William Hurt as Professor Eddie Jessup in Altered States
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20 Underrated Sci-Fi Movies You Really Need To See
The Quiet Earth
The New Zealand sci-fi film "The Quiet Earth" follows scientist Zac Hobson as he wakes up one day to find that he's the only person on the planet.
"The Quiet Earth" is a relatively low-budget and contemplative film that culminates with a stunning closing shot that is ambiguous as it is beautiful.
Strange Days
While Kathryn Bigelow's "Strange Days" dramatically underperformed at the box office, the film is a brilliant prophetic sci-fi that was ahead of its time.
The movie conveys a fleshed-out and believable future world in its alternative 1999 that is similar to reality, especially in relation to modern-day discussions of police violence.
Similar to "War Games," the 1970 techno-thriller "Colossus: The Forbin Project" reflected the time's fear of personal computers and what they could do.
The movie's antiquated technology may date it somewhat, but the themes of sacrificing control to electronic minds resonate as much today as they did back in the '70s.
Altered States
Ken Russell's "Altered States" is a terrifying glimpse into existential dread and one of the greatest anti-drug campaigns ever filmed.
Combining body horror with excellent practical transformation effects, the movie's frenetic pacing will carry audience members through some of the odder and surreal moments.
The sci-fi horror film "Xtro" saw an alien creature that impregnates a woman with its spawn, which emerges as a full-sized man when it's birthed.
The movie has some truly grisly special effects, which may have been the reason why it briefly found itself on the banned list during the video nasty furor in the U.K.