Written by: Greg McCabe
In my opinion, horror and science fiction have always blended together quite nicely. More than any other crossover, I think these two genres have a synergistic effect on each other. Horror can bring some much-needed excitement into the intellectually heavy world of sci-fi, and vice versa. Here are my top 10 favorite sci-fi horror films.
Outrageous, campy, ridiculous, and I love every second of it. Little furry carnivorous aliens wreak havoc on a small town while being hunted by intergalactic bounty hunters. What’s not to like?
This psychological thriller is a well-done sleeper that has gained cult status. One might think that a movie set entirely in interconnected cubes would quickly become stale, yet, thanks to excellent pacing the story moves along quite seamlessly.
- Fire in the Sky
The best alien abduction movie ever, in my opinion. And made all the more terrifying by the fact that it’s based on a true story. The abduction sequence contains some of the most horrifying and disorienting scenes ever put to film. I get chills just thinking about it.
This quasi-prequel to the Alien franchise provided everything needed to make quality sci-fi horror: a high-concept story with lots of brain candy accompanied by unnerving and ghastly events.
- The Fly (1986)
A man and fly are genetically mutated together, which provides director David Cronenberg the perfect platform for some righteous gross-out moments. However, amidst all the man-fly mayhem is a very tragic love story between the characters who were excellently portrayed by Geena Davis and Jeff Goldblum.
- The Thing (1982)
Scientists at an Antarctic research center start getting picked off by a shape-shifting alien. Tense atmosphere and remarkable creature-effects made this movie an instant classic.
Some may call this sci-fi action, instead of sci-fi horror because of all the machine gun fire and explosions, but the essence of this movie relies on pure terror. Nothing says primal fear like being hunted in a jungle by an unknown predator.
- Event Horizon
While this one did not fare well with the critics, I find it to be a phenomenal entry into the sci-fi horror genre. The vastly intriguing premise culminates into a bloody and horrifying vision of hell in space.
This masterpiece set the benchmark for all sci-fi horror films to follow. While it might feel a little dated today, it’s technically flawless and still capable of building tremendous tension with nothing but eerie atmosphere.
While the original was a slow burn, the sequel is much more ambitious. Nominated for seven Academy Awards, this movie raised the bar for sci-fi horror in regards to acting, directing, visual effects, musical score, and all-around extraterrestrial pandemonium.
About the author: Greg McCabe is a born-and-raised Texan. His debut novel, The Undying Love, was published in 2013. Greg enjoys all genres of fiction, but seems to gravitate towards horror and science fiction.