MY TOP 10 ALIEN MOVIES
Save the puppy dog eyes… you’re not making THE LIST!!!
I hope you guys dig this list because it was a doozy to put together. Not only are they all great films but a handful of them would make my Top 50 Films of all time. So, here they are (in order):
10. INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS.
I’m going to go with the Donald Sutherland version for this one because it blew me away with how cool it was. Such a shame that the ending was kind of ruined for me by the time I finally saw it. Otherwise, I think it would’ve blown my mind!
9. DISTRICT 9.
The youngest film on this list is probably the grittiest and goriest. Not only is District 9 a fun and original take on the genre, it also embarrassed most other filmmakers in Hollywood by making a 100 million dollar film on a 30 million dollar budget. Now where the hell is District 10?
8. INDEPENDENCE DAY.
Finally, a modern take on War of the Worlds told by a director who was born to blow shit up! Not only was ID4 a fresh take on the genre but it also gave us Will Smith the Movie Star. By the way, ID4 makes no sense! Independence Day 4? Are there 3 prequels?
7. THE THING.
You have to love this film about an Alien creature that sneaks into a remote science research center and takes the form of its victims. Not to mention Kurt Russell, who is at the height of his coolness here. A remake is due out this year but this is one of those films from way back when that is still awesome today.
6. MEN IN BLACK.
A funny and creative film. If ID4 introduced us to Will Smith the Movie Star, then MIB cemented his status as a leading man. Tommy Lee Jones is also great in this one. What makes the film work as a whole is the way it grounds a pretty ridiculous concept and still manages to deliver on the funny.
5. THE ABYSS.
There was this trend in the late 80’s, early 90’s of making films that took place in underwater bases or stations. I don’t know why it ended because I absolutely loved it and The Abyss was the best of the bunch. Many people find the Aliens in this film to be the thing that kind of ruins the film but I just think the whole thing works!
If you didn’t know that the Cloverfield monster was an alien, go back and watch the final scene, on the Ferris Wheel again… in slow motion… focus on the background over the water… you’ll see. This was meant to be the first person account of a Godzilla like attack which sounds boring in theory but proved killer in delivery. It is one of the best films of the past 10 years and may be my favorite movie trailer of all time.
Many people think M. Night Shyamalan’s films started to go downhill after Unbreakable. While I tend to defend most of Night’s work (except The Happening… Fuck That!), I have no problem saying that this was the last of his flawless films. Another way of telling War of the Worlds from a small town farm, this film has so many creepy little moments and is one of the best paced films I’ve ever seen.
2. DARK CITY.
SPOILER ALERT! If you haven’t seen this film, stop whatever you’re doing (I’m guessing reading) and go watch it now. I suppose the fact that it’s on this list is a bit of a spoiler but you will still love this film.
No one makes a better Alien film than James Cameron. Even Ridley Scott, who made the first film in this franchise. Aliens is the end all be all of Aliens films. It was awesome when I saw it for the first time when I was 8 and it was still awesome when I watched it again last month. I’m of the opinion that it might be the greatest sequel of all time. If it’s not (*cough**Empire**cough*), it’s definitely #2.
What are some of your favorites?