1898: The War Of The Worlds
H.G. Wells’ classic novel about a Martian attack has spawned radio shows, movies, and lots of other science-fiction.
1938: Mars Attacks The World
Originally Flash Gordon’s Trip To Mars, this movie changed titles to glom onto the Orson Welles-related War Of The Worlds popularity.
1956: Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
This movie, about aliens who take over the unsuspecting bodies of Earthlings, has been remade several times, most notably in 1978.
1978: Space Invaders
This classic arcade game teaches us that no matter how many of these invaders from space we are able to shoot, they will keep coming.
1980: Superman II
In the finest of the Superman films, a trio of baddie aliens in killer black jumpsuits comes to Earth and demands that pretty much everybody “Kneel before Zod!”
This TV miniseries launched a whole franchise about reptilian aliens who disguise themselves as friendly humans—but who have insidious plans.
1988: They Live
The aliens in John Carpenter’s funny/scary classic are already here, and they’ve taken over the elite upper crust of society. But Roddy Piper is out of bubblegum, so we’re all good.
1996: The Simpsons, “Treehouse Of Horror XVIII”
Aliens Kang and Kodos are among the most beloved minor Simpsons characters, and in this classic episode they disguise themselves as Bob Dole and Bill Clinton.
1996: Mars Attacks!
Tim Burton’s attacking alien force is wacky, blasting humans just for fun and pretty much unstoppable… until they encounter Slim Whitman.
2011: Attack The Block
A group of thuggish teens in England bands together when aliens attack their housing estate and the surrounding ‘hood.