It's a testament to the skill of franchise creator Ridley Scott and the nightmare-inducing work of creature designer H.R. Giger that the Xenomorph species, despite turning 38 this year, still manages to bring the scares.
Alien: Covenant brings everyone's favourite movie alien (and everyone's least-favourite alien to be stuck in a confined space with) back to the big-screen after being largely absent since 2007's Aliens vs Predator: Requiem, and delightfully, the beast is still as effective as ever.
Covenant is also Scott's return to directing Xenomorphs, Facehuggers and things bursting out of human beings, after Prometheus was light on the extra-terrestrial action and the last film he directed in the decades-old franchise before that... was the original in 1979.
And thankfully, the director hasn't lost sight of what works. The Alien series consists of eight movies and while some are terrible, some are average and others are great, the man who started it all knows that his titular creature is the real star of the show.
But how good is Covenant? How does it compare to the franchise greats? How does it compare to the duds?