The question of intelligent life has always fascinated the human species. Depending on your particular opinion, the thought of other beings out there can be comforting or terrifying. When it comes to Hollywood’s interpretation of the matter the latter seems to be the favored response. It’s not really surprising that Hollywood should choose to see alien life forms as threatening as this view does make for great summer blockbusters in high definition. What’s more exciting than watching a war between worlds, in which grotesque aliens with their gangly tentacles ravage Earth, while humans rally, forgetting their differences and bombing the invaders to kingdom come. Here’s a list of great alien invasion movies, most of which you can catch on satellite TV in HD.
Independence Day: Directed by Roland Emmerich, the auteur behind so many shoot’em up action thrillers and a good number of blockbusters, this movie turned out to be a huge hit. In one of the film’s most iconic scenes the White House gets blown to bits by alien lasers. Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum and Bill Pullman among others, make up the cast in this HD mega-blockbuster. Definitely not one to be missed-this film often airs on satellite TV.
War of the Worlds: The Steven Spielberg remake of the classic adaptation of HG Well’s alien invasion novel brings on the special effects. Starring Tom Cruise and a young Dakota Fanning, this version of War of the World’s is definitely a spectacle. These ETs definitely aren’t the type you’d want to cuddle up with. Again, watch this film in HD.
Mars Attacks: This 1996 alien invasion flick sports an all star cast including Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Natalie Portman, Sarah Jessica Parker and Pierce Brosnan, among others. The film is a take on Ed Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space; director Tim Burton upped the camp factor and made one quirky martian movie.
Starship Troopers: In this movie, directed by Paul Verhoeven, the space aliens aren’t green big eyed creatures, but rather giant man eating bugs. They’ve got sharp spider legs that can chop a torso in two with a quick movement. These cosmic battles can get pretty gory, especially if you’re watching in HD.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers: Another remake, this 1976 alien horror flick features pod aliens who have taken over San Francisco, replacing humans with pod grown clones. There’s plenty of suspense and thrills in this movie. Even without the HD, you will be holding your breath in disbelief.
Signs: M Night Shyamalan is a master at suspense. His 2002 film Signs, is artfully done and the ending will keep you guessing. This is a great little suspense thriller that will leave you sitting on the edge of your seat. Although there aren’t any explosions or much gore, this alien invasion does make you squirm. You can see this movie on satellite TV.
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension: This 1984 movie may not be as well known as the rest in this group, but it is definitely one to watch. Banzai is a sci-fi action thriller spoof in which scientist and rock star Buckaroo Banzai has to save the Earth from destruction in an interplanetary war.
Source by John R. Harrison