Tag Archive: aliens

Oct 17

The Hidden

thehiddenGenre: Horror
Year: 1987
Country: USA

Director: Jack Sholder
Starring: Kyle MacLachlan, Michael Nouri, Claudia Christian, Clarence Felder, Clu Gulager

 

A new breed of criminal

 

Police detective Thomas Beck is working hard on bringing down criminals in the streets of Los Angeles. His frustrations grow bigger and bigger as it seems like a new maniac turns up right after he has brough down the previous one.

FBI agent Lloyd Gallagher shows up to team up with Beck. After a while he lets Beck in on what they really are trying to hunt down, which is in fact an alien creature that is able to hide within a human body and use it as a shell.

The Hidden is a great and fun mixture of 80’s science fiction action film. Now that description alone should be enough for you to decide if you want to see it or not, and I hope you do as this is a big favorite of mine. Yeah, the premise might be a bit silly, with the slimy alien slug creature taking over humans and just having fun riding around killing people and listening to rock music. But on the other hand, the filmmakers knew what they were making and obviously has a blast while making it.

Jul 29

Communion

communionGenre: Sci-Fi
Year: 1989
Country: USA

Director: Philippe Mora
Starring: Christopher Walken, Lindsay Crouse, Frances Sternhagen, Andreas Katsulas, Terri Hanauer

 

The true story of one man’s terrifying journey into the unknown

 

William Streiber, his wife and their son are trying to enjoy some time off out in their remote cabin away from the big city when they one night experience a strange occurrence that will change the life of the family forever.

This even will cause great psychological harm to William, who starts to get visions of aliens performing weird experiments on him. They seek out the help from a psychiatrist named Janet Duffy who tries to help William find out what happened to him before he looses it completely.

Communion is based on a book by the real life William Strieber and the story is based on his alleged encounter with an extraterrestrial life form. That being said, there is not a single attempt in the world to deliver a realistic tale of alien abduction in this movie. Instead we get a strange mess of a movie that can only brag about having Christopher Walken in one of his most lunatic roles ever. He holds nothing back and it feels like the director Philippe Mora just stood behind the camera encouraging him to go even more and more crazy with his portrayal.

Oct 31

Contamination

contaminationGenre: Horror / Sci-Fi
Year: 1980
Country: Italy

aka: Alien Contamination, Contamination: Alien on Earth, Toxic Spawn

Director: Luigi Cozzi
Starring: Ian McCulloch, Louise Marleau, Marino Mase, Siegfried Rauch, Gisela Hahn

 

You can feel them in your blood!

 

A cargo ship filled with green eggs drifts into the harbor of New York City. The crew of the ship is all dead and it looks like their stomachs have exploded. The police suspects that the big, green eggs have something to do with the deaths and together with Colonel Holmes they track down where the ship came from (South America, where eggs are cheap!) and what these eggs are before more people get contaminated!

Big, green alien eggs huh? That kill huh? Excellent! Only the italians (or perhaps the japanese if they figured out a way to make the eggs rape) could come up with such a thing. Contamination takes from Alien and is a cheap way to make a fast buck. That’s not always a bad thing when it comes to the italians however.

Mar 10

The X-Files – Season Two

xfilesses2Genre: Sci-Fi
Year: 1994/95
Country: USA

Directors: David Nutter, Daniel Sackheim, Rob Bowman, Chris Carter, Michael Lange, R.W. Goodwin, Win Phelps, Stephen Surjik, Kim Manners, Nick Marck, James Whitmore Jr., Michael Vejar, James Contner
Starring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Mitch Pileggi, Steven Williams, William B. Davis

 

FBI has shut down the X-Files and has put Fox Mulder and Dana Scully has been assigned new tasks at the Bureau. Mulder is put on a very dull surveillance job and Scully is now teaching younger aspiring agents.

However, Mulder’s obsession with the paranormal has not stopped and he uses whatever opportunity he has to keep the work of the X-Files active and he even starts to get assignments that might look ordinary to most, but not to the experienced eyes of Mulder.

Mulder also gets a new partner in Alex Krycek, who presents himself as a believer in Mulder’s work. Mulder also gets a new informant in the mysterious man who just calls himself X. One of the cases they get to work on is a hostage situation where a crazy guy named Duane Berry is holding a group of people, including his old psychiatrist Dr. Hakkie hostage. The case ends with Berry being able to escape from a mental institution and kidnaps Scully to deliver her to the aliens so they can abduct her instead of him.

Dec 22

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

invasion_of_body_snatchersGenre: Sci-Fi / Horror
Year: 1978
Country: USA

Director: Philip Kaufman
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright, Leonard Nimoy

 

Get some sleep

 

Matthew Bennell is working for the Department of Public Health in San Francisco. He spends his days making surprise visits at local restaurants to uncover violations of the health code. One day, his co-worker and dear friend Elizabeth Driscoll asks him for help telling him that she no longer believes that her husband Geoffrey is really her husband anymore, but rather some kind of clone.

It doesn’t take many weird occurrences in the city before Bennell believes that she is right and they seek out help from the psychiatrist Dr. David Kibner and their friend and struggling writer Jack Bellicec. They soon find out that a big plot to clone people and take over society is in effect and they find themselves alone without having anyone to trust.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers is a remake from a classic 1956 film with the same title. It is based on a novel by Jack Finney and has the reputation of being one of the best remakes of all time. I’ve seen it plenty of times and the older I get, the more I appreciate it. It is definitely a sci-fi classic that needs to be seen and perhaps praised a bit more than what it is today.

Nov 13

Dark Skies

darkskiesGenre: Horror / Sci-Fi
Year: 2013
Country: USA

Director: Scott Stewart
Starring: Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, Kadan Rockett, J.K.Simmons

 

Once you’ve been chosen, you belong to them

 

The Barrett family is down on their luck. They might seem like they are living a perfect life with two children and a nice family house, but they are having financial problems and the father Daniel is not having any luck in finding a new job.

Their worries will increase when an alien entity is becoming more and more involved with their life, disturbing the sleep of their youngest son Sammy and also starting to get more and more control over all the family members. They not only have to find out what is causing these things, but also ask themselves if they are able to believe in it and only then can they try to fight it.

Dark Skies is a strange and unique take on alien abductions. It is basically played out like a haunted house movie, even though it is aliens and not ghosts who are responsible for doing the hauntings. It is an interesting mixture of horror and sci-fi, but it sadly doesn’t quite work all that well. They did try to make the alien entities scary and at least in my eyes it was not effective no matter how hard they tried.

Oct 17

Plan 9 from Outer Space

plan9Genre: Sci-Fi / Horror
Year: 1959
Country: USA

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Starring: Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Duke Moore, Tom Keene, Carl Anthony

 

Unspeakable horrors from outer space paralyze the living and resurrect the dead!

 

A pilot named Jeff Trent and his co-pilot come across what they believe is a flying saucer. They report this event to the authorities and also start to investigate these events themselves when several people end up missing in their local area.

It turns out that aliens from Space Station 7 are starting to invade planet earth in an attempt to stop us from finding a nuclear bomb that is strong enough to even blow away the sunlight. The aliens hatch out a plan to raise the human dead, creating a small army of zombies that they can control and force to kill the living.

Plan 9 from Outer Space is infamous for being one of the worst movies of all time. While it has had great competition for the title by newer films such as Troll 2, Birdemic and The Room, what separates this film from the newer ones is that it is considered to be awful even for a time when cheesy sci-fi films where common.

Oct 10

Alien Apocalypse

alienapocalypseGenre: Sci-Fi
Year: 2005
Country: USA

Director: Josh Becker
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Renee O’Connor, Remington Franklin, Michael Cory Davis, Peter Jason

 

Yesterday, they were only astronauts. Today, they’re humanity’s only hope.

 

Dr. Ivan Hood has been frozen for 40 years and is just now returning together with his fellow astronauts back to planet Earth hoping that his doctor skills will be just as valuable, or even more than it was in his age.

However, a lot has changed in 40 years and Earth is not what it used to be. Instead of having humans on top of the food chain, the planet has been invaded by insect looking aliens who are now keeping the human race as slaves. Dr. Hood wants none of this and is ready to sacrifice his life in order to beat the alien scumbags.

Alien Apocalypse is a Sci-Fi (yeah, before they became Syfy) Original movie that is only remembered (if it can even be called that) for one thing – the leading star Bruce Campbell. And that’s pretty much the only reason to even consider watching this failure of a film in the first place. Syfy has made some terrible films during their years, but this one has to be in the bottom of the toilet. It’s one thing that the film isn’t meant to be taken seriously, but there is absolutely no fun humour in it either.

Sep 30

The X-Files – Season One

xfilesseason1Genre: Sci-Fi
Year: 1993/94
Country: USA

Directors: Robert Mandel, Daniel Sackheim, Harry Longstreet, Joe Napolitano, Michael Katleman, Jerrold Freedman, David Nutter, William Graham, Larry Shaw, Fred Gerber, Rob Bowman, Michael Lange, R.W. Goodwin
Starring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Jerry Hardin, William B. Davis, Doug Hutchison

 

The truth is out there

 

The young and aspiring FBI agent Dana Scully gets assigned to work on the X-Files. Her job is to pay close attention to what special agent Fox Mulder is doing on these cases, since the bureau isn’t too thrilled about his obsession with these paranormal cases.

Scully is a very logical young woman who relies on science in her work and she quickly butt heads with the more open and exploring mind of Mulder. He was once a very promising agent who got sidetracked into the X-Files and found an obsession with these cases, especially the ones concerning the presence of entities from other planets.

Together they take on cases that other detectives don’t know how to handle and they come across all sorts of paranormal activity, from UFO events to werewolves and even body switching. Their own beliefs also cross over time and there are even moments when Mulder is the skeptic while Scully becomes the believer.

Jun 13

Visitors of the Night

visitorsofthenightGenre: Sci-Fi / Drama
Year: 1995
Country: USA

Director: Jorge Montesi
Starring: Markie Post, Stephen McHattie, Candace Cameron Bure, Dale Midkiff, Pam Hyatt

 

They’re watching… they’re waiting… they’re back!!!

 

Katie is growing up in a broken home and is often in fights with her mother, while her father is more concerned with his job as a politician than taking care of his daughter. Although Katie has potential to do well for herself, she is also exploring her rebel side and it is tearing her and her family even more apart.

At the same time, teenagers in the city is ending up missing and Katie’s mother Judith is being haunted by visions of her past, which are implying that she has been abducted by aliens. She is worried that the same thing might happen to her daughter, but she is struggling with getting through to Katie even though she is sure that she is in danger of getting abducted and subject to inhuman experiments.

Visitors of the Night is a made for TV movie that is more about family drama than aliens. I wouldn’t be surprised if the screenplay was first written as a drama film and then they decided that they needed to make an alien abduction movie and just added a few scenes with that element to it. The few alien scenes, except the awful and sappy ending, are very inspired by X-Files although they are done very poorly.

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