Best Alien Invasion Movies for Hopocalypse Day

Every Hopocalypse Day has a theme. In year’s past a speeding hop comet was headed for earth, and the four-horseman arrived to tell us The End is Beer!  This year we looked to the cosmos and decided to prepare for an alien invasion.

While we’ve been getting ready to welcome guests, and our new alien overlords, with double and triple IPAs, the Drake’s staff has been debating the best alien invasion movies. So, we decided to share some of our favorite movies with you, followed by staff commentary. They run the gamut, from funny to terrifying.

If we left your favorite off the list, continue the debate in our comment section below or let us know on social media at @DrakesBeer. 

Lastly, we’ve just confirmed the list of breweries who will be serving beer in the Imperial IPA Festival portion of Hopocalypse Day festivities. Head to the ticket website or our Hopocalypse Day event page for more details.


Forbidden Planet (1956)

If you’ve never seen Forbidden Planet, get really high and watch it. It’s an old 50s classic and you absolutely must watch it.
John Gillooly, Brewmaster

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

Want to feel really old? I went to the theatre recently to watch the 40th anniversary of Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Yep, 40th! Weren’t the 70s just yesterday…? Anyway, it’s a haunting portrayal of a man dropping into madness and obsession with aliens as a backdrop.
Antonio Sarinana, Tap Room Manager


Killer Clowns from Outer Space (1988)

 Murderous aliens that look like circus clowns come to earth and terrorize teenagers. What more do you need?
Zack Bassett, Specialty Beer & Barrel-Aging


Mars Attacks (1996)

What an awesome cast. Jack Nicholson plays two characters, the president and that sleazy Vegas guy. And whatshername… Sarah Jessica Parker! Best part is when she gets her head put on a chihuahua.
Sebastian Maciel, Brew! Kitchen Sous Chef


Independence Day (1996)

It’s so bad, it’s good.
Gina Giangiobbe, Dealership Supervisor


Signs (2002)

Oh man, that movie used to terrify me. It still scares me. I don’t ever want to look out onto the roof next to me. If I’m sleeping next to a window, I have to close the blinds.
Aaron Garcia, Brew! Kitchen Line Cook



  1. John Yasaki says:

    War of the Worlds (original)?
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers?
    The Day the Earth Stood Still (again, original)?

    • Brian Stechschulte says:

      Great suggestions John. This list reflects more on the personality of our staff than a film expert analysis.

  2. HELEN (shocked and bewildered, she repeats nervously)
    “Klaatu barada nikto.”
    KLAATU (gravely) “Remember those words.”
    -from the script The Day The Earth Stood Still
    And so Gort the Robot re-animated Klaatu ,(Michael Renne) and rescinded his command to annhiliate the earth.
    Had Helen (Patricia Neal) changed but one word, the outcome would have been so different.
    “Klaatu Beerada nicto” – the earth would have been destroyed by a flood of beer.
    Well, it could’a happened!

    • Brian Stechschulte says:

      Ha ha ha… a flood of beer kind of sounds nice, but terrifying. That particular move just missed the cut. It’s a classic. Thanks for commenting.

  3. Day of the Triffids!

    “BEER” Had a
    NOW TWO ! ? !