Over the past few weeks, No One Will Save You — a mashup of an alien invasion movie and a home invasion movie — has dominated streaming charts. Written and directed by Brian Duffield (The Babysitter, Spontaneous), this Hulu original horror movie is a taut, 90-minute thrill ride that explores grief, trauma, and alienation, all while keeping you on the edge of your seat. If you’re looking for similar sci-fi horror movies, we have a few suggestions.
- Director: Jordan Peele
- Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Steven Yeun
- Rating: R
- Run time: 2h 10m
I couldn’t help but think of Nope while watching No One Will Save You. They’re two very different movies, but they have a lot in common as well. The string that connects all the movies on this list is one person or a small group of people having to fend off or simply come to terms with an alien invasion without the help of the military or superpowers, and few movies capture the horror and confusion (and occasional comedy) of that dilemma better than Jordan Peele’s Nope.
- Director: John Krasinski
- Cast: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe
- Rating: PG-13
- Run time: 1h 30m
I think alien invasion movies are most compelling when they hone in on an individual or a small group of people. A Quiet Place ratchets up the tension even further by tasking a husband, wife, and two children with surviving an alien apocalypse. Also, as in No One Will Save You, there’s very little spoken dialogue in A Quiet Place, as the aliens can’t see but have incredibly sharp hearing. If you believe actions speak louder than words, this is a great double feature.
- Director: Dan Trachtenberg
- Cast: Mary Elizabeth Winstead, John Goodman, John Gallagher Jr.
- Rating: PG-13
- Run time: 1h 45m
Whether or not the world is really coming to an end remains a mystery until the final moments of 10 Cloverfield Lane, but the journey is as worthwhile as the destination. Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) wakes up in an underground bunker after crashing her car. Creepy survivalist Howard Stambler (John Goodman) claims that he saved her from a world that is now uninhabitable after an attack, possibly by aliens. The movie then proceeds to take enough twists and turns to leave your head spinning by the explosive finale.