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From ‘Cloverfield’ to ‘The Thing’: 7 Must-Watch Alien Invasion Movies For Horror Fans, Ranked

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It doesn’t matter if you are a fan of science fiction movies or a horror fanatic, just the very thought of extraterrestrials invading our planet can be downright terrifying. Most horror fans out there have a relatively solid viewpoint on what makes a true scary movie. Directors such as John Carpenter, Sam Raimi, and Wes Craven have all proven, time and time again, what elements it takes to get the scream out. Whether it’s an abandoned house in the woods, a mysterious psycho-serial killer, or even paranormal entities attacking from beyond the grave. However, occasionally, movie genres crossover and give us a unique formula that satisfies the fans of both. In fact, above all the other genres, science fiction allows itself to be the most open to terrifying moments, especially when an unknown alien civilization infiltrates our own planet.

So, for those horror fans looking to dip their toes into the science fiction scenario of an alien invasion, look no further. Here we have the seven must-watch alien invasion movies for horror fans.

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7. Cloverfield (2008)

Truly getting introduced to the horror world with The Blair Witch Project, fans discovered that there’s something inherently creepy with the concept of “found video footage.” Just the idea of watching an experience through the lens of a victim’s possible final terrifying moments gives this subgenre of horror its own unique flavor. And in present times, the very simplicity of being able to record just about anything and everything gives 2008’s Cloverfield a modern-day feel.

The movie takes place during a Godzilla-style invasion by a massive, alien creature leveling the city of New York. The film follows a group of friends, who were celebrating a farewell surprise party, that gets thrown into this city-wide nightmare. While trying to stay alive, they manage to document the traumatic event, as it unfolds, using hand-held video cameras. The personal recording of the event gives this movie an extra feeling of realism as a present-day can easily imagine what it would be like watching this on a social media live stream.

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6. Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

This one’s your typical scary alien invasion story. You know, the kind you’ve seen over and over again: aliens disguise themselves as clowns, turn their spaceships into a traveling circus, lure unsuspecting townsfolk for them to watch the show, then shoot them with a pink-goop that harvests them into a bubble gum cocoon.

Okay, obviously this is the opposite of typical. If Earth ever got invaded by an alien species like the ones in Killer Klowns from Outer Space, they would surely be coming from a planet named “Cult-Classica”, which is found in the “Campiness Galaxy.” But despite the sometimes-cringy ridiculousness of KKFOS, there is still an unnerving, creepy vibe to the film. This is one that can’t be fully described. You really need to see it to believe it.

5. Species (1995)

With a unique take on how alien entities may try to insert themselves into our society, the creature in Species, the invasion comes within the form of a transmission signal.

When scientists are given the instructions to create a new type of human hybrid species, which has been included within a distant cosmic radio signal, they react the way all movie scientists would: give it a try, of course! Unfortunately for them (fortunately for us), the results are downright horrifying. The human-alien-hybrid not only violently escapes, but immediately becomes fixated on reproducing. The creature, played by Natasha Henstridge, disguises herself as the perfect non-human “devil in disguise,” as she seduces her way to her species’ ultimate goal: total genetic infiltration.

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4. The Blob (1988)

The Blob, a remake of the 1958 classic, perfectly blends the ingredients of a classic alien invasion storyline, campy 80s horror, and wonderful gross-out moments.

In this film (which feels like it only should be viewed at a drive-in theater), an intergalactic alien wad of goop travels millions of miles via meteorite, which really is the best way for goop to travel between the stars, and is discovered by a couple of lovebirds in the woods, shortly after it crashes here on Earth. Turns out, this pink stuff is less benign than it appears. For those who think this quivering being (that resembles your grandma’s Jell-O mold) is as harmless as a stress toy, they’d be deadly wrong. This extraterrestrial gelatin absorbs any life it touches and dissolves it into its own body!


For those horror buffs looking for the perfect concoction of giggly sci-fi throwback mixed with disgusting moments that can only be viewed through fingers, The Blob was made for you.

3. Annihilation (2018)

Much like The Blob, the terrifying elements of an alien invasion once again arrive via meteorite. Based on a hit novel of the same name, Annihilation stars Natalie Portman as Lena. Lena, who currently lives in this disturbing reality, describes her time in the Shimmer, which is the very quarantined area in which this meteorite crashed. After her husband returns from the now-affected area, his changed behavior is just one of many disturbing alterations that this crash site has caused. Within the Shimmer, plants and animal life take on new forms and purposes, clearly manipulated by these alien entities.

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Not knowing if these aliens have good or bad intentions, keeps viewers interested and on the edge of their seats, throughout.

2. A Quiet Place (2018)

Co-written and directed by The Office’s John Krasinski, A Quiet Place is set in the aftermath of an extraterrestrial invasion of a deadly species. The details of the invasion itself is never revealed due mostly to the fact that this uber-intense film has almost no dialogue! The survivors must be as quiet as possible so as not to be caught by the noise-attracted alien predators.

This terrifying movie brilliantly gives audiences plenty of “what would I do in that situation” tension, making it easy to sympathize with this on-screen family. Real-life married couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt give masterful performances as their characters Evelyn and Lee do everything parents can possibly do to keep their children alive in this horrific situation.

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1. The Thing (1982)

Both fans of horror and science fiction agree that director John Carpenter uses his vast knowledge of terrifying entertainment to take this alien invasion story and turn it into a timeless classic.

The Thing takes place at an arctic station that houses a team of researchers, led by MacReady, played by Kurt Russell. This extraterrestrial invasion is one that has been waiting to be discovered, as an otherworldly creature is found frozen within a neighboring Norwegian research camp. While investigating, the Americans find that the camp has been destroyed and all its team dead. Horror is perfectly blended with mysterious paranoia as the team discovers that the creature has the ability to morph itself into any appearance it likes. That includes members of the research team or even dogs. Dogs that turn into giant spiders.



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Review: SAMARITAN, A Sly Stallone Superhero Stumble

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Hitting the three-quarter-century mark usually means a retirement home, a nursing facility, or if you’re lucky to be blessed with relatively good health and savings to match, living in a gated community in Arizona or Florida.

For Sylvester Stallone, however, it means something else entirely: starring in the first superhero-centered film of his decades-long career in the much-delayed Samaritan. Unfortunately for Stallone and the audience on the other side of the screen, the derivative, turgid, forgettable results won’t get mentioned in a career retrospective, let alone among the ever-expanding list of must-see entries in a genre already well past its peak.

For Stallone, however, it’s better late than never when it involves the superhero genre. Maybe in getting a taste of the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) with his walk-on role in the Guardians of the Galaxy sequel several years ago, Stallone thought anything Marvel can do, I can do even better (or just as good in the nebulous definition of the word).

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The property Stallone and his team found for him, Samaritan, a little-known graphic novel released by a small, almost negligible, publisher, certainly takes advantage of Stallone’s brute-force physicality and his often underrated talent for near-monosyllabic brooding (e.g., the Rambo series), but too often gives him to little do or say as the lone super-powered survivor, the so-called “Samaritan” of the title, of a lifelong rivalry with his brother, “Nemesis.” Two brothers entered a fire-ravaged building and while both were presumed dead, one brother did survive (Stallone’s Joe Smith, a garbageman by day, an appliance repairman by night).

In the Granite City of screenwriter Bragi F. Schut (Escape Room, Season of the Witch), the United States, and presumably the rest of the world, teeters on economic and political collapse, with a recession spiraling into a depression, steady gigs difficult, if not impossible, to obtain, and the city’s neighborhoods rocked by crime and violence. No one’s safe, not even 13-year-old Sam (Javon Walker), Joe’s neighbor.

When he’s not dodging bullies connected to a gang, he’s falling under the undue influence of Cyrus (Pilou Asbæk), a low-rent gang leader with an outsized ego and the conviction that he and only he can take on Nemesis’s mantle and along with that mantle, a hammer “forged in hate,” to orchestrate a Bane-like plan to plunge the city into chaos and become a wealthy power-broker in the process.

Schut’s woefully underwritten script takes a clumsy, haphazard approach to world-building, relying on a two-minute animated sequence to open Samaritan while a naive, worshipful Sam narrates Samaritan and Nemesis’s supposedly tragic, Cain and Abel-inspired backstory. Schut and director Julius Avery (Overlord) clumsily attempt to contrast Sam’s childish belief in messiah-like, superheroic saviors stepping in to save humanity from itself and its own worst excesses, but following that path leads to authoritarianism and fascism (ideas better, more thoroughly explored in Watchmen and The Boys).

While Sam continues to think otherwise, Stallone’s superhero, 25 years past his last, fatal encounter with his presumably deceased brother, obviously believes superheroes are the problem and not the solution (a somewhat reasonable position), but as Samaritan tracks Joe and Sam’s friendship, Sam giving Joe the son he never had, Joe giving Sam the father he lost to street violence well before the film’s opening scene, it gets closer and closer to embracing, if not outright endorsing Sam’s power fantasies, right through a literally and figuratively explosive ending. Might, as always, wins regardless of how righteous or justified the underlying action.

It’s what superhero audiences want, apparently, and what Samaritan uncritically delivers via a woefully under-rendered finale involving not just unconvincing CGI fire effects, but a videogame cut-scene quality Stallone in a late-film flashback sequence that’s meant to be subversively revelatory, but will instead lead to unintentional laughter for anyone who’s managed to sit the entirety of Samaritan’s one-hour and 40-minute running time.

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Samaritan is now streaming worldwide on Prime Video.

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  • Sylvester Stallone
  • Javon ‘Wanna’ Walton
  • Pilou Asbæk

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Matt Shakman Is In Talks To Direct ‘Fantastic Four’

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According to a new report, Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct the upcoming MCU project, Fantastic Four. Marvel Studios has been very hush-hush regarding Fantastic Four to the point where no official announcements have been made other than the film’s release date. No casting news or literally anything other than rumors has been released regarding the project. We know that Fantastic Four is slated for release on November 8th, 2024, and will be a part of Marvel’s Phase 6. There are also rumors that the cast of the new Fantastic Four will be announced at the D23 Expo on September 9th.

Fantastic Four is still over two years from release, and we assume we will hear more news about the project in the coming months. However, the idea of the Fantastic Four has already been introduced into the MCU. John Krasinski played Reed Richards aka Mr. Fantastic in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The cameo was a huge deal for fans who have been waiting a long time for the Fantastic Four to enter the MCU. When Disney acquired Twenty Century Fox in 2019 we assumed that the Fox Marvel characters would eventually make their way into the MCU. It’s been 3 years and we already have had an X-Men and Fantastic Four cameo – even if they were from another universe.

Deadline is reporting that Wandavision’s Matt Shakman is in talks to direct Fantastic Four. Shakman served as the director for Wandavision and has had an extensive career. He directed two episodes of Game of Thrones and an episode of The Boys, and he had a long stint on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. There is nothing official yet, but Deadline’s sources say that Shakman is currently in talks for the job and things are headed in the right direction.

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To be honest, I was a bit more excited when Jon Watts was set to direct. I’m sure Shakman is a good director, but Watts proved he could handle a tentpole superhero film with Spider-Man: Homecoming. Wandavision was good, but Watts’ style would have been perfect for Fantastic Four. The film is probably one of the most anticipated films in Marvel’s upcoming slate films and they need to find the best person they can to direct. Is that Matt Shakman? It could be, but whoever takes the job must realize that Marvel has a lot riding on this movie. The other Fantastic Four films were awful and fans deserve better. Hopefully, Marvel knocks it out of the park as they usually do. You can see for yourself when Fantastic Four hits theaters on November 8th, 2024.

Film Synopsis: One of Marvel’s most iconic families makes it to the big screen: the Fantastic Four.

Source: Deadline

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Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase Star in ‘Zombie Town’ Mystery Teen Romancer (Exclusive)

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Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase have entered Zombie Town, a mystery teen romancer based on author R.L. Stine’s book of the same name.

The indie, now shooting in Ontario, also stars Henry Czerny and co-teen leads Marlon Kazadi and Madi Monroe. The ensemble cast includes Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch of the Canadian comedy show Kids in the Hall.

Canadian animator Peter Lepeniotis will direct Zombie Town. Stine’s kid’s book sees a quiet town upended when 12-year-old Mike and his friend, Karen, see a horror movie called Zombie Town and unexpectedly see the title characters leap off the screen and chase them through the theater.

Zombie Town will premiere in U.S. theaters before streaming on Hulu and then ABC Australia in 2023.

“We are delighted to bring the pages of R.L. Stine’s Zombie Town to the screen and equally thrilled to be working with such an exceptional cast and crew on this production. A three-time Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award winner with book sales of over $500 million, R.L. Stine has a phenomenal track record of crafting stories that engage and entertain audiences,” John Gillespie, Trimuse Entertainment founder and executive producer, said in a statement.

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Executive producers are Trimuse Entertainment, Toonz Media Group, Lookout Entertainment, Viva Pictures and Sons of Anarchy actor Kim Coates.  

Paco Alvarez and Mark Holdom of Trimuse negotiated the deal to acquire the rights to Stine’s Zombie Town book.

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