In the new film 'Skyline,' a mysterious alien race descends upon various cities across the globe and draws humans towards their spacecrafts, presumably for nefarious purposes. But while many of these people, perhaps curious about the secrets of extraterrestrial life that lurk inside, venture eagerly towards the ships' welcoming blue glow, our mothers taught us to be suspicious of vehicles, passersby and especially otherworldly creatures that we don't know.

As such, we felt it only appropriate to assemble a list of ways to stop an alien invasion. Unfortunately, having never encountered an alien in real life, we weren't really sure where to start; with all of these batteries, loaves of bread and bottles of potable water taking up space in our living room, our house seems like more of a makeshift ark than a refuge from tentacled creatures hell-bent on conducting anal probes.

And so it seemed appropriate to go straight to the best source of information available (outside of Wikipedia, of course): Hollywood movies. As it is well-known that Hollywood movie-makers always strive for factual accuracy in all of their efforts, as long as you, the reader, adhere to our list of alien thwarters, you can rest easy knowing that you'll always have the upper hand when and if they choose to come a-probin'.
Independence Day Movie Poster
Independence Day
PG-131996
Based on 19 critics

In the epic adventure film "Independence Day," strange phenomena surface around the globe. The skies... Read More

Mars Attacks! Movie Poster
Mars Attacks!
PG-131996
Based on 19 critics

A fleet of Martian spacecraft surrounds the world's major cities and all of humanity waits to see if... Read More

The Blob Movie Poster
The Blob
R1988
In Theaters on June 19, 1997

In a tiny California town, high school students Brian (Kevin Dillon), Meg (Shawnee Smith) and Paul (Donovan... Read More

Aliens Movie Poster
Aliens
R1986
Based on 10 critics

After floating in space for 57 years, Lt. Ripley's (Sigourney Weaver) shuttle is found by a deep space... Read More

The War of the Worlds Movie Poster
The War of the Worlds
G1953
In Theaters on July 21, 1992

Scientist Clayton Forrester (Gene Barry) and Sylvia Van Buren (Ann Robinson) are the first to arrive... Read More

Battlefield Earth Movie Poster
Battlefield Earth
PG-132000
Based on 33 critics

In the year 3000, there are no countries, no cities... Earth is a wasteland. And man is an endangered... Read More

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Signs Movie Poster
Signs
PG-132002
Based on 36 critics

Everything that farmer Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) assumed about the world is changed when he discovers... Read More

Predator Movie Poster
Predator
R1987
Based on 12 critics

Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a soldier of fortune, is hired by the U.S. government to secretly rescue... Read More

Skyline Movie Poster
Skyline
PG-132010
Based on 18 critics

Jarrod (Eric Balfour) and Elaine (Scottie Thompson) take a trip to Southern California to visit his friend,... Read More

Alien Nation Movie Poster
Alien Nation
R1988
Based on 10 critics

In Los Angeles circa 1991, humans live alongside extraterrestrial humanoid beings whose spaceship crash... Read More

tags skyline
categories Features, Sci-Fi