Ever since the project was announced, director Ridley Scott has maintained that Prometheus, his first science-fiction film since 1982's Blade Runner, was not a prequel to his 1979 space-horror film Alien. Having seen the film, we can report that this is most certainly false. The film, which opens today, is the latest in a fascinating franchise. Three sequels followed the first, all helmed by directors — James Cameron, David Fincher, Jean-Pierre Jeunet — who took the elements of the original and added their own memorable visual styles.
To kick off a new feature called "Vulture Scavenger," we watched all four Alien films (repeat after us: There are no Alien v. Predator movies), listened to multiple director commentaries, watched dozens of featurettes, read books, and scoured old newspaper and magazine articles in search of the tidbits that any obsessive Alien fan would love to know.BEGIN SLIDESHOW