1994’s Stargate is perhaps not cinema’s most iconic portrayal of aliens but is still one of our favorites simply because of its playfulness with the origin of Ancient Egypt and alien entanglement with human history, like the sci-fi show “Ancient Aliens” on the History Channel.

With the Western fascination of the mysteriousness of Ancient Egyptian culture, the film does a great job of including just enough realism about the era and culture to give a note of authenticity to the blatant fiction of everything else.

The story posits that aliens (the Goa’uld) visited Earth years ago, interfering with the natural order of history, by using the Stargate to ship slaves to other planets. After a rebellion, the Stargate was hidden and forgotten, until the U.S. uncovered it in present day times.

Directed by Roland Emmerich and written by Dean Devlin and Roland Emmerich, it stars Kurt Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson, Alexis Cruz, Mili Avital, and Viveca Lindfors. The movie was a hit and grossed over $200 million globally. It spawned a number of offspring in other media including a TV show, comics, and video games.

“The Goa’uld are a race of sentient parasitic beings that take over hosts. Several species can serve as hosts, including humans and Unas. They originated on the planet designated P3X-888. They are also extremely egomaniacal due to their genetic memory and the adverse mental effects of the Sarcophagus technology. Goa’uld means “god” in the Goa’uld language. ”

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