Trailer and Plot Descriptions for Alien: 40th Anniversary Shorts

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Ridley Scott‘s sci-fi horror masterpiece, Alien, 20th Century Fox and Tongal have teamed up to produce six short films set in the world of Alien from over 550 filmmaker pitches.

The first short will be released on IGN on March 29th and then every Friday after that for the next five weeks leading up to Alien Day on April 26th. Check out the exciting trailer and the plot descriptions of the shorts below.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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.

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.

One thought on “Trailer and Plot Descriptions for Alien: 40th Anniversary Shorts

  • Aaron Katzmarek

    Sweet. Very excited for this. Most of those plot lines look to be old-school Alien goodness.


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