Best Alien/ Scifi movies?

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  1. dwgsong

    dwgsong First time out of the vault

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    Apr 28, 2013
    hey everyone, so i want to get everyones thoughts on the best alien movies of all time.... my picks would have to be

    1: the first "Invasion of the body snatchers"
    2: the first "The Day The Earth Stood Still"

    i have been looking for some other good ones, any one got any ideas?
     
  2. Hassknecht

    Hassknecht For hate's sake. Staff Member Admin Orderite

    Aug 16, 2010
    Alien and Aliens, obviously. The Thing is great, too.
    For SciFi in general I'd pick Blade Runner.
     
  3. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    Not sure if they fit the category, but Robocop (the original), The Terminator, Forbidden Planet (basically the prototype for Star Trek)
     
  4. alec

    alec White heterosexual male Orderite

    May 21, 2003
    Apart from the obvious classics (Alien, Aliens, ...) I always liked Pitch Black.

    Pandorum was pretty decent as well, when looking at recent titles.

    Other recent sci-fi flicks I really liked: Moon, District 9 and Prometheus.

    All of these have flaws, mind you, but all sc-fi does.
     
  5. TheWesDude

    TheWesDude Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Feb 25, 2005
    Krull

    it has aliens and magic !!!
     
  6. Crni Vuk

    Crni Vuk M4A3 Oldfag oTO Orderite

    Nov 25, 2008
    I remember that one. Flying castles for the win!

    Seriously,

    Event Horizion is a decent Science Fiction horror.
     
  7. Atomkilla

    Atomkilla Hazel Hegemon oTO Orderite

    Dec 26, 2010
    2001 A Space Odyssey anyone?
     
  8. Lexx

    Lexx Background Radiant
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    Apr 24, 2005
    And high-tech / sci-fi stuff, if I remember correct.
     
  9. Wastewander

    Wastewander It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Jul 6, 2011
    In terms of just sci-fi in general, a few come to mind, some well-known and others not so much. The main ones I would recommend watching are:

    Gattaca
    Blade Runner
    Moon
    Alien

    I have a soft spot for A Scanner Darkly. Some of the stuff from the 50s is also pretty great. Never seen 2001, but do plan to.

    In terms of alien movies in general, there isn't much that I'm aware of. There are a few films that I watch for fun like Killer Klowns from Outer Space, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Men in Black, etc.

    They do.
     
  10. Radman

    Radman It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Jul 12, 2007
    An underrated film but 'Pitch Black' is a fairly competent monster/alien movie.

    Not so much an alien film but 'Event Horizon' is again underrated and is easily by far Paul W S Anderson's best work - easily (mainly because everything else he's ever directed is utter shite.)
     
  11. pyroD

    pyroD Still Mildly Glowing

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    Aug 26, 2012
    Armageddon, if that counts. I also thought Red Plant was a pretty good movie.
     
  12. valcik

    valcik So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Dec 20, 2008
    Yup. I liked the Solaris in the same way.

    Here's another tip for underrated sci-fi: Sunshine. There's some supernatural mumbo-jumbo, but anyway.

    Not bad, even with that stupid romance plot. There are some eye-catching effects. Still, I consider a B-category movie Moon 44 to be much better, for instance.
     
  13. Radman

    Radman It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Jul 12, 2007
    Sunshine is a very good little sci fi, really enjoyed it in the cinema when it came out.
     
  14. UniversalWolf

    UniversalWolf eaten by a grue.

    Aug 28, 2005
    I've never liked Event Horizon. It's just Hellraiser in space, which I'm not sure even qualifies as science fiction. I admit the art direction is good though.

    I'd add to the recommendations for Blade Runner and Gattaca.

    I also like Dark City and Outland (the Sean Connery movie from the 80s, not the Jim Caviezel movie from a few years ago), for some lesser-known gems.

    And of course the original Planet of the Apes, which is a masterpiece.
     
  15. Hassknecht

    Hassknecht For hate's sake. Staff Member Admin Orderite

    Aug 16, 2010
    Fuck yes Outland. I love that movie, for some reason. Pure Conneryness.
     
  16. The Dutch Ghost

    The Dutch Ghost Grouchy old man of NMA Moderator

    Jan 11, 2004
    A bit dated now but one old sci fi movie I also liked was Fantastic Voyage.
     
  17. Gonzalez

    Gonzalez Sonny, I Watched the Vault Bein' Built!

    Aug 21, 2004
    Outland was awesome, watched it a zillion times and still do occasionally. The atmosphere in Event Horizon is what makes that movie really worthwhile, one hell of a spooky ship, and I actually noticed many of the imagery that made it that way, like the coffin shaped doorways.

    I sure liked Space Odyssey, as I like most if not all Kubrick films, if for lack of a better reason I believe the photography in his movies is unparalleled to anything else even today, and is my belief that 2001 inspired much of the sci-fi cinema that appeared after in one way or another.
     
  18. Radman

    Radman It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Jul 12, 2007
    Amazing film Outland - again highly under-rated I actually consider it to be in the same universe as Alien - it feels almost exactly the same in setting.

    Connery plays a good part aswell.
     
  19. valcik

    valcik So Old I'm Losing Radiation Signs

    Dec 20, 2008
    Another underrated and less known pieces: Pilot Pirx's inquest (1979). It's a Polish/Ukrainian movie, based on story Test pilota Pirxa, written by Stanislaw Lem. Digging deeper into the history, we'll find Icarus XB 1 (1963), pretty good Czech sci-fi movie based also on story written by S. Lem. Perhaps some of the effects are aged a little, but the rock solid stories can beat Armageddon and other supercool modern crap any day.
     
  20. Wastewander

    Wastewander It Wandered In From the Wastes

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    Jul 6, 2011
    I would also add Colossus: The Forbin Project as another good film that I enjoyed quite a bit. Tend to forget this one since I've only seen it once.