20 horror movies about aliens and space creatures

People have always been interested in whether there is life outside our planet and what are extraterrestrial civilizations? And will the guests from outer space be friendly if they decide to visit us? You will find frightening answers to these and other questions in horror films about aliens that can discourage the desire to meet aliens with bread and salt and send them signals to distant galaxies …

Satellite (2020)

The Russian novelty of cinema in the thriller genre takes the viewer to the USSR in 1983. During their descent from Earth’s orbit, Soviet cosmonauts encountered an alien life form. The crew was attacked by a monster and one of the two crew members brought home an “alien” in his body. Konstantin Veshnyakov was isolated and classified what happened. Neurophysiologist Tatyana Klimova arrives at the military base to help scientists . The girl must assess the danger of the situation and the state of Konstantin himself.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Actors:  
Oksana Akinshina, Pyotr Fedorov, Fedor Bondarchuk …

Genre:
Fantasy, horror, drama

Country:  
Russia

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:  
16+


Color from other worlds (2019)

The creators of the fantastic horror film about space creatures were inspired by the story of Howard Lovecraft. The plot develops on a remote farm where Nathan lives with his wife and two children. A meteorite falls nearby and turns to ash after being directly hit by lightning. But what was inside the celestial body and emitted a strange glow penetrated the earth – and unusual flowers grow around the farmer’s well. And after the plants, insects, animals and people mutate.

Original title:  
Color Out of Space

Genre:
Horror, fantasy

Actors:  
Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Madeleine Arthur …

Country:  
USA, Malaysia, Portugal

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:  
16+


Body Snatchers (2019)

An old-school horror movie that introduces us to teenagers Zach and Randy. The guys loiter around the area, filming material for a video blog. One day, they notice that some of the locals are behaving strangely. It all started with the appearance of a previously unknown species of insects . Friends come to the conclusion that the city has become the object of an attack by aliens who intend to replace all its inhabitants with inanimate copies.

Original title:  
Assimilate

Genre:  
Horror, fantasy, thriller, detective

Actors:  
Joel Courtney, Calam Worthy, Andy Matichak …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 5.3


A Quiet Place (dulogy: 2018 and 2020)

The plot of the next foreign film in the list of the best horror films about aliens develops in a post-apocalyptic world . The Abbott family lives on a farm and leads a seemingly ordinary life. That’s just all their actions they perform in complete silence. The fact is that after the alien invasion, the world is full of blind monsters that only react to sound. In order to survive, the Abbots came up with special gestures and surrounded the house with traps. However, soon the mother of the family will have a child. And this high-profile event threatens the whole family with danger.

Original title:  
A Quiet Place

Genre:  
Horror, fantasy, drama

Actors:  
Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Milly Simmonds…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.5

Age restrictions:  
16+


Live (2017)

A sci-fi horror film about an alien stranded on the International Space Station. A crew of astronauts find an unknown life form on the planet Mars and take it away for study. On the threshold of an incredible discovery, the heroes do not even realize what danger they expose not only themselves, but the whole world. It soon becomes clear that the “animal” has a mind and is able to deal with the entire team. A race ahead is unfolding – who will destroy whom first?

Original title:  
Life

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller

Actors:  
Hiroyuki Sanada, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, Jake Gyllenhaal…

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:  
16+


Annihilation (2017)

The next horror film about aliens and alien invaders is a feature film with hypnotic visuals and subtle philosophical thought . A meteorite falls to the Earth and the fall area is surrounded by an energy field that does not transmit any signals. Research teams are sent there, but no one returns except for Sergeant Kane. However, the man is in serious condition and unable to tell what happened inside the dome. Then his wife Lina, a former military man and now a biologist, decides to find the answers herself by joining a new expedition .

Original title:  
Annihilation

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller

Actors:  
Natalie Portman, Benedict Wong, Sonoya Mizuno …

Country:  
UK, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.8

Age restrictions:  
18+


Last Days on Mars (2013)

Before us are huge sand pits and desert hills, painted in bright orange. This is what the planet Mars looks like, where a group of astronauts explores the area in search of living organisms. On the last day of the mission, the heroes still find what they were looking for. Deciding to put the remaining hours of their stay on the planet to good use, the team heads back to the Martian desert. They do not yet know what horror awaits them ahead.

Original title:  
The Last Days on Mars

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller

Actors:  
Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas, Romola Garay, Olivia Williams…

Country:  
United Kingdom, Ireland

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:  
16+


Dark Skies (2013)

Our top horror films about aliens will continue, frightening not with open attacks of monsters, but with oppressive suspense. The Barrett family is going through difficult times. The father was fired from his job, the mortgage loan is overdue, and the son has psychological disorders – the kid insistently talks about an invisible friend. And the general situation in the house leaves much to be desired – electrical appliances work intermittently, and dead birds are increasingly appearing in the yard. It turns out that the city has become the site of an attack by aliens and their main target is children, in particular, the 6-year-old son of the Barrets.

Original title:  
Dark Skies

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller

Actors:  
Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo …

Country:  
USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.3

Age restrictions:  
16+


Apollo 18 (2011)

The last, sixth landing on the moon was made during the Apollo 17 expedition in 1972, after which flights with the participation of people ceased. The creators of this pseudo-documentary film came up with another seventh landing. The project was classified and hidden from the public, for which there were reasons. Only a select few and crew members knew about the Apollo 18 flight. Almost 40 years after this expedition, pictures and videos were released showing strange objects and how the crew encountered an unknown disease.

Original title:  
Apollo 18

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller

Actors:  
Warren Christie, Lloyd Owen, Ryan Robbins…

Country:  
USA, Canada

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:  
16+


Something (2011)

This horror film about alien monsters has become one of the ten best and scariest fantasy horror films of the last quarter of a century. In the center of the plot is a scientific expedition that discovered a spaceship at the north pole , surrounded by endless snowy deserts. The wrecked plate is not the only find. Nearby, researchers discover something strange and lifeless frozen into the ice – at first glance.

Original title:  
The Thing

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, detective

Actors:  
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen …

Country:  
Canada, USA, UK

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.2

Age limits
16+


Alien abduction (2011)

The film takes place in North Carolina – a place where people actually disappeared without a trace, which makes the film even more frightening. This is where the Morris family spends their holidays. During a hike in the neighborhood, they encounter strange phenomena and fix on an amateur video camera the silhouette of a certain creature that does not look like a person. From that moment on, the life of our heroes turns into a chilling nightmare.

Original title:
Alien Abduction

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, action

Actors:
Catherine Sigismund, Corey Aid, Riley Polyansky …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 4.9


Pandorum (2009)

A claustrophobic high-energy horror film about aliens and space scuffle. The action takes place on a giant interplanetary ship “Elysium”. There are many people on board, sleeping in cryochambers. They have a specific mission – to become the first inhabitants of a distant planet. Suddenly, the crew members – Corporal Nolan and Captain Payton – wake up from sleep. They do not remember how much time has passed and what happened, but one thing is clear to them for sure – evil mutants have entered the ship, ready to deal with earthlings.

Original title:  
Pandorum

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, detective

Actors:  
Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, Cam Gigandet…

Country:  
Germany, UK

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:  
18+


Alien Invasion (2008)

At the end of the working day, a group of heavily armed guys burst into the supermarket, who indiscriminately begin to kill store visitors and staff. Those who survived are taken hostage by the attackers . However, the goal of the criminals is not to take the cash register, but to stop the alien invasion. It turns out that they are scientists who found traces of aliens in the store building. Extraordinary raiders are sure that someone present here serves as a “safe haven” for a substance of extraterrestrial origin.

Original title:
Alien Raiders

Genre:
Fantasy, Thriller

Actors:
Carlos Bernard, Matthew St. Patrick, Rockmond Dunbar …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.4, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Slug (2006)

Feel free to start watching this horror movie about the alien invasion of monsters, if you like trash films, where the counter of nasty moments rolls over. Somewhere near a provincial town located in the south of the United States, a meteorite falls. At the same time, a local resident Grant Grant is walking through the forest, which immediately becomes a “new home” for a parasitic alien. The creature that has taken possession of the guy commands his mind, ordering him to multiply and infect as many people as possible.

Original title:
Slither

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, comedy

Actors:
Nathan Fillion, Elizabeth Banks, Gregg Henry…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Dreamcatcher (2003)

This alien movie is an adaptation of a Stephen King novel with impressive visuals and a strong cast. In the center of the plot are four men who have been friends for more than a dozen years. In addition, the comrades are connected by a long history, when they stood up for an unfortunate classmate and received supernatural power in return . Years later, the grown-up heroes are going to spend the weekend in a small house outside the city. Abnormal weather, an unknown virus and evil aliens – that’s what awaits four friends in the northern forests.

Original title:  
Dreamcatcher

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller

Actors:  
Morgan Freeman, Thomas Jane, Jason Lee

Country:  
USA, Canada

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:  
16+


Specimen (1995)

Scientists at a research center have created a hybrid baby by crossing human and extraterrestrial DNA. One day, the already grown girl manages to escape. Driven by the instincts of reproduction, she begins to seduce men in batches, killing them after intercourse. By the way, this is not difficult to do, because as a result of the experiment, a stunningly beautiful woman turned out. Now scientists need to catch the fugitive as soon as possible, otherwise the Earth will be flooded with her offspring.

Original title:
Species

Genre:
Horror, thriller, detective

Actors:
Natasha Henstridge, Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.8

Age restrictions:
18+


Puppeteers (1994)

In the vicinity of a small town in Iowa, a real UFO lands. Residents immediately rush out of the city, television is in a hurry to voice the sensation, everyone freezes in anticipation of the landing. However, the channel soon refutes its own information, calling it fake. Information reaches the secret service, and the management sends agents to check the situation. Upon arrival, Sam and Andrew immediately notice oddities in the behavior of the townspeople. Their fears are confirmed when colleagues notice a creature on the back of a local man, which turned out to be an extraterrestrial parasite.

Original title:
The Puppet Masters

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller

Actors:
Donald Sutherland, Eric Tal, Julie Warner …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
16+


Body Snatchers (1993)

The fantasy horror film was the third film adaptation of Jack Finney’s novel. The father of the main character Marty is sent to a research station to test toxic substances, and the biologist takes his family with him on this trip. Arriving at the base, Marty notices the strange behavior of some soldiers. One of them claims that aliens get inside the human body in a dream , so he advises the girl not to fall asleep.

Original title:
Body Snatchers

Genre:
Horror, fantasy

Actors:
Gabriel Anwar, Terry Kinney, Billy Worth …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.0

Age restrictions:
16+


Something (1982)

A group of Norwegian and American scientists arrive in Antarctica to conduct joint research. There, the team stumbles upon an ancient alien evil buried under a thick layer of snow. An aggressive creature can take on any form. Therefore, when it begins to destroy the members of the expedition one by one, none of them is immune from the suspicions of their comrades – everyone can turn out to be an alien and stab in the back.

Original title:
The Thing

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, detective

Actors:
Kurt Russell, Keith David, Wilford Brimley …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.8, IMDb – 8.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Alien (1979)

The cult horror film, one of the first to show the nightmarish collision of humanity and aliens. In the distant future , ships roam the expanses of space with might and main. One day, the radars on a scientific spacecraft pick up a strange signal. The crew goes on the trail to investigate its origins. So the team gets to one of the planets inhabited by aliens of the most disgusting kind and bad intentions.

Original title:  
Alien

Genre:
Horror, fantasy, thriller

Actors:  
Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerrit, Ian Holm …

Country:  
UK, USA

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.4

Age restrictions:  
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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