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My Top 10 Favorite Hybrid Movies: by Nathan Strack

by  |  July 29th, 2011  |  Blog

A scene from the Scifi/Action movie, The Terminator.

Recently I have been watching a lot of really old movies, stuff from the 1930s on up to the 1950s, partly because some of these films I have always wanted to see, The Crawling Eye (1958) is one that I have wanted to see since childhood. Another one that I have watched recently is I Wake Up Screaming (1941) (Which I watched because I wanted to branch out my movie knowledge in to the Noir sub-genre (And boy was I glad to!)

With that said, I have been noticing that more then a few of these movies that I have recommended recently have been what you might call, ‘Hybrid Movies’…

Now you might be wondering what a ‘Hybrid Movie’ is. Well I could not combine this in to a singular word, but if we look at this definition of Hybrid from dictionary.com: (bred from two distinct races, breeds, varieties, species, or genera.)  With that said, I have come to realize that there have been quite a few of these ‘Hybrid Movies’ that I have come to really love, and thus I decided that it would be cool to do a top 1o list of these types of movies….

So I hope you enjoy, my top 10 favorite hybrid movies list:

At number 10: Zone Troopers (1985)

Directed by: Danny Bilson (The Wrong Guys) and starring Tim Thomerson (Near Dark), Timothy Van Patten (Class Of 1984), Art LaFleur (Cobra), Biff Manard (Blankman) and William Paulson (Terrorvision).

Zone Troopers tells the story of an American Military unit that is behind enemy lines during World War 2, and the Alien that helps them as they are trying to make it to there side of the war…

Please enjoy this trailer for the Scifi/War movie, Zone Troopers (1985):

And at number 9 we got: Screamers (1995)

Directed by: Christian Duguay (The Assignment).  Starring: Peter Weller (RoboCop), Roy Dupuis (Waiting For Michelangelo), and Jennifer Rubin (A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors).

This movie tells the story of a highly advanced, self replicating weapon that was created during a decade long war.  The only problem is, is that these artificial creature have become their own self perpetuating species with one intention (to exeterminate life every where.)

Please enjoy this trailer for the movie, Screamers (1995):

At number 8 we got: Alien 3 (1992)

Directed by: David Fincher (Se7en).  Starring: Sigourney Weaver (The Ghostbusters series), Charles S. Dutton (Menace II Society) and Lance Henriksen (Terminator)

This movie tells the story of how Ripley (Weaver), Newt (Played by: Carrie Henn in Aliens), Corporal Hicks (played by Michael Biehn in the previous movie) and Bishop (Henriksen) are going home after the epic battle at the planet that has been designated LV-426 (The same battle that whipped out all of Corporal Hicks platoon.)

The only problem is, is that an Alien egg was left on board the Ship, after Ripley’s battle with the Alien Queen in the previous movie… and has infected and killed Newt.  With that said, and with the ship automatically releasing the last remaining crew pods in to space. It is now up to Ripley  (who is the lone survivor of the crash landed escape pod, as well the inhabitants of a former penal colony to kill the Alien before the Alien kills them!

With that said, please enjoy this trailer for the movie, Alien 3 (1992):

At number 7: Appleseed (2004)

Directed by: Shinji Aramaki (Sôsei Kishi Gaiâsu). Starring: Ai Kobayashi (Detroit Metal City), Jûrôta Kosugi (Kamen Raidâ Bureido), Yuki Matsuoka (Trinity Blood), Mami Koyama (Dragon Ball Z).

This Scifi/Animated movie tells the story of a war hero/soldier that is pulled from the battle field of a war in the badlands to help protect and save the utopian city/state of Olympus…

With that said, please enjoy this trailer for the Animated Scifi movie, Appleseed (2004) :

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCBinEauqaE

And at number 6 we have the classic Mel Brooks Sci Fi/Comedy, Young Frankenstein (1974)

Directed by: Mel Brooks (Space Balls): Starring: Gene Wilder, Madeline Kahn (Nixon), Marty Feldman (The Last Remake Of Beau Geste) and Peter Boyle (Outland).

This movie tells the story of the descendant of the original Dr. Victor Frankenstein, who has tried as hard as he could to minimize his connection with his ancestor… That is until he inherits his ancestral Castle and starts up with those darned experiments again…

For more information on this movie, please enjoy the trailer for the movie, Young Frankenstein (1974):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZgR7fAjQbQ

With that said we come to the half way point of our journey.  At number 5 we got: Westworld (1973)

Now here is an interesting hybrid movie, a Science Fiction/Western…

Written and Directed by: Michael Crichton (Coma) and starring: Yul Brynner (The Magnificent Seven), James Brolin (The Amityville Horror), and Richard Benjamin (Catch-22).

This movie tells the story of a futuristic theme park/resort where if your fantasy is to be a cowboy and fight off desperado’s you can, if your thing is to live in rome, etc… then you can do so in this computer controlled., robot enhanced enviroment… That is until one day when everything goes haywire and the Robots start really going after the visitors!

For more information on this movie, please enjoy this trailer for, Westworld (1973):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYvyiruWzYo

At number 4 we got: Predator (1987)

Directed by: John McTiernan (Diehard). Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger (Red Sonja), Carl Weathers (Bucktown) and Bill Duke (Deep Cover)

Predator tells the story of an elite unit of American special forces that end up being attacked by an Alien Warrior while on a rescue mission in South America…

With that said, for more information on this movie, please enjoy the trailer for Predator (1987):

At Number 3 we got: The Crawling Eye (1958)

Directed by: Quentin Lawrence (Catweazle). Starring: Forrest Tucker (F Troop), Laurence Payne (Vampire Circus), Jennifer Jayne (They Came From Outer Space), Janet Munro (Swiss Family Robinson) and Warren Mitchell (Jabberwocky).

This classic Scifi/Horror movie tells the story of an Alien that is shrouded by a sub-zero, radioactive cloud that is killing mountain climbers that climb this swiss mountain.  Now during this time, three people come to the town on vacation, two of them are sisters who decide to stop off in this town on vacation, while the other is an agent with the U.N. who has decided after getting a letter from a Professor friend of his, to not only go on vacation in that Swiss town, but to also find out what the emergency is, and to help try and stop it!

For more information on this movie, please enjoy the trailer for the movie, The Crawling Eye (1958):

And coming up to number 2 we got: Queen Of Blood (1966)

Written and Directed by: Curtis Harrington (Games) and starring John Saxon (From Dusk Till Dawn), Dennis Hopper (The Glory Stompers) Basil Rathbone (The Hound Of The Baskervilles), Judi Meredith (Dark Intruder) and Florence Marly (Doctor Death: Seeker Of Souls).

During a time in which man has begun to really venture to the stars, a distress signal is heard on Mars, so the Earth’s space agency decides to send a couple of rescue teams to find out what happened… What they find out there, will make them think twice about Alien contact!

For more information on this movie, please enjoy the trailer for the movie, Queen Of Blood (1966):

And last but but by far certainly not least we got at number 1: Aliens (1986)

Personally I love the first 3 of these Hybrid films, I got a lot of fond memories of watching these movies when I was a kid! With that said, this movie does happen to be my favorite of the hybrid films to date.

For more information on this movie, please enjoy this trailer for the movie, Aliens (1986):

In Summation:

1. Aliens (1986)

2. Queen Of Blood (1966)

3. The Crawling Eye (1958)

4. Predator (1987)

5. Westworld (1973)

6. Young Frankenstein (1974)

7. Appleseed (2004)

8. Alien 3 (1992)

9. Screamers (1995)

10. Zone Troopers (1985)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vnjQPcrcZI

Nathan Strack

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