Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Top Five Sci-fi Horror Flicks in Space!

As a prelude to my soon to be published review of Moon, I have decided to get everyone pumped by a list of my top five sci-fi horror movies prior to Moon. I won't say it will change after, but we will see.

5. Screamers (1995) Dir. by Christian Dunguay

(SIRIUS 6B, Year 2078) On a distant mining planet ravaged by a decade of war, scientists have created the perfect weapon: a blade-wielding, self-replicating race of killing devices known as Screamers designed for one purpose only -- to hunt down and destroy all enemy life forms But man's greatest weapon has continued to evolve without any human guidance, and now it has devised a new mission: to obliterate all life. Col. Hendricksson (Peter Weller) is commander of a handful of Alliance soldiers still alive on Sirius 6B. Betrayed by his own political leaders and disgusted by the atrocities of this never-ending war, Hendricksson decides he must negotiate a separate peace with the New Economic Bloc's decimated forces. But to do so, he will have to cross a treacherous wasteland where the deadliest threat comes from the very weapons he helped to create. Written by Nicolas LeBlanc {ei952859@uqac.uquebec.ca}

Greatly under appreciated scifi/horror that I have thoroughly enjoyed over the years.

4. Pitch Black (2000) Dir. by David Twohy

A transport space-shuttle lands on a planet where the light is seemingly always shining. Under the planet is a hoard of vicious creatures who are hurt by the light and need dark. The passengers on the ship think they are safe...until they find out there's going to be an eclipse. Written by Skip4591

I know what you are thinking. Vin Diesel? Really? The answer is yes! This movie is absolutely amazing. Simple plot filmed in a simple manner, with a small cast, good special effects, and it works. This is back when I respected Vin. I will stand by it, and I hope he returns to good movies someday soon.

3. Aliens (1986) Dir. by James Cameron

After colonist, Ellen Ripley survived her disastrous ordeal. Nobody believed her story about the "Aliens" being on the planet LV-426. However, approximately 50 years later, the colony on LV-426 was completely destroyed. The government has decided to send Ripley out of cryostasis and to aid a team of tough, rugged space marines into the desolate planet to find out if there are aliens, or survivors. But, what Ripley will begin to realize that her worst nightmare is about to come true. Written by John Wiggins

Why not Alien? It is because the second one has more action, more aliens, moves at a faster pace, and kept me interested. Yes, sometimes I like it when stuff blows up and people shoot guns.

2. Event Horizon (1997) Dir. by Paul W. S. Anderson

In the year 2047 a group of astronauts are sent to investigate and salvage the long lost starship "Event Horizon". The ship disappeared mysteriously 7 years before on its maiden voyage and with its return comes even more mystery as the crew of the "Lewis and Clark" discover the real truth behind its disappearance and something even more terrifying. Written by Losman {losman@express-news.net}

I don't get scared very often, but I remember watching this movie when it first came out, and I was absolutely terrified. Paul doesn't do a lot of things well, but this one is definitely well done.

1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Dir. by Stanley Kubrick

"2001" is a story of evolution. Sometime in the distant past, someone or something nudged evolution by placing a monolith on Earth (presumably elsewhere throughout the universe as well). Evolution then enabled humankind to reach the moon's surface, where yet another monolith is found, one that signals the monolith placers that humankind has evolved that far. Now a race begins between computers (HAL) and human (Bowman) to reach the monolith placers. The winner will achieve the next step in evolution, whatever that may be. Written by Larry Cousins

Kubrick was an outstanding director, and whenever I think of him, this is always the first movie that comes to mind.

1 comment:

Michael Ross Allen said...

Nice list. Event Horizon still scares the socks off me. -mike