People walk by a TV news program showing tweets from U.S. President Donald Trump while reporting North Korea’s nuclear test, in Tokyo, Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi)

The new Blade Runner movie is a terrifying glimpse of the near future. Titled Blade Runner 2049, it doesn’t hit theaters until October 6th, but these new promotional shots look absolutely terrifying. In fact, the dystopian vision of the future that these images present looks all too real.

The original Blade Runner had everything from enormous video screens to burning oil fields to serve as a helpful reminder of the fact that the movie was taking place in an advanced technological dystopia. And judging by these new promo shots, the sequel is every bit as scary.


Ignore the captions to the photos. They’re probably a mistake. We all know that these are far too dystopian to be the world we actually live in today.

The 210 freeway remains close as flames continue to spread at the La Tuna Fire on September 2, 2017 near Burbank, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
A firefighting helicopter drops water in the evening at the La Tuna Fire on September 2, 2017 near Burbank, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
A police drone flies around the 24 story residential Grenfell Tower block in Latimer Road, West London on June 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)
Flames spread on a moonlit night at the La Tuna Fire on September 2, 2017 near Burbank, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
A hologram virtual home robot called ‘Living With Hatsune Miku’ developed by Gatebox is displayed during the ‘Magical Mirai 2017' at Makuhari Messe on September 1, 2017 in Chiba, Japan. The hologram ‘girlfriend’ robot ‘lives’ in 52-centimetre transparent cylinder, equipped human detecting sensor, speaker camera, also with Bluetooth technology ‘she’ can operate home appliances, that enables to interacts with the owner, like Siri of Apple or Alexa of Amazon. (Photo by Taro Karibe/Getty Images)
An oil refinery is seen before the arrival of Hurricane Harvey on August 25, 2017 in Corpus Christi, Texas. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
A ‘Mistral’ supercomputer, installed in 2016, at the German Climate Computing Center (DKRZ, or Deutsches Klimarechenzentrum) on June 7, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo by Morris MacMatzen/Getty Images)
This Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, image from video provided by the Hutton Incident Team shows the historic main Sperry Chalet building engulfed in flames in Glacier National Park, Mont. Glacier National Park’s historic Sperry Chalet was lost to the Sprague Fire overnight. (Hutton IncidentTeam via AP)
In this Friday, July 28, 2017, photo, people walk past the 105-story pyramid shaped Ryugyong Hotel in Pyongyang, North Korea. Walls set up to keep people out of a construction area around the gargantuan Ryugyong Hotel were pulled down as the North marked the anniversary of the Korean War armistice to reveal two broad new walkways leading to the building and the big red propaganda sign declaring that North Korea is a leading rocket power. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
The light of a firefighting helicopter is seen during a night flight over the La Tuna Fire on September 2, 2017 near Burbank, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
A Chinese woman wears a scarf around her head to protect from particles blown in during a sandstorm as she gets on her bike on May 4, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)
In this June 8, 2017 photo, oil derricks are busy pumping as the moon rises near the La Paloma Generating Station in McKittrick, Calif. California’s vast San Joaquin Valley. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)
‘Old Man Gloom’ goes up in flames at the 93rd Annual Burning Of The Zozobra on September 1, 2017 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. (Photo by Adria Malcolm/Getty Images)
Tatiana Weed walks to work in Missoula, Mont. as smoke from the nearby Lolo Peak Fire fills the air on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017. “I can’t breathe. I woke up this morning and all I could smell was a campfire,” Weed said. The air quality is has been measured at hazardous by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality. (AP Photo/Patrick Record)
Customers walk by a neon sign at Hard Rock Cafe on August 15, 2017 in Tamuning, Guam. The American territory of Guam remains on high alert as a showdown between the U.S. and North Korea continues. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Water flows down Interstate 10 which has been inundated with flooding from Hurricane Harvey on August 27, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Flames creep down from a ridge and toward homes after sunset at the La Tuna Fire on September 2, 2017 near Burbank, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Matt Novak is the editor of Gizmodo's Paleofuture blog

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