Where this evil hails from: 2013’s underrated Dark Skies
Why this evil made me fille the fear: I’m terrified of aliens. To me (and Stephen Hawking, to lend some support), it’s only logical that extraterrestrial beings exist and they may very well be more intelligent that humans. Based on existing theory, Dark Skies introduces us to The Grays, a type of alien recognized by real life ufology. These aliens discretely watch families for years until they’re ready to abduct a family member, which is the threat facing the family in this movie. After they being having strange experiences–loss of bodily control, flocks of birds crashing into their house, branding on their son’s body–they seek expert help, who identifies the creatures preying on them. They watch you, you can’t see them, and then they take you. Does alien abduction get any scarier?
Like all successful horror movies, this one exists to heighten existing fears, but founding it in such prevalent real-life beliefs allows your to ascribe your own fear of extraterrestrials to The Grays and makes it even scarier. I thought I wasn’t so scared after seeing this film until I got home and realized I was afraid to turn the lights on in my room for fear of exposing The Grays hidden in the darkness. To this day, that fear still lurks.
How this evil still does: The movie generally didn’t get good reviews, the little praise coming from some horror fans. As far as alien invasion films go, I’m sure this one is already fairly forgotten, except for those who’ve seen it and fear aliens, like myself. Throughout the years, The Grays have appeared in pop culture–South Park, Stargate SG-1, even the comedy Paul–so they’re bound to continue appearing on screen and, of course, in ufology.