Top Sci-Fi/Horror Movies for you to watch this Halloween
A little while back I put the call out to the official Sci-Fi Weekender group on Facebook about what their favourite Sci-Fi-Horror movies were, there was an influx of movies added to the poll that started on the 18th September, but after lots of votes the final top 10 Sci-Fi Horror movies are now in, so let’s take a look at them.
Probably one of the most known Sci-Fi/Horror movies that spawned several sequels and prequels, I remember seeing the movie shortly after it came out and it scared the heck out of me, the Ridley Scott’s Alien is a movie that has always been with me ever since, with a brilliant cast including Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt and John Hurt, it’s no surprise that it hit the top movie on the groups votes.
1982 saw a movie that many have in their top 10 films lists, John Carpenter’s The Thing was the movie that introduced me to Carpenter’s work, starring Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley and Keith David, The Thing used practical effects by Rob Bottin, and the idea of isolation to update Howard Hawks original movie. Even in today’s standards of CGI in movies, The Thing stands the test of time and is a movie that still shocks those that have never seen it!
The sequel to the 1979 movie, sees Ellen Ripley rescued by a deep salvage team after being in hypersleep for 57 years. The moon that the Nostromo visited has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, colonial marines have impressive firepower. Aliens also had a directors cut by James Cameron which certainly added a lot more scope to the movie than the theatrical cut.
Now here’s a movie that when it first came out, I wasn’t totally sure about, but this werewolf movie with bite, sees a routine military exercise turns into a nightmare in the Scottish wilderness. Starring Sean Pertwee, this movie that is a good wholesome British horror was directed by Neil Marshall and was his first full-length feature.
This is one of those movies that you have to watch in the dark, mainly down that the movie fits its title and the majority of the film is dark and you can’t see anything in a well-lit room! The film was the first in a series of movies and an animated short to branch between the first film and the second, but if you like shocks and watching movies in a very dark room, then go for it!
The first, and most probably, the best of the movies in the franchise, with some great one-liners from Arnold Schwarzenegger as, his character, Dutch and his team of commandos go on a mission in a Central American jungle find themselves hunted by an extra-terrestrial warrior.
This was one of those movies that terrified me on so many levels and it still does, its brilliant mix of Sci-Fi, horror and shocks had audiences screaming during its theatrical release and no doubt it still does in homes as well. A rescue crew investigates a spaceship that disappeared into a black hole and has now returned…with someone or something new on-board
2002 saw the first movie in the franchise based on the video games hitting the big screen, with its mixed reviews, it became a bit of a marmite movie, hated by some and loved by others, a special military unit fights a powerful, out-of-control supercomputer and hundreds of scientists who have mutated into flesh-eating creatures after a laboratory accident.
Nightmare on Elm Street
1984 saw Freddie on the big screen for the first time and brilliantly played by Robert Englund as the monstrous spirit of a slain janitor seeks revenge by invading the dreams of teenagers whose parents were responsible for his untimely death. The film stars a young Johnny Depp and certainly put fear into you closing your eyes at night in the comfort and safety of your own home!
The Evil Dead
Sam Raimi’s masterpiece of horror, starring the legendary Bruce Campbell as Ash in his first outing in the cabin in the woods with fellow college friends as they find the Necronomicon “the book of the dead” unleashing demons that take over his friends with Ash (Bruce Campbell) fighting for his life and his soul. Evil Dead is a brilliant example of indie filmmaking, made on a small budget the movie has seen the cast and crew go on to bigger budget movies and TV shows. We salute you Sam Raimi for bringing us, Bruce Campbell.