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For Your Consideration... Movies In Which Aliens Invade Black Neighborhoods (Survey)

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 12, 2013 2:11 PM
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Attack The Block

Some Friday fun for those who want to play along...

It was one of the more refreshing aspects of 2011's Attack The Block. In short, an alien invasion movie set in the *hood.* 

The plot-lines for almost every alien invasion film (whether broad and large scale, or more intimate) reminded me of an age-old question (actually more of a running joke) that's been asked by others before me; and that is, why aliens in Hollywood movies never seem to land/crash/stowaway/get jiggy in predominantly black neighborhoods.

Why is that? 

A rhetorical question - with the running joke being that our handling of the situation would be far different from how our comrades on the other side tackle these extraterrestrial matters.

But other than the previously-mentioned Attack The Block, I also immediately remembered John Sayles' 1984 classic allegorical tale, Brother From Another Planet, which starred Joe Morton - a film that is still, quite frankly, transgressive, even today.

I was, in part, reminded of this subject as I published the BlackStar Film Festival/King Britt event titled The Brother From Another Planet (re-contextualized) - read about it HERE, if you missed that post.

So the survey question is, other than Attack The Block and Brother From Another Planet, are there any other films you can think of that fit the above criteria - aliens landing/crashing/stowed away/getting jiggy with it/etc in predominantly black locales?

District 9 maybe? The aliens are forced to live in slum-like conditions, but their initial meeting with humans is in their space vessel, which hovers above the city (Johannesburg). So, I'm not so sure about that one.

But dig in folks. What else can you think of?

Have fun with it...

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  • Ezra | July 14, 2013 6:16 PMReply

    Predator 2?

  • sosgemini | July 14, 2013 2:27 AMReply

    Fifth Element was multi-cultured.

  • sosgemini | July 14, 2013 2:29 AM

    But wasn't an alien invasion film. :sigh: too many drinks...apologies. LOL How about Mars Attacks? Is that a sober enough response? :hiccup:

  • Bruce | July 13, 2013 3:38 AMReply

    There's one from the '80s called King of the Streets (AKA Alien Warrior) that's (unintentionally) hilarious. There's a review on Black Horror Movies that pretty much sums it up.

  • getthesenets | July 12, 2013 8:54 PMReply

    gentrification in nyc is an example of aliens invading Black neighborhoods

  • Sheila Carrington | July 12, 2013 3:33 PMReply

    Would the Hudlin Brother's Cosmic Slop count? It was shown on HBO in 1994.

  • Aaron | July 15, 2013 7:49 AM

    The Race Traders episode I have on DVD.

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