When science got solid in the 1970s and 1980s, these incidents were looked at with increasing skepticism. The 'victims' were made fun of and were thought to have mental illnesses. True or not, one thing was sure: the mental agony of these 'victims' was real.
Movie makers capitalized on this. They showed the aliens as the real deal and prolonged the fantasy of abductions. Different kinds of aliens were projected in every movie. People became intrigued. When a person comes and says that there were weird instruments put in him, the listener may or may not have a colorful imagination to visualize the aliens or their contraptions. The movie makers did that, and people watched these movies with sheer delight. Finally, the people had an idea of what alien anal inspection tubes looked like.
We have listed some of the best mainstream movies and some B-grade ones too, because you never know that the aliens might just be as bad as those movies.
Duration: 98 min
Actors: Arnold Vosloo, Jillian McWhirter, Brad Dourif, Susanne Wright.
Box Office: No Data
Budget: $2.5 million
Add to it a lot of drama and histrionics, eerie ultrasounds, and blood and gore, and you get the perfect alien flick. This movie is the Rosemary's Baby of alien impregnation movies. Only that it fails to make you wonder or hold your attention like the Polanski classic.
The movie is a B-grade flick, but is watchable for the hilarity of the plot presented. They could have at least shown her being kidnapped by an alien spacecraft. Then they take her to the mother ship and try to make her a mother. But no, they made a ray of light, put a child in her, while she is making love to her boyfriend. The opportunists!
Duration: 89 minutes
Actors: Benz Antoine, Kristian Ayre, Gillian Barber, Michael Buie, Emmanuelle Chriqui.
Box Office: TV Movie
Budget: TV movie
The three gutsy men flee back to the house and hole themselves in (brilliant idea!). The aliens obviously follow them there and all hell breaks loose. Since it is shot in a found footage style, there are some scenes that could make you jump. The director also capitalizes on poor VHS tapes and darkness.
The film's climax is the most entertaining, as the family puts up the last stand by barricading themselves in a room and holding out against the extraterrestrials with the help of a door. The aliens have the technology to travel intergalactically, and the family locks their doors in their face (if they have one). Classic.
Duration: 109 minutes
Actors: D. B. Sweeney, Robert Patrick, Craig Sheffer, Peter Berg, James Garner.
Box Office: $20 million
Budget: $15 million
The police officer does not eat the story and remains skeptical until Travis is located 5 days later and narrates that he was indeed abducted by aliens. Cross-examination takes place with a series of medical tests. Except for two small abnormalities, he seems perfectly fine and healthy. The police officer then brings in the help of a hypnotist, and we see a flashback where aliens put a lot of things in poor Travis.
So, the law authorities do not believe in UFOs, but believe in the pseudoscience of hypnosis. The movie has a good thrill quotient, and the scenes on the alien craft are well shown. To top it all, it comes from a 'true' story.
Duration: 106 minutes
Actors: Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Annette Bening, Pierce Brosnan, Sarah Jessica Parker.
Box Office: $101 million
Budget: $100 million
The alien ambassador then makes a speech that horribly goes wrong because of a flying Dove, and the invasion begins. They destroy most of the signature monuments, and the destruction is well shown. There is also a scene where a professional boxer challenges an alien to a duel.
The movie has the signature look of Tim Burton. The story seems like the writers were high on weed and put in lighter moments in the serious tone that could have been there. But the topic of an invasion by aliens is ridiculous and hence, is handled very efficiently by Tim Burton. However stupid and far-fetched the situation is, some of the scenarios shown in the movie, namely the miscommunication and the governmental reaction to the invasion are pretty accurate.
Duration: 107 minutes
Actors: Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin, Abigail Breslin.
Box Office: $400 million
Budget: $72 million
Most of the time, the protagonists have to deal with their own internal demons before dealing with any outside them. These demons are depicted in the form of the death of his wife that Father Merrill is still mourning, the sadness of not being qualified for professional baseball, and the disease of asthma of the youngest Morgan.
Some of the scenes are quite frightening and are usually shown through the expressions of the actors. In that way, even the minuscule Abigail Breslin does an impressive job. Although it's not Shyamalan's best work, it does invoke fear when needed.
Duration: 107 minutes
Actors: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Kevin Peter Hall.
Box Office: $100 million
Budget: $15 million
The movie's most basic theme is survival when almost everything is going against you. After every character dies except for Dutch played by Arnold very convincingly, the final duel is stuff of cinema classics.
There are very basic flaws in the logic of the movie. But these were cleared by the subsequent sequels, and all the loose ends were tied. Although not an abduction movie in the strict sense, it gives us the outlandish scenario that aliens are just very good sports for hunting, and we are the perfect game.
Duration: 98 minutes
Actors: Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Will Patton, Corey Johnson.
Box Office: $47 million
Budget: $10 million
The movie builds the tension very well and does an even good job to convince the audience by showing the dramatization and the supposed 'real' footage in split screen. The climax is very well executed, and chills are inevitable. The premise is pretty run-of-the-mill, and the concept is age-old, but it is the execution that puts it apart.
The movie's only recognizable star is Milla Jovovich, whose on-screen look is very refreshing after the tight leather avatar in the Resident Evil scenes. She plays her part very well. All in all, the movie is entertaining although it builds up a sudden curiosity about the happenings shown. Then comes the disappointment that all of it was cleverly framed.
Duration: 137 minutes
Actors: Richard Dreyfuss, François Truffaut, Melinda Dillon, Teri Garr.
Box Office: $303 million
Budget: $18 million
Two United Nations investigators are called in because of the increasing number of such incidences. The aliens are also communicating with sound with variable tone. The code is deciphered and leads to The Devils Tower mountain.
Roy recognizes the mountain from his dreams and travels there, where he and the rest of the people see the mother ship release all the abducted people from the past, healthy. Roy offers to join the aliens on their travels, and they accept. The movie was the first real attempt to show aliens in a serious tone.
Duration: 105 min
Actors: Christopher Walken, Lindsay Crouse, Frances Sternhagen.
Box Office: $10 million
Budget: No Data
The next day, he has no recollection of the incident whatsoever, even with his friends describing strange lights in the middle of the night. Strieber then has many vivid hallucinations and is taken to a psychiatrist by his girlfriend. Under hypnosis, he remembers.
The movie was panned by the critics and bombed at the box office, in contrast to the novel, which made it to the top of the New York Best Sellers List. The movie, however, is creepy and unsettling. And the fact that the novel itself is categorized as non-fiction, makes people wonder whether they are real incidents or just psycho-nonsense. Anyway, refrain from looking at dark corners after the movie.
Duration: 97 minutes
Actors: Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton, Dakota Goyo, Kadan Rockett, J. K. Simmons.
Box Office: $26 million
Budget: $3 million
The conditions escalate, and things start getting worse. Sam gets strange bruises and marks all over his body, and the daughter Jesse has seizures and has to be taken to a hospital. Daniel installs video cameras all over the house for surveillance purposes, and when they go through the recording, they confirm that it is aliens that are haunting them.
The movie does not leave anything to wonder for the audience. Ten minutes on and you know it is about aliens. The logic is not convincing, even with the UFO expert thrown in. A movie to be watched just for the fun of it.