Writing Bloody- Aliens

Once upon a time, there was a girl. That very girl woke up one night and could see, but not move. She did; however, freak the hell out. She flailed her arms and legs until they finally moved. Then, she did the only thing left to do…check outside to see if the mothership was beaming up any alien life forms.

If you haven’t figured out yet that it was me…it was. I thought aliens had come to either take me away or implant their spawn in my womb. Being older, I know that there were no aliens that night.

With The 5th Wave coming out next week, I can’t help but wonder again about their existence and their contribution to the horror genre. There have been so many movies and TV shows depicting alien life forms is various ways, which I find scary as hell.

There are five alien movies that I feel are the most thought provoking and the scariest.


In deep space, the crew of the commercial starship Nostromo is awakened from their cryo-sleep capsules halfway through their journey home to investigate a distress call from an alien vessel. The terror begins when the crew encounters a nest of eggs inside the alien ship. An organism from inside an egg leaps out and attaches itself to one of the crew, causing him to fall into a coma.
***I mean, come on. The mother alien with all that slobber dripping? THAT is freaky!

A farm family wakes up to find a 500-foot crop circle in their backyard and are told that extraterrestrials are responsible. The circles begin appearing all over the world as the family grapples with the fact that Earth is being invaded.

***Yeah. Enough said. I know there are people out there who have figured out how to create crop circles, but still…


In remote Antarctica, a group of American research scientists are disturbed at their base camp by a helicopter shooting at a sled dog. When they take in the dog, it brutally attacks both human beings and canines in the camp and they discover that the beast can assume the shape of its victims. A resourceful helicopter pilot (Kurt Russell) and the camp doctor (Richard Dysart) lead the camp crew in a desperate, gory battle against the vicious creature before it picks them all off, one by one.
***This is an oldie, but goodie. 
Since the 1960s, a disproportionate number of the population in and around Nome, Alaska, have gone missing. Despite FBI investigations, the disappearances remain a mystery. Dr. Abigail Tyler (Milla Jovovich), a psychologist, may be on the verge of blowing the unsolved cases wide open when, during the course of treating her patients, she finds evidence of alien abductions.
***This is the scariest! I mean, abductions? 
To the students at Harrington High, the principal and her posse of teachers have always been a little odd, but lately they’ve been behaving positively alien. Controlled by otherworldly parasites, the faculty try to infect students one by one. Cheerleader Delilah (Jordana Brewster), football player Stan (Shawn Hatosy), drug dealer Zeke (Josh Hartnett) and new girl Marybeth (Laura Harris) team up with some of their other classmates to fight back against the invaders.

***As campy as this movie was, I still wonder if there aren’t possessed people walking the Earth right now. This idea is similar to the one in The 5th Wave too. 

I don’t think that The 5th Wave is really considered horror, rather it’s science fiction, but the concept is one that fills me with fear and dread–isn’t that really what horror is anyway?



Thank you to IMBD.com for the use of official photos and Google for the summaries.
  • kirabutler
    January 12, 2016

    Loved Signs, and I loved The Fifth Wave as a book. (Read it because of the movie trailer, actually.) I hope it holds up.

    • Amy Giuffrida
      January 18, 2016

      Me too! I’m really excited to see this movie!

  • Kathy Palm
    January 12, 2016

    Aliens are scary! The movie Alien freaked me out… all those mouths. *shudder*

  • Amelinda Berube
    January 12, 2016

    There’s a great short story by Peter Watts that revisits THE THING from the alien’s perspective. http://clarkesworldmagazine.com/watts_01_10/ (Relatedly, his book BLINDSIGHT is probably the weirdest, scariest take on aliens I’ve read.)

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