We'll just say it: For the first time, in this chilling red band trailer, Life feels like it owes more than a small debt to the Alien franchise. It ticks off several familiar boxes, after all, including the mysterious discovery on another planet, the initial attack on a crew member, and then a grotesque, otherworldly creature going after the movie's stars, causing explosive mayhem.
There are differences too, the main one being that the scenario in Life seems much plausible. As the movie's synopsis describes, Life is six International Space Station crew members who make "one of the most important discoveries in human history: the first evidence of extraterrestrial life on Mars."
Unfortunately, investigating this extraterrestrial—as the trailer reveals—has "unintended consequences and the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected."
The red band trailer gives us more shots of the alien as well, which goes from translucent, hungry ropes of flesh to a bizarre star-shaped creature to something with thick, horrible tentacles. A thing that for all we know does eventually end up on Earth.
Compared to the Alien films, which take place many years in the future, the plausibility of the scenario in Life has the potential to scare the hell out of everyone and make us question the wisdom of ever leaving Earth again.
Life stars Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhall and Rebecca Ferguson. We'll find out just how spooky ET can be when the movie premieres March 24th.