The terrifying alien movies manage to scare audiences in ways as Horror films set on Earth do. They create characters who we care about (and sometimes kill them off) use stunning effects that hint at grim implications perfectly, time jump scares (if applicable) and dare to depict unimaginably terrible things on screen. What sets movies apart is their ability to explore the unknown and come up with horrific fates for humans that are so sadistic and sweeping that few other films can even attempt. However while movies like E.T. or Earth Girls Are Easy used to evoke nostalgia or charm there now seems to be a yearning for something
War of the Worlds (2005)
In Spielberg's 2005 remake of War of the Worlds Tom Cruise and a young Dakota Fanning provide an anchor for this story based on the 1953 film and the groundbreaking 1938 radio drama. When the first Tripod lands in Brooklyn you'll be caught completely off guard by its impact.The movie War of the Worlds received nominations for Best Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects at the Oscars that year.
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In the segment of V/H/S/2 a disturbing sibling prank war takes a terrifying turn into the realm of the supernatural. Directed by Jason Eisener (Hobo, with a Shotgun) Alien Abduction Slumber Party would feel strangely recognizable if it weren't for its perspective captured entirely through a dog mounted camcorder.
Michael Rooker, Elizabeth Banks and Nathan Fillion star in James Gunn's absurd horror comedy, Slither. This 2006 film introduces mind altering parasites to a town in South Carolina. Expect copious amounts of slime and gore, in this body horror flick. It's the unsettling implications that accompany these gruesome injuries that will truly disturb you.
The sheer intensity of Jordan Peele's heart pounding creation is perfectly encapsulated by its title; Nope.When OJ, a horse rancher, from Hollywood witnesses something in the sky his sister Emerald embarks on a thrilling and spine chilling adventure that sets the stage for an entertaining and slightly disturbing horror experience. Alongside them we also see Steven Yeun, Brandon Perea and Michael Wincott make appearances.
The Thing (1982)
John Carpenter's The Thing can be likened to an intense espionage drama set in a research station in Antarctica. Of searching for a mole within the intelligence community the characters are on a quest to uncover an alien parasite. Kurt Russell delivers what is arguably one of his performances, as pilot R.J. Macready – a hero who finds himself on the brink of overwhelming fear.
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The Alien franchise, consisting of eight films, offers terrifying experiences, in each installment. However nothing quite matches the anxiety induced by Ridley Scott's 1979 masterpiece Alien. Set on the spaceship Nostromo, warrant officer Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver). Her crew encountered a surprise. This film was recognized with an Academy Award for its effects.
Fire in the Sky (1993)
In Robert Liebermans Fire in the Sky from 1993 we witness what is undeniably the most alien abduction scene ever depicted on screen. The story explores this sci fi kidnapping from two perspectives; the anguish endured by those left behind portrayed through characters like Mike Rogers (played by Robert Patrick) a family man and devoted friend; and the unimaginable torment experienced by the individual who was taken away. The film is based on Travis Waltons real life account of his alleged abduction in 1975.
M.Night Shyamalan delivers a heart stopping jump scare, in his 2002 film Signs. I'm sure you know exactly which scene I'm referring to!Set in a quaint area of Pennsylvania this gripping thriller revolves around a family. It starts with the emergence of crop circles worldwide. Escalates, to the devastating destruction of our familiar home, by an unrelenting invasion.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
One notable film that showcases this invasion theme is Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978). Director Philip Kaufman brings a wave of bone chilling terror to Jack Finney's novel The Body Snatchers, which was previously adapted by Don Siegel in his 1956 and white movie. The 1978 version features a cast including Donald Sutherland, Jeff Goldblum, Leonard Nimoy, Brooke Adams, Veronica Cartwright and more. It is truly a remake that delivers thrills.