1/03/2014

Meteor crash, Spider-Man 3
For some reason, when it comes to slimy aliens, the meteor is the transport of choice. The scene of the mysterious meteor falling to the ground and cracking open to reveal an alien slime is a staple. Here are the five most disgusting ones.


5. Threshold (2003)

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In this Sci-Fi Pictures adaptation of the 1958 film It! The Terror from Beyond Space, a meteor strikes an astronaut in the arm. The meteor infects the astronaut with alien insects, who spread when he returns to Earth. The crew has to stop the infection before it threatens to take over the world.


4. Evolution (2001)

When a meteor crashes into the woods (natch), researchers crack it open to reveal a strange blue goo. Of course, the goo turns out to be alien microorganisms that multiply and become an entire ecosystem. This meteor was more like Noah's Ark.


3. Spider-Man 3 (2007)

In the comics, the Venom symbiote is given to Peter Parker during an extradimensional war. Maybe the complicated back story is why the movie just dropped the symbiote into the park in a meteor. The symbiote looked a little like videotape, a suitable symbol for this retro convention.


2. Slither (2006)

In this homage to cheesy zombie alien movies, a meteor crash lands and opens to release a slimy slug creature. The creature shoots an alien parasite into the local car dealer, who becomes a squid like monster. When the town gets infested with wormy creatures, everyone is sorry that meteor got poked with a stick.


1. The Blob (1988, 1958)


The quintessential alien meteor is the one carrying the Blob. In the original, the meteor contains the titular alien blob. In the remake, the meteor actually turns out to be an Earth spacecraft containing a microbe mutated by radiation. Either way, it's nasty.

Which is the grossest meteor? Any other alien meteors you can think of?

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5 comments:

Rusty Carl said...

Creepshow! You have to have Creepshow! Remember the meteor from that movie. I still get creeped out thinking about it. It'll be my number 1 until the day I die. Icky.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I'd say Slither, but then I'm partial to any movie with Nathan Fillion. And of course, it turned people into zombies. Double bonus.

Pat Dilloway said...

I've used that trope before, though the aliens were energy not slime.

DAVID WALSTON said...

Rusty had a point with Creepshow "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill". The guy is turned into a plant, then it spreads.

MedeiaSharif said...

I really want to see The Blob.


This post gave me the heebie-jeebies.

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