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We Ask Ridley Scott if ‘Prometheus' is a Horror Film

Okay, so based on the film's most recent trailers, we all agree that, call it what you will, Sir Ridley Scott's Prometheus CAN be described as a prequel to his groundbreaking classic Alien. Good. Now that that's out of the way, the next question on the minds of horror fans is whether or not Prometheus, like Alien, will in fact be a horror film. Which is exactly what I asked the acclaimed director when I spoke with him yesterday at WonderCon 2012. Find out what he told me after the jump.

"The bottom line," said Ridley Scott when I asked him just how much horror is packed into Prometheus, "is just make a good movie. Just make a fuckin' good movie. What's it [got] to do with horror? The point is there are only a few really, really great ones. Thereafter, there are evolutions of copycats. I'll name two of the great horror movies right now that I never got over, because I wouldn't look at them, because I was so uneasy about watching them. One was called Texas Chainsaw Massacre, by Tobe Hooper. I knew I really didn't want to go see that movie just by seeing the fucking poster! A pig face with a goddamn chainsaw! I thought, 'I don't really want to go see that movie.' But eventually I had to as research for Alien... The other great one single idea is the first Exorcist, possession of the body by the demon. Since then there [have been] ninety, a hundred thousand clones of those ideas. That's the hard thing. Trying to come up with a few firsts. We're trying to come up with first notions. And I think [Promethus writer Damon Lindelof] did."

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