January 2, 2019

Every Alien Contact Spot in Cinema History Mapped Out in This Graphic

Alien Contact Spots
A look at where every extraterrestrial cinematic contact takes place on a U.S. map - you know, for your film research.

Planning your next sci-fi alien disaster attack film? Chances are you’ll need a fateful first contact scene between your extraterrestrials and humankind at some point early on in your short or feature. While the location matters little compared to what’s actually being set up in contact scenes, it is interesting to see what places have been used in the past. You might want to evoke a specific homage, or just avoid any repetitiveness for your own unique story.

Let’s look at this neat graphic which maps out all the (United States) alien contact points in movie history.

Alien Contact Spots in Movies

Alien Contact Spots in Movies

First posted to Reddit by u/Dylan_Mq, the graphic has since been updated to include more films and a few minor revisions. This Alien Contact Spots graphic shows 35 first contact locations across a US map. It’s important to note that the map is meant to represent “first” contact locations, not always the location most featured in each film. It also takes some liberties with unspecified locations (e.g. “somewhere in Colorado”) based on research of where the film was actually filmed.

Famous alien movies with “global invasions” like Signs, The War of the Worlds, Battle Los Angeles and Arrival are not included as the locations are numerous and not specific to the United States.

If you see anything missing, or that you’d like to contest, you can follow the thread on Reddit here.

Otherwise, here are some articles on How DP Bradford Young Deconstructed Sci-Fi for 'Arrival', a Look at Rick Baker's Alien for Steven Spielberg's Scrapped 'Close Encounters' Sequel, and The Beauty of H. R. Giger's Grotesque Xenomorph Monsters in 'Alien' for your next alien sci-fi project.     

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No 'Spaced Invaders'!? For shame.

January 2, 2019 at 12:41PM

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Darren Curtis
Writer/Director
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I thought the setting for Close Encounters was Indiana?

January 2, 2019 at 3:44PM

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Devil's Tower is in Wyoming which is where the climax of the film takes place but I think you're right about the other parts of the film. The scenes where he's chasing the UFO in his utility company truck were supposed to take place in Indiana I think.

January 3, 2019 at 2:25PM

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Anton Doiron
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Would Hancock count? What about Howard the Duck?

January 2, 2019 at 3:50PM, Edited January 2, 3:52PM

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Also, 10 Cloverfield lane in Louisiana and the original Cloverfield which I think was in New York.

January 3, 2019 at 11:42AM, Edited January 3, 11:43AM

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Forrest McBride
Producer, DP
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January 3, 2019 at 11:59AM, Edited January 3, 12:09PM

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This post reminded me of how much I loved Flight of the Navigator as a kid. I have to watch this movie again!

January 4, 2019 at 6:29AM

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Enna Wietzke
Aspiring Filmmaker
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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0407304/

Left out ...."War of the Worlds" (2005) - Newark NJ

January 4, 2019 at 11:08AM

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JC
actor - screenwriter - director
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Every alien contact spot in cinema history? This isn't even every alien contact spot in Trumpland.

January 18, 2019 at 9:51AM

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Steve Grant
Director
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