'Alien: Covenant In Utero' Is Beautifully Horrifying

Fox's VR experience lets you see what pre-life is like in the womb for a xenomorph.
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The problem with all Alien movies, of course, is their xenophobic world view, when it comes to xenomorphs. Why doesn't anyone try to see things from the aliens' point of view? Well, a new virtual promotion for this month's Alien: Covenant asks audiences to do just that.

Initially unveiled in select Regal theaters last week, FoxNext VR Studio has unveiled the video for its Alien: Covenant In Utero virtual reality experience online, and it's exactly what the name suggests: a chance to experience what a baby xenomorph does, right before its birth. Well, beyond the likely desire to kill everyone and everything around you or the inevitable burning sensation of having acid for blood, of course.

In Utero, directed by David Karlak and produced by Ridley Scott, is the result of a collaboration between Fox, FoxNext VR Studio, RSA VR, AMD Radeon and Dell. The 360-degree video is being presented in 15 cities across the U.S. until June 4, with chosen Regal theaters featuring Oculus Rift kiosks where viewers will get the chance to experience the full horror for themselves.

According to Fox, the VR experience is also available on Oculus, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, Playstation VR, Google Daydream and other mobile VR devices.

It might not inspire much sympathy for the aliens as they chase Katherine Waterston, Danny McBride and the rest of the crew of the Covenant around their ship in Ridley Scott's return to the sci-fi horror franchise, which reaches theaters May 19 — but at least it'll give audiences some idea of what they're going through.

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