Whether or not you believe extraterrestrials exist, the prospect of sentient life outside of the reaches of Earth is enough to send shivers down your spine. Alien movies have played on our fear of the unknown for decades with their nightmarish, what-if scenarios. We as a species are obsessed with the possibility of life on other planets, and that this life may not “come in peace.” As a result, we imagine alien abductions, experimentations, and body swapping—further feeding our paranoia of extraterrestrials and their ulterior motives.

A whole horror sub-genre has sprung up around alien encounters, which really took off in the 1980s after the success of Ridley Scott’s 
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