Visually Stunning ‘Skyline’ Trailer Catches Your Eye

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 12th, 2010 at 11:21 am,

skyline movie trailer Visually Stunning Skyline Trailer Catches Your Eye

One of the unknown films to make a big splash in San Diego a few weeks back for Comic-Con 2010 was Skyline, the non-studio, self-funded sci-fi film by special effects gurus Colin and Greg Strause.

You may not have heard of the movie and I wouldn’t be surprised – it’s another film about an alien invasion where massive ships descend upon Los Angeles using light to attract then swallow human beings. It’s not your typical alien invasion affair and you can see why by watching the first official Skyline trailer below.

Skyline is something that takes advantage of the creativity behind special effects company the Brothers Strause created, Hydraulx, as well as their unrestricted-by-studio directorial talents, having made their first major feature with AVPR: Aliens vs Predator – Requiem. While Skyline appears like a big budget sci-fi blockbuster, the Strauses explained at Comic-Con that they were actually inspired by Paranormal Activity and the idea of shooting a movie in someone’s house.

Think of any big effects-heavy movie of the last few years and it’s a good chance the Brothers Strause had some hand in the visual effects design. Some recent examples of their work include Iron Man 2, Avatar, Fast & Furious, 2012, The Incredible Hulk and that’s just to name a few. Their pet project, Skyline shows you yet another example of what they’re capable of, even without large amounts of money:

Needless to say, Skyline looks amazing, so let’s see how they tell the story and offer an entertaining experience for the audience. For now, I’m already sold. If you can’t tell from the trailer, the aliens and their ships are meant to appear massive and organic, with the creatures themselves the size of Transformers.

Here’s the first look image release as well which depicts the alien vessels – click to enlarge:

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The aliens invade in Skyline!

Skyline is written by Joshua Cordes and Liam O’Donnell and stars Donald Faison, Eric Balfour, David Zayas, Scottie Thompson and Brittany Daniel, a cast the Brothers Strause were able to assemble without the typical casting issues studios face in trying to market characters internationally.

Does the independently made Skyline interest you?

Follow me on Twitter @rob_keyes and our main feed @screenrant and let us know your thoughts.

Skyline opens November 12, 2010.

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  1. im sold

    • Me too.

  2. Huh. Wow. That’s really cool looking!
    I, as well, am sold.
    However, everyone knows that to kill an alien, all you need to do is sneeze on them! :) (ala War of the Worlds)

    • no, no, no, just a Mac laptop and a home-made virus.

      • or…water?

        • Or ‘Indian Love Song’ by Slim Whitman…

  3. Looks incredible!
    But is it just me…or is that the Transformers decepticon noise halfway thru the trailer…?

    • hahahahaha i thought the same thing. wtf??

      • They’ve even used the same title graphics… but i suppose it does set the feel aside from the usual alien invasion flick

    • I’d watch that too!

      Although two guys couldn’t make that from their apartment and a single helicopter ride in a short amount of time…

      • Ever hear of We Are the Strange?
        Full length animated movie using stop motion, cgi and green screen.
        Aside from the music, voice acting and parts of the art design, it was made by one guy. More originality that 99% of movies in hollywood, too.

        See also Voices of a Distant star. Made by one dude and a mac.

        Anything is possible, dude.

        • That’s animated.

          Do it in live-action :)

    • That’s the problem with trying give people something different to watch…always a negative ass critic. I think it is different from all the alien films in the past and it’s original. Don’t knock something that has not came out yet. I bet your probably an M. Night Shyamalan fan? Now he’s garbage!!!

    • “xigbar”

      Can I come and live in your world! He he.

      This does have a touch of the “been there, done that” about it but we still go and watch alien invasion films. Add this to the to-do-list and we’ll see if it’s a War of the Worlds (1953) or a War of the Worlds (2005).
      I’m up for it.

  4. Beam me up scotty! I’m pumped it looks very interesting. Can I buy a ticket now?

  5. I’m interested, but I’d like to see a little more before I’m sold. The dialogue with the newscasters seems a little off to me, I’m hopeing the resto the movie is better.

  6. Is it all “CGI”? The shot of those two guys remind me of Resident Evil… the Game…

  7. This and Monsters are really inspiring me as a low (LOW) budget filmmaker and a film fan, too! Bring them on!


  8. That comment was mean’t for xigbar!!!

  9. M night has had his ups and down. I think most of his movies are pretty good. Signs being my favorite. 90% of the movie critics are morons.

    • Taemo17,

      But the wisdom of crowds is never wrong, eh?


  10. No 85% percent of the crowds have no clue. Most critics in my opinion are single minded and usually make up their mind about a film in the first 30 mins of the movie.

    • Taemo17,

      In my experience (hundreds and hundreds of films watched) if a movie is awful during the first 30 minutes it’s not going to get any better. But that’s besides the point.

      My point is if 90% of critics have no clue and 85% of crowds have no clue then it must be nice to be in that elite 10-15% that actually knows what a good film is.

      See how that comes across? :-P

      Best regards,


  11. Well said vic. Vic what did you think about avatar?

    • Taemo17,

      I thought it was the most visually impressive film I’d ever seen with a very pedestrian story.


  12. I agree vic, I really hope part 2 has a stronger story.

  13. This film and MONSTERS are a possible truning point for this industry and I hope all you movie fans will help support both assuming of course they are good films and so far they appear to be. It could turn out that one or both suck but thats looking less likely with each new bit of info we get on each.

    I have to say as much as I liked the AVP film and even though I wouldn’t protest AVP2 (I just wouldn’t buy it on DVD) I do hope that doesn’t cause anyone to refuse to gove Sykline a chance.

  14. @Vic,

    POssibly dumb question but do you guys, the ones who are invited to pre-screenings, shown usually within a week of their release date, of major releases (i.e. INCEPTION) ever get DVD Screeners for smaller films like the independents to review in advance of a theatrical release? I’d love to hear a review of either SKYLINE or MONSTERS just so as to get an idea if after seeing the complete film the review paints a positive picture.

    • BlueCollarCritic,

      I get them once in a great while – but since we don’t tend to cover independent films I haven’t searched out contacts that send those on a regular basis. But regardless of whether it’s a screener or not, generally we’re asked to hold reviews until the release date.


  15. It got my attention. I hope it works out well in the end.

  16. I am sooo seein this movie!

  17. AWESOME!!!!

  18. Looks really good from the previews, just hope they dont ruin it by having us defeat the aliens I HATE THAT TYPE ENDING because we would deffinently lose.

  19. I’m expecting to see this film big time! Hope this is a downer