Who doesn’t like a good space epic? How about when you add in angry aliens? Yeah, can’t go wrong with the horror sci-fi genre.
- Alien – Number eight on my all time favorite list is the first horror movie I ever watched. I was maybe six years old. I barely made it through, and couldn’t watch it again for ten years even though I tried many times. It’s claustrophobic, gory, and cemented Sigourney Weaver into my memory.
- Aliens – The sequel, this time directed by James Cameron, adds in comedy to the series (as well as the typical bad dialogue associated with James Cameron’s films). Bill Paxton delivers some great one liners while his cast members all die at the mouths of the xenomorph. Game over, man. Game over.
- Life – Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, and Ryan Reynolds as part of a team living on the international space station, they encounter and alien life form from rock samples from Mars. Their fail safes… fail… leaving them to sacrifice themselves to keep the life form from getting to earth. It’s claustrophobic much like Alien.
- Event Horizon – Laurence Fishburne and Sam Neill take a crew to the planet Neptune to save the Event Horizon; a ship that disappeared mysteriously only to reappear many years later. They discover an angry ship in this psychological sci-fi horror film.
- Pitch Black – This is the second of David Twohy’s films to make it into my blog this month (see yesterdays for the other). Vin Diesel plays Riddick, an antihero that you can’t help but root for even when those around him are being eaten by the creatures of a distant planet.