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Most horrifying aliens of cinemaWhether it's because of their appearance or their abilities (or both), these unearthly monsters will give you nightmares.
Welcome to top five where we count down all kinds of things. I'm your host Iyaz Akhtar. There's news about space these days, like finding evidence flowing water on Mars. Of Course that should make some us start thinking about Aliens. So let's scare ourselves about the potential threat of extra terrestrial life shall we? Today we are counting down the tope five horrifying Aliens in Movies At number five, The Blob. Now, why on Earth would you be afraid of what appears to be a moving mass of gelatin? Because it'll assimilate you while continuing along on its merry way. That's why. The 1958 classic effects look a tad dated. The 1988 remake has a superior monster when it comes to looks. But spoiler, it dropped the Alien origin. However, no matter the execution, the concept of the shapeless unrelenting blob is unsettling. At number four, the aliens in Signs. Now why are they horrifying? The bulk of the movie doesn't show the aliens, instead we get mostly noises and silhouettes. Okay, so what's freaky about, The introduction of the aliens is built up really well in the movie. So much tension and then, boom, an alien walking by in a birthday party. They fit the good old standard alien look with the green skin, the big black eyes. There aren't a lot of great clear shots of the aliens as well. So maybe much of the scare comes from our imaginations, and that's not such a bad thing. [SOUND] At number three, Predator. That thing that's a warrior from another planet who hunts for sport. In some respects, Predator's a bit like a horror movie villain, complete with his signature weapons and mask. However, behind that mask is a snarling beast. Here's some trivia about the filming of Predator. Jean-Claude Van Damme was originally cast to play the beast. But he didn't seem large enough to counter the film's stars. The 7'2" Kevin Peter Hall was cast instead. The design was by Stan Winston. He handled special effects for Jurassic Park, Iron man, and the Terminator series. At 2., the Thing from The Thing. The alien threat in The Thing doesn't have a distinct look. When you think it's dead, it's not dead. It absorbs living things and mimics them. With that mimicry creates a huge distrust. If you're trying to fight this thing, you don't know who's been compromised. A single particle of the thing could mean a person is a host for the thing. The special effects the 1988 version of the film are incredibly disguising. Just discussing. Your memory bank might use that imagery to torture you in a future nightmare. Before we get to number one let's talk about some aliens I think could have made it on this list but didn't. That's right I'm talking about the aliens in Indian Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. They were horrifying for all the wrong reasons. Mainly there shouldn't be aliens in an Indiana Jones movie, however, cooler heads prevailed and these aliens only get a dishonorable mention. On to number one. And at number one, the xenomorph from Alien. Do I really have to explain why this thing is the most horrifying alien in a movie? Oh right, that's my. Job. First up, this Alien design is from 1979 and it still appears terrifying just on looks alone. The design is by H.R. Giger, and eyes were intentionally left out to create fear since you couldn't tell where it was looking. Then there's the story of the Alien movies. These things use other animals to procreate. When the spawn of one of these things is ready, boom, it comes bursting out of the host. And there you have it. The top five horrifying aliens in movies. Let me know what you think in the comments or on Twitter. Think ET should have been on this list? I'm @Iyaz. For more top fives like this, visit top5.cnet.com. Thanks for watching, and we'll see you next time.