“An out-of-this-world game”

Films: Zathura (2005)

Alias: The robot, Zargons

Type: Alien

Location: Eldritch location/Haunted home

Height/Weight: Twice that of average humans.

Affiliation: Neutral, leaning on Evil

Summary: Remember when some folks unleashed utter calamity upon their small town with a boardgame that played on every horrifying stereotype of the wild jungle? Well, it's back, and this time, it's going interstellar. It's not going to affect too many people, but for those it does, that's more than enough...

History: This is the tale of two rival siblings who stumbled upon the Jumunji board game. However, within the box they instead find Zathura, a space-themed board game. Naturally, everything goes to Hell once the game starts, with the two getting their house transported to outer space with no hope of getting back unless they finish what they started. Threats include meteors, ejections, each other, a homicidal robot, and the Zorgons, a race of reptilian pyromaniacs who burnt their own planet to a crisp, and scour the outer limits looking for fresh meat.

Notable Kills: See Final Fate.

Final Fate: The Zargons are repelled when the robot is reprogrammed into attacking them. It hijacks one of their ships, sending it crashing into the other. The last one in the house gets a piano slammed into it by Kristen Stewart's character, of all people. As for the boys, after mending their rivalry, they finish the game (after an utterly frightening black hole that annihilates the rest of the Zargon fleet), resetting everything, but letting them keep their memories.

Powers/Abilities: The robot can self-repair.

Weakness: Anything conventional.

Scariness Factor: 4-Let's forget for a moment that these are two boys being under threat by mad robots and carnivorous reptillians. Even an adult would be hard-pressed to face these guys. It doesn't help that the Zorgons are almost completely practical, making them look almost real...

Trivia: -Originally, there was going to be a lot more action sequences, with the sibling rivalry being pushed to the side. But executives thought that it would have more gravitas if that was the center of the plot. How well that worked is honestly up to you.

-Before he sold his soul to make the 2019 remake of "The Lion King", director Jon Favreau delighted in using miniatures and other practical effects for this film. Don’t worry, he's also done a metric ton of other films, all ranging from "very good" to "pretty okay".

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One wrong move and it's the movie Gravity from here on out.

Remember. This is how Terminator kinda started.

"You know, food doesn't really talk...what have we been doing our whole lives?!"
Chaos is like lightning in a bottle with these games!

Decepticons, you missed someone!

You know! For kids! The drawn-out pain of a black hole!

For all their faults, I bet they make killer Italian.

You know what? Send the Zorgons to wherever these abominations come from.