What if a peaceful, friendly, knowledge-seeking mission went horribly, awfully awry? What if sending a capsule of Earth’s art, science, and culture into space were to lead a killer race of video game characters straight to our homeworld?

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That’s the thesis, more or less, behind the upcoming Sony Pictures movie PIXELS. The movie features video game characters made real and sent to Earth to eradicate our obviously war-like species.

The hitch? The video game characters were part of a space probe NASA sent out in 1982, seeking to spread the word of our existence to potential alien cultures—in a spirit of peace and sharing.

Apparently etiquette varies rather significantly in at least one alien culture.

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The resulting cartridge-gaming catastrophe sees larger-than-life Donkey Kong, Space Invaders, Tetris, and Pac-Man characters wreaking pixelate—but very real—havoc on Earth.

How can they be stopped? What’s the plan? A gang of MINIs, fulfilling the roles of Inky, Blinky, Pinky, and Clyde—the Pac-Man ghosts—will take down the citrine chomper through sheer gusto.

The PIXELS movie hits theaters July 24, featuring Adam Sandler, Peter Dinklage, Kevin James, Michelle Monaghan, and Jane Krakowski among the cast.