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The 17 Scariest Aliens In Film

May 11, 2020 4.8k votes 534 voters 9.9k views17 items

List RulesVote up the aliens you'd least like to meet in a close encounter.

Horror cinema has been making use of extraterrestrials since before the body snatchers invaded Earth, but the bar was unquestionably raised by the titular Alien that first burst out of Kane's chest in 1979. Since then, the scariest aliens in film graduated from a slow, all-consuming pink blob to strange forms eating unsuspecting explorers from the inside out. 

Whether they're sinister clowns or critters based on a true story, aliens can be one of the most versatile and horrifying creatures in film. 

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  • Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott. The crew of the commercial space tug Nostromo encounter the eponymous Alien, a deadly and aggressive extraterrestrial set loose on the ship....  more
    • Actors: Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton
    • Released: 1979
    • Directed by: Ridley Scott
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  • The Thing is a 1982 American science fiction horror film directed by John Carpenter, written by Bill Lancaster, and starring Kurt Russell. The film's title refers to its primary antagonist: a parasitic extraterrestrial lifeform that assimilates other organisms and in turn imitates them. The Thing infiltrates an Antarctic research station, taking the appearance of the researchers that it absorbs, and paranoia develops within the group. The film is based on John W. Campbell, Jr.'s novella Who Goes There?, which was more loosely adapted by Howard Hawks and Christian Nyby as the 1951 film The Thing from Another World. Carpenter considers The Thing to be the first part of his Apocalypse Trilogy,...  more
    • Actors: Kurt Russell, Keith David, John Carpenter, Adrienne Barbeau, Wilford Brimley
    • Released: 1982
    • Directed by: John Carpenter
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  • Predator is a 1987 American science fiction action film directed by John McTiernan and was distributed by 20th Century Fox. It stars Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Elpidia Carrillo, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura and Kevin Peter Hall. The story follows an elite team, on a mission to rescue hostages from guerrilla territory in Central America. Unbeknownst to the group, they are being stalked and hunted by a technologically advanced form of extraterrestrial life, the Predator. Predator was written by Jim and John Thomas in 1985, under the working title of Hunter. Filming began in April 1986 and creature effects were devised by Stan Winston. ...  more
    • Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jesse Ventura, Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Peter Cullen
    • Released: 1987
    • Directed by: John McTiernan
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  • A Quiet Place is a 2018 American supernatural horror film directed by John Krasinski. A family living on a farm hides from a supernatural evil attracted to sound by avoiding making sound and communicating in sign language....  more
    • Actors: John Krasinski, Emily Blunt, Noah Jupe, Millicent Simmonds
    • Released: 2018
    • Directed by: John Krasinski
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