Digg has compiled a really cool video that looks at how we’ve used aliens in films, starting with 1902’s A Trip to the Moon and going all the way to 2014’s Guardians of the Galaxy.

This isn’t a comprehensive look by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s interesting to see a bit of a shift around the 1970s, when makeup and prosthetics begin to allow us to realize some more alien looking humanoids and not until the 1990s that we start to break out of humanoid aliens altogether.


In a couple of ways, this is a great overview of how film technology evolved: first with costuming and practical effects, and later with CGI.