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The 10 Scariest Alien Movies Ever

09 March 2013 | Features, Film Lists, Guest Posts | by David Zou

scariest alien movies

Man has looked to the heavens for millenniums wondering, what is out there? Then with the invent of the radio and Hollywood there has been media talk of invading aliens and the destruction they will bring upon earth and unlucky human that crosses their path. Since Orson Wells frightened millions with his tale of alien invasion, people have long been drawn to these stories. Of the hundreds of alien movies shown at drive-ins and movie theaters around the world, most have been forgotten. Some however deserve the attention for their ability to induce nightmares. My criteria? Originality, good movie making and just simply being the scariest aliens movies of all time.


10. Star Trek: First Contact


A rare Star Trek film to use horror conventions, ‘Star Trek: First Contact’ features the crew of the Enterprise going back in time to stop the Borg’s destruction of the timeline. The Borg Collective is one of the scariest villains in the Star Trek universe: a hive mind of technologically enhanced zombies who assimilate every species they come across into their realm, spreading like a virus throughout the galaxy. Captain Picard fights his own horrible memories of having been assimilated himself, as the eerily seductive Borg Queen tries to lure Lt. Commander Data into betraying the crew.


9. Signs


Easily one of M. Night Shyamalan’s best projects. He shows an alien invasion from the perspective of a normal family watching television sets and looking to UFO books for answers. Signs blends the perfect amount of humor and suspense.The film features Mel Gibson playing the part of Graham Hess, a former Episcopalian priest and family man who has lost his faith in God. Shyamalan is able to create an atmosphere and keeps the tension levels high. Outstanding.

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  • Razvigor

    Hey, writer of this article – sorry, but you lose BIG points for putting the image of the Predator from AvP film, and not from Predator 1 or 2.
    I’m not saying that because I’m a geek who doesn’t like AvP films – I say that because the design of the Predator is so much BETTER in Predator 1 and 2, while in AvP it looks terrible and fake.
    In Predator films, it looks realistic – courtesy of the legendary Stan Winston, but in AvP, I believe the design hasn’t been done by Winston and his team, and therefore sucks.
    As for the other picks – they are mostly OK.
    The only major difference that I would make is removing the Signs-Aliens, and putting The Thing from the 1982 film of the same name. That alien is legendary, while the Signs-Aliens are creepy at first, but they become ridiculous when we learn their weakness.
    Also, Signs-Aliens can’t break through the wooden doors… that’s lame…

    • skunkybeaumont

      He also doesn’t know the actual plot of the first Predator film, there’s only one alien hunting the soldiers.

  • Josh Parsons

    Disappointed no mention of Fire in the Sky


    wheres The Thing,(older version)

  • Thrax

    Not that there’s a huge number of stellar horror movies featuring aliens to begin with, but the fact that this list includes a Star Trek movie of all things while failing to include John Carpenter’s “The Thing” just pretty much kills any credibility this
    particular list could have had.

    And while “They Live” is a great film, I wouldn’t describe it as scary at all. “Lifeforce” and “Aliens” both would have been better choices. “The Faculty”? Eh, maybe some people liked it, but it didn’t do anything for me. I would probably pick “The Puppet Masters” (1994, with Donald Sutherland) over that one. Even “Pitch Black” would be a better choice than some films listed here.

  • Bubbagump

    Clearly it does not take much to scare you.

  • gymnost

    Predator only had 1 alien…

  • Motte Fraîche

    Signs ? Species ?
    are you for real ?

    Let’s cut the §#!† about Shalamayan’s work !

    The guy’s never ever made a movie right
    It’s always 2 hours of flick based on one sole idea and filled with bad dialogues, fake emotions, lazy directing and pointless cameos
    Signs is no exeption.

    Nothing ever happen in this movie, it’s a endless line of suspense leading nowhere, the aliens are some of the less imaginative I’ve ever seen and, come on, would you invade a 70% water covered planet if your only weakness was water ?
    Even if you succeed, what are you gonna do with it ?
    I mean, puh-lease !

    Species on the other hand is completly forgetable

    No mention of John Carpenter’s The Thing nor Invasion of the Body Snatchers…

    I could disagree more with this Top 10 but it would be a real effort

  • budasidehero

    Actually, his name is spelled Orson WELLES. Sorry, but I can no longer take an article about movies seriously after such a goof in the introduction.

  • Ashley

    NO Fire in the Sky, no good.

  • Johny30

    How about John Karpenders The Thing?it should have been in this list…