Not all aliens from outer space are here to conquer us. Then again, some are. Some want to use us as a food source, and others want us off the planet. We humans aren’t exactly comfortable with that, so we stand up and fight back. Here are ten alien movies featuring an assortment of “visitors from somewhere else,” and people’s reaction to it.
I grew up with science fiction and I’m a die hard fan. Watch these movies online at sites like Crackle, HuluPlus or Netflix. You can also rent the movies or buy them online or at stores. I truly think everyone should have a sci-fi section in his or her DVD collection.
This hilarious film isn’t about taking over the earth or anal probing. It’s just a space pilot whose ride breaks down in an inopportune spot. As he tries to make repairs, humans come out of the woodwork to retrieve the body of the guy he killed. The man took a shot at him first. You really have to see this movie; you’ll laugh all the way through. Look for Roddy Piper, a former pro wrestler in the role of a minister. Yup, it’s a funny film. One of my favorites.
Aliens have attacked the Earth without provocation. For a change, we didn’t fire first. When asked what actions the aliens want the humans to do, the answer is, “Die.” To say that we fight back is an understatement. A way is found to end the alien’s plans and Marine pilot Will Smith is the man for the job. Accompanied by Jeff Goldblum, who doesn’t like flying, they fly directly to the mother ship. You’ll cheer at the new meaning of the Fourth of July.
War of the Worlds
Since the original radio broadcast by Orsen Wells in 1938, the country has been fascinated with beings from outer space. The script was based on a book of the same name, written by H.G Wells in 1898. This movie features a father, played by Tom Cruise, who wants to get his estranged children to safety. One wants her mother and the other wants to fight back, but neither wants to listen to him. The movie is graphic and the special effects are amazing. In the end, the creatures, if you haven’t seen the film, are done in by the tiniest of creatures on this planet, and it’s not us.
This was, and still is, one of the most terrifying alien movies in existence. The tension is palpable as you wonder what is killing the crew of the Nostromo. When you see it, you’re glad you’re here on Earth while the crew is battling for their lives in space. You also see a deeper plot in the story, that of corporate greed and the company wants to bring it back to Earth- can you imagine? A creature with acid for blood that thinks we are food and an egg incubator. The scene with the creature bursting out of John Hurt’s chest scared audiences silly.
In 1988, a different kind of alien film was released that made us take another look at our humanity. An alien ship full of alien slaves comes to Earth; there is nowhere else for them to go. America initially places them in quarantine; eventually making plans for integrating them into society. The film shows the prejudice that people have towards the Newcomers, their culture and differences in appearance. They’re bigger, smarter and, well, bald. There’s something more sinister at work as well, as the Newcomers aren’t all friendly.
E.T. The Extraterrestrial
Whoever thought there would be a movie about an alien that did not want to conquer the world, mate with Earth women or use us as a food supply? Or that he’d be a homely kind of cute? ET is just a guy who got left behind while on a short visit to our little blue planet. He is found by a child; from there the story is well known. This is one of the most amazing films from Stephen Spielberg. There is no blood, gore, swearing or nudity; it was a blockbuster hit.
The Day The Earth Stood Still
I like this remake of the 1951 original. The story is the same, a coalition of alien races has decided that we are too violent to live. They simply don’t want us bringing our attitudes and aggression to their doorsteps. Not that we’d knock on their doors, anyway. Their solution? Destroy the entire planet. No trial, no appeal. No getting to know us better. At least one alien does so, but the enforcer played by Keanu Reeves does not listen. When he does, the destruction has already begun. You have to watch this movie to believe it; the effects are incredible.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Most people who had heard about aliens in 1977 didn’t know there were different types of encounters. Richard Dreyfuss has an encounter, but he’s not really sure what happened. The film shows him and others being drawn to a mysterious place in the desert. What happens next stunned audiences, as aliens turned out to be friendly. They even returned people who had been taken years or decades before. This is a must-see for any sci fi fan.
Julianne Moore plays a woman who is convinced something is wrong. She claims to be the mother of a child no one else except her seems to remember. She sees a therapist, who tells her this child is all in her mind. That is, until she meets a man who is also missing a child that no one else seems to remember.
In this movie, aliens are experimenting on humans. They do this with permission from the government, because not giving permission would lead to dire consequences. Yikes.
Audiences did not warm up to this movie, but I did. The war to conquer Earth has been over for over a thousand years. Surviving people live in barbaric tribes. Aliens capture people and try to train them to mine for gold. Yeah, they have the gold lust fever, just as in the early days of America. I especially love hearing John Travolta’s character explain that his people thought that dogs ran the Earth. After all, man took them everywhere, served them food and so on. So much for superiority and making assumptions. This film is worth watching to see how people figure out how to survive, fight back and ensure continued peace.