This weeks Let’s Talk Horror Movies came from outer space!!
There is a huge market for horror movies that either take place in Space or are to do with space. Space can be seen as utterly fantastic, incredible and down right terrifying, I mean in space.. No one can here you scream!
But not only are you completely isolated from civilisation, but you are reliant on whoever else is with you and the technology that surrounds you to keep you safe. Running away from a knife wielding maniac on earth is one thing.. but in space? Where are you going to go? In here you aren’t safe, but out there well that’s just the empty vacuum of space where you could just float away or freeze to death, or both.
Now, the aliens fascination. Now that is fun to look at Aliens and the idea of invasion is not a new concept. In the 50s and 60s the horror films like Invasion of the Body Snatchers can be viewed as a political commentary on the state of America and the fears sweeping mass hysteria of McCarthyism.
But also, aliens are gross and its fun!
It Came from Outer Space (1953, Jack Arnold)
One night, a meteorite crashes in the desert. John, writer and amateur stargazer, drags his friend, out of bed to take him over to the crash site in his helicopter. John is the only one who sees the spaceship before a landslide covers it. And he is the only one who catches a glimpse of the hideous thing inside. At first his story seems mad, until some of the townsfolk begin acting strange – as if they aren’t really who they seem to be.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956, Don Siegel)
Dr. M Bennell returns to his small town practice to find several of his patients suffering the paranoid delusion that their friends or relatives are impostors. He is initially skeptical, especially when the alleged doppelgangers are able to answer detailed questions about their victim’s lives, but he is eventually persuaded that something odd has happened and determines to find out what is causing this phenomenon.
It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958, Edward L. Cahn)
In 1973, the first manned expedition to Mars is marooned; by the time a rescue mission arrives, there is only one survivor: the leader, Col. Edward Carruthers, who appears to have murdered the others! According to Carruthers, an unknown life form killed his comrades during a sandstorm. But the skeptical rescuers little suspect that “it” has stowed away for the voyage back to Earth…
The Blob (1958, Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. and Russell S. Doughten Jr.
A mysterious creature from another planet, resembling a giant blob of jelly, lands on earth. The people of a nearby small town refuse to listen to some teenagers who have witnessed the blob’s destructive power. In the meantime, the blob just keeps on getting bigger.
Alien (1979, Ridley Scott)
After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious life-form, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. Ellen Ripley, stand up you’re on.
The Thing (1982, John Carpenter)
After receiving a distress call from a nearby Norwegian research Station the team from the US all fly over to the base. Only to discover all the Norwegians dead or missing. They find strange remains of an alien life form. The life form spreads like a virus through the humans and takes over.
Aliens (1986, James Cameron)
Ellen Ripley is rescued by a deep salvage team after being in hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower, but will that be enough?
Killer Clowns from Outer Space (1988, Stephen Chiodo)
When a small town is invaded by aliens from outer space who are capturing and killing the townspeople. Why? The aliens all look like circus clowns, use weapons that look clown like, and all have painted on smiles. It is up to a gang of teens and an ice cream truck to save the day!
They Live (1988, John Carpenter)
A down on his luck construction worker finds a pair of sunglasses with a gift. Wearing them, he is able to see the world as it really is: the media and government controlling everyone with with messages like “Stay Asleep”, “No Imagination”, “Submit to Authority”. He is able to see that some usually normal-looking people are in fact ugly aliens in charge of the massive campaign to keep humans subdued.
Alien 3 (1992, David Fincher)
After her last encounter, Ellen Ripley crash-lands on Fiorina 161, a maximum security prison. When a series of strange and deadly events occur shortly after her arrival, Ripley realizes that she has brought along an unwelcome visitor.
Species (1995, Roger Donaldson)
In a search for extraterrestrial life scientists find away to splice human DNA with extraterrestrial. The result is Sil, a sensual but deadly creature who can change from a beautiful woman to an armour-plated killing machine in the blink of an eye. Government agent Xavier Fitch assembles a team of scientists and mercenaries to locate and destroy Sil before she manages to find a mate and breed.
Alien Resurrection (1997, Jean-Pierre Jeunet)
200 years after her death, Ellen Ripley is revived as a powerful human/alien hybrid clone. Along with a crew of space pirates, she must again battle the deadly aliens and stop them from reaching Earth.
Event Horizon (1997, Paul W. S Anderson)
In the year 2047 a group of astronauts are sent to investigate and salvage the long lost starship “Event Horizon”. The ship disappeared mysteriously 7 years before on its maiden voyage and with its return comes even more mystery as the crew of the “Lewis and Clark” discover the real truth behind its disappearance and something even more terrifying.
Jason X (2001, James Isaac)
New look, new weapon but same old murderous Jason! Jason awakens on a spaceship in the 25th century and he’s as happy as a kid at camp….
Dracula 3000 (2004, Darrell Roodt)
In the year 3000, the deep space salvage ship Mother III locates the vanished starship Demeter in the Carpathian System. Captain Abraham Van Helsing and his crew decide to claim the possession of Demeter. While exploring the spacecraft, they see a tape of fifty years ago of Captain Varna telling that he was locked in his cabin since his crew was acting weird after getting a cargo of coffins in Transylvania station. When 187 decides to search in the coffins for some possible hidden dope, he cuts his hand and his blood awakes Count Orlock, a.k.a. Count Dracula.
Doom (2005, Andrzej Bartkowiak)
Space Marines are sent to investigate strange events at a research facility on Mars but find themselves at the mercy of genetically enhanced killing machines. okay, so this not only stars DWAYNE THE ROCK JOHNSON, Karl Urban BUT also Rosamund Pike! Madness.
Sunshine (2007, Danny Boyle)
A team of astronauts is assigned the huge responsibility of saving the sun. Things, however, take an ugly turn when an accident occurs and the lives of the crew members are endangered.
Pandorum (2009, Christian Alvart)
Two astronauts wake up in what seems like a pitch-black spacecraft. Disorientated and unable to remember who they are or what their mission was, they discover that they are not alone.
Apollo 18 (2011, Gonzalo López- Gallego)
Three astronauts are sent by the US for lunar explorations. While collecting moon rocks samples, the astronauts encounter eerie developments, which avert their return journey to Earth.
Gravity (2013, Alfonso Cuarón)
On a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving two astronauts completely alone – tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness.
Under the Skin (2013, Johnathon Glazer)
An alien entity inhabits the earthly form of a young woman who combs the roads and streets of Scotland in search of human prey. She seduces her male victims into an otherworldly dimension where they are stripped and consumed. However, existence in all its complexity begin to change the alien visitor.
Life (2017, Daniel Espinosa)
Six astronauts aboard the space station study a sample collected from Mars that could provide evidence for extraterrestrial life on the Red Planet. The crew determines that the sample contains a large, single-celled organism – the first example of life beyond Earth. But..things aren’t always what they seem. Soon the life form proves more intelligent than anyone ever expected.
The Cloverfield Paradox (2018, Julius Onah)
In the near future, there is an energy crisis on Earth. An experiment goes wrong, damaging the station and opening a portal to another dimension with a parallel Earth. The scientists need to find a way to return to their own dimension.
That is your lot for now! What nasties from outerspace are your favourite?
Want to catch up on this series? You can check out earlier editions involving: Vampires| Werewolves|Creature Feature| Serial Killers|Ghosts and Spirits| Zombie/ Reanimation|Witches/ Occult| Demons/ Possession|Part 1|
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