Movie aliens serve the purpose of the intriguing Other in most genres. Often benevolent and trying to find their way, they win over our hearts in films such as E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and The Abyss.
However, there are numerous aliens who are not interested in pleasantries. Some of them want to show dominance, some want to take over our planet and some want to wipe out humanity altogether.
One thing weaving through these films is the fact that we do not go down without a fight. We fight hard for everything that we have, even if takes enormous sacrifices on our part.
No matter how frightening, many of the most memorable aliens are those that teach us some truths about ourselves and remind us of what is important. They are also there to remind us of our survival instincts, our love for life and planet Earth and the relevance of unity and individuality.
These creatures might be threatening, but they are also gauges for those aspects of our personality and subconscious that we can never afford to neglect.
10. Fire In The Sky - The Aliens
Based on one of the most famous abduction cases in the world, this Robert Lieberman film depicts aliens as completely disregarding of human life.
While working in a forest near his town Snowflake, Arizona in 1975, logger Travis Walton was allegedly taken by a flying saucer and only reappeared five days later.
The alien species in Fire In The Sky is never named, since the film takes the dramatic angle rather than the science fiction point of view. However, the creatures are merciless, dehumanizing their subjects through violent, vicious experiments and barely leaving the protagonist alive.
The experimentation scenes are vivid and disturbing, far from polished blockbuster effects. They are filmed so as to put us in Travis’s shoes; we can feel his absolute fear and disoriented state of mind throughout his bizarre ordeal.
It is worth noting that, based on screenwriter Tracy Tormé’s account, the abduction scenes were drastically altered and the real-life incident was not as violent as the film wants us to believe.
Still, if Walton was abducted, Fire In The Sky is a testament to entities far beyond our world, whose intentions for humankind are unknown and who might merely be wanting to dissect us for kicks.