They live amongst us

by Mighty_Emperor | created - 04 Oct 2011 | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

Paranoia-inducing tales of covert invasion. This might be alien infiltration or they might come from... elsewhere. Basically anything that might keep David Icke up awake at night (hmm I should probably add "V" in there too).

So the key elements are infiltration, subversion, stealth colonisation and human disguise/mimicry, with the invaders hiding in plain sight.

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1. They Live (1988)

R | 94 min | Action, Horror, Sci-Fi

54 Metascore

A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Roddy Piper, Keith David, Meg Foster, George 'Buck' Flower

Votes: 98,560 | Gross: $13.01M

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2. The Man from Planet X (1951)

Approved | 71 min | Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi

As a mysterious planet hurls itself toward earth, an enigmatic extraterrestrial scout arrives on a remote Scottish island with unknown intentions.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Robert Clarke, Margaret Field, Raymond Bond, William Schallert

Votes: 2,261

3. Invaders from Mars (1953)

Approved | 78 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A young boy learns that space aliens are taking over the minds of earthlings.

Director: William Cameron Menzies | Stars: Helena Carter, Arthur Franz, Jimmy Hunt, Leif Erickson

Votes: 6,545

4. It Came from Outer Space (1953)

Approved | 81 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A spaceship from another world crashes in the Arizona desert and only an amateur stargazer and a schoolteacher suspect alien influence when the local townsfolk begin to act strangely.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake, Joe Sawyer

Votes: 7,657

5. Devil Girl from Mars (1954)

Approved | 77 min | Sci-Fi

An uptight, leather-clad female alien, armed with a ray gun and accompanied by a menacing robot, comes to Earth to collect Earth's men as breeding stock.

Director: David MacDonald | Stars: Hugh McDermott, Hazel Court, Peter Reynolds, Adrienne Corri

Votes: 1,121

6. The Venusian (1954)

75 min | Sci-Fi

A stranger from Venus lands in Britain and forms a bond with a young American woman named Susan North. He comes with a warning to Earth's leaders that they must eliminate all nuclear weapons if the peoples of the solar system to survive.

Director: Burt Balaban | Stars: Patricia Neal, Helmut Dantine, Derek Bond, Cyril Luckham

Votes: 355

7. This Island Earth (1955)

Passed | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Aliens come to Earth seeking scientists to help them in their war.

Director: Joseph M. Newman | Stars: Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason, Lance Fuller

Votes: 8,204

8. Quatermass II (1955– )

30 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Horror

Professor Quatermass is trying to perfect a dangerously unstable nuclear-powered rocket engine. After a disastrous test firing in Australia, his soon-to-be son-in-law, Captain John Dillon, ... See full summary »

Stars: John Robinson, Monica Grey, Hugh Griffith, John Stone

Votes: 330

9. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

92 Metascore

A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Larry Gates, King Donovan

Votes: 41,412

10. Warning from Space (1956)

Unrated | 87 min | Sci-Fi

UFOs are seen around Tokyo. Because they look like giant starfish the aliens cannot approach us without creating panic. Hence one of them sacrifices itself and takes the form of a popular ... See full summary »

Director: Kôji Shima | Stars: Keizô Kawasaki, Toyomi Karita, Bin Yagisawa, Shôzô Nanbu

Votes: 732

aka Warning From Space

The film is public domain.

11. Quatermass 2 (1957)

Approved | 85 min | Sci-Fi, Horror

Professor Quatermass, trying to gather support for his Lunar colonisation project, is intrigued by mysterious traces that have been showing up.

Director: Val Guest | Stars: Brian Donlevy, John Longden, Sidney James, Bryan Forbes

Votes: 3,078

12. Not of This Earth (1957)

Approved | 67 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

An alien agent from the distant planet Davana is sent to Earth via a high-tech matter transporter. There, he terrorizes Southern California in an attempt to acquire blood for his dying race, the result of a devastating nuclear war.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Paul Birch, Beverly Garland, Morgan Jones, William Roerick

Votes: 1,350

13. The Astounding She-Monster (1957)

Approved | 62 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

A gang of crooks has kidnapped a rich heiress come up against a beautiful, but lethal alien who has crash-landed her spaceship on Earth.

Director: Ronald V. Ashcroft | Stars: Robert Clarke, Kenne Duncan, Marilyn Harvey, Jeanne Tatum

Votes: 728

14. The Brain Eaters (1958)

TV-PG | 61 min | Sci-Fi, Horror

The inhabitants of a small Illinois town begin disappearing after a strange cone is found sticking out of the ground nearby.

Director: Bruno VeSota | Stars: Ed Nelson, Alan Jay Factor, Cornelius Keefe, Joanna Lee

Votes: 1,047

15. I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)

Not Rated | 78 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Aliens arrive on Earth to possess the bodies of humans. One of their first victims is a young man, whose new wife soon realizes something is wrong with him.

Director: Gene Fowler Jr. | Stars: Tom Tryon, Gloria Talbott, Peter Baldwin, Robert Ivers

Votes: 2,238

16. Visit to a Small Planet (1960)

Not Rated | 85 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

The weirdest alien of the galaxy pays a visit to Earth...

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Jerry Lewis, Joan Blackman, Earl Holliman, Fred Clark

Votes: 1,020

17. Teenagers from Outer Space (1959)

Not Rated | 86 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

A young alien and a teenage earthling fall in love, and plot to stop the alien's race from using Earth as a food-breeding ground for giant lobsters from their planet.

Director: Tom Graeff | Stars: David Love, Dawn Bender, Bryan Grant, Harvey B. Dunn

Votes: 2,854

18. Village of the Damned (1960)

Not Rated | 77 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

77 Metascore

In the English village of Midwich, the blonde-haired, glowing-eyed children of uncertain paternity prove to have frightening powers.

Director: Wolf Rilla | Stars: George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Michael Gwynn, Laurence Naismith

Votes: 13,617

19. The Cape Canaveral Monsters (1960 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 69 min | Sci-Fi

When a couple are killed in an auto accident their bodies are immediately inhabited by extraterrestrial beings. Taking refuge in an underground cave, the aliens attempt to sabotage the U.S.... See full summary »

Director: Phil Tucker | Stars: Scott Peters, Linda Connell, Jason Johnson, Katherine Victor

Votes: 319

20. Children of the Damned (1964)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Six impossibly intelligent children from all over the world with dangerous psychic powers hide in a church in England after the military tries to experiment on them. Besieged, they warn the military to back off before carnage ensues.

Director: Anton Leader | Stars: Ian Hendry, Alan Badel, Barbara Ferris, Alfred Burke

Votes: 3,651

21. No Survivors, Please (1964)

93 min | Crime, Sci-Fi

Aliens attempt to take over the Earth by taking over the bodies of humans at the moment of their death, and using them as tools for their invasion plans.

Directors: Hans Albin, Peter Berneis | Stars: Maria Perschy, Robert Cunningham, Uwe Friedrichsen, Karen Blanguernon

Votes: 49

22. Invasion (1965)

82 min | Sci-Fi

An alien spaceship crashes near a rural hospital. When the alien is taken to the hospital, a mysterious force field suddenly appears around it.

Director: Alan Bridges | Stars: Edward Judd, Yôko Tani, Valerie Gearon, Lyndon Brook

Votes: 324

23. Star Trek (1966–1969)
Episode: The Man Trap (1966)

TV-PG | 50 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

Dr. McCoy discovers his old flame is not what she seems after crew members begin dying from a sudden lack of salt in their bodies.

Director: Marc Daniels | Stars: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Jeanne Bal, Alfred Ryder

Votes: 3,404

24. They Came from Beyond Space (1967)

Unrated | 85 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi

Scientists investigating an unusual meteor shower in a rural field are possessed by an alien force bent on an ulterior purpose.

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Robert Hutton, Jennifer Jayne, Zia Mohyeddin, Bernard Kay

Votes: 1,230

25. The Invaders (1967–1968)

51 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

David Vincent, an architect returning home after a hard, hard, day parks his car in an old ghost town in order to rest for a while before continuing on home. Suddenly, in the middle of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Roy Thinnes, Kent Smith, Max Kleven, William Windom

Votes: 2,171

26. Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967–1968)

TV-PG | 25 min | Animation, Action, Family

A literally unkillable agent leads an international intelligence agency's fight against an extra-terrestrial terror campaign.

Stars: Ed Bishop, Donald Gray, Francis Matthews, Sylvia Anderson

Votes: 1,289

27. The Monitors (1969)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

Earthlings chafe at the peace established by a benevolent alien race and set about to rebel.

Director: Jack Shea | Stars: Guy Stockwell, Susan Oliver, Larry Storch, Avery Schreiber

Votes: 256

28. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

R | 100 min | Comedy, Musical

58 Metascore

A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.

Director: Jim Sharman | Stars: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, Richard O'Brien

Votes: 123,166 | Gross: $139.88M

29. The Love War (1970 TV Movie)

74 min | Sci-Fi

Aliens from two planets at war come to Earth, assume human form and continue their battle.

Director: George McCowan | Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Angie Dickinson, Harry Basch, Daniel J. Travanti

Votes: 192

30. The Girl from Starship Venus (1975)

R | 82 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A young Venusian girl lands on Earth to explore the planet. She lands in Soho in London, UK where she has ample opportunities to research sex on Earth.

Director: Derek Ford | Stars: Monika Ringwald, Mark Jones, Andrew Grant, Tony Kenyon

Votes: 186

31. Doctor Who (1963–1989)
Episode: Terror of the Zygons: Part One (1975)

TV-G | 22 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor, Sarah and Harry are summoned back to Earth, where the Brigadier asks them to investigate the destruction of a series of North Sea oil rigs.

Director: Douglas Camfield | Stars: Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Ian Marter, John Woodnutt

Votes: 351

The first appearance of The Doctor's shape-shifting foes, the Zygons. They steal human shapes by keeping them hooked up to machines.

32. Doctor Who (1963–1989)
Episode: Terror of the Zygons: Part Two (1975)

TV-PG | 25 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Zygon traps the Doctor and Sarah in a decompression chamber while Harry is taken to the aliens' underwater ship.

Director: Douglas Camfield | Stars: Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Ian Marter, John Woodnutt

Votes: 305

33. Doctor Who (1963–1989)
Episode: Terror of the Zygons: Part Three (1975)

TV-G | 24 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

The Doctor and the Brigadier begin to realise who the Zygon imposters among them are while Sarah discovers a secret tunnel to the underwater ship.

Director: Douglas Camfield | Stars: Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Ian Marter, John Woodnutt

Votes: 299

34. Doctor Who (1963–1989)
Episode: Terror of the Zygons: Part Four (1975)

TV-G | 25 min | Adventure, Drama, Family

UNIT attempt to track down the Zygon ship while Broton prepares to have the Skarasen attack London.

Director: Douglas Camfield | Stars: Tom Baker, Elisabeth Sladen, Ian Marter, John Woodnutt

Votes: 303

35. The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)

R | 139 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

81 Metascore

An alien must pose as a human to save his dying planet, but a woman and greed of other men create complications.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: David Bowie, Rip Torn, Candy Clark, Buck Henry

Votes: 22,032 | Gross: $0.10M

36. End of the World (1977)

PG | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

After witnessing a man's death in a bizarre accident, Father Pergado goes on a spiritual retreat, where he encounters his alien double bent on world conquest.

Director: John Hayes | Stars: Christopher Lee, Sue Lyon, Kirk Scott, Dean Jagger

Votes: 761

37. Starship Invasions (1977)

PG | 89 min | Sci-Fi

An advance team from a dying, far-off civilization seeks a new world to conquer and inhabit -- Earth.

Director: Ed Hunt | Stars: Robert Vaughn, Christopher Lee, Daniel Pilon, Tiiu Leek

Votes: 655

38. Prey (1977)

Unrated | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A deadly alien shape-shifter infiltrates a country house occupied by two lesbians, and proceeds to study their behaviour, for a sinister purpose.

Director: Norman J. Warren | Stars: Barry Stokes, Sally Faulkner, Glory Annen, Sandy Chinney

Votes: 945

39. Tales of the Unexpected (1977)
Episode: The Nomads (1977)

60 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A Vietnam vet with a history of mental illness stumbles across a hidden colony of aliens and learns of their plot to take over the Earth. No one believes his claims of "seeing flying ... See full summary »

Director: Allen Reisner | Stars: David Birney, Lynne Marta, Eugene Roche, David Huddleston

Votes: 16

40. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

PG | 115 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

75 Metascore

When seeds drift to earth from space, mysterious pods begin to grow and invade a small town, replicating the residents one body at a time.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 47,158 | Gross: $24.95M

41. The Dark (1979)

R | 92 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Someone, or something, is on an indiscriminate killing and mutilation spree during night-time. Frustrated by the clueless police, the father of the first victim is looking for answers, no matter how far fetched they are.

Directors: John 'Bud' Cardos, Tobe Hooper | Stars: William Devane, Cathy Lee Crosby, Richard Jaeckel, Keenan Wynn

Votes: 1,114

42. Contamination (1980)

R | 95 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A former astronaut helps a government agent and a police detective track the source of mysterious alien pod spores, filled with lethal flesh-dissolving acid, to a South American coffee plantation controlled by alien pod clones.

Director: Luigi Cozzi | Stars: Ian McCulloch, Louise Marleau, Marino Masé, Siegfried Rauch

Votes: 3,397

43. Frankenstein Island (1981)

PG | 97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

When a hot-air balloon crashes on a remote island, the crew discovers Dr. Frankenstein's ancestor carrying on the family work, along with a race of mutants and a population of Amazons.

Director: Jerry Warren | Stars: Robert Clarke, Steve Brodie, Cameron Mitchell, Robert Christopher

Votes: 815

44. The Thing (1982)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

A research team in Antarctica is hunted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of its victims.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, Keith David, Richard Masur

Votes: 337,477 | Gross: $13.78M

45. Xtro (1982)

R | 84 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A man who was abducted by aliens returns to his family three years later, but his presence affects them negatively.

Director: Harry Bromley Davenport | Stars: Philip Sayer, Bernice Stegers, Danny Brainin, Maryam d'Abo

Votes: 5,348

46. Mysterious Two (1982 TV Movie)

100 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Two aliens visit the Earth in an effort to enlist converts to travel the universe with them.

Director: Gary Sherman | Stars: John Forsythe, Priscilla Pointer, Noah Beery Jr., Vic Tayback

Votes: 93

47. V (1983)

Unrated | 197 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

When aliens come to Earth to ask for our help, a few suspicious humans discover their horrific true intentions and prepare to resist.

Stars: Jane Badler, Michael Durrell, Faye Grant, Peter Nelson

Votes: 12,251