The development of cinema has included the rise of different genres. Today, ExploreTalent gives you science fiction. Nowadays, there are so many sci-fi films to go by. This includes reboots of classics to various franchises that have gone on to be certified hits. But the history of Science Fiction films dates back to silent cinema with A Trip to the Moon and was further solidified with the release of Stanley Kubrick‘s 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Now most science fiction movies have become cult classics and have amassed a large following. Filmmakers have come up with plot lines that challenge the human mind and showcase the consequences of it. So today, we are going to tackle the classic movies that have helped define the genre:
1. The Blob (1958)
The Blob is one of the most well-loved sci-fi/horror movies to date. Considering the fact that this film was independently made makes it even more impressive.
As the title implies, it follows a massive extraterrestrial blob that causes havoc in a small town in Pennsylvania. The film stars a very young Steve McQueen in his debut role.
Production began at a time when independent film industry was very sparse. It was also one of those early monster films that made its mark in the industry despite opening to relatively bad reviews. The box office success also paved for a sequel and inspired filmmakers to create other cult classics such as The Stuff (1985), Street Trash (1987), and Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988).
2. Robocop (1987)
With the release of Star Wars, almost every science fiction film was made to cater to a more general or family-friendly audience. Robocop broke the norms because it was rated X (on some uncut DVD copies) due to the violence depicted in the movie.
The film dealt with themes that alluded American capitalism and the possibility of having technology overcome human existence. Robocop was so successful that it spawned several franchises including a television series and comic book adaptations.
Futuristic themes were also applied in director Paul Verhoeven’s other sci-fi feature Total Recall.
3. Island of the Lost Souls (1932)
Many would argue that this is more of a horror film than a sci-fi one, but for a movie that has a central theme of experimenting on subjects in what can only be described as a form of sadistic vivisection, it deserves to be part of the latter genre. The primary antagonist of the film traps the main character on an island where he has been transforming animals into humans, and because of that, the unwilling prisoner must find a way to escape.
This is actually one of H.G. Wells‘s most famous creations. Other notable mentions include War of the Worlds and Time Machine, which were eventually created into feature films as well. Wells has been very open about how his book was adapted into a movie, citing that it was his choice to go for the horror theme rather than the original, more philosophical one.
Nonetheless, Island of the Lost Souls remains to be one of science fiction’s best movies out there.
4. Godzilla (1954)
Godzilla has been dubbed as the original monster flick. Its impact toward the science fiction genre has been nothing but massive as well. This has sparked several other franchises both in its native Japan and in the United States as well. The most recent one had Avengers co-stars Aaron Taylor Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen together, and it went on to be successful in the box office, proving that no matter how many times the story of Godzilla is retold, there will always be people curious about it.
Many are already aware of the story of Godzilla, which is about the genetically enhanced lizard that causes havoc around the city. Its plot is pretty simple but it is solid. The first Godzilla film had themes of the historical nuclear holocaust in Japan, and how it affected the Japanese. So for that reason alone, Godzilla tackles so many subjects, landing itself as one of the most historical sci-fi movies out there.
5. The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976)
There are several movies about extraterrestrials discovering our planet, and one of the most notable ones starred the late David Bowie. His excellent portrayal as “The Man” was completely stunning.
The titular character was sent to earth on a mission to retrieve one of our natural resources: water. In turn, he discovers humanity and begins to question his own race and beliefs. What happens next is that he slowly learns to become fully human despite the flaws and all.
Visually stunning and captivating as well, this sci-fi flick is truly a classic on its own.