Space Horror

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Space Horror

When it comes to Space Horror, there are many directors who explored this topic. We assembled 21 of our favorites.

Alien (1979)

Alien
★★★★
★★★★
3.4 out of 4 stars

From Ridley Scott, starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright
Rated R

Alien is a 1979 science fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, and Yaphet Kotto. The film follows the crew of the commercial space vessel Nostromo as they respond to a distress call from an alien planet and encounter a deadly alien life form that stalks and hunts them. After an initial confrontation, the crew attempts to escape the planet, but face various obstacles as the alien stalks them through the ship, killing off each crewmember one by one. Ultimately, the surviving crewmembers manage to defeat the alien and escape the planet, but they soon discover that they have inadvertently brought the alien creature on board the ship with them.

Aliens (1986)

Aliens
★★★★
★★★★
3.4 out of 4 stars

From James Cameron, starring Sigourney Weaver, Michael Biehn, Carrie Henn, Paul Reiser
Rated R

Aliens is a 1986 science fiction action horror film directed by James Cameron, starring Sigourney Weaver and Michael Biehn. The film follows Weaver's character Ellen Ripley as she returns to the planet LV-426, where her crew encountered the hostile Alien creature, after a space merchant ship receives a distress call from the planet. Accompanied by a unit of space marines, Ripley discovers that the planet has been overrun by Aliens, and the colonists have been cocooned in their own buildings. After a series of tense battles, Ripley and the marines manage to destroy the Aliens and the planet, though not before Ripley learns the horrifying truth about the Aliens' origins. Aliens is a seminal entry in the Alien franchise, and has been praised for its intense action sequences and powerful performances.

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

2001: A Space Odyssey
★★★★
★★★★
3.3 out of 4 stars

From Stanley Kubrick, starring Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter
Rated G

2001: A Space Odyssey is a 1968 science fiction film directed by Stanley Kubrick and written by Kubrick and Arthur C. Clarke. It follows a voyage to Jupiter with the sentient computer HAL after the discovery of a mysterious black monolith. The film explores a wide range of themes, including evolution, technology, artificial intelligence, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life. The film is known for its revolutionary visual effects and memorable soundtrack. It won numerous awards, including an Academy Award for Best Special Visual Effects. The film is widely regarded as one of the greatest films of all time.

Moon (2009)

Moon
★★★★
★★★★
3.1 out of 4 stars

From Duncan Jones, starring Sam Rockwell, Kevin Spacey, Dominique McElligott, Rosie Shaw
Rated R

Moon is a science fiction drama set in the near future. Sam Bell (Sam Rockwell) is a lone astronaut who has been stationed on the Moon to oversee the automatic harvesting of a precious natural resource called Helium-3. After three years alone on the Moon, Sam is nearing the end of his tour and is looking forward to finally returning home to his wife and daughter. However, things soon take a dark turn when Sam begins to experience strange and vivid hallucinations and finds that he is not alone on the Moon. Through a series of events, Sam discovers a shocking truth about his mission, leading him to question his own identity and the reality of his situation. With the clock ticking, Sam must find a way to confront his demons and make it home alive.

Sunshine (2007)

Sunshine
★★★★
★★★★
2.9 out of 4 stars

From Danny Boyle, starring Cillian Murphy, Rose Byrne, Chris Evans, Cliff Curtis
Rated R

Pitch Black (2000)

Pitch Black
★★★★
★★★★
2.8 out of 4 stars

From David Twohy, starring Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, Vin Diesel, Keith David
Rated R

Prometheus (2012)

Prometheus
★★★★
★★★★
2.8 out of 4 stars

From Ridley Scott, starring Noomi Rapace, Logan Marshall-Green, Michael Fassbender, Charlize Theron
Rated R

Pandorum (2009)

Pandorum
★★★★
★★★★
2.7 out of 4 stars

From Christian Alvart, starring Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, Cam Gigandet, Antje Traue
Rated R

Event Horizon (1997)

Event Horizon
★★★★
★★★★
2.6 out of 4 stars

From Paul W.S. Anderson, starring Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan, Joely Richardson
Rated R

Alien³ (1992)

Alien³
★★★★
★★★★
2.6 out of 4 stars

From David Fincher, starring Sigourney Weaver, Charles S. Dutton, Charles Dance, Paul McGann
Rated R

Europa Report (2013)

Europa Report
★★★★
★★★★
2.6 out of 4 stars

From Sebastián Cordero, starring Sharlto Copley, Michael Nyqvist, Christian Camargo, Embeth Davidtz
Rated PG-13

Alien: Resurrection (1997)

Alien: Resurrection
★★★★
★★★★
2.5 out of 4 stars

From Jean-Pierre Jeunet, starring Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder, Dominique Pinon, Ron Perlman
Rated R

Solaris (2002)

Solaris
★★★★
★★★★
2.5 out of 4 stars

From Steven Soderbergh, starring George Clooney, Natascha McElhone, Ulrich Tukur, Viola Davis
Rated PG-13

The Last Days on Mars (2013)

The Last Days on Mars
★★★★
★★★★
2.2 out of 4 stars

From Ruairi Robinson, starring Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas, Romola Garai, Olivia Williams
Rated R

Apollo 18 (2011)

Apollo 18
★★★★
★★★★
2.1 out of 4 stars

From Gonzalo López-Gallego, starring Warren Christie, Lloyd Owen, Ryan Robbins, Michael Kopsa
Rated PG-13

Doom (2005)

Doom
★★★★
★★★★
2.1 out of 4 stars

From Andrzej Bartkowiak, starring Karl Urban, Rosamund Pike, Dwayne Johnson, Deobia Oparei
Rated R

Galaxy of Terror (1981)

Galaxy of Terror
★★★★
★★★★
2 out of 4 stars

From Bruce D. Clark, starring Edward Albert, Erin Moran, Ray Walston, Bernard Behrens
Rated R

Ghosts of Mars (2001)

Ghosts of Mars
★★★★
★★★★
2 out of 4 stars

From John Carpenter, starring Natasha Henstridge, Ice Cube, Pam Grier, Jason Statham
Rated R

Supernova (2000)

Supernova
★★★★
★★★★
1.9 out of 4 stars

From Directors: Walter Hill, Francis Ford Coppola, Jack Sholder, starring James Spader, Peter Facinelli, Robin Tunney, Angela Bassett
Rated PG-13

Jason X (2001)

Jason X
★★★★
★★★★
1.8 out of 4 stars

From James Isaac, starring Kane Hodder, Lexa Doig, Jeff Geddis, David Cronenberg
Rated R

Species II (1998)

Species II
★★★★
★★★★
1.8 out of 4 stars

From Peter Medak, starring Natasha Henstridge, Michael Madsen, Marg Helgenberger, Mykelti Williamson
Rated R

 



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