Horror movies set in outer space can usually be divided into 2 categories: Impressive genre mash-ups like Alien in one group and laughable fair in the other (especially when an iconic character is launched into zero gravity—the ultimate “jumping the shark” moment). While Freddy, Michael, and Leatherface have yet to escape our spinning blue marble, Jason and Pinhead have.
The folks at MovieWeb have assembled an entertaining Top 10 list that includes a little from Column A and a little from Column B. The end result is an entertaining and nostalgic romp that will elicit both thrills and groans. Give it a spin and let us know what you think in the Comments section!
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If you can’t stream, the 10 films on MovieWeb’s list are listed below the video, along with trailers and synopses. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: “In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream!” But can they hear Jason smash computer-generated teenagers zipped up in virtual sleeping bags into each other? Can they hear the Leprechaun turn on his green lightsaber? What about Pinhead? Hear him? What else can we do with the Leprechaun? I know! Leprechaun in Space!
Official Synopsis: In deep space, the crew of the commercial starship Nostromo is awakened from their cryo-sleep capsules halfway through their journey home to investigate a distress call from an alien vessel. The terror begins when the crew encounters a nest of eggs inside the alien ship. An organism from inside an egg leaps out and attaches itself to one of the crew, causing him to fall into a coma.
Official Synopsis: When a space mission involving American and British astronauts encounters an alien craft, the humanoids within are brought aboard the shuttle. Back on Earth, one of the extraterrestrials, who appears to be a gorgeous woman (Mathilda May), proceeds to suck the life force out of various Londoners, turning the town into a city of roaming half-dead people. When Tom Carlsen (Steve Railsback), a surviving astronaut, realizes what is happening, he sets out to stop the ruthless alien presence.
Official Synopsis: After killing all the remaining vicious Critter aliens in “Critters 3,” bounty hunter Charlie McFadden (Don Keith Opper) is shot into space in a capsule with the last two Critter eggs. In the year 2045, a spaceship commanded by Capt. Rick (Anders Hove) retrieves the pod and opens it at a defunct space station, which revives Charlie. But while Rick waits for the Terracorps corporation to arrive and take the eggs, they hatch, placing Charlie and the whole crew in mortal danger.
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Official Synopsis: When the Event Horizon, a spacecraft that vanished years earlier, suddenly reappears, a team is dispatched to investigate the ship. Accompanied by the Event Horizon’s creator, William Weir (Sam Neill), the crew of the Lewis and Clark, led by Capt. Miller (Laurence Fishburne), begins to explore the seemingly abandoned vessel. However, it soon becomes evident that something sinister resides in its corridors, and that the horrors that befell the Event Horizon’s previous journey are still present.
Official Synopsis: The year is 2455. The Place is Old Earth. Once the shimmering blue jewel of the galaxy, Old Earth is now a contaminated planet abandoned for centuries. Yet humans have returned to the deadly place that they once fled. Not to live, but to research the ancient rusting artifacts of the bygone civilizations that caused this environmental disaster. And little does the most recent landing party of intrepid young explorers realize the fate that awaits them.
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Leprechaun 4: In Space
Official Synopsis: Resurfacing on an alien planet, the Leprechaun (Warwick Davis) abducts a member of the world’s royalty, Princess Zarina (Rebekah Carlton), in an attempt to wed her and become the supreme ruler. Unfortunately for the diminutive schemer, well-armed soldiers arrive to foil his plans. Not easily defeated, however, the feisty Leprechaun continues to battle the warriors while also contending with the warped scientist known as Dr. Mittenhand (Guy Siner).
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Official Synopsis: Three generations of the same family deal with the consequences of unleashing the forces of hell. In 18th-century France, Paul L’Merchant (Bruce Ramsay) works as a toymaker until he’s coerced into creating a box that serves as a portal between hell and Earth. The box summons demonic Angelique (Valentina Vargas) and Pinhead (Doug Bradley), who — 200 years later — hunt down John Merchant (Bruce Ramsay). Then, centuries later, Phillip Merchant (also Ramsay) prepares for a final confrontation.
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Official Synopsis: A deep space transporter crash-lands on a desolate planet circled by three suns. Among the survivors are pilot Carolyn Fry, mystic Abu `Imam’ al-Walid, cop William J Johns and convicted criminal Richard B Riddick, and their first thoughts are of survival and escape. Then Fry finds out that the planet suffers a total eclipse every 22 years, which is when the hibernating, flesh-eating inhabitants awake and hunt.
Ghosts of Mars
Official Synopsis: Long inhabited by human settlers, the Red Planet has become the manifest destiny of an over-populated Earth. Nearly 640,000 people now live and work all over Mars, mining the planet for its abundant natural resources. But one of those mining operations has uncovered a deadly mother lode: a long-dormant Martian civilization whose warriors are systematically taking over the bodies of human intruders.
Official Synopsis: Spacefarers (Casper Van Dien, Erika Eleniak, Coolio) encounter bloodthirsty vampires aboard a derelict vessel.