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Close Encounters of the Terrifying Kind: The 9 Scariest Alien Encounter Films

Updated: Oct 14, 2023

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If you're anything like us, you love a good scare, especially when it involves extraterrestrial beings. There's something about the unknown, the vastness of space, and the potential for otherworldly creatures that just gets the adrenaline pumping. So, buckle up as we delve into the 10 scariest films, in no particular order, about alien encounters.

1. "Fire in the Sky" (1993)

Based on the alleged real-life experiences of Travis Walton, "Fire in the Sky" is a haunting film that explores alien abduction. The film's strength lies in its slow-burn narrative and the horrifying abduction scene, which is sure to send shivers down your spine. Even 30 years later, this is a film which continues to give me nightmares and makes the hairs on my arm stand on end. It's the first film I ask people if they have seen when they talk about alien's. If you haven't seen it, then watch it soon. There are multiple documentaries about this case and even an episode of Joe Rogan's podcast discussing it.

2. "The Thing" (1982)

John Carpenter's "The Thing" is a chilling tale of paranoia and fear set in the icy isolation of Antarctica. When a shape-shifting alien infiltrates a research team, trust evaporates, and the body count rises. The film's gruesome special effects and the constant tension of not knowing who's human make it a terrifying ride. Whilst this film is fictional it is terrifying nonetheless, and features SFX that are incredibly "realistic" considering it pre-dates CGI. Don't be put off by the age of this film, this is a masterpiece of horror and science fiction and still looks better than many films today.

3. "Event Horizon" (1997)

"Event Horizon" is a blend of science fiction and horror that takes us on a terrifying journey to a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and returned...changed. The film's disturbing imagery and the concept of a ship that's essentially become a sentient, malevolent entity make it a truly scary watch. An instant classic that has stood the test of time, a must see film for all horror/sci-fi fans

4. "Signs" (2002)

M. Night Shyamalan's "Signs" is a suspenseful film about a family living in rural Pennsylvania who start to notice strange occurrences on their farm. The film's tension builds gradually, culminating in a nerve-wracking climax. The fear in "Signs" comes less from the aliens themselves and more from the anticipation of their arrival.

5. "Cloverfield" (2008)

"Cloverfield" is a found-footage film that follows a group of friends trying to survive a monstrous alien attack on New York City. The film's shaky camera work and the relentless pursuit of the creature create a sense of urgency and terror that's hard to shake off.

6. "The Fourth Kind" (2009)

"The Fourth Kind" uses a unique blend of alleged archival footage and dramatic re-enactments to tell a story of mass alien abductions in Nome, Alaska. The film's unsettling atmosphere and the constant questioning of reality make it a truly eerie experience. I remember having multiple arguments with friends about this film and whether it was really based on "real events" as advertised. It is made so well that many of my friends were convinced that it must be true!

7. "Dark Skies" (2013)

"Dark Skies" is a suburban nightmare that follows a family targeted by malevolent extraterrestrials. The film's strength lies in its ability to blend everyday life with escalating supernatural events, creating a sense of dread that lingers long after the credits roll.

8. "Under the Skin" (2013)

"Under the Skin" is a haunting, atmospheric film that follows an alien disguised as a woman, preying on men in Scotland. The film's eerie score, unsettling visuals, and Scarlett Johansson's chilling performance make it a deeply unsettling watch.

9. "A Quiet Place" (2018)

While not a traditional alien film, "A Quiet Place" deserves a spot on this list. The film's premise of creatures that hunt by sound creates a unique, tension-filled experience. The constant threat of deadly aliens combined with the silence makes for a nerve-wracking viewing experience.

Nine films that prove space isn't just the final frontier; it's also the scariest. Whether it's the the icy isolation of "The Thing," or the quiet terror of "A Quiet Place," these films remind us that when it comes to alien encounters, we're definitely not alone...and that's a terrifying thought. Happy viewing, and remember, keep the lights on!

If you have any other movies you would like to see added to this list then drop them in the comments below. All movies on this list are included On Demand with our IPTV subscription. Join the cord cutting revolution and cut the cord today.

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