I stumbled upon Fireplace In The Sky as an eight yr outdated one evening on HBO and was unwittingly plunged right into a lifetime worry of aliens.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 evening, I might actually duck beneath that window when strolling previous it at evening for years. Each evening.
We used to have an extended driveway in a semi-country setting in Kentucky and one in every of my chores was to take the trash cans to the curb. When this explicit chore came about at evening, I might race these sons of bitches to the curb after which e-book it again to the home like my life trusted it. The way in which I noticed it? I used to be alone, exterior, at evening within the nation. Absolutely the good specimen for aliens to abduct after which drop again off in some sort 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 in the present day, on the age of 36.
You see, not many horror movies really scare me as of late. 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 is predicated on the alleged actual life experiences of Whitley Strieber. A fiction author who skilled “guests” whereas staying together 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 struggle. This was all earlier than his true life experiences really 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 way totally different from the e-book, as most are), Whitley (performed by Christopher Walken) is an eccentric author dwelling in New York together with his younger son and spouse. They, together with two associates, enterprise off to their secluded cabin within the woods the place they’re subsequently attacked by guests within the evening. 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 taking part in themselves out in his mind extra so than a menace or premonition from the aliens.
Whitley doesn’t bear 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 associates. He fears he’s shedding his thoughts and all he can bear in mind is that probably one evening there was a brilliant gentle accompanied by a dream of an owl in the home – the e-book factors out that this can be a common prevalence for individuals who expertise this sort of trauma; they typically block their traumatic reminiscences with occasions involving animals for no matter purpose. Followers of The Fourth Type will bear in mind this taking place there as effectively. 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. In accordance with IMDb, the true life Whitley Strieber really approached Christopher Walken to complain that he thought he was taking part in the character “just a little too loopy”. To which Walken responded: “If the shoe matches”.
It is a film that many will watch and write off as merely “bizarre as shit” and perhaps even simply plain unhealthy. No one may blame them. Nonetheless, 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 largely within the abduction sequences. There are two forms of “guests” throughout these sequences. One in every of which appears 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.
Nonetheless, 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 nevertheless it one way or the other provides to the freakiness of all of it. Their our bodies are the scale of pencils, their actions simply fucked up sufficient to freak you out even worse.
The movie at one level realizes that perhaps, simply perhaps, Walken in a gonzo efficiency is simply as scary because the aliens probing him; In a closing 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 would think about.
The scariest a part of the entire movie nevertheless isn’t the aliens. It’s the concept 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 consider Whitley and are merely telling the unhappy story of a person shedding every little thing to psychological sickness. One of many few issues simply as horrifying as aliens with unhealthy intentions.
The place it lands: Communion is likely one of the strangest motion pictures 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 filled with traditional Walken-isms that are as entertaining as they’re spinoff. For instance, there’s a second the place the aliens resolve to rectally probe him fairly violently (I advised you it’s unusual). He appears 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 may get away with this efficiency and he does.
Via all of the laughably batshit sequences listed below are a number of terrifying scenes for these of us with the disposition of being unreasonably terrified of alien encounters. The film’s greatest weaknesses are the identical moments which can make it one in every of a sort to others. It’s a 6.5/10 for me however positively a film that may rely upon the attention of the beholder. Communion can be particularly attention-grabbing for individuals who get pleasure from 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.