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#1 Posted by MiniPato (2752 posts) -

I've been watching lots of horror movies lately, many of which feature angry spirits. Most of the time I'm watching, I'm wondering "do ghosts ever get amazed by anything?" I mean, when they were alive, they never had cars, television, or the internet. You'd think they'd stop being so angry and haunting people and start chilling out.

So I've been thinking, what could be so fucking crazy that it would even make a ghost go "holy shit!" and stop being so damn angry. And I thought, aliens. What if aliens landed next to a haunted house with angry ghosts in them. Would the ghost be like "what the fuck?!" Or would they just be angry like always and try to haunt the aliens?

#2 Posted by Oldirtybearon (4893 posts) -
#3 Posted by GregoryGold (130 posts) -

What if ghosts saw aliens?

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#4 Posted by MiniPato (2752 posts) -

And fuck, while we're at it, would the devil have any power over aliens? Would aliens be subject to any terran supernatural influences?

#5 Edited by Willza92 (272 posts) -

It's a damn good movie, although I bet around half of ghosts would say Alien was better.

#6 Posted by GunstarRed (5478 posts) -

You win Giant Bomb!

#7 Posted by Noitwont (74 posts) -

Do aliens have ghosts? If so, can the aliens see them or only other ghosts?

#8 Posted by ninnanuam (282 posts) -

I dunno man, I don't think ghosts are sentient they just haunt stuff, sometimes they be trippin and they take their shit to the next level. I think the reverse question is more interesting what if aliens saw ghosts, I'm talking the archetypical logical unemotional grey kind with the big eyes seeing the apparition style ghostie. You think that might break their inscrutable expressionless faces.

#9 Posted by cmblasko (1352 posts) -

I guess to really explore that question we would have to find out why ghosts are so grumpy in the first place. Are there happy ghosts?

#10 Posted by VierasTalo (935 posts) -

@noitwont said:

Do aliens have ghosts? If so, can the aliens see them or only other ghosts?

And if a human saw the ghost of an alien, would they be freaked out because they see a ghost or because they see an alien?

#11 Posted by audioBusting (1649 posts) -

You know what, some people say that if ghosts do exist, we'd all be drowning in all the ghosts of the all dead people from the beginning of humanity. But.. what if all ghosts are aliens? Really makes you think.

#12 Posted by Fattony12000 (7570 posts) -

Ghost aliens.

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#13 Edited by ArtisanBreads (3997 posts) -

Best thread title ever.

#14 Posted by ripelivejam (4883 posts) -

@noitwont said:

Do aliens have ghosts? If so, can the aliens see them or only other ghosts?

And if a human saw the ghost of an alien, would they be freaked out because they see a ghost or because they see an alien?

maybe they'd be, like, double freaked out.

#15 Posted by ViciousBearMauling (1253 posts) -

This is some quality conversation.

Could an Alien Ghost see a Human Ghost? When one passes through the other, does the ghost that got passed through get a chill?

#16 Posted by Oldirtybearon (4893 posts) -

@vierastalo said:

@noitwont said:

Do aliens have ghosts? If so, can the aliens see them or only other ghosts?

And if a human saw the ghost of an alien, would they be freaked out because they see a ghost or because they see an alien?

This is literally the plot of Final Fantasy: Spirits Within.

#17 Posted by audioBusting (1649 posts) -

@viciousbearmauling said:

This is some quality conversation.

Could an Alien Ghost see a Human Ghost? When one passes through the other, does the ghost that got passed through get a chill?

I would guess that they'd be as amazed as we would be if we saw a normal-ass alien? I mean, the ghost part would cancel out, like how human ghosts would interact with each other. And to them, we are the aliens.

Wait a minute, do human ghosts get a chill when they pass each other?

#18 Posted by Bollard (5867 posts) -

One of the best thread titles I've seen on GiantBomb in a long time. Great question too.

#19 Edited by Tajasaurus (989 posts) -

this thread has changed me for the better

please add this to the community spotlight immediately

#20 Posted by Dussck (353 posts) -

If the ghost of Godzilla would fight Batman and Superman, who would win?

#21 Edited by Bobstar (321 posts) -

Thread of the year.

But yeah, I think the reverse question is more interesting. What if aliens were prepared to like, invade Earth, but they didn't account for no motherfucking ghost. Aliens would be scared shitless and know that you don't mess with Earth.

#22 Posted by TwoLines (2841 posts) -

Guys, if an alien ghost met a human ghost, would they try to scare each other? And if there were an Alien and a human in the room, who would scare who? Would the Alien ghost scare the alien or the human? And the human ghost? Who would he scare first? So many questions...

#23 Posted by Dimi3je (370 posts) -

Didn't Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within cover this already?

#24 Edited by Corevi (5006 posts) -
@dimi3je said:

Didn't Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within cover this already?

I watched that movie all the way through, I don't remember a single thing that happened in it.

#25 Posted by HatKing (6114 posts) -

@minipato: I've been trying to spitball some new story ideas recently, and now you have me thinking about Ghosts vs Aliens. I'll return here if this goes anywhere.

#26 Posted by D4RKSH33P (76 posts) -

I'd like to expand this to other horrors. What if a vampire tries to suck the blood of an alien? Does it provide sustenance? Will that alien then become a vampire?

#27 Posted by Hyuzen (467 posts) -

If ghosts saw aliens then unicorns would jump over sasquatches, and narwhal's would walk on land.

#28 Posted by Rafaelfc (1467 posts) -

The questions raised on this thread should be brought to the panel of experts on the bombcast to get the true answers!

#29 Posted by Corvak (1173 posts) -

Are humans susceptible to alien zombie plagues? Could an aliens be infected by us?

#30 Edited by jaycrockett (492 posts) -

Spooky Space Kook laughs at your ghost/alien dichotomy.

#31 Posted by audioBusting (1649 posts) -

I was just thinking, ghosts are not physical beings so they do not have eyes. I would guess that they see humans, other living beings and inanimate objects through souls and worldly attachments (their memories, our memories etc). So, ghosts might not be able to see aliens, because they are not from this world. If ghosts can see aliens before we do, then it would prove that aliens have souls and stuff!

#32 Posted by Brendan (8156 posts) -

Are these sentient ghosts with the personalities of their prior living selves, or just shades of a powerful emotion imprinted onto a place? If its the latter I expect the ghost wouldn't miss a beat, but if it's the former I expect hilarious hijinks to ensue!

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#34 Edited by MonkeyKing1969 (3040 posts) -

What if ghosts saw aliens?

...Yeah, and what if Final Fantasy : The Spirits Within were a good movie because then we'd know the answer to your question because that movies asked, "What if aliens WERE ghosts!?"

Thus through the transitive property, we would know that "if ghost saw aliens" it would probably be pretty dumb.

#35 Posted by ToTheNines (839 posts) -

Good question!

I have this question, when aliens die do they become alien ghosts? I think aliens ghosts are the only thing that could freak out ordinary ghosts.. My 2 cents.

#36 Edited by Abendlaender (2889 posts) -

Thesy would probably say something like "Yeah, that was a pretty good movie". Ghosts would probably like horror movies I'd wager

#37 Edited by MiniPato (2752 posts) -

I think if ghosts made first contact with aliens, aliens would assume that ghosts are the indigenous inhabitants. I mean, they wouldn't be wrong. Or they would assume that all humans have some inherent ability to have separate ethereal entities from their physical selves. Or perceive ghosts as a sort of rare mutation that occurs when humans die.

@brendan said:

Are these sentient ghosts with the personalities of their prior living selves, or just shades of a powerful emotion imprinted onto a place? If its the latter I expect the ghost wouldn't miss a beat, but if it's the former I expect hilarious hijinks to ensue!

I was thinking a mixture of both, but that powerful emotion is really fucking angry. Like The Grudge, where all the ghost wants to do is make other people's lives shitty cause they had a shitty death. Or maybe like a satanic ghost. Malevolent ghosts are basically all I'm interested in in the alien/ghost dynamic. Not those Casper types. And the aliens wouldn't necessarily be humanoid in nature. They could be something like a Hanar from Mass Effect. Like, ghosts ain't ever seen anything like a Hanar before. How the hell do you spook a Hanar? Do you think an evil malevolent ghost would end up being frustrated trying to haunt an alien? They don't know how aliens work. Aliens may not even have strong emotions of fear like humans do. Like, could an evil spirit possess an alien? Could an evil mummy curse befall an alien? They don't believe in any earth religions or superstitions.

#38 Edited by Noitwont (74 posts) -

Do the majority of other aliens judge the aliens that claim to see ghosts as being looney?

#39 Posted by AdequatelyPrepared (679 posts) -

Can Earth ghosts even float off into outer space? Could Mars be right now populated by Earth ghosts?

#40 Edited by 49th (2850 posts) -

moon ghost

#41 Posted by ghostyTrickster (342 posts) -

Can Earth ghosts even float off into outer space? Could Mars be right now populated by Earth ghosts?

You would assume they could, they don't need oxygen or anything. The real question would be are ghosts willing to go through the trouble?

Assume ghosts can travel at the average running speed of a human constantly, since they don't get tired. The average long running speed for a human is 5 - 8 mph, so let's go with 6. Mars is 224 million miles away from the Earth. That means it would take 37,333,333.333 hours to get there, which is 4,261.796 days of travel. What if they went all that way just to find out no one else did, or, worst case scenario, Mars is actually really lame?

#42 Posted by Dr_Monocle (124 posts) -

SHUT UP! SHUT UP! SHUT UP!

It's so...unnatural.

Kinda sounds like a Dr. Who episode.

#43 Posted by Corwag (131 posts) -

I love this thread. Also: pass that shit, smoke that shit.

#44 Edited by TheManWithNoPlan (6003 posts) -

What if ghosts saw aliens maaaaaan?

#45 Posted by AlisterCat (5727 posts) -

What about all the cow and dinosaur ghosts?

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#46 Posted by Itwongo (1246 posts) -

If aliens and their ghosts invaded, would our ghosts fight the alien ghosts?

#47 Edited by wrecks (2318 posts) -

#48 Posted by Corwag (131 posts) -

Jesus, Ghosts of Mars came out in 2001? Christ, I feel old now.

#49 Edited by Ezekiel (550 posts) -

@willza92 said:

It's a damn good movie, although I bet around half of ghosts would say Alien was better.

It's the dullest James Cameron movie I've seen and a disservice to Alien. I'm happy The Creative Assembly appear to be making a proper sequel to Ridley Scott's best movie. I liked it the first time, but both times after that were tedious and silly.

#50 Posted by xPolyMorphic (55 posts) -

@vierastalo said:

@noitwont said:

Do aliens have ghosts? If so, can the aliens see them or only other ghosts?

And if a human saw the ghost of an alien, would they be freaked out because they see a ghost or because they see an alien?

This is literally the plot of Final Fantasy: Spirits Within.

Which is actually a pretty underrated movie