4 Movie Midnight Marathon Pack: Aliens [DVD]

  • SKU: 8714051
  • Release Date: 09/02/2014
  • Rating: R
This collection of four horror films about unfriendly aliens includes the John Carpenter satire They Live, the same director's remake of The Thing, his reimagining of Village of the Damned, and the Jamie Lee Curtis vehicle Virus.
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Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (40 out of 41)

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The Thing
John Carpenter's The Thing is both a remake of Howard Hawks' 1951 film of the same name and a re-adaptation of the John W. Campbell Jr. story "Who Goes There?" on which it was based. Carpenter's film is more faithful to Campbell's story than Hawks' version and also substantially more reliant on special effects, provided in abundance by a team of over 40 technicians, including veteran creature-effects artists Rob Bottin and Stan Winston. The film opens enigmatically with a Siberian Husky running through the Antarctic tundra, chased by two men in a helicopter firing at it from above. Even after the dog finds shelter at an American research outpost, the men in the helicopter (Norwegians from an outpost nearby) land and keep shooting. One of the Norwegians drops a grenade and blows himself and the helicopter to pieces; the other is shot dead in the snow by Garry (Donald Moffat), the American outpost captain. American helicopter pilot MacReady (Kurt Russell, fresh from Carpenter's Escape From New York) and camp doctor Copper (Richard Dysart) fly off to find the Norwegian base and discover some pretty strange goings-on. The base is in ruins, and the only occupants are a man frozen to a chair (having cut his own throat) and the burned remains of what could be one man or several men. In a side room, Copper and MacReady find a coffin-like block of ice from which something has been recently cut. That night at the American base, the Husky changes into the Thing, and the Americans learn first-hand that the creature has the ability to mutate into anything it kills. For the rest of the film the men fight a losing (and very gory) battle against it, never knowing if one of their own dwindling number is the Thing in disguise. Though resurrected as a cult favorite, The Thing failed at the box office during its initial run, possibly because of its release just two weeks after Steven Spielberg's warmly received E.T.The Extra-Terrestrial. Along with Ridley Scott's futuristic Alien, The Thing helped stimulate a new wave of sci-fi horror films in which action and special effects wizardry were often seen as ends in themselves. ~ Anthony Reed, Rovi

They Live
John Carpenter wrote and directed this science fiction thriller about a group of aliens who try to take over the world by disguising themselves as Young Republicans. Wrestler Roddy Piper stars as John Nada, a drifted who makes his way into an immense encampment for the homeless. There he stumbles upon a conspiracy concerning aliens who have hypnotized the populace through subliminal messages transmitted through television, magazines, posters, and movies. When Nada looks through special Ray-Bans developed by the resistance leaders, the aliens lose their clean-cut "Dan Quayle" looks and resemble crusty-looking reptiles. Nada joins the underground, teaming up with rebel-leader Frank (Keith David) to eradicate the lizard-like aliens from the body politic. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

Virus
When the salvage tug Sea Star is caught unprepared in a violent storm, it slowly sinks, and the crew, led by Captain Everton (Donald Sutherland), wander upon another ship for refuge. The ship, apparently deserted, turns out to be a Russian research vessel loaded with high-tech electronics. The Sea Star crew, which includes hot-head Kelly "Kit" Foster (Jamie Lee Curtis) and Steve Baker (William Baldwin), soon find that they are not alone, and they also learn the horrible fate of the original crew. The ship had taken on an energy-based alien life-form capable of constructing bodies out of human tissue as easily as electronic parts. The life-form wants to inhabit the planet earth but first must rid the world of the virus that infects it and could kill it -- man. John Bruno, special effects supervisor on Terminator 2 tries to reinvent the haunted house sub-genre in his directorial debut, much as Ridley Scott did in Alien. ~ Ron Wells, Rovi

Village of the Damned
This film is a remake of the classic 1960 science-fiction thriller, Village of the Damned, which was based on the novel The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham. Veteran horror director John Carpenter is at the helm this time, with Christopher Reeve replacing George Sanders in the starring role. Aliens put the entire village of Midwich to sleep for 24 hours and impregnate many women. Reeve plays Alan Chaffee, the town doctor, whose wife Barbara (Karen Kahn) is one of the women carrying an alien baby. Visiting scientist Dr. Susan Verner (Kristie Alley) is monitoring the situation for the government. She supervises a mass birthing in a barn. The children turn out to be white-haired, glassy-eyed, and telepathic. Their plan is to use their supernatural powers to kill the villagers and help the aliens take over, and only Chaffee and Verner can stop them. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Kurt Russell
    Kurt Russell - MacReady
  • Wilford Brimley
    Wilford Brimley - Blair
  • T.K. Carter
    T.K. Carter - Nauls
  • David Clennon
    David Clennon - Palmer
  • Keith David
    Keith David - Childs



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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    What's not to like about four classic sci-fi movie

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    Gambelunge
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    First off, John Carpenter's The Thing is just as good (some say better) than the original. And then you get Rowdy Roddy Piper as the guy who says things like "I'm here to kick butt and chew gum and I'm all out of gum." He's got these sun glasses that reveal all the nasty (actually, rich and nasty) aliens who have taken over the country. So he blasts them!! Plus, there's a must see fight scene.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Cult favorites

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    Archer77
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    Though not a fan of Children of The Damned (never really seen it) and never even hearing of Virus, I was draw to buy this because for a great price i was able to get 2 of my cult classic favorites. The Thing introduced the world to a new kind of special effects when it came out and They Live...Well let's just say, " I came here to chew gum and kick a**, and I'm all out of gum.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    one of the four movies are worth watching

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    Count
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    John Carpenter had some very good movies and some total bombs. The Thing is good and worth watching, the rest not so much. You may like to see Mark Hamill from Star Wars as a minister in Village of the Damned or some of the other actors and actresses in these early roles. Even though the other films may not be his top work, just The Thing is enough to buy the set.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Carpenter signatures for $4!

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    Ithebuyer
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    Nothing can beat the price! If you are looking to add great movies to your collection - buy this DVD - a perfect solution to figure which film you want to own. "They Live" is phenomenal! "The Thing" is horrifyingly fierce for an 80s movie. Ignore "Virus" (the 4th movie in set).

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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    3 Classic Sci-Fi / Horror & 1 not so Classic

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    dbf121
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    The 3 great sci-fi / horror films in this compilation are "The Thing", "Virus" and "They Live" - all awesome film experiences. "Village of the Damned" not so much, but still worth seeing. See the 1960 version of "Village of the Damned" for a more chilling experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Value

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    MikeMud
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    If you can get it on deal of the day, it's a really good value if you are looking for one or more of these older movies. I've only watched the "They Live" movie so far and the quality of the video was as expected. If these are movies you are looking for, I highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    All 4 films are fun.

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    Jimmy29
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    3 classic John Carpenter films plus the just OK Virus. The Thing is the best of the bunch with incredible special effects from Rick Baker. A good deal at a great price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Worth it

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    TDC78
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    You really can't go wrong with this set. The only one I had really seen was The Thing, but I had heard of the others. All 4 movies were great and can't beat the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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