Director Jason Eisener (“Treevenge,” Hobo with a Shotgun, V/H/S/2, and Vice TV’s hit “Dark Side of the Ring”) is back with the horror/sci-fi movie Kids vs. Aliens, releasing in Theaters, On Demand, and Digital on Friday, January 20, 2023. It pits a group of plucky kids against malevolent aliens that crash-landed in their backyard, and the aliens don’t play fair.
As the kids aptly put it in the film, “Fuck space.”
This week’s streaming picks embrace that attitude and feature goopy, gory, and occasionally tentacled alien invasions. As always, here’s where you can stream them this week…
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The Blob – Tubi
Chuck Russell’s remake of the 1958 sci-fi horror film dials up the practical effects to eleven and delivers no shortage of memorable, goopy horror moments. In keeping with tradition, the remake also recreates the iconic theater scene but makes it far more lethal and gorier. When the creature crash lands on Earth, The Blob instills the notion that no one is safe by gruesomely devouring the Steve McQueen-like hero character in a surprising fake-out. Enter Meg Penny, one pissed-off cheerleader ready to save the day.
Who needs an entire fleet of aliens when you’ve got an amorphous amoeba with an insatiable appetite?
Grabbers – AMC+
Get acquainted with director Jon Wright’s delightful Irish horror comedy ahead of Unwelcome. A small island off the coast of Ireland becomes ground zero to an alien invasion. These tentacled monsters, dubbed Grabbers by the locals, have an affinity for human blood. That’s terrible news for the locals until they discover alcohol is toxic to the spaced invaders. Naturally, they deduce the only way to survive the attack is to get hammered. It’s drunk villagers versus man-eating aliens.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina actor Richard Coyle stars.
The Faculty – HBO Max
From director Robert Rodriguez and screenwriter Kevin Williamson, this late ’90s teen horror movie dissects high school’s social hierarchy with an insanely fun sci-fi horror premise that wears its influences on its sleeves. For Harrington High, school got much weirder when a parasitic alien began taking over the faculty and student body one by one. Nerdy-type Casey (Elijah Wood), loner Stokely (Clea Duvall), Cheerleader Delilah (Jordana Brewster), football player Stan (Shawn Hatosy), drug dealer Zeke (Josh Hartnett), and new girl Marybeth (Laura Harris) team up to fight back against the invaders. Paranoia and mayhem ensue to an infectiously fun degree.
Lifeforce – Freevee, Pluto TV, Tubi
Tobe Hooper gives a wholly unique vampiric twist to the alien invasion format. The crew of the space shuttle Churchill finds a long artichoke-shaped spaceship hidden in the coma of Halley’s Comet. Inside they see hundreds of massive, desiccated bat creatures and three preserved, naked humanoids. Naturally, they decide to take the naked humanoids back with them. The female humanoid wakes up and begins draining the life force from all humans she comes in contact with, turning London into ground zero of a zombie apocalypse and leaving a trail of shriveled human husks in her wake. It’s part zombie film, part dreamlike space odyssey, part erotic vampire tale, and part creature feature all wrapped up into one long ode to Hammer Horror.
PussyCake – SCREAMBOX
For those that miss the extreme gore and anything goes spirit of Peter Jackson’s Bad Taste. Struggling all-girl rock band, PussyCake, think relationship troubles and landing a record deal are the worst of their problems while on tour. After a series of grueling obstacles, they eventually arrive at their latest venue only to find it and the surrounding town empty. Well, almost empty; parasitic slugs and alien hunters have invaded, resulting in a stomach-churning battle for survival.
Pablo Parés‘ splatterfest is less interested in the specifics of its monsters from beyond our realm. It makes up for that with zombies, monsters, rock attitude, and an insane amount of gore.
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