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Michael Fassbender (centre) reprises his role as android David in Alien: Covenant. Audiences will still have high-minded existential issues to ponder in this latest instalment in the Alien franchise (and one or two others to come) but the meaty part focuses on matters of a more visceral nature.

Director Ridley Scott with Katherine Waterston, who plays crew member Daniels. As might be expected from a director of Scott's pedigree, production values in Alien: Covenant are impeccable.

A classy horror flick, in spite of all its philosophising

Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant will appeal to fans of the original series.
May 12, 2017 5:50 AM

IT'S been 38 years since that slimy, sharp-toothed extra-terrestrial burst so memorably from John Hurt's chest in Alien, a film that remains the gold standard in the sci-fi horror genre. It's a blood-splattered scene that belongs in the pantheon of famous movie moments and made a star

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