As Ridley Scott’s Prometheus arrives in cinemas, returning to the world he first created in Alien, and with Agent J and K back for another Men in Black outing that is tearing up the box office right now, it’s time to look back at What Culture’s top ten Sci-fi films featuring aliens!
The only criteria for the list is that the movie features aliens somewhere. Enjoy!
10 – District 9
As well as being responsible for bringing Lord Of The Rings to the cinema screens, Peter Jackson was also half of the team behind one of the greatest aliens-living-on-our-planet films ever; District 9.
While the last ten years have given us more pieces of sci-fi pap than any genre geek can bring themselves to recall, District 9 is the notable exception, and in a time of constant remakes and reboots, it brought something new and fresh to cinemas and arrived with such little fanfare that it surprised practically everyone.
The plot sees racist bureaucrat Wikus van de Merwe being tasked with clearing out a zone where millions of insectoid aliens have lived for decades, and as with most sci-fi, there is a loose link to the real world and the problems being faced by humans every day.
Oh, and it involves huge robots. What more could you want? Huge robots, aliens and a fantastic script.
9 – The Thing
John Carpenter had already terrified the world with Halloween and The Fog when he decided to dip his fingers in the alien pool and create one of his most memorable films with The Thing.
A grotesque horror film, The Thing sees Kurt Russell as a scientist in the Antarctic discovering that you really can’t trust your friends and colleagues when a shape-shifting, body snatching alien is on the loose.
A cross between Alien and a murder whodunit, the film contains special effects that were mind-blowing at the time and still hold up pretty well today. How can anyone watch this film without winding back the spider-head moment a couple of times to see if that did really happen? I can tell you now, yes it did. Yes it did.
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