When you think of characters we’ve seen a lot of lately in pop culture, what springs to mind? Superheroes, most likely. Wherever you turn, those guys and gals are everywhere. Aside from them, we’ve also been inundated with zombies. No matter how slowly they walk, we just can’t seem to get away from them. And although for the time being they appear to be waning (which many people are grateful for), vampires are also still ever-present in movies and TV shows. Now, if we could get superheroes, zombies, and vampires together in one production, that might be something worth watching.
But there’s a staple of entertainment we haven’t seen too much of lately: aliens. We have always been fascinated with strangers from other planets, and that has been evident on TV and in movies for years. From The Day the Earth Stood Still to Alien to Independence Day, aliens have always been commonplace in the cinema. But perhaps our interest in extraterrestrials is fading a little. Two popular movies about space came out recently—Gravity and The Martian—and neither had anything to do with aliens.
The good news for people who like aliens—especially when they land on Earth—is that there are some films coming out that could quench their appetites. Independence Day: Resurgence will be in theaters in August, and although Will Smith isn’t involved, there is sure to be some nice alien battles. Check out the IMDb.com page for more info.
If you don’t want to wait that long, The 5th Wave starring Chloe Grace Moretz opens in early 2016. The film will be the first installment in a trilogy (yes, another trilogy) based on the young adults books by Rick Yancey. Moretz plays Cassie, just a normal teen living her normal teen life until aliens attack. The first wave takes out the power, the second creates a huge earthquake. Wave three spreads disease, and in wave four, the aliens finally land and start inhabiting people. The question, then, is what will happen during the fifth wave?
While all of this is going on, Cassie is determined to save her younger brother. Along the way she meets a guy who’s as adept at survival as he is at being hunky. But can Cassie trust him? Though not a terribly original story, The Fifth Wave definitely looks entertaining. As mentioned on Moviefone.com, if you like plucky young women in danger, it could be a great replacement for The Hunger Games.
Aliens are also starting to make their way back to video games. The game Alien: Isolation is a sequel of sorts to the Alien film and stars Amanda Ripley, daughter of Ellen Ripley. Amanda’s goal is to find out what happened to her mother 15 years after her disappearance. Alien: Isolation is a true horror video game, as described by Kotaku.com in their thorough review. For those who like their alien games a little less scary and not quite as stressful—seriously, Alien: Isolation is terrifying—they can check out the more cartoon-like Alien Hunter on GalaCasino.com. The object is to track down less-than-ferocious-looking aliens and if you do, there’s the potential to win some prizes along the way. It’s also free to play.
If you’re somebody who’s always watching the skies, get ready to see plenty of aliens soon. Fake ones, of course. You can keep looking for the real ones.