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Humankind’s collision with otherworldly life forms can make for unforgettable cinema.
This article will highlight the best of live-action human vs. alien films. The creatures may be from other planets or may be non-demonic entities from other dimensions.
Excluded from consideration were giant monster films as the diakaiju genre would make a great subject for separate articles.
Readers looking for “friendly alien” films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), It Came from Outer Space (1953) and the comically overrated Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) are advised to keep watching the skies because they won’t find them here.
Film writing being the game of knowledge filtered through personal taste that it is, some readers’ subgenre favorites might not have made the list such as War of the Worlds (1953) and 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).
Now let’s take a chronological look at the cinema’s best battles between Us and Them. »
- Terek Puckett
As Riddick in David Twohy’s Riddick films and as Dominic Toretto in The Fast and the Furious franchise, actor Vin Diesel has played characters with reluctant alliances before and he’s about to do so again in The Last Witch Hunter. The upcoming supernatural action movie from Summit has just cast a Game of Thrones star as a witch and love interest opposite Diesel’s witch hunter.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that actress Rose Leslie (Ygritte in Game of Thrones) will co-star with Vin Diesel in The Last Witch Hunter. Set to be directed by Breck Eisner (The Crazies remake), the film has been in development for years and could finally start filming in Pittsburgh this August. Originally written by Cory Goodman (Priest) based on a pitch by himself and D. W. Harper, the script was re-worked by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama (Gods of Egypt) before recently getting »
- Derek Anderson
I’m back! It’s been a long time and I apologise for that, moving house turned out to be a far far longer process than I anticipated or had been led to believe. Three weeks turned into six, six weeks turned into three months and now here we are.
Aside from the length of time it takes, moving house was a real eye opener in other areas too. Specifically in terms of how I inform you week on week of all of this wonderful content available to stream and then how you have to put up with lacklustre delivery from various ISPs. I was living in someone else’s house on a connection that was not my own, not wanting to name names but there is one of the big three ISP’s in the UK which boasts about having one of, if not the, fastest broadband delivery on »
- Chris Holt
Today on Trailers from Hell, Jesus Trevino takes on the 2000 science fiction thriller "Pitch Black," starring Vin Diesel. Director David Twohy's modestly budgeted science-fiction thriller was a surprise hit in 2000. Starring Vin Diesel as the space-age anti-hero Richard Riddick, the film grossed over 53 million leading to a 2004 sequel, "The Chronicles of Riddick." Twohy (screenwriter for 1998's "The Fugitive" and Tfh guru Mick Garris' "Critters 2") revisited the character three more times in "Dark Fury", "Riddick: Blindsided" and 2013's "Riddick." »
- Trailers From Hell
Director David Twohy’s modestly budgeted science-fiction thriller was a surprise hit in 2000. Starring Vin Deisel as the space-age anti-hero Richard Riddick, the film grossed over 53 million leading to a 2004 sequel, The Chronicles of Riddick. Twohy (screenwriter for 1998′s The Fugitive and Tfh guru Mick Garris’ Critters 2) revisited the character three more times in Dark Fury, Riddick:Blindsided and 2013′s Riddick.
- TFH Team
This week it finally happened, Lovefilm is no more, it has now been completely consumed by its Amazon overlords and is now known as Amazon Prime and something that operates totally through your Amazon account should you have one.
At first this was a baffling experience, there was rumours of a lot more new content being added and when you logged into the Ios app for Lovefilm/Amazon post switchover, suddenly you were faced with A Lot of new content, things like Aliens, Congo, Cujo, Invaders from Mars and lots of HBO shows including Eastbound and Down, Enlightened and the Sopranos as well as Community in the ‘Recently Added’ section.
Of course this was too good to be true and you could add these to your watchlist but then not actually watch them. So when things calmed down and you logged back in, these titles it turned out were part »
- Chris Holt
History suggests that it took about six hours for Mt. Vesuvius to bury Pompeii in a thick coat of lava and ash. It took most critics even less time to bury “Pompeii” the movie in volcanic invective, resulting in a woeful 28% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes and an only slightly more encouraging 41 on Metacritic. Meanwhile, the vox populi has spoken, leading to a dismal $10 million opening weekend (against a reported $100 million budget). But look closer and, like those flailing limbs jutting out from the real Pompeii’s petrified in-situ corpses, a few persuasive dissenters can be heard amid the dismissive din. They douse the violent inferno with enthusiastic praise for the movie’s action sequences, for its use of 3D, and above all for its director, Paul W.S. Anderson. And they are not wrong to do so. Welcome to the cult of the vulgar auteur.
Of course, one can scarcely »
- Scott Foundas
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 20 Feb 2014 - 05:40
The unloved films of 2009 provide the focus in our final list of the 2000s' overlooked greats...
The year 2009 will partly be remembered as the year Avatar dominating the box office, with audiences flocking to see James Cameron's leafy pulp epic in shimmering 3D. Making almost $2.8bn worldwide, Avatar was a true behemoth, besting Cameron's own Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation) and hastening a rush of 3D films in the years that followed.
Films such as 2012, Sherlock Holmes and boozy comedy The Hangover were also among the top 10, but as always, some of the most memorable and individual films of the year were far from the most financially successful. So to round off our series of underrated flicks of the 2000s, here's our selection of 2009's overlooked films...
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Monster Mash! continues over at Trailers from Hell, with director Mick Garris introducing his own "Critters 2."Garris’ slapstick sci-fi opus is the second in a quartet of Critters movies that popped up in the wake of the success of Gremlins. In this installment the citizens of the unassuming town of Grover’s Bend, Kansas suffer yet another infestation of the preposterously toothy aliens and band together to snuff them out. Screenwriter David Twohy went on to pen 1993′s The Fugitive. »
- Trailers From Hell
It took almost a decade for it to get made, but last year finally saw Vin Diesel return to the title role in David Twohy’s Riddick. Diesel’s fans had long been campaigning for Riddick’s return, and in the process of production, Diesel teased the possibility of a fourth and fifth film to follow.
Now it looks like they could well be happening.
Arriving on Blu-ray and DVD this month, the film hit Number 1 in the DVD charts across the Atlantic, and Diesel released a video on Facebook to celebrate (including some candid footage of him dancing and some slightly-audible singing), confirming the studio’s interest in making a follow-up to last year’s blockbuster.
Guys, I’m just excited, I’m happy, and I’m shouting out to you guys to say thank you. Universal just called me and told me that Riddick is Number 1 in the DVD charts. »
- Kenji Lloyd
Vin Diesel seems to take the whole “one for me, one for them” concept of blockbuster filmmaking very seriously. He was brought back to the Fast & Furious franchise at the cost of a Riddick movie. And after the latest installment, Riddick, grossed $98 million on a estimated $38 million dollar budget, it would certainly make financial sense to return to the character.
The Riddick character, of Pitch Black, Chronicles of Riddick and Riddick, is a wandering do-gooder with a Dungeons and Dragons level of mythology surrounding him, so returning to the world would only take the enthusiasm of Vin Diesel and director David Twohy and a studio willing to finance it…
…and according to Vin Diesel at the 3:20 mark in the below Facebook video, that studio is still Universal.
But don’t skip to 3:20, because this video is pop art.
Post by Vin Diesel.
The post Universal Wants More ‘Riddick »
Right now Riddick (Blu-ray review) is number one on the home video charts, and you know what that means... Sequel talk! Such is the case today, and star Vin Diesel was so excited by the news, he decided to start dancing! But wait! There's more!
If you watch the video below, which features Diesel dancing(!) to both Katy Perry and Beyonce (seriously, you have to watch this), in between shaking his ass to their two songs, he mentions that Universal called him directly to give him the good news about the home video release and to inquire about the possibility of a sequel.
Post by Vin Diesel.
Global action superstar Vin Diesel reprises his breakthrough role in Riddick, the much anticipated new chapter in the epic adventures of the most wanted man in the universe. The all-new thriller finds the title character trapped on a sun-scorched planet and »
- Uncle Creepy
Sci-fi action/horror Pitch Black introduced audiences to survivalist Richard B. Riddick, played by then relative-unknown Vin Diesel; that cult hit gave rise to a bigger-budgeted followup, The Chronicles of Riddick, which under-performed both critically and financially. However, after nine years of stop-and-go progress and relative shoestring budgeting, a third installment was released last year, in the form of Riddick.
Riddick – once again directed by David Twohy – managed to eclipse its $38 million budget in the U.S. and grossed $98 million around the globe. That made the movie a profitable endeavor (not accounting for marketing), but it wasn’t clear if that was good enough to keep Universal interested in making a fourth Riddick installment… until ...
- Sandy Schaefer
Vin Diesel is very excited this morning, and he has released a new video on his personal page to dance about it. He wants to thank fans for making Riddick the number one DVD in sales this month, and announced that Universal wants to develop a sequel.
Here's what he had to say, thanking his longtime fanbase for their support of the R rated franchise adventure, which landed on Blu-ray and DVD January 14th. (Warning, you have to get past about 3 minutes of Vin dancing and lip-syncing before he drops the news).
"I'm just excited, and happy, and I'm shouting out to you guys to say thank you. Universal just called me and told me Riddick is number one on the DVD charts. There's no way Riddick would have been made without you guys. You know that. and you guys have been a part of our page since 2012 and remember »
With Riddick (Blu-ray review) now available in stores, we've gotten hold of an imagining of our favorite Furyan's universe in an easy to use, interactive star map. Each of the planets on the map has hotspots that contain facts, images, and other content that gives fans a more in-depth look at the setting of the trilogy.
While the map doesn't reflect every aspect of the Riddick universe - and we certainly wouldn't advise it as a navigational tool - it definitely presents a jumping-off point for fans to discuss their favorite characters, scenes, and moments from the action-packed sci-fi franchise!
Blu-ray Combo Pack Description
Debuting an Unrated Director’s Cut with even more intense, heart-pounding sequences not shown in theaters and an alternate ending, the Blu-ray Combo Pack includes bonus features that reveal the behind-the-scenes secrets of the heart-stopping thriller’s incredible cast, uniquely talented crew, and cutthroat characters. In addition, »
- Uncle Creepy
Behold, the power of cheese! If, after the perceived failure of The Chronicles of Riddick, you said that there would be another Riddick movie – and a full ten years later to boot – most people would think you were crazy. Even crazier to say that the new film would be demonstrably awesome. The Riddick movies were always a bit of an acquired taste: the first a surprise hit that helped make Vin Diesel a star, the second a big-budget epic that marked his gradual descent. Now the third movie arrives with its intended audience firmly in mind, which is part of what makes it such earthy fun. Hit the jump for my full review. It succeeds in part because it doesn't deny its true nature. The Riddick movies belong at the drive-in, or even better, on the cover of those old pulp science fiction magazines of the 1930s. Indeed, some of »
- Rob Vaux
Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Combo Pack with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 10 free Blu-ray and DVD combo packs up for grabs for the highly anticipated home release of “Riddick” starring Vin Diesel!
“Riddick,” which will be released on Blu-ray and DVD combo pack on Jan. 18, 2014 from Universal Home Entertainment and is rated “R,” also stars Karl Urban, Dave Bautista, Katee Sackhoff, Jordi Mollà, Matt Nable, Bokeem Woodbine, Raoul Trujillo, Conrad Pla, Noah Danby and Neil Napier from writer and director David Twohy based on characters created by Jim Wheat. Note: You must be 17+ to win and receive this “R”-rated film.
To win your free “Riddick” combo pack courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, get interactive with our unique Hookup technology directly below. That’s it! The more social actions you complete below, the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds »
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Vin Diesel finds himself cast adrift on a distant and deadly planet in sci-fi horror Riddick, the long-awaited continuation of his Pitch Black saga. The grizzled antihero's latest outing - available to watch online now without a subscription, thanks to blinkbox - pits him against vicious aliens lurking in the shadows and a gang of mercenaries out for his blood.
Here are five reasons why you need to stop what you're doing and watch Riddick right now.
1. Richard B Riddick goes back to basics...
After the big-scale space opera of The Chronicles of Riddick, director David Twohy brings the action back to the confined spaces of Pitch Black for some tense, brutal action set across a sun-blasted planet. Expect this to keep you on the edge of your seat for the duration.
Watch the Riddick trailer:
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Riddick Contest Giveaway Sweepstakes. This Riddick Blu-ray contest, giveaway, sweepstakes illustrates Riddick‘s release on DVD and Blu-ray on January 14, 2014. David Twohy‘s Riddick starred Vin Diesel, Karl Urban, Katee Sackhoff, Matthew Nable, and Dave Bautista, Jordi Mollà, Bokeem Woodbine, Nolan Gerard Funk, Raoul Trujillo, Antoinette Kalaj, Keri Hilson, Noah [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
We’re breaking form this week and going alphabetical instead of preference order because of the Incredible diversity of product available for you to rent, buy, or stream over the next ten days. How does someone really compare “Sunrise” to “You’re Next”? Why bother?
If you need to know, “Closed Circuit” and “Runner Runner” aren’t really worth your time and “A.C.O.D.” and “Riddick” are flawed but everything else in here comes with varying degrees of recommendation, particularly the quiet beauty of “Sunrise” and the incredible charm of “Enough Said”. We’re also loading you up since we’ll be off next week seeing flicks in Park City at the Sundance Film Festival. There’s plenty in here to tide you over. Pick your favorites.
20 Feet From Stardom
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“20 Feet From Stardom”
One of the most crowd-pleasing documentaries in years is likely to find an »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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