"The function of life is survival."
Whether you love the works of best-selling author Stephenie Meyer or not, there's no denying the incredible influence her Twilight series of books, and the movies based on them, has had on the horror genre and vampires, in particular. Meyer's tale of the star-crossed lovers Edward and Bella transformed the concept of vampires as unholy, unclean monsters to be feared and reviled into beautiful, tragic creatures capable of undying love. And, if the new movie based on one of her books, The Host, is successful, Meyer might well accomplish the same thing with alien invaders that she accomplished with vampires, ushering in a new wave of romantic alien possession movies.
Until then, we are left with the legacy of the invading lifeforms that want to take over our bodies and minds in alien possession movies being the stuff of nightmares, rather than of fairy tales: malevolent, insidious, revolting creatures that you would much rather terminate than take out on a date. Help us rank the creepiest, the scariest, the all-around best movies about alien possession.
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Posted 03.04.13 by BrentJS
"The force is strong with this one."
The new year has brought one piece of incredible movie news after another for sci-fi fans, but none has sparked as much debate as Disney’s plans for its recently acquired Lucasfilm assets and the Star Wars movie franchise. January was dominated by questions and rumors about who would be chosen to direct the sequel to Return of the Jedi, currently titled simply Star Wars: Episode VII, with the month closing out with fiery debates over whether the man who reignited the Star Trek franchise for Paramount, J.J. Abrams, was the right choice to reignite Star Wars for Disney. Only eight days into February and the internet is practically melting down over the news that Disney is also developing solo movies featuring a young Han Solo and the mysterious bounty hunter Boba Fett.
With Star Wars on our minds, we decided that this would be a fitting time to find out how you would rank the original trilogy of movies — Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi — against other sci-fi movies of the same era. Put down those sabacc cards, pour yourself a glass of blue milk and choose the best sci-fi movies of the 1970s and '80s.
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Posted 02.08.13 by BrentJS
Hot Tub Time Machine opens this Friday. The high concept for this dude comedy? As you might suspect from the movie's title, a time traveling hot tub that sends John Cusack, Clark Duke, Craig Robinson, and Rob Corddry back to the year 1986.
The now 43-year-old Cusack has aged quite well, looking not much different than he did in 1986's Stand By Me. Which got us thinking: How have the other stars of 1986's most popular and enduring flicks (TopGun, Ferris Beuller's Day Off, About Last Night...) held up? Who just needs to dip a toe in the water? And who would benefit from a long, deep soak? Posted 03.23.10 by reelz
Korean director Joon-ho Bong may have created the ultimate image of matriarchal generosity for his new movie, Mother. Determined to prove her mentally challenged son innocent of murder, the woman (played indelibly by Hye-ja Kim) will do anything to rescue him from incarceration. If that means crossing a few moral boundaries in the process, so be it.
Not all mothers are so selfless, though. Some, in fact, are downright hellacious. And while watching parental sacrifice can be an uplifting and occasionally thought-provoking experience, the sight of a mom warping filial devotion to her own ends — with the kids sometimes getting their own back in return — can be downright fun. So it was no trouble for us to come up with a list of Top 10 Toxic Movie Moms. Posted 03.12.10 by reelz
Director Ridley Scott's 1979 classic movie, Alien, perfectly blended the horror and sci-fi genres and helped launch a franchise that now includes three sequels, two "vs." movies with the Predator franchise, and countless books, comic books, toys, video games, and other related merchandise. It's no wonder then that 20th Century Fox tapped the three-time Academy Award-nominated director to revitalize the franchise that he helped create.
Not much has been heard about the new movie since the announcement that Scott was helming the Alien prequel, but in a recent interview with ShadowLocked, Roger Christian, the art-director on Alien, said that Scott plans to shoot "the next Alien in 3-D."
Ridley told me some of his ideas when we were here in Toronto. He has a very clear understanding of where this should go. They kind of stopped dead one of the greatest horror franchises there's ever been, and it had legs to go on. So I'm hoping he'll revive another three. The world certainly wants it, and the fans want it — everybody.
Christian said that he is not presently involved with the prequel, but that he would return to art design for the chance to work on the movie.
I always made only one promise to myself. I said if ever I went back to designing, the only film I would ever want to design is Alien, if Ridley re-did it. I could never understand why they didn't pull him back in [for the sequels]. Posted 03.06.10 by BrentJS
We've been hearing about a possible return to the basics for the Alien franchise -- where the concept of a single alien monster on a ship is revisited.
Earlier, Sigourney "Ripley" Weaver revealed that she and director Ridley Scott had discussed it, but the debacles that were the Alien vs. Predator movies seemed to have killed interest. Later, it was said that the idea was being tossed around by the studio again and it had got Ridley Scott thinking about a plotline again.
Now comes word from Bloody-Disgusting that this new Alien project is indeed happening. But the word is that, while still involved, Scott is stepping back -- letting his brother Tony Scott and Michael Costigan produce, and he's looking at an unknown Carl Rinsch to direct the movie. In his defense, Rinsch has done plenty of work for Scott Free -- Ridley's production company.
While it looks like this will put the franchise back on track, can it be good that the franchise originator is taking the back seat instead of the director's chair? Posted 05.29.09 by reelz
It's been over a decade since James Cameron thrilled the world with his epic film Titanic. After producing several documentary films, the director of The Terminator and Aliens returns to science fiction with Avatar, a photorealistic CGI film in 3-D.
Except for the rumors of ground-breaking technological advancements in filmmaking, a few images and a short synopsis about a wounded ex-marine and a struggle to exploit an alien world, there is little known about Avatar. However, if director Steven Soderbergh (Solaris) is to be believed, Cameron's fans haven't waited in vain. In a recent interview, Soderbergh said:
I've seen some stuff and holy $#@%. It's the craziest $#@% ever. Posted 04.30.09 by BrentJS
What, AVP wasn't enough a reboot? It's true, despite both Alien vs. Predator and Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem, a second reboot is underway, this time with director Robert Rodriguez serving as producer for the movie.
AICN reached out to Rodriguez, who explained how Predators came into being:
Way back before I did Desperado, I had taken a writing assignment for a sequel to Predator. With a nod toward [James] Cameron's Aliens I decided to call it Predators. I set it on a jungle-like Predator planet. Fast forward 15 years to when I got a call from Alex Young over at Fox, who had been digging around and found my original treatment. So the next stage is finding a writer and director to come in and work with us to bring it to life. Whether or not it will ultimately be based on the treatment or not is still unknown at this time.
So while Rodriguez will not direct or write, he has plenty in mind for the movie:
What I'd like to do with it is expand on ideas I dreamt up back in the original treatment, that had really expanded on the universe both the Predators and other species live in. We'd create new otherworldly characters while not taking away from the draw our main Predator has. Posted 04.30.09 by Ryan