NASA might keep humans in the dark when it comes to extra-terrestrial affairs, but the truth is aliens have been celebrated on Earth for four decades now. In June 1982, moviegoers were charmed and terrified, respectively, by two of the most celebrated alien movies ever: Steven Spielberg’s E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and John Carpenter’s The Thing. Some 40 years later, The Ringer honors their legacies with Alien Day—follow along with our coverage below.
Jun 23, 2022, 6:20am EDT
Forty years ago this week, two science-fiction films released on the same day but failed to live up to box office expectations. They later went on to achieve cult status, cement the legacy of their directors, and inspire countless other entries in the genre.