Aliens touch down on Earth and begin infecting humans inside a local supermarket, in the new direct-to-DVD movie Alien Raiders. The infection changes humans into what appear to be gag-worthy decomposing masses. The parasitic hosts look pretty sweet as well, like a combination of Aliens' face-huggers and bugs. But even though this film fills a crucial shortage of alien-attack movies, it also falls into a trend that's starting to worry us. What's the deal with all the quarantined movies? I feel like there are a ton of upcoming films where no one can enter or leave a space. Quarantine and Blindness are both coming soon, and there was also Doomsday last February. Still, this movie looks pretty exciting for a direct to DVD, and the effects are pretty good. I'm also excited for a whole raider alien hunting posse. Thanks to the Dread Central gang, we get a closer look at what's going to happen to middle America when the aliens take over. Raiders was originally titled Supermarket, and will be released later in the year. [Dread Central]
Whenever people are afraid of the something, popular culture such as movies capitalizes on this.
In the 50s the cold war and fear of communism we had all the alien invasion movies, particularly Invaders from Mars and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The idea of neighbors maybe being aliens, or of you losing your free will played into the cultural fears.
Not sci-fi, but a movie like Fatal Attraction was a reaction to AIDS first appearing. The fear of a one-night fling suddenly ruining your life manifested itself in Alex Forrest.
Now, perhaps we are most afraid of the vague unknown, something that cannot be identified or controlled. Terrorism is one such thing. You can then connect the dots to see how "quarantining" an "external organism" relates to this.