATH, SCREAM, IndieWire.com, TIME OUT, DELIRIUM and others. His book THE FRIGHTFEST GUIDE TO MONSTER MOVIES (FAB Press) is out this fall, and he has contributed liner notes and featurettes to a number of Blu-ray and DVD releases. Among his screenplay credits are SHADOW: DEAD RIOT and LEECHES!, and he is currently working on THE DOLL with director Dante Tomaselli.