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Monday, September 18, 2023

Five Sci-Fi Horror Movies Featuring Aliens to Stream This Week

Among the new releases this week is Brian Duffield’s No One Will Save You, a home invasion with an alien twist starring Kaitlyn Dever and debuting on Hulu on September 22. With it comes the realization of how scarcely populated the sci-fi horror subgenre gets regarding the iconic Gray aliens. These quintessential aliens have emerged recently in the news, but their cinematic counterparts are rarer. That’s a shame, considering how effectively they induce terror, as evidenced by M. Night Shyamalan’s Signs (on Max).

This week’s streaming picks are dedicated to the quieter alien invasions. These sci-fi horror films revolve around the Grays and similar extraterrestrials that are more content to invade and toy with their prey quietly.

Here’s where you can stream them this week.

For more Stay Home, Watch Horror picks, click here.


Fire in the Sky – Max

Fire in the Sky

 

This film mostly plays out as a sci-fi drama about friends coping with their friend’s sudden disappearance caused by an unidentified flying object. The friends are ridiculed and suspected of murder until their missing pal reappears days later, in the nude and traumatized. When the truth finally gets revealed, it’s genuinely disturbing. While much of the runtime is light on alien action, Fire in the Sky viscerally makes up for that in the cryptid climax. If you’ve already seen it, you know the truth behind the disappearance delivers nightmare fuel that sticks with you.


Invasion of the Body Snatchers – Max, Prime Video

Invasion of the Body Snatchers 1978

 

This update of the 1956 sci-fi film Invasion of the Body Snatchers is regarded as one of the best remakes, for good reason. Strange pods land on Earth, grow, and invade San Francisco. They take over humans while they’re asleep, creating emotionless duplicates to take over the world. It’s a story that should feel quite familiar at this point, considering it’s been remade so many times, but it’s hard to shake the imagery from this version. The botched duplicate that spliced a man’s face over a dog’s body, the horrific scream of the mindless copycats to alert the alien hive, and the eerie reveal of the pod’s body takeover all contribute to an unnerving invasion flick. The cast is stacked here, too: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Veronica Cartwright, Art Hindle, Leonard Nimoy, and Jeff Goldblum star.


The McPherson Tape – Plex, Pluto TV, Tubi 

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The late ‘80s saw the release of writer/director/producer Dean Alioto’s The McPherson Tape, a lo-fi found footage precursor centered around an alien abduction during a family’s birthday celebration. Also known as UFO Abduction, the early found footage flick offers a brisk runtime packed with eerie Gray alien-induced chills. That it was meant to emulate a 1983 home video means that The McPherson Tape is only for the found footage completionists and Gray Alien aficionados. Still, it remains a fascinating genre experiment with a few creep-out scares.


Pod – AMC+, freevee, Peacock, Roku Channel, Tubi, Vudu

Pod

Pod might draw its name from The Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but it’s used as an intentional misdirect for what’s a Twilight Zone-inspired paranoid conspiracy thriller. Siblings Lyla (Lauren Ashley Carter) and Ed (Dean Cates) stage an intervention for their brother, Martin (Brian Morvant), a veteran deep in the throes of psychosis. Martin claims to have found a pod in the woods and, believing it part of a government project, keeps the creature hatched from it in the woods. He refuses to let his siblings see it, though, breeding tension and paranoia as they attempt to get Martin psychiatric help. The commitment to the paranoid conspiracy thrills gives way to something far more unexpected, though appropriately grim. Frequent Keating collaborator Larry Fessenden appears in a minor supporting role.


Save the Green Planet – Kanopy

Save the Green Planet - Sci-fi Horror Movie

Byeong-gu believes Earth is on the verge of an alien invasion and that he’s the only one who can save it. With his loyal girlfriend’s help, he kidnaps and brutally tortures corporate execs and politicians he believes to be aliens in disguise. A complete genre mashup, from sci-fi to comedy to horror with paranoia and extreme violence, Save the Green Planet has many shocking moments and unexpected twists. It’s a genre-bender that features one unreliable narrator. Or is he?

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