Originally Posted by Gary McCoy
Let us remember that in 1979 Ridley Scott cut almost all the alien scenes he had shot, because in most of them it looked like a man in a rubber suit. People want to credit him with making a good horror movie using the "less is better" shocking scene treatments of a good ghost story, but he blew his budget on Giger's props, and then had to work around an alien that just did not look convincing.
He used a green screen terminal and a teletype keyboard that were 1950's vintage in a 1979 film. Oh, yeah - sit inside the computer and have a converstion in English text. How unconvincing is THAT?
At least that guy in a suit was an awesome and menacing design. I was more convinced of being afraid of it than a big, buff albino guy. Don't worry, in 30 years we'll probably look back and scoff at the Ipad type technology they use in this film. If you want to talk about unconvincing, lets talk about characters.
It doesn't get much more unconvincing than with these clowns in Prometheus. At least Alien had excellent characters that were believable and even more important - likable. Plus all of the performances of those characters were on the money. Everyone except Fassbender was lame in Prometheus. In Alien, I feared for the humans and wanted them to make it out. With Prometheus, they all could've suffered terrible deaths, and I would've thought good riddance.
Ohh yeah, and also, did you find the horrendous and pointless to do old man make-up convincing? I found that to be way more offensive than the technology or the guy in an Alien suit from the first one. Sorry, I don't mean to sound like a jerk on this one, but my feelings and opinions are getting more wound up as I continue to think about the movie.