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In celebration of today’s release of the Ridley Scott produced sci-fi film PHOENIX FORGOTTEN, we decided to highlight a few of our favorite alien encounters in film.
PHOENIX FORGOTTEN is based on the shocking, true events of March 13th, 1997, when several mysterious lights appeared over Phoenix, Arizona. This unprecedented and inexplicable phenomenon became known as “The Phoenix Lights”, and remains the most famous and widely viewed UFO sighting in history.
PHOENIX FORGOTTEN tells the story of three teens who went into the desert shortly after the incident, hoping to document the strange events occurring in their town. They disappeared that night, and were never seen again. Now, on the twentieth anniversary of their disappearance, unseen footage has finally been discovered, chronicling the final hours of their fateful expedition. For the first time ever, the truth will be revealed…
See our top 5 extra-terrestrial movie moments below!
#1 ) SIGNS (2002)
M. Night Shyamalan (Split, The Sixth Sense, The Village) wrote and directed the sci-fi hit SIGNS starring Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix with a very young Rory Culkin and Abigail Breslin. Set in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, Graham Hess lives with his brother and children in a farmhouse after losing his wife. The family finds a 500-foot crop circle in their backyard and are told extraterrestrials are responsible for the sign. They watch, with growing dread, the news of crop circles being found all over the world and prepare for the horrifying last moments of life as the world around them is invaded.
2) SUPER 8 (2011)
J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 has been compared to films like Stand by Me and The Goonies with a sci-fi twist. Set in 1979, the film follows a group of friends in a small Ohio town. The group witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie and soon suspect that it was not an accident as unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place. As the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth, aliens and government conspiracy invade the town.
#3) ALIEN (1979)
“In space no one can hear you scream.” Directed by Ridley Scott, ALIEN is an Academy Award-winning masterpiece, often called one of the best films of all time. On the way home from a mission, the Nostromo’s crew is woken up from hibernation by the ship’s Mother computer to answer a distress signal from a nearby planet. A commercial crew aboard the deep space towing vessel, Nostromo is on its way home when they pick up an SOS warning from a distant moon. What they don’t know is that the SOS warning is not like any other ordinary warning call. Picking up the signal, the crew realize that they are not alone on the spaceship. An alien starts stalking the humans, pitting Dallas and his crew against a malevolent killing machine…
#4) THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH (1976)
With songs like “Star Man,” “Space Oddity,” and “Life on Mars” – there’s no denying David Bowie had an obsession with space. But let us not forget the time Bowie played Thomas Jerome Newton in the sci-fi drama THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH. THE MAN WHO FELL TO EARTH is the story of a humanoid alien who calls himself Thomas Jerome Newton. He comes to Earth to get water for his dying planet and launches a technology company to get the billions of dollars needed to build a new spacecraft to return home. While on Earth, a woman named Mary-Lou falls in love with Thomas and may be the one who can save him..
#5) E.T. – the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
We can’t forget this one! Directed by Steven Spielberg with a brilliant score by John Williams, E.T. is one of the most inspiring and family friendly alien movies of all time. After a gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth, the being is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas). Bringing the extra-terrestrial into his suburban California house, Elliott introduces E.T., as the alien is dubbed, to his brother and his little sister, Gertie (a young Drew Barrymore), and the children decide to keep its existence a secret. Soon, however, E.T. falls ill, resulting in government intervention and a dire situation for both Elliott and the alien.
Be sure to catch PHOENIX FORGOTTEN now in theaters!