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The best and worst alien abduction movies

10 November 2010 7:23 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

As Skyline prepares to invade cinemas, we look back at more than 30 years of the best and worst alien abduction movies...

Do aliens really hover in our skies, waiting to kidnap us for their own unfathomable ends? Ever since the case of Us couple Betty and Barney Hill became widely publicised in the mid-60s, hundreds of people have come forward with similar claims of extraterrestrial abduction, missing time, strange medical examinations and grey-skinned extraterrestrials

And while psychologists and ufologists disagree on the reality of such claims, the theme of alien abduction has been revisited several times by filmmakers since the late 70s. And as this list demonstrates, the results of such films can be decidedly mixed...

Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)

Following the financial success of Jaws, director Steven Spielberg took the risky step of remaking Firelight, a small low-budget movie he'd directed when he was just 16. The resulting movie, »

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question of the weekend: Do you think -- or hope, or fear -- that we’ll encounter or communicate with alien intelligence within your lifetime?

19 June 2010 9:02 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

I’m fascinated by sites like Whitley Strieber’s Unknown Country, where the author talks a lot about his ongoing alien abuduction experiences (his 1987 book Communion purports to recount the beginnings of these experiences) and how multidimensional godlike extraterrestrials have some connection to the Maya and ancient wisdom and 2012, which is going to kill us all, probably. And The Watcher Files, which presents a sort of Grand Unified Conspiracy Theory about how aliens, probably in cahoots with the Illuminati, are injecting all of us with chips and mind control devices in an attempt to create the New World Order, which the Bible warns us about if you know how to read it. And Cosmic Conspiracies, where crop circles are evidence of aliens but humans cannot possibly have walked on the moon. (I suppose it makes sense that if you can’t imagine that humans could create crop circles, there’s »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Summer Scenes We Love: Wolfen

15 June 2010 4:03 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

My first Cinematical Seven feature, written to coincide with the release of The Wolfman on Blu-Ray/DVD two weeks ago, led me to revisit some of my favorite werewolf films, including Wolfen, Michael Wadleigh's (Woodstock) underseen, underappreciated adaptation of Whitley Strieber's (2012: The War for Souls, The Greys, Communion, The Hunger) first novel (it's currently out-of-print). The nature of the article, however, precluded a thorough discussion of Wolfen's merits and/or demerits as a film. Luckily, Wolfen is a good fit for another recurring feature on Cinematical, "Scenes We Love." And yes, there is indeed a scene that fits that description in Wolfen.

Wolfen opens with a grisly attack on a wealthy New York City couple, a real estate developer, Christopher van der Veer (Max M. Brown), and his wife, Pauline (Anne Marie Pohtamo), as they take a post-party, early morning stroll in Battery Park under the watchful eye of their bodyguard. »

- Mel Valentin

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Top Ten Tuesday: Creepy Character Actors

27 April 2010 5:12 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

You just can’t keep a good serial killer down, especially when he only exists in our imaginations. Freddy Krueger returns once again this Friday, April 30, but this time without Robert Englund. Jackie Earle Haley slips into the scar makeup and knife-fingered glove this time around, hoping to give new life to an old favorite. Haley has already proven himself is short time to be one of this generation’s great character actors, with a knack for the dark and creepy side of the craft. In light of the new Nightmare On Elm Street film, We Are Movie Geeks has compiled our Top Ten List of the Best Creepy Character Actors.

Honorable Mention: Rondo Hatton

Of all the actors on this list, none has had a more tragic personal story as Rondo Hatton. As a young man Hatton was diagnosed with a rare pituitary disorder known as acromegalia (the studios »

- Movie Geeks

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QuickFix: 'Mad Dog Morgan' on DVD

10 January 2010 7:10 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

You can't really make an argument for Philippe Mora as a great filmmaker, but I might be able to make the argument that he's not a terrible filmmaker.  If I was only judging films like his "Howling" sequels or "Communion" or "Pterodactyl Woman From Beverly Hills," it would be easy to dismiss him completely.  But there have been some bright spots on his filmography like the early documentary, "Brother Can You Spare A Dime?" or this movie, "Mad Dog Morgan," which has never been released properly in the Us until now. My interest in this film was piqued when it was featured in "Not Quite »

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