Legendary director Ridley Scott previewed his new film Alien: Covenant, his much-anticipated second prequel to the sci-fi classic Alien, to a cheering audience at the South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas, on Friday night. Scott was joined on stage by film stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston and Danny McBride. “My goal, as always, is to scare the shit out of you,” Scott declared flatly.

And indeed he did! The audience squealed with screams of fright and delight as the aliens made their reappearance in several spectacularly beautifully shot scenes. In a brief Q&A that followed, McBride note that Covenant “was the first movie I’ve been in that my parents think is an actual movie!” When asked what it was like to play the android Walter in the film, Fassbender wryly joke, “Well, I’m half-German, so I know something about that!”

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