This weekend's "Dark Skies," in which a suburban family is menaced by unwanted, presumably alien advances, adds some new, shadowy creatures to the long list of cinematic space invaders. Sadly, we don't get a good enough look at the monsters in "Dark Skies" to properly assess their levels of scariness or creativity, so instead we thought we'd run down a list of the of the very best extraterrestrial invaders.

Points are given, obviously, for originality and the amount of popcorn we spilled while shaking in our sticky movie-theater seat. If there are any beasties from beyond the stars that we should have included, please let us know. If not, sit back, relax, and prepared to be abducted.