‘The Last Days on Mars’ Trailers & Poster: ‘Alien’ Goes to the Red Planet

Published 10 months ago by , Updated September 19th, 2013 at 5:35 am,

Irish director Ruairi Robinson’s sci-fi horror The Last Days on Mars might make space travel enthusiasts a little less eager to emigrate to the planet next door. Shot on location in Jordan and at Shepperton Studios on the UK, the film tells the story of a group of astronauts who are collecting specimens on Mars when they discover some specimens that probably should have been left behind. Based on a short story by Sydney James Bounds and adapted by the screen by Clive Dawson (The Bunker), The Last Days on Mars screened at Cannes Film Festival earlier this year and is set for a late 2013 release.

There’s been a fair amount of interest in Robinson’s feature directorial debut since he grabbed attention with 2011 horror short Blinky™, a cautionary tale about an angry boy (played by Max Records) who pays the price for saying the wrong thing to his home robot helper. Two new trailers for The Last Days on Mars have now been released, offering a first look at the next stage of Robinson’s directing career. Be warned that the UK trailer below is red band and contains some rather nasty gore effects.

The trailers give away very little about the plot and main threat of The Last Days on Mars, but they do succeed in showcasing some the ensemble cast who will no doubt be the driving force behind the drama. In addition to Liev Schreiber, the film also features Elias Koteas, star of David Cronenberg’s Crash as well as more recent thrillers like Zodiac and Shutter Island. Less well-known actors include Olivia Williams (An Education) and female lead Romola Garai (The Hour).

It’s Schreiber’s visage, however, that heavily dominates the poster for The Last Days of Mars, the formatting of which unfortunately makes it look like a tiny astronaut is running away from a giant Schreiber that’s about to eat him.

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Poster for The Last Days on Mars with Liev Schreiber 570x841 The Last Days on Mars Trailers & Poster: Alien Goes to the Red Planet

One thing that comes across strongly in both trailers is a very clear Alien vibe, right down to the characters finding something under the planet’s surface, a crewmember returning to the ship with a broken faceplate and something that looks like it could be a chest-bursting scene. The other film that will no doubt crop up a lot in comparisons is Duncan Jones’ feature directorial debut Moon, which was also made on a limited budget and was set on one of the desolate wastelands of our solar system.

If Last Days of Mars is an Alien rip-off, however, that’s not necessarily a bad thing; if The Last Days on Mars is going to borrow heavily from another movie then Alien has some very deep pockets. Besides which, The Last Days on Mars looks just different enough to get away with it, featuring what looks like zombified humans as its main monsters and set on the surface of Mars rather than in the confines of a spaceship.

The Last Days on Mars ultimately looks like someone took Alien, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Prometheus, Moon, 28 Days Later and possibly Ghosts of Mars, then stuck them in a high-speed blender, but it’s been a while since we last had a good sci-fi horror about a crew of astronauts being attacked by space zombies, so this will be a welcome addition to 2013′s roster.

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The Last Days on Mars will be available to order on VOD from October 31st, 2013, and will also receive a limited theatrical release on December 6th.

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  1. I love me some space horror

    • Me too! Although we have seen this kind of movie over and over and over again, I still get excited about it. I love the space horror genre. Strange planets, strange creatures, the isolation. Alway makes for good entertainment.

      • I’d more rather them make a film similar to Aliens than a remake of Aliens. That way the film has all the freedom without the restrictions of a remake. I don’t think that filmmakers should feel like they need to work on the franchise themselves in order to use some of their ideas. Films and art is just a stream of creativity anyway, each film building on what came before it.

        • +1

  2. This makes no sense at all. Mutation doesn’t allow an organism that’s whole life has been spent breathing air all of a sudden have the ability to survive mars atmosphere. I see more piss poor decisions from the scientists made here than the ones made in Prometheus.

    • How about we wait to see how the film plays out. Movies do not have to be ENTIRELY realistic.

    • Its a movie man.

    • Actually it doesn’t appear as though the aliens need the bodies to be alive. If the bodies are dead then they will still work just fine so they don’t require a living host and thus meaning they don’t require oxygen. Besides it isn’t a mutation. This is simply a hostile take over and not an altering of the body.

    • So by that reasoning I’m guessing you’re equally upset with a film that would have the audacity to suggest that 1.21 gigawatts could ever effective run a flux capacitor. … Dude, it’s a movie, chill out.

    • Yes indeed .i hear ya ” Myself being a biology student it amazes me how much real science and sense .

      • Yes indeed .i hear ya ” Myself being a biology student it amazes me how much real science and sense are tossed out the window not to mention this is Just a rip off of Prometheus. If you have to rip off other movie ideas from film makers then your a sh*t turd producer a best.

  3. Doesn’t seem like a game-changer by any means but i’m in.

  4. I smell Prometheus all over this. I think I’ll wait until it hits Bluray.

  5. This seems to have taken a bit, if not much from Prometheus. Even the trailer tried to do the quick cuts like Prometheus’s trailer.

  6. Guys…it’s just Doctor Who and the Waters of Mars with a big budget. Seriously. It is weird how similar they are.

  7. Prometheus?!? Can you hear me?!?

  8. Definitely looks Alien-inspired, but I might give it a peek when it comes out. Possibly this might be good???

  9. Yeah, I was thinking of “Water of Mars,” too when I saw this. Still, I’d see it.

  10. Could be pretty interesting but the trailer didn’t grab me all that much. I do like Liev Schreiber though.

  11. It looks like The Thing crossed with Prometheus with a little bit of The Ghosts of Mars mixed in there.

  12. Im tired all I read at first was Shot on location on Mars….

    Liev is a decent actor and when you use limited shooting space you can find out that it will either elevate or show an actors or actresses (do we use the term actress or are they all ‘actors’?) weakness.

    I will see it just to see his and Caseys range.

    • “Im tired all I read at first was Shot on location on Mars….”

      Now that would be really something. :D

  13. Damn Zombies. This genre is getting too tiring. Even in the world of book publishing it seems 1 in 10 are zombie related. Doesn’t anybody have any fresh ideas anymore? This also includes Hollywood with their ‘reboots’.

  14. Looks like a less convoluted Prometheus to me. But anything can happen.

  15. :hmm: I getting more of a Alien vibe. :?

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