Seven Great Alien Invasions November 9, 2010 As Skyline hits cinemas, Movies.ie celebrates with seven of the greatest alien invasions! THE BLOB Heartthrob Steve McQueen star as Steve Andrews in this classic flick revolving around an alien blob destroying everything in its path. It soon develops a taste for humans and it’s up to Andrew to warn the town’s folk of the coming invader Looking more like a giant dessert, he must convince the people that the blob is in fact a a threat so it can be annhialated. Classic B movie stuff. WAR OF THE WORLDS The 2005 remake of War of the Worlds has a slightly different story than the original however it works nevertheless. The backdrop of the invasion is almost apocalyptic, with great special effects underscoring the destruction of of the earth… DARKCITY An underrated gem, Dark City features aliens with a powerful collective mind that they use to stop time and constantly reshape the landscape of the world, using Earth’s inhabitants as playthings as they study them. However, John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) upsets their plans by not only being immune to their power, but able to turn it back on them. LIFEFORCE Blood-thirsty aliens abound in this flick about a space shuttle mission to Halley’s comet gone horribly awry. The shuttle returns with a bunch of dead British and American astronauts and a cargo of, you guessed it, space vampires. It’s up to the sole survivor and authorities to exterminate the aliens before the aliens exterminate mankind. THE THING Back in 1982, “John Carpenter’s The Thing” terrified audiences across the nation. The movie starred Kurt Russell as R.J. MacReady, who is a scientist working at a station in Antarctica. The station is ravaged by an alien that can assume the identity of anyone it’s killed. The surviving team of scientists must identify who among them is an alien before they can battle the threat. THEY LIVE What do you get when you combine a sci-fi thriller with pro wrestling? Classic cinea is the answer! Roddy Piper plays a construction worker named Nada who discovers some special sunglasses that allow him to see the “real” world. To the general public, things are normal, but when you wear the sunglasse , it reveals some people in their true form – as disgusting aliens. The glasses also reveal how the aliens and government are using subliminal messages to keep the general public unaware and apathetic. INDEPENDENCE DAY The biggest alien invasion blockbuster films of the ’90s, though it is now over a decade old, the film, score and special effects still thrill. to Earth to exterminate humans and steal our natural resources. After aliens obliterate most major world cities, scientist David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) and pilot Steven Hiller (Will Smith) initiate a plot to infect the alien technology with a computer virus.