Top five aliens

Optimus-prime Cowboys & Aliens rides into cinemas this month, bringing with it the most anticipated showdown since the Tyson-Holyfield fight.

We’ve looked at the cowboys and their stallions, and now it’s the turn of the extra-terrestrials. Would these make your all-star alien team?


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E.T (E.T, 1982)
E.T might’ve looked like a wrinkled rubber toy, and yet almost thirty years on, he’s no less charming because of it. That’s due in no small part to John William’s stirring score and director Steven Spielberg’s ability to skirt the boundaries of schmaltz. That said, we wouldn’t touch fingers with him like Elliott does – lord knows there they’ve been.

The Alien (Alien, 1979)
Lurking in the shadows, killing on a whim, sets of teeth within sets of teeth: the original Alien is still a frightening creation, no matter how many spin-offs Hollywood keeps coming up with (Aliens vs Hello Kitty, anyone?). Of course, part of what makes the Alien so terrifying is that it has human traits, including of course, an involuntary human parent. Watch the famous chest-bursting scene here, if you dare.

Predator (Predator, 1987)
In retrospect, it made perfect sense to pitch aliens versus predators: it was nature versus technology, with the former relying on brute instinct and acid breath, and the latter on thermal imaging and invisibility cloaks. What didn’t make sense was to pit one against Arnie. As a rule of thumb, unless you are Arnie, that generally doesn’t work out so well for you. The Predator received a long overdue solo outing on the big screen in last year’s Predators.

Stitch
This cutesy six-legged koala-alike hasn’t made it into the pantheon of all time great Disney characters, but only because it’s been cruelly overlooked: the little critter is one of Disney’s finest comedic creations. Considering Disney were responsible for The Lion King’s Timon and Pumbaa, and for better or worse, casting Robin Williams as the Genie in Aladdin, that’s saying something.

Optimus Prime (Transformers, 2007)
Sure, he’s a robot, but Optimus Prime is also an alien from another planet. What’s not to like about friendly ‘bots who can fold themselves into sports cars and trucks in an instant? Watch Optimus Prime cut through a swathe of robots with a giant sword in the Transformers 3: Dark Of The Moon trailer below.

 

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