It was a little late today, but the brand new Top 10 episode finally dropped and it was worth waiting for. This week, in honor of the Shane Black Predator coming out this weekend, John and Matt did their Top 10 Alien Invasion Movies episode.
This topic was loaded. I wound up with 19 possible films and there were several that originally made my top 10 list, but had to be bumped off when I thought of other movies. This one was one of the tougher lists of recent memory.
#10. The Day the Earth Stood Still. The 1951 classic starring Michael Rennie tells the tale of a UFO arriving on earth with a message for the leaders of the world. Set during the Cold War, the nuclear proliferation was being noticed everywhere. The film had a great message and it was still amazingly entertaining. This was way better than that remake that was done a few years ago. That is a theme of this list.
#9. X-Files: Fight the Future. I was a huge fan of the television series, The X-Files, and this movie may not have lived up to that level, but I still enjoyed it. And any film with the wonderful pairing of David Duchovny and Gilliam Anderson can’t be that bad. This film had some of those pesky bees and I actually thought for a moment that Agent Scully was done for. The film has the typical X-Files witty banter and humor that became a trademark of the series. Because the series was such a highly loved one, this tends to be vastly underrated as a film.
#8. Predator. “I ain’t got time to bleed.” Jesse “The Body” Ventura was a huge piece for me at this film’s initial release. Being a huge WWE (at the time, WWF) fan, seeing Jesse with Arnold Schwarzenegger was a cool treat, and Jesse got all the best lines. Sure, he died too soon, but that did not take away from the movie. And, by the way, the creature of the Predator was all kinds of epic. In my first attempt at a list, I was going to leave this one off because there was only one alien invading, but I changed my mind and placed it at number eight.
#7. 10 Cloverfield Lane. I loved this movie. John Goodman was tremendous in this movie and the way the film just kind of appeared after an unexpected trailer (which was brilliant by the way), showed that Hollywood could actually keep a secret. Mary Elizabeth Winstead was outstanding as Michelle, the young woman brought down into Goodman’s creepy bunker. What had happened to the world outside the door? We did not know, but we were anxious to find out.
#6. Edge of Tomorrow. The science fiction version of Groundhog’s Day starring Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt is just so great. It has made several other lists I have had since I have been writing these, and it is so deserving. Honestly, the fact that I have had it on other lists caused it to slip down this one. Plus, a surprise entry above this one sent it down the list a little bit. At one point, Edge of Tomorrow was at my number four. It truly is a great action movie with some really fun scenes.
#5. A Quiet Place. The most recent film on this list was one of the best theater experiences that I have had this year. Just the way the theater played along with the film without even intending to do it was amazing. You could barely breathe because you just did not want to be the one to make the noise. Great performances all around and one of the most emotional moments you are ever going to find in a movie. John Krasinski found himself a fantastic hit.
#4. The Thing. This was John and Matt’s number one and I love it too, but I must say that I am not as huge of a fan of it as some are. Still, it climbed from around number 5 to four on my list. I actually considered dropping it from the list because of the lack of numbers of aliens, but when that did not seem to matter to the Top 10 guys, then I put it back on the list. Kurt Russell is great and John Carpenter is a master of this type of film.
#3. It. Here is the movie that messed everything up. When Matt Knost dropped this one on John Rocha and made a case for it to be an alien invasion film, I knew I had to have it on my list as well. I loved It so much. They did a magnificent job creating a film that was more than just a horror film or an alien/monster story. It was a coming of age tale as well. This wound up bumping another classic from the list, but it had to happen because, if It works in the category, then It was going to make the list. It is an awesome film. It might be a bit of a cheat, but with Matt Knost’s blessing (and it made the show’s top 10 list as well), I am including it here!
#2. They Live. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper came to this John Carpenter movie for two reasons… to chew bubble gum and kick ass… and he is all out of bubble gum! They Live is a great film that features one of the greatest, most realistic fight scenes ever filmed between Roddy Piper and Keith David. Those two just looked like the beat the crap out of one another. Sure the film is bizarre and maybe even silly at times, but it is completely entertaining and surprisingly relevant.
#1. The Avengers. As I was doing my research, I came across this film and I thought to myself, look, it sure is an alien invasion film. The Chitauri are aliens and they are invading New York. And this is one of my favorite movies of all time. So I had to include it. I did not include Avengers: Infinity War, even though the Black Order and Thanos are invading earth because I decided that it was more of a trip to earth to find something, maybe steal something. Thanos was not trying to invade. So I took it off. The first Avengers film however fit beautifully at the top of this list.
Honorable Mentions: Oh boy there are a bunch. Independence Day did not make John or Matt’s list and it was bumped from mine bu It. 1978’s Invasion of the Body Snatchers almost made it but I haven’t seen this in a really long time. District 9 was a favorite, but came up short. The original 1953 War of the Worlds. I was not a fan of Tom Cruise’s version. Avengers: Infinity War as I stated above. Cloverfield was dropped in favor of its sequel. Arrival was a really epic science fiction movie, but I was not sure it was an actual invasion. Men in Black got some consideration. Rocky Horror Picture Show was going to make my top ten list at first, but it was one of the sad cuts I had to make when I realized that there were 19 films, which is way too many for a top ten list.