Friendly aliens!

In part two of our E.T. inspired recommended film lists, we thought we’d share the antidote to last week’s scary aliens list, and give some examples of friends from other worlds. See below the list for full details of our upcoming E.T. screening event at Newhaven Fort, we hope to see you all there!

*batteries not included (1987)

Set in a New York apartment block, this sweet family film from the 80s features the cutest aliens ever to be created from scrap metal. This, like E.T, is one of those films that to watch without shedding a tear is evidence of a heart of stone.

K-PAX (2001)

This is a great film (although, predictably an even greater series of books!), which is a kind of combination of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Starman. Kevin Spacey is perfectly cast, too – I saw him as the protagonist man/ alien, Prot, when I originally read the book.

Superman (1978)

Possibly the most helpful of all aliens (well, along with Dr Who) is Superman. Where would we be without him to save us in our every hour of need?

Lilo & Stitch (2002)

Less friendly, more naughty, but totally lovable. Stitch is the kind of alien anybody would have wanted as a pet when they were a child. This is a very fine Disney film indeed, standing as a beacon against such horrors as Treasure Planet.

Paul (2011)

It was only a question of time before uber-geeks Simon Pegg and Nick Frost starred in the UFO-related film, and Paul is certainly a very friendly being. It is a kind of ‘greatest hits’ of UFO sci fi, featuring so many homages that if you blink you’ll miss one!

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

..and so, this had to feature on this list. As all know, the friendliest of all aliens is of course E.T, but as we’re screening that on 3rd November (see below), we thought we’d give a plug to Spielberg’s other wonderful classic friendly alien film, Close Encounters. It will have you craving mashed potatoes. a brief round up of friendly aliens there, but why not come and see the friendliest of all extra terrestrial creatures, E.T: The Etra Terrestrial? 

For tickets, please contact Newhaven Fort, details are on their website. We hope to see you all there!