From 'Nope' to 'Cloverfield,' here are ten times where Aliens didn't arrive in peace

From 'Nope' to 'Cloverfield,' here are ten times where Aliens didn't arrive in peace ...

Humanity has always been fascinated with the stars. Whether it's attempting to reach them or debating what might be living beyond them, space remains one of our most remarkable wonders. However, some of the best Sci-Fi films focus on a more hostile encounter. For every friendly E.T. there's a deadly Predator, and for every Close Encounter of the Third Kind there's a War of the Worlds.

Jordan Peele's latest film Nope has reintroduced aliens in a significant way. It is a nostalgic throwback to the Sci-Fi classics of yesteryear, when extraterrestrials were terrifying, unknown dangers. These are ten of the finest alien invasion films, from terrifying UFOs to mind-controlling parasites.

'The Thing' (1982)

The Thing, one of the finest horror films of the 1980s, is John Carpenter's second masterpiece after Halloween. Set at a remote research facility in Antarctica, the staff soon fall prey to the titular creature who can alter the appearance of anyone it kills. With constant snow outside and a shape-shifting alien inside, The Thing is a masterwork of fear as the remaining characters become paranoia.

Critics chastises the film for its bleak atmosphere and hopeless plot, which are ironically praised today. Despite its mild reception, the film became a surprising cult classic.

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'They Live' (1988)

John Carpenter's Another Sci-Fi classic, They Live, is his slammy critique of commercialization. When a drifter discovers a unique pair of sunglasses, he discovers that the dominant class of Earth is actually aliens in disguise, controlling humanity via the internet.

They Live received mixed reviews at the box office, with those who were dissatisfied with the film's message. Today, it is ranked in a new light, as one of Carpenter's best films.

On Peacock, They Live is available for viewing.

'Nope' (2022)

Jordan Peele's sequel to Get Out and Us, Nope, crosses over into sci-fi territory while still maintaining the Oscar winner's fondness for horror. When brothers OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) and Em (Keke Palmer) discover a UFO lurking above their family's ranch, they set about filming it.

Peele's previous films are less scary when it comes to their horror elements, but Nope maintains a sense of dread that only intensifies as more of the creature is revealed. The scene of Jean Jacket devouring its prey will go down as one of the scariest films of the past year.

'The Faculty' (1998)

Kevin Williamson became a well-known Hollywood writer after directing the screenplay for Scream. One of his most underrated works is The Faculty, an updated version of Invasion of the Body Snatchers set in an American high school. A small group of unhappy students must unite to save the day.

The Faculty, directed by Robert Rodriguez, has a great cast that includes Elijah Wood, Salma Hayek, Famke Janssen, and Usher. Though it may not reach the same heights as Scream, The Faculty is still a great time and one of the greatest teen horror films of the 1990s.

The Faculty is available to watch on HBO Max.

'Mars Attacks!' (1996)

Mars Attacks!, a well-known film by every emo kid's favorite filmmaker, is a throwback to the black-and-white era. A group of diverse characters race to survive the invasion.

Burton has assembled an A-list cast that includes well-known actors at every turn. Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Jack Black, Natalie Portman, and Danny DeVito lead the line-up, while the (literally) big-brained aliens remain a classic monster in Sci-Fi cinema with their memorable appearance and trademark squawk.

'Grabbers' (2012)

The Irish are well-known for their drinking ability, and in Grabbers, they are forced to continue to drink in order to stay alive. When a new life form is discovered in a small island village, it's revealed the alien feeds itself by human blood. When further development discovers the alien is warded off by alcohol being in one's blood, the residents are forced to lock themselves in the local pub and drink excessively to keep the monster at bay.

Grabbers, a cult classic that was one of the best horror comedy films of the 2010s, is a must-see for anyone looking for a funny twist on the alien invasion strategy.

On AMC+, Grabbers is available to stream.

'Bad Taste' (1987)

As aliens invade a small New Zealand town, a Lord of the Rings craftsman piles on the fire. When a four-man paramilitary force discovers the invaders are harvesting humans to fuel the meat trade for their intergalactic fast-food franchise, they arm themselves and fight back.

Bad Taste carries all the hallmarks of Jackson's early work: extreme practical gore, gross-out humor, and a pleasant habit of never taking itself seriously. Jackson himself plays one of the lead roles, while his friends fill out the rest of the cast. It's a fascinating examination of where he came from.

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'The World's End' (2013)

The World's End, while being regarded as the weakest entry in the Blood & Ice Cream Trilogy, is still a fantastic film that has some of the best writing and performances of the three films. After Gary King (Simon Pegg) decides to return to his hometown to undertake a pub crawl that he never completed as a teenager, he recruits his estranged high-school friends who are all at odds in their own ways. Soon, however, it becomes clear that an alien menace has begun

Edgar Wright's trademark quick cuts and transitions are highlighted in the fourth film, while it is clear he has matured as a filmmaker, especially in the action scenes that demonstrate what he learned from Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.

HBO Max has made The World's End available for streaming.

'Cloverfield' (2008)

Cloverfield is one of the finest found-footage films, carrying on the legacy left by The Blair Witch Project. A small group of friends tries to survive while attempting to reach another friend trapped on the other side of the city.

Cloverfield is effective at generating tension as the minuscule humans navigate danger at every turn in the collapsing city, while also engaging in hidden marketing pre-release, generating buzz and intrigue online without even revealing the title.

'Edge of Tomorrow' (2014)

In this Sci-Fi classic, Tom Cruise was dying over and over again as he was forced to serve Earth's alien invaders. Recognizing that he's trapped in a time loop, he hires the help of legendary warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt) to help him through the battle.

Edge of Tomorrow, a high-concept variation on the Groundhog Dog formula, is action-packed, while the clever screenplay knows when to balance the action with some light moments. Cruise and Blunt are equally terrific in their lead roles.