In David Hughes book “The Greatest Sci-Fi Movies Never Made”, a chapter is devoted to “Night Skies”, a sci-fi/horror film that was supposed to be Spielberg’s follow-up to his seminal Close Encounters of the Third Kind about a family on a farm under attack by a group of aliens. While it never officially saw the light of day, various elements of the film (written by John Sayles) got spun off into films of their own and became early 80’s classics, such as E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial, Poltergeist, Gremlins and even Brother From Another Planet. The point I am making is that even if a specific film never gets made, it can still leave an impact and legacy of its own in what comes out of it. Dark Skies,
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When was the super powerful malevolent force in a horror movie officially downgraded to a cruel prankster? It seems the new trend when you introduce an all powerful antagonist into the story – whether it be ghost, demon or indeed alien – the devious beast becomes preoccupied with committing mean spirited jokes on the helpless characters, rather than simply doing whatever evil thing it came to do. Since a horror film is usually driven by the depraved acts of its villain, scary movies that boast villains with a child’s temperament usually don’t turn out very scary at all. Dark Skies can certainly fall into that category as these alien intruders prove they have a sense of humour about as mature as an eight year old.