Celebrate ‘Alien Day’ With Alien Universe

The fourth annual Alien Day is almost here, and the celebration is already underway. Twentieth Century Fox and community creator Tongal have been getting a series of six Alien inspired short films ready for this special day. Four have been released so far. The final two will be debut on Alien Day itself: April 26th! In addition to these awesome short films, Alien Universe is planning a 24 hour celebration of events and fun.

Read on for all the details!

From the Alien Universe Alien Day press release

Forty years ago, a terrifying film burst from the mind of Ridley Scott, “xeno-morphing” into one of the most iconic franchises of all time. From the first menacing Chestburster shock to the last acid-drooling extraterrestrial kill, Alien became the definitive sci-fi horror film, winning fans, critics, and an Academy Award along the way. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the film that spawned a global franchise of record-breaking hit movies, video games, graphic novels, consumer products, and more, 20th Century Fox launched an otherworldly tribute with thrilling new stories, exclusive exhibits, and other one-of-a-kind experiences for fans.

Culminating on April 26th, Alien Day devotees will rally for the fourth year in a row for 24 hours of worldwide fanfare. Fans eager to participate can share their own personal memories or recreations of their favorite moments for a chance to become part of the 40 year legacy! (go to #MyAlien40th for more imformation)

Descending into orbit on April 23rd is the Alien 40th anniversary 4K Ultra HD, courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and available for pre-order below!

Don’t forget to check out that hashtag on all of your social media platforms!

Alien 40th Anniversary

Launching into Alien Day, the biggest name brands have created exclusive collections in honor of the franchise. All-new figures, merchandise, apparel, publications, mobile game promotions, comics and collectibles will be unveiled from NECA, Funko, Diamond Select, Dark Horse, Audible, Weta Workshop, Zen Studios, D3 Go!, The Loyal Subjects, Upper Deck, Changes, Loot Crate, Super 7, Acme Archives, Wonderdice, Mondo, Fanattik, Sideshow, Rubies, Gale Force Nine, Macmillan, Monogram, CoolProps, Hollywood Collectibles Group, and Good Smile Company to name a few.

Highlights include a comprehensive and definitive volume on the making of Alien from Titan Books, a new line of Alien Pop! Figures from Funko, limited edition giclée prints from Acme Archives & Dark Ink, and a selection of apparel and merchandise sure to please the most discriminating Alien collector from Shop.FoxMovies.com. A full list of what is shuttling in for Alien Day can be found HERE.

Watch the rest of the horror unfold every day by plugging into AlienUniverse.com. Participate in the worldwide Alien Day celebration by following #ALIENDAY and #Alien40th on Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook.

More social media hashtags!

The big day is almost here. We can’t wait! Have you seen the new Alien Day short films yet? They’re awesome! Check them out below!

Alien: Containment (Written/directed by Chris Reading)

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. 

Alien: Specimen (Directed by Kelsey Taylor)

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 that an alien specimen has escaped the mysterious cargo, and a game of cat and mouse ensues as the creature searches for a host. 

Alien: Night Shift (Written and directed by Aidan Brezonick)

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.   

Alien: Ore (Written and directed by the Spear Sisters)

As a hard-working miner of a planet mining colony, Lorraine longs to make a better life for her daughter and grandchildren. When her shift uncovers the death of a fellow miner under mysterious circumstances, Lorraine is forced to choose between escape or defying management orders and facing her fears to fight for the safety of her family.

So cool!

Final Thoughts

Awesome! Alien is one of my all time favorite films… one of the all time greats! It’s pretty amazing to see what indie filmmakers did with these shorts. I’m looking forward to seeing the last two on Alien Day itself. I also can’t wait to check out all of the fun and goodies the Alien Universe has in store.

What do you think? How will you celebrate Alien Day in 2019? Which of the shorts is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

About Kenn Hoekstra

PopHorror Writer. Associate Editor. @PopHorrorNews Tweeter. Also... Screenwriter. Blogger. Horror Movie Aficionado. Wisconsin Sports Fan. IT Guy. Father. Smartass. People's Champion. TIME Person of the Year - 2006.

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