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Top 10 Best Sci Fi Movies You Don’t Know About

posted by Chris Valentine

Welcome to the rest of the list of the Top 10 Best Sci Fi Movies You Don’t Know About

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5. THX 1138 (1971)

Very good George Lucas sci-fi dystopian flick that is intelligent when compared to Star Wars. (Not saying that Episode 4 doesn’t kick ass) Take a look at THX-1138 and you might just toss the prequel trilogy away, which you should probably have done anyway.

4. Dark Star (1974)

John Carpenter’s debut film is a sci-fi/black comedy about a group of astronauts in deep space on a mission to blow up unstable planets. The guys are out there for so long that they start losing their minds. It doesn’t help that the ship is falling apart, an alien pet brought on board (looks like a beachball with feet) goes berserk, and Thermonuclear Bomb #20 (it’s self-aware) starts having an existential crisis. Pretty cool, even on a zero-budget, and the ending is pure poetry.

3. A Scanner Darkly (2006)

Brilliant film based on a Philip K Dick novel that is done in roto-scope. Starring Keneau Reeves, Robert Downey Jr, and Woody Harrelson, this has a lot to say about addiction while simultaneously weaving a complicated story with amazingly creative dialogue.

2. Colossus – The Forbin Project (1970)

Before The Terminator there was Colossus: The Forbin Project, a neat sci-fi flick about a super computer named Colossus that is tasked by the US military to control all defense systems, including nukes. When it discovers a Russian computer counterpart named Guardian, Colossus dialogues with it and soon starts to see humans as unworthy of governing themselves. Then it goes all Skynet on their asses. Not an “action” movie, but more subdued and full of ideas.

1. The Lathe of Heaven (1980)

This PBS produced low-budget sci-fi is based off a novel by Ursula K. Le Guin and is rather awesome. A guy named George Orr discovers that his lucid dreams actually affect reality. The problem is, nobody realizes anything has changed except him. His doctor has ambitions of his own and uses George to further his own goals. Pretty soon, things are really weird, with aliens invading, the earth’s population being wiped out by a virus, some kind of nuclear war that may or may not have happened, and some mind-tripping dream sequences (low budget, of course). The movie is way out there and totally required viewing for nerds looking for something new to watch.

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