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    13 Terrifying "Real" Aliens

    We don't need no stinkin' CGI. Cowboys & Aliens comes out this week, and director Jon Favreau has said he tried to channel the feel of old sci-fi movies, where what you didn't see was just as scary as what you did.

    "The type of alien movie we seized on was—I guess because of when I grew up—the moment just before CGI hit. There was, I think,a golden age of that kind of movie, because you were dealing with animatronics, you were dealing with the Stan Winston/Bottin era of The Thing, Alien and even Aliens, and we really looked and examined closely what was done right before you could do everything with a computer. ... "

    - Jon Favreau

    1. Alien - 1979

    2. The Thing - 1982

    3. Critters - 1986

    4. Predator - 1987

    5. Killer Klowns From Outer Space - 1988

    6. Metamorphosis: Alien Factor - 1990

    7. Fire In The Sky - 1993

    8. Species - 1995

    9. Independence Day - 1996

    10. Virus - 1999


    11. Star War/Star Trek - Various

    Too many to list and not all of them frightening on purpose, these franchises still left an indelible mark on the sci-fi community.

    12. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial - 1982

    Only scary to those under age six, E.T. was still a marvel of modern technology for his time.

    13. Tremors - 1990

    Although never declared aliens officially, what the hell else could they be?