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Seven Great Science Fiction Horror Films

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October 25, 2007
Source: Cinematical

Science Fiction Horror Films

With Halloween a mere 6 days away, that means plenty of you will be revisiting your favorite horror movies over the next few days. Besides that, everyone should know by now that I'm a sucker for good sci-fi movies, and combining science fiction and horror usually delivers some great results. Compliments of Cinematical, we look at their top 7 science fiction horror film suggestions. From Alien to The Fly, these are definitely some I want to pick up and watch this week for some thrills and I hope you do, too.

We'll kick this off by looking at Cinematical's selection of science fiction horror films. The greatest fear is a fear of the unknown, and what's more unknown than an alien life form or the endless expanse of space?

Alien (1979)
Directed by Ridley Scott

The Thing (1982)
Directed by John Carpenter

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Directed by Philip Kaufman

Night of the Comet (1984)
Directed by Thom Eberhardt

Lifeforce (1985)
Directed by Tobe Hooper

Planet of the Vampires (1965)
Directed by Mario Bava

The Fly (1986)
Directed by David Cronenberg

Science Fiction Horror Films

See any good ones so far? I can at least say that now I have an urge to go watch Alien through Alien: Resurrection again. The only other two that I can think of that haven't already been mentioned are Sphere and Ghosts of Mars. I could also mention Event Horizon, but I haven't seen it in quite a while and I don't think it's that great anyway. While I'm sure there are plenty more that I'm forgetting, these are at least the better ones that I'm glad have been mentioned.

Sphere (1998)
Directed by Barry Levinson
This is a personal favorite of mine that always gives me chills and delivers on the thrills. I can always watch it and still be scared and still get wrapped up in that claustrophobic underwater atmosphere.

Ghosts of Mars (2001)
Directed by John Carpenter
Okay, okay, I know this movie is pretty bad, but it's a definite guilty pleasure! It's one of the very first horror movies in general that I ever watched and that I ever bought on DVD.

With that, I think I'm going to fire up the DVD player and enjoy some good science fiction horror. If you're not a fan of sci-fi horror, then at least you should watch some other classic horror these last few days until Halloween. This is the one time of year where watching excessive amount horror is acceptable!

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  • Hi, where is The Matrix Trilogy? I personally liked that you guys included Sphere, an underestimated good sci-fi movie!
  • Unlived
    Hmmmm, You think that Event Horizon was not that great and that Ghosts of Mars is a guilty pleasure...... Not to be mean but are you serious? Ghosts of Mars?
  • Nick
    I agree with Unlived. Event Horizon is great. GoM = Escape from L.A. in space.
  • jason_md2020
    Dax, Matrix Trilogy wasn't really horror. Personally I loved Event Horizon, and I'm wondering if Paul Anderson will ever do an original script idea again. AVP was based on two other franchises, Mortal Kombat & Resident Evil on video games. Will someone send him an original script please? As for sci-fi/horror, I gotta go back to the 60's & 70's. Planet of the Apes (original) and Soylent Green are damn good. Sure they're mostly scifi, but those endings are classic creep-outs. And no I don't have a Charlton Heston fixation. Oh damn.. I forgot Dark City...Now there's an underestimated flick...
  • Sphere? Are you serious? That movie will forever go down in my mind as one of the top abominations of book -> screen adaptation. The book is possibly my all time favorite. The movie butchered and completely dropped essentially everything that made the book great.

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