For the past few months, there has been high anticipation for the raid on Area 51. If you are unfamiliar with Area 51, it is a classified American Air Force base believed to hold aliens. As the legend goes, a UFO crashed near Roswell, New Mexico in the late 1940’s and the recovered alien remains were brought to Area 51 for the purpose of “conducting experiments.” As for the ‘raid’, earlier this year, an event was concocted on Facebook to raid the base and get the aliens out! The raid was scheduled to happen on September 20.
Sadly, the raid has been cancelled due to “possible humanitarian disasters,” since the towns near the base are small and cannot accommodate everyone that was expected to descend upon the mysterious, remote location, even if most of them were joking. No worries though, in honor of the occasion and without your having to risk life or limb, below is a list of ten movies or shows with aliens that could have been or still are in Area 51.
01. The War of the Worlds (1953)
Based on the classic novel by the father of science fiction, H.G. Wells, this film is considered one of the greatest science fiction movies ever made. While the original story terrified everyone thanks to Orson Wells’ unprecedented reading of it on the radio and people subsequently assuming it was true, the movie isn’t that scary. The aliens’ faces look more like gummy candies than actually threatening. Since the film was so popular, it got a remake with Tom Cruise in 2005 that most critics believe is scarier than the original and focuses more on the human race’s innate fear of aliens invading Earth.
02. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
“Pod people” is a classic term referring to aliens with this film being the origin of that term. The aliens in this movie spread these pods all over to enslave humans. They do this by taking away their emotions and individuality, making them a hive mind of sorts. Dr. Bennell, played by Kevin McCarthy, tries to stop this invasion. Ultimately, the good doctor is unsuccessful as at the end of the movie, the truck with the pods drives off to spread their destruction to more towns. Originally, the ending was going to be happier with Dr. Bennell stopping the truck, but having the truck drive off makes this movie more impactful.
03. The Blob (1958)
This is another classic example of aliens on Earth. Known to consume everything, The Blob crashed in a small town in Pennsylvania and was discovered by Steve Andrews, played by Steve McQueen. He tries to warn everyone but maddening twist, they don’t believe him. Once The Blob starts devouring everything in its path, they believe him. Eventually, the townsfolk discover that freezing the alien is the only way to stop it, leading them to dropping it off in the Artic. What if they moved it to Area 51 though?
04. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
This might be cheating, but this infamous cult film did have aliens..sort of. They were the main antagonists of the movie (and the fan favorites): Dr. Frank-N-Furter, Magenta, Riff Raff, and Colombia. At the end of the movie, it’s revealed that they’re from the planet Transsexual in the galaxy of Transylvania. There was also a mention that the character Dr. Scott, a scientist, was studying UFOs, so it’s not too far off that they’re aliens. This group would be the most interesting aliens on this list to find in Area 51.
05. The Thing (1982)
This film is the remake of the 1951 movie The Thing from Another World. It’s about how a group of researchers in an Antarctic base are slowly infected by an alien creature known as The Thing. Eventually, their increasing paranoia gets the best of them. MacReady, the main character of the movie, played by Kurt Russell, discovers that fire can kill the creature and uses a flamethrower on it. Is this where the term “kill it with fire” comes from? The film is left open ended with several sequel comics and a 2011 prequel movie following it.
06. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
This blockbuster showed us that not all aliens are evil. ET’s..interesting design gave people childhood trauma. But he’s actually friendly and really wants to get home without enslaving or eating the human race. The real antagonist of the film is the government who want to “study” ET. The film became a huge inspiration for other science fiction works, mainly for the Netflix series Stranger Things. On the downside, the ET Atari game was also considered one of the worst video games ever made! But we digress..
07. V (1983)
The aliens in V are actually lizard people (kind of like what they say about The Illuminati). They disguise themselves as humans to blend in better by wearing special glasses. The Visitors, as they’re called, act friendly and offer their technology to the humans, but they want to take over the Earth for water and food/people. However, not all of them are evil, one of the aliens, Willie (played by Robert Englund AKA Freddy Kruger from A Nightmare on Elm Street), helps the humans. With all the paranoia around the Illuminati, it wouldn’t be surprising if the Visitors were members of the group.
08. Predator (1987)
This movie is the origin of “Get To The Chopper!”, an iconic line by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Predator is known for stalking its victims and then ripping out their spines as a trophy. Despite his team being annihilated, Arnold’s character, Dutch, manages to defeat the creature after a cinematic intense battle. The Predator is as famous as its rival, the Xenomorph from Alien. However, Alien doesn’t count on this list since they never actually came to Earth. The Predator and Xenomorph even battled each other more than once! It’s the science fiction version of Freddy vs. Jason.
09. Independence Day (1996)
The Fourth of July was the day Will Smith saved us from aliens. This is a classic popcorn movie. Some aliens were captured and actually in Area 51, which makes perfect sense for this list. Then, other times the aliens were in UFOs like when Will Smith’s character, Steven Hiller, pulls out a crashed alien pilot in desert and punches it. The film also gifts us Randy Quaid’s lovable, if troubled character, Russell Casse, who manages to deal the death blow. The aliens also try to attack President Whitmore played by Bill Pullman (AKA Lonestar in Spaceballs). While it’s a basic action movie filled with stereotypes (and Jeff Goldblum), it is still fun.
10. Lilo & Stitch (2002)
While ET was a good alien from the start, Stitch, on the other hand, has a badness level that’s unusually high for his size. He was created as an experiment by a scientist named Jumba, but he managed to escape. Stich ended up in Hawaii where he befriends a girl named Lilo after she mistakes him for a dog. Stitch becomes nicer as the film goes on, but not many people think of him as this angry little alien during the first half of the movie. Disney made the right choice on jumping on the alien bandwagon since Stitch became a popular character. However, he wasn’t the only alien in the movie. There’s Jumba, Pleakley, Gantu, and the Galactic Federation’s Grand Councilwoman. The TV series also says that Jumba made more than just Stitch since he was the 626 experiment and there’s at least 625 other experiments that Stitch calls his “cousins.”
What other movies can you think of that have aliens that could be in Area 51 or that have invaded Earth?