When someone writes "Do Not Open" in blood on glass, you know something really messed up happened on the other side of that window, and that's just one of several nightmarish scenarios explored in six new short films set in the Alien universe. Selected from more than 550 pitches in anticipation of the 40th anniversary of Ridley Scott's classic sci-fi horror film, the six short films will be released by 20th Century Fox on IGN over the next several weeks, and we've been provided with a new red band trailer for the short films that serves as a chilling reminder that nearly four decades after the release of Alien, in space, no one can still hear you scream.

"Tomorrow, 20th Century Fox will launch the ALIEN 40th ANNIVERSARY SHORTS SERIES on IGN starting with ALIEN: Containment, the first of six terrifying new tales set in the ALIEN Universe. Developed by emerging filmmakers selected from 550 submissions on the Tongal platform, the anniversary initiative focused on finding the biggest fans of the ALIEN franchise to create new, thrilling stories for the ALIEN fandom.

The shorts will rollout weekly starting tomorrow, MARCH 29th, at 12PM EST/9AM PST on IGN, and beginning May 3rd, they will be available on the official @AlienAnthology social channels and AlienUniverse.com, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes content.


March 29th: 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

April 5th: 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

April 12th: ALIEN: Night Shift - 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

April 19th: ALIEN: Ore - 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. Written and Directed by the Spear Sisters

April 26th: ALIEN: Harvest - The surviving crew of a damaged deep-space harvester have minutes to reach the emergency evacuation shuttle. A motion sensor is their only navigation tool leading them to safety while a creature in the shadows terrorizes the crew. However, the greatest threat might have been hiding in plain sight all along. Directed by Benjamin Howdeshell

April 26th: ALIEN: Alone - Hope, an abandoned crew member aboard the derelict chemical hauler Otranto, has spent a year trying to keep her ship and herself alive as both slowly fall apart. After discovering hidden cargo, she risks it all to power up the broken ship in search of human life. Written and Directed by Noah Miller"

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    About the Author - Derek Anderson

    Raised on a steady diet of R.L. Stine’s Goosebumps books and Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Derek has been fascinated with fear since he first saw ForeverWare being used on an episode of Eerie, Indiana.

    When he’s not writing about horror as the Senior News Reporter for Daily Dead, Derek can be found daydreaming about the Santa Carla Boardwalk from The Lost Boys or reading Stephen King and Brian Keene novels.