I stumbled upon Fireplace In The Sky as an eight 12 months previous one night time on HBO and was unwittingly plunged right into a lifetime worry of aliens. For instance, we used to have a window midway down our staircase. After that fateful Fireplace In The Sky night time, I’d actually duck beneath that window when strolling previous it at night time for years. Each night time.
We used to have an extended driveway in a semi-country setting in Kentucky and certainly one of my chores was to take the trash cans to the curb. When this explicit chore came about at night time, I’d race these sons of bitches to the curb after which e book it again to the home like my life relied on it. The best way I noticed it? I used to be alone, outdoors, at night time within the nation. Absolutely the excellent specimen for aliens to abduct after which drop again off in some form of time warp like nothing had ever occurred. This sort of worry has pushed me, a lifelong horror fan, to have a deep seeded love for alien horror. Even at present, on the age of 36.
You see, not many horror movies actually scare me nowadays. However alien horror? Even those substandard to most ship me right into a worry frenzy. That’s why I’d like to take a dive with you into alien horror. Film by film. Welcome to “Aliens Scare Me”. A deep dive look into alien horror movies on a case by case foundation…
The place it began: Communion relies on the alleged actual life experiences of Whitley Strieber. A fiction author who skilled “guests” whereas staying along with his spouse and son in a cabin in New York. Strieber had written a number of fiction horror novels earlier than diving into books about environmental apocalypse and nuclear warfare. This was all earlier than his true life experiences actually started, which he wrote about in a number of books together with Communion and Transformation. The movie touches on each of those alleged non-fiction accounts.
What it’s about: So far as the movie is worried (which is much completely different from the e book, as most are), Whitley (performed by Christopher Walken) is an eccentric author dwelling in New York along with his younger son and spouse. They, together with two pals, enterprise off to their secluded cabin within the woods the place they’re subsequently attacked by guests within the night time. Whitley receives the worst of it when a needle is inserted into his mind by an alien creature that’d been hiding behind his dresser. He’s then given visions of the world exploding and his son dying. Within the e book he mentions this might have simply been his worst fears enjoying themselves out in his mind extra so than a risk or premonition from the aliens.
Whitley doesn’t keep in mind this at first. All he is aware of is one thing may be very fallacious. And he’s spiraling down quick. He turns into frightened by the smallest of shifts within the air, regarding his spouse and pals. He fears he’s shedding his thoughts and all he can keep in mind is that presumably one night time there was a vivid gentle accompanied by a dream of an owl in the home – the e book factors out that this can be a common incidence for individuals who expertise this sort of trauma; they usually block their traumatic recollections with occasions involving animals for no matter cause. Followers of The Fourth Sort will keep in mind this taking place there as properly. Particularly, a white owl.
Ultimately Communion takes us on a wild and semi-trippy experience as Whitley undergoes hypnotherapy and begins to recount being kidnapped by small blue creatures and experimented on by alien-like figures. In the meantime, he’s contending with the worry that he’s merely shedding his thoughts as he struggles to maintain his marriage collectively.
Why it’s scary: Look, this film is wacky as shit. It simply is. Based on IMDb, the true life Whitley Strieber truly approached Christopher Walken to complain that he thought he was enjoying the character “somewhat too loopy”. To which Walken responded: “If the shoe suits”.
This can be a film that many will watch and write off as merely “bizarre as shit” and possibly even simply plain unhealthy. No one might blame them. Nevertheless, for these like me that alien abductions scare the dwelling hell out of? There are moments.
Within the vein of Fireplace In The Sky (which we are going to little question get to on this sequence), the horror lies principally within the abduction sequences. There are two varieties of “guests” throughout these sequences. Certainly one of which seems to be like unusual blue trolls extra so than aliens. These don’t frighten me as a lot as they remind me of the small ghouls in Illusion.
Nevertheless, as soon as Whitley is taken to the ship he encounters one thing that extra resembles the scary ass aliens all of us think about in our minds. The results and “aliens” are Greenback Tree high quality but it surely one way or the other provides to the freakiness of all of it. Their our bodies are the dimensions of pencils, their actions simply fucked up sufficient to freak you out even worse.
The movie at one level realizes that possibly, simply possibly, Walken in a gonzo efficiency is simply as scary because the aliens probing him; In a remaining sequence the “guests” toy with him by having a doppelganger (performed by Walken) take part. It’s simply as off-putting and weirdly superior as you might think about.
The scariest a part of the entire movie nevertheless isn’t the aliens. It’s the thought of a person who loves his household dearly however is just shedding his thoughts. For some time, you even get the sense that the filmmakers don’t imagine Whitley and are merely telling the unhappy story of a person shedding the whole lot to psychological sickness. One of many few issues simply as horrifying as aliens with unhealthy intentions.
The place it lands: Communion is among the strangest films I’ve ever witnessed. Amidst the aforementioned horrifying abduction sequences are moments involving Christopher Walken excessive fiving and dancing with small troll like aliens. The entire movie is stuffed with basic Walken-isms that are as entertaining as they’re spinoff. For instance, there’s a second the place the aliens determine to rectally probe him fairly violently (I informed you it’s unusual). He seems to be sq. into the alien’s face and says “I’ll kill you. I’ll kill you” in a very calm method as if he was ordering a sandwich. Solely Christopher Walken might get away with this efficiency and he does.
By means of all of the laughably batshit sequences listed below are a number of terrifying scenes for these of us with the disposition of being unreasonably fearful of alien encounters. The film’s greatest weaknesses are the identical moments which is able to make it certainly one of a form to others. It’s a 6.5/10 for me however undoubtedly a film that can rely on the attention of the beholder. Communion might be particularly fascinating for individuals who take pleasure in tales they’ll take a deep dive into, as there’s an limitless provide of books and wild tales by the movie’s topic; Whitley Strieber.
He even has his personal paranormal podcast titled Dreamland. Test it out.