THE creator of the terrifying Alien series says he’s convinced extraterrestrials are real — and they will come and get us one day.
Director Ridley Scott said he believed aliens are out there somewhere and powerful enough to defeat humanity if we are unlucky enough to encounter them.
«I believe in superior beings,» Scott said ahead of the release of the sixth episode of the sci-fi horror series, Alien: Covenant, next month.
«An expert I was talking to at NASA said to me, ‘Have you ever looked in the sky at night? You mean to tell me we are it?’ That’s ridiculous.
«The experts have now put a number on it having assessed what is out there. They say that there are between 100 and 200 entities that could be having a similar evolution to us right now.»
«When you see a big thing in the sky, run for it,» he added.
«Because they are a lot smarter than we are, and if you are stupid enough to challenge them you will be taken out in three seconds.»
Alien: Covenant, the second of the prequels to the original film, is set in 2104 on board a spaceship carrying 2,000 cryogenically frozen colonists to a distant planet when they chance upon an uncharted paradise.
But their voyage soon turns into a gory nightmare that makes Alien’s original iconic «chestbuster» scene seem tame in comparison.
The neomorph aliens in the new film are based on the goblin shark which has a jaw which hinges in two ways.
«It’s scary, hideous beyond belief actually,» Scott said.
The 79-year-old British-born director — who was also the brains behind cult sci-fi flick Blade Runner — said he never tired of scaring people out of their skins.
«When I did the first Alien I had to get a sense of responsibility because the reaction to the kitchen («chestbuster») scene with John Hurt was beyond anything I expected — and it was not good,» he told AFP.
«But the film was very successful because people are perverse.»
«Everybody was half underneath the seat watching by the time you get to the kitchen scene. There was a woman underneath the seat with her husband holding her. I said this is not healthy.»
Scott, however, claimed that he was unshockable.
«Nothing scares me. I have a 9mm (pistol),» he said.
«If there is a problem I tend to close down into calm. When you walk in in the morning on a film and 600 people turn and all look at you, that is scary,» he said.
• Alien: Covenant opens across the world from May 10.