No one can hear your whining about ‘Aliens’ not being on here when you’re in outer space.
As long as there has been film, we have been creating films about alien life. We’ve got your regular bulb-headed grey fellas, your shark-toothed predators, and your benevolent ultra-intelligent boys.
Aliens, in whatever shape they take, serve as a mirror for the human race. These people’s physical characteristics reveal both our strengths and our weaknesses: sometimes it’s our ability to work together under pressure; other times it’s the fact that we lack the necessary number of incisors to deal effectively with a combat situation. Here are some of the best films about extraterrestrial visitors to Earth.
1. 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016)
Director Dan Trachtenberg’s slow-moving, claustrophobic thriller, a superbly done Cloverfield quasi-sequel set almost entirely in an underground bunker, drives home the fact that humans can prove even scary than huge space spiders in the appropriate scenario (even, believe it or not, John Goodman).
The narrative begins with a breakup, a car wreck, and a terrible rattle: Michelle wakes up in a confined room with her leg brace fastened to a pipe after being sideswiped by a truck in rural Louisiana. It doesn’t take long before the door is opened and a huge man carrying food walks in. This is Howard’s bunker, hidden beneath his remote farmhouse in the middle of nowhere. Her life was saved and she was brought back, but now she can’t get away from the “polluted” air above ground because of the “fallout.” The only option is for her to remain with Howard and Emmett, the other survivor.
Michelle’s fears about being held hostage by a psychopath remain unabated, so she begins to devise a strategy of escape. The audience is aware of the reality of the oncoming alien invasion, but the true question is: which of the two outcomes is the worse one?…
2. Alien (1979)
That much is apparent. Even if they’re right, some people will argue that Aliens is superior. In Aliens, though, Ian Holm’s milky beheaded bonce and the still extremely terrible and magnificent chestburster sequence are notably absent. Seeing bits of fish guts and offal shoot out of John Hurt is always horribly fantastic, no matter how many times it is spoofed or taken wholesale by worse filmmakers.
Ridley Scott recalled, “On the morning we had them looking at the Facehugger. “Clams, oysters, and other shellfish were on the menu. This gradually became unbearable to the point where you had to be ready to shoot. It’s impossible to manufacture anything greater than that because it’s naturally occurring.”
They come up from hypersleep on the Nostromo and everything appears normal. That is, until a goofy little toothy bastard begins to murder everyone. Sigourney Weaver (together with her cat) are stranded on a ship and must fight for their lives.
3. Le Voyage Dans le Lune (1902)
A crew of astronomers – who also appear to be wizards – shoot a bullet-shaped ship into space in Georges Méliès’ joyful short, largely inspired on Jules Verne’s From the Earth to the Moon. Before the Moon-dwelling Selenites begin to amass, the revelers there romp and caper, and someone’s umbrella morphs into a giant mushroom.
Despite the lightheartedness, you can still discern some of the darker themes that are common in extraterrestrial films. When it comes to science fiction, there is a recurring theme of Méliès’ blending of industrial and mystical elements, and this theme can be traced back to Méliès’ exploration of colonialism in his designs.
4. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Despite the fact that Jaws was Spielberg’s first blockbuster, he has never been more poetic than in his follow-up. Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) becomes obsessed with the concept that he’s seen aliens as a result of the strange events that have taken place on Earth. Roy’s fixation is hurting his family and his sanity, but he’s more right than he realizes. Scientists throughout the world are preparing for first contact.
An invasion force or intergalactic fun police had been the norm for aliens until this moment. They had always appeared to threaten or coerce mankind, and this was no exception. Despite this, Close Encounters is a cheerful, open-hearted and, notably in the musical scene at its peak, highly emotional and spiritual take on aliens and Spielbergian amazement. Watch the sky with hope, rather than fear, it advises.
5. Arrival (2016)
Massive obelisks, roughly 30 feet in the air, have appeared on Earth seemingly out of thin air. In order to comprehend the squid-like aliens’ circular language, linguistic experts Banks (Amy Adams) and Donnelly (Jeremy Renner) are sent in to assist.
An intergalactic race against time to save humanity and prevent intergalactic war is as much of an expertly put together and meaningful romantic drama as it is an urgent battle against time to save the universe from destruction. It’s also a time-travel movie disguised as a thriller.
6. Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)
Legendary bad-movie filmmaker Ed Wood is known for his incompetence, bizarreness, nonsensicalness, and endearingly dreadful B-movies; Plan 9 From Outer Space is his finest and worst effort.
The plot, if there is one, deals with humanity’s doomsday omen. We are saved from annihilation in the late Fifties’ nuclear afterglow by alien entities who bring back the dead in hopes that everyone will be too confused to continue destroying everything.
It’s truly a calamity. All of the elements combine to create an am-dram fever dream, with hammy acting, a confusing narrative, a lack of focus on consistency, and cheap special effects like a terrifying flying saucer.
The only reason to watch it is for the sheer amount of silliness. It demonstrates the power of alien stories to enthrall creative imaginations, even when the filmmaker’s experience and financial resources are in little supply. Plan 9 is nothing more than the dream of a man who had a lot of ideas but no money to put them into practice. It’s also a lot of fun to see.
7. Galaxy Quest (1999)
Ex-Star Trek-like sci-fi TV cast members (Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver and Alan Rickman) are attending fan conventions when their Captain Kirk-like counterpart is snatched up by aliens who need him to repeat his role one final time. It’s not until the cast members are dropped back on Earth that they realize these aliens mistook their play for a documentary and have constructed their civilization around its ideals, that they realize they need the actors to assist fight their own invading forces and convince them it was true. Laugh-out-loud funny.
8. Attack the Block (2011)
It’s the middle of the night in a South London tower block when an alien invasion suddenly begins. Children and adults soon find themselves at the center of Earth’s resistance, evading animals and figuring out how to reject them.
In the decade after its release, Joe Cornish’s debut has become something of a cult classic. “Moses,” the group’s damaged but valiant leader, is fascinating as John Boyega, who was introduced to the world as Moses in this film’s John Carpenter-inspired structure.” “Attack the Block” resonates even more today since it is a film that examines the minds of young people who were habitually written off at the height of Britain’s anti-chav sentiments.
9. Under the Skin (2013)
A lot of people didn’t like this one when it initially came out, but it deserves another chance. Unnamed Scarlett Johansson seduces and murders Scots in the film. Despite this, she isn’t your typical Highland serial killer; something about her screams “non-human.”
Don’t expect to learn everything you need to know about Under the Skin from the beginning. After seeing this, you’ll be left with more questions than answers. ScarJo is like David Bowie’s character in The Woman Who Fell to Earth, except that instead of bringing water back to his home planet, ScarJo is bringing…
10. A Quiet Place (2018)
Films these days don’t often make it into the public consciousness as soon as they’ve been released—but that’s not the case with John Krasinski and Emily Blunt-starrer Alien: Isolation.
Most of the people and animals on Earth have been slain by sightless aliens in a future that sounds a lot like our own. They hunt by sound, therefore A Quiet Place uses stillness as a weapon, something that very few filmmakers have done before, to increase the tension. Detailed, clear, and original.. The sequel will be out soon.
11. Shaun the Sheep: Farmageddon (2019)
I can’t believe you’re saying that. Make no secret of the fact that you’re a fan of Shaun the Sheep. You should watch Shaun the Sheep. An alien landing on Mossy Bottom farm would be the only way to elevate the stakes after his first film in which he traveled to the city. There is pizza and camaraderie to be found among Shaun and his buddies, but mysterious forces are out to get Lu-La.
It’s basically Wallace and ET, and it’s both joyful and very moving at the end. When a horde of “Flan 9” boxes flies through the air in the middle of an Aardman film, you know you’re in for an Aardman-style sight gag. Nice.