NASA’s Insight lander has successfully arrived on the Martian surface, according to CNN. This is NASA’s eighth Mars landing, and InSight will begin its two-year mission gathering data on the interior of the red planet.
Hopefully, Insight will have a safe mission on Mars, because as we’ve seen in films and literature, Earth’s planetary neighbor hasn’t been very neighborly. As Homer Simpson put it, Mars is “the one with all the monsters” and when Martians aren’t invading Earth, they’re being terrible hosts to human visitors.
If Mars is full of malicious aliens, we may soon find out. In the meantime, here are five examples of Mars being a not-so-friendly place for Earthlings.
1. Ghosts of Mars
While not considered one of John Carpenter’s best works, 2001’s “Ghosts of Mars” has an interesting story behind it. Legend has it that if Carpenter’s “Escape from LA” had been a success, this movie would have been the next sequel, titled “Escape from Mars.” Instead, as the story goes, Carpenter reworked it into a movie about police officers on Mars fighting off Martian ghosts who possessed people.
Recently, it’s earned a second look and has been called an underrated gem that mashes action, horror and science fiction elements. The cast that includes Ice Cube, Pam Grier, Natasha Henstridge and Jason Statham.
2. The War of the Worlds
HG Wells’ story of Martian invaders foiled by Earthling microbes has spawned multiple films, a TV series and an infamous radio dramatization, all of which are worth checking out. The alien invaders have terrifying weaponry and their defenses make them impervious to all of humanity’s conventional weapons.
However, despite mastering interstellar traveling and developing advanced weapons of war, the Martians neglect to wear space suits and find themselves battling common Earthling microbes. That almost makes you want to skip your flu shot. Almost.