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TrilobiteMember8212 XPMar-28-2017 7:45 PM

What are your top 5 or 10 scifi movies you like that may not be well known? I am trying to get ideas since I have fallen way behind in movie watching. For instance, BigDave and ninXeno426 recommended Ex Machina and I watched and enjoyed it. I can only think of three at the moment but feel free to list your favourites.

1. Equilibrium

2. THX 1138 (early Lucas pre Star Wars)

3. Overdrawn at the Memory Bank MST3K edition (funny rif***e and not a terrible movie on its own)

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TrilobiteMember8212 XPMar-28-2017 7:56 PM

I forgot to mention Them.


FacehuggerMember194 XPMar-28-2017 8:00 PM

Moon--great little piece with Sam Rockwell.

I love THX 1138--nice to see a fellow fan.


PraetorianMember3073 XPMar-28-2017 8:04 PM

Of course thumbs up on Ex Machina!Some i dig that are a little obscure are:1. A Scanner Darkly:2.Pandorum:3.Air(i think I've mentioned that one)4.Moon.     5.Dredd(think i mentioned this one too)I'll come back with more,I gotta list 

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TrilobiteMember8212 XPMar-28-2017 8:12 PM

My dad gave me a ton of DVDs when he had to move and didn't have space to keep them. Moon might be in there. That is where I found Equilibrium.


PraetorianMember3073 XPMar-28-2017 8:15 PM

Lol just noticed I wasn't the only one to mention Moon 

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TrilobiteMember8212 XPMar-28-2017 8:18 PM

I will have to rummage through those dvds again. There are almost 300 and many of them are not for me or I have them already.


PraetorianMember3073 XPMar-28-2017 8:24 PM

Gattaca is another.Dark City.Predestination.Event Horizon.Demon Seed.Mimic.

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PraetorianMember3073 XPMar-28-2017 8:26 PM

The Arrival(not to be confused with Arrival)Repo men(not to be confused with Repo Man)

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TrilobiteMember8212 XPMar-28-2017 8:30 PM

I am finally watching Arrival tonight on Prime!


PraetorianMember3073 XPMar-28-2017 8:31 PM

Damn!!!So jealous!Tell me how it was when you're done 

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TrilobiteMember8212 XPMar-28-2017 8:33 PM

I will. Most forum members will roll their eyes and say You only saw it NOW?


PraetorianMember3073 XPMar-28-2017 8:36 PM

Your not alone lol.Actually i saw some one ripping it on one of the Life threads.

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TrilobiteMember8212 XPMar-28-2017 8:40 PM

We are entitled to our opinions. If I'm feeling it, I'm going to watch and judge for myself. It's all good and I went OT on my own thread. How is that for setting an example?


PraetorianMember3073 XPMar-28-2017 8:51 PM

It happens lol.Back on topic.The Signal(2007)

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FacehuggerMember118 XPMar-28-2017 9:08 PM

Impostor with the guy that comes out in the CSI show

Want some candy?


OvomorphMember45 XPMar-28-2017 9:32 PM

Event Horizon, Cube


PraetorianMember2674 XPMar-28-2017 10:20 PM

I love THEM, it's a classic!

BUG [1970's movie with Bradford Dillman creating hybrid ****roaches, still scares the s**t out of me!]

Planet of The Vampires [worth watching for the similarities to both A L I EN and PROMETHEUS!]

It Came From Outer Space

DARK STAR [Surfing in space, beach ball alien, the knife trick, from these humble beginnings A L I E N was born!]

DEAD AND BURIED [1981 O'Bannon and Shussett wrote the screenplay, Stan Winston created the make-up effects!]


Quatermass and The Pit

Invasion of The Bodysnatchers~ [the original version and Philip Kaufman's 1978 version with Donald Sutherland and Leonard Nimoy!]

Things To Come


It! The Terror From Beyond Space

Robinson Crusoe on Mars

The Thing From Another World

John Carpenters The Thing [totally awesome practical effects!]

Forbidden Planet [with Robby the greatest robot ever!]

The Day The Earth Stood Still [Original version, not the Keanu Reeves remake!]

Scanners, The Brood, Videodrome, Shivers, Rabid, eXistenZ [I'm a fan of David Cronenberg!]

Leviathan [A L I E N underwater clone, but pretty good!]

Slipstream [starring Mark Hamill, as the baddie, and Bill Paxton]




Don't Look Now [great horror film, one of my all time favourites, directed by the wonderful Nic Roeg!]

The Andromeda Strain

Phase IV

The Omega Man

Soylent Green

SOLARIS [1972 Tarkovsky original]

A Boy And His Dog

Farenheit 451

La Jettee



SPACEHUNTER: Adventures In The Forbidden Zone


Will add more as I remember them....



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FacehuggerMember293 XPMar-28-2017 10:20 PM

The Illustrated Man(sort of sci-fi), Fiend without a Face(very old)

The Cars that Ate Paris(Kind of pre-Mad Max type of movie where the cars takeover a tiny town of paris in Australia), Oblivion(its similar to Moon).

Mr. Nostromo

OvomorphMember23 XPMar-28-2017 11:34 PM

JazzHands, I liked Cube, though I never went back for the sequels. 

Did anyone ever see an old weirdly called 'Hardware'? I think it was Clive Owens first flick 

also, I love Dark City though it's a hard genre to pin to


TrilobiteMember8212 XPMar-28-2017 11:35 PM

nin- OT a bit.

Arrival is solid. There is a twist near the end and not how I expected. It violates a couple scifi rules for me but they work well specifically for this movie. It is even a bit of a tear jerker. Anything else would be spoils.


TrilobiteMember8212 XPMar-28-2017 11:42 PM

JazzHands- I forgot about Cube. That was a sleeper hit for me. I didn't care for the sequel though.


Great list. I have seen some of those and heard of others.

All- thanks for giving me stuff to watch!


TrilobiteMember8212 XPMar-29-2017 12:04 AM

I forgot They Live. Nice little Orwellianesque flick.


TrilobiteMember8212 XPMar-29-2017 12:44 AM

Dang it- Planet of the Apes. Well, that is well known but pretty old!

Deep Space

FacehuggerMember320 XPMar-29-2017 1:07 AM

Some good pics above - some repeats here but my 2 cents:

Moon (a good 'human' sci-fi)

A Scanner Darkly (crazy but moral, kind of, drug tale)

*Under the Skin (must see just for the creepiest death scene ever and, being honest, Scarlet Johansen . . .)

Ex Machina (when AI goes bad ;)  but not in a cliched way)

Sunshine (a nice, uneventful trip to the sun)

and, not really off radar but

12 Monkeys (time travel, Terry Gilliam strangeness, top stuff)

*this would be my top pick if you've not seen it.  Very dark.  Combines alien invasion/abduction, alien AI and aliens on motorbikes, gross out scenes and Glaswegian night life.    Random stuff but very well done imo.  I think if you're British it's possibly even more unnerving . . .


TrilobiteMember8212 XPMar-29-2017 1:19 AM

Deep Space 12 Monkeys was great! I need to dust my dvd collection.

Under the Skin sounds interesting too. Thanks!


ChestbursterMember907 XPMar-29-2017 6:04 AM

A Boy and His Dog

Deep Space

FacehuggerMember320 XPMar-29-2017 8:22 AM

No worries dk :)

Im just gutted I've seen most if not all of those recommended above . . .

Hence why I can't wait for AC!



ChestbursterMember739 XPMar-29-2017 8:40 AM

I've seen so many sci-fi films in the past, and I managed to find a few of these on the memory lane, some of which I still enjoy provided that I use my Nostalgia-Vision (TM)

- Saturn 3 

- Outland 

- Battle Beyond the Stars 

- Robot Jox 

- Innerspace 

- The Blob

Hey don't laugh! 

Sci-fi films are best enjoyed in grainy VHS screen quality on a fatass CRT TV imo (especially 80's space adventure films with lens flare, synth music, sometimes outrageous leather clothing, guy-in-a-suit monsters, stop motion and matte painting backgrounds.)

A huge 4k screen with a massive HT set-up is the 2nd best thing.

Deep Space

FacehuggerMember320 XPMar-29-2017 11:13 AM

Like your style Neo :) 


PraetorianMember3073 XPMar-29-2017 11:23 AM

Thanks for the thumbs up on Arrival dk!Great lists!Under the Skin is on my must see too!

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