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Joseph ‘Joe’ Lamb

Played By: Joel Courtney

  • Adorkable: Whenever Alice is around he can barely think.
  • Badass Pacifist: Joe gets the alien to leave Earth just by using empathy.
  • Nice Guy: The most mature and well-mannered of his friends.
  • Parental Neglect: Joe's father can't wait to shovel him off to a camp for the summer. He's terrified of being left alone with Joe.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Part of his character development has him letting people walk all over to standing up for himself and others. Also, he entered a flesh-eating alien's lair, something that Joe probably wouldn't do in the beginning.
  • Tragic Keepsake: His Mom's locket.
  • Would Hit a Girl: But hesitantly and only because it was the only way to wake her up so that they could run for their lives.


Alice Dainard

Played By: Elle Fanning

  • Distressed Damsel: Gets kidnapped by the alien near the end.
  • Jerkass Façade: To deal with her abusive father and the guilt she feels for his indirect role in the death of Joe's mother.
  • Missing Mom: Alice's mother left them at some point.


Charles Kaznyk

Played By: Riley Griffiths

  • Hot-Blooded: He's somewhat abrasive and short-tempered.



Played By: Ryan Lee



Played By: Gabriel Basso



Played By: Zach Mills

Residents of Lillian, Ohio


Jackson ‘Jack’ Lamb

Played By: Kyle Chandler

  • Badass
  • Despair Event Horizon
  • Dressing as the Enemy
  • Fantasy-Forbidding Father
  • His Heart Will Go On: Heavily implied after he, in his own way, forgives Louis.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: The "jerk" part comes from planning to send his son away because he didn't know how to talk to him and forbidding Joe from spending time with Alice because of her being the daughter of Louis. The "heart of gold" comes from him forgiving Louis and saving his son.
  • Morality Chain: A non-villainous example. It seems Jack's wife was this for him to prevent him from being vindictive towards Louis even before the accident due to his bad reputation as the town drunk, however, after his wife died, Jack blames Louis for her death and becomes hostile towards him as a result, which even exceeds to Louis's family as well, such as his daughter Alice.
  • Papa Wolf
  • Overprotective Dad
  • Not So Stoic


Louis Dainard

Played By: Ron Eldard


Dr. Thomas Woodward

Played By: Glynn Thurman


Sheriff Pruitt

Played By: Brett Rice



Played By: Kyle Gallagher

    The Kaznyks 

Mr & Mrs Kaznyk

Played By: Joel McKinnon Miller & Jessica Tuck


Jen Kaznyk

Played By: Amanda Michalka

The Air Force


Colonel Nelec

Played By: Noah Emmerich

  • Asshole Victim
  • Bad Boss: He murders his former employee Dr Woodward in cold blood, and sends his Dragon into a practically suicidal situation.
  • Big Bad: Nelec is the true villain of the story; all the horrible events that plague Lillian can be traced back to his initial actions.
  • Dirty Coward: He sends his own men up against the Alien basically to serve as canaries down the mine, and when he's confronted he tries to escape by opening the cage he kept the kids in.
  • Exact Words: He gently promises he will 'take care' of Woodward...but Woodward knows what that means.
  • Karmic Death: Ripped apart by the Alien he brutally tortured.
  • Just Desserts: He's killed and eaten by the Alien.
  • Sociopathic Soldier
  • The Stoic
  • Torture Technician: He was responsible for torturing the alien, and also tortured Woodward for info.


Master Sergeant Overmeyer

Played By: Richard T. Jones

  • The Dragon: To Colonel Nelec.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: He's ripped out of the bus by the Alien as he's trying to clarify an order from Nelec.
  • Punch Clock Villain: He's following orders, and otherwise doesn't seem like all that bad a guy.
  • Oh Crap!: He understandably looks terrified when Nelec orders him to tag the creature.

Other Characters


The Alien/'Cooper'

Played By: Bruce Greenwood

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