For almost as long as the concept of science fiction has existed, the genre has flirted, with varying degrees of success, with the world of horror. Some of the oldest and best known examples include Robert Louis Stevenson The strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and that of Mary Shelley Frankenstein which have been adapted several times for the big screen. In fact, some of the most beloved and successful films of all time fall under the sci-fi horror genre. by Ridley Scott Extraterrestrial and the sequel to James Cameron Aliens have featured on many lists of ‘greatest of all time’ films and set the standard for the genre going forward while John Carpenter’s work in the genre on films like The thing and They live have earned him cult hero status among genre fans around the world.
In the ’80s it seemed like every other movie was a sci-fi horror movie, but in recent years it seems like the genre has died out a bit, despite us living in what appears to be a sci-fi horror over the past 2 years! While horror and sci-fi are still going strong as standalone genres, finding a truly thrilling, engaging, and gruesome sci-fi horror mix has become a bit more of a challenge. Fortunately, below is a list of 8 of the best sci-fi horror movies of the 2020s.
8 The new mutants
The new mutants is a spin-off in the X Men series of films and the thirteenth and final installment of the franchise. Directed by Josh Boone from a script he wrote with Kate Lee, the film follows a group of young mutants held in a secret facility as they fight for their lives. While it wasn’t a huge critical hit, it was nice to see Marvel experimenting with darker themes and a more direct horror approach, something normally left for its DC counterparts to grapple with. Certainly nothing groundbreaking, the cast more than make up for a lack of originality with solid all-around performances from Maisey Williams, Ana Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Raga, Blue Hunt and Henry Saga, although at this point, the less we talk about Marilyn Manson’s involvement, the better, probably.
seven Black Box
Released exclusively on Amazon Prime and presented as the second installment of the anthology Welcome to the Blumhouse series of films. Black Box focuses on Nolan Wright, played with aplomb by Mamoudou Athie, a man who suffers from amnesia after surviving a tragic car accident. He agrees to undergo an experimental treatment in an attempt to recover his lost memories but ends up experiencing a series of horrific visions that become increasingly difficult to decipher from reality. While the sci-fi elements may seem a bit too familiar to some, a genuinely eerie and unsettling atmosphere is masterfully crafted throughout writer-director Emmanuel Osei-Kuffour’s debut.
6 PG: Goreman psychopath
If the name doesn’t make it obvious enough, PG: Goreman Pyscho is not meant to be taken entirely seriously. In fact, it’s utterly ridiculous, from the extravagant alien designs, reminiscent of Power Ranger villains of the early ’90s, to the obnoxious dialogue delivered by her child protagonist Mimi played by a particularly cranky Nita-Josee Hanna. While the story plays the role of second fiddle behind the exaggerated sets and bloody violence, it involves enough aliens and intergalactic themes to be considered sci-fi and (just) enough scares to fall for it. horror category, but in reality it’s a mix of a whole bunch of influences all played out with his tongue to the cheek.
In recent years, international cinema and television have finally gained the recognition in the United States that they rightly deserve. Bong Joon-ho had lowered the doors and opened the floodgates. historic and Oscar winner 2019 masterpiece Parasite and proving that it was not a unique piece, the successful Spanish series Money theft and the ubiquitous South Korean show Netflix Squid game. Sadly, Meander, Mathieu Turi’s criminally underrated French-language film hasn’t received the same kind of attention despite being a masterclass to create palpable tension. Although thematically, it somewhat resembles the cube franchise, Meander is quirky, exciting, and creative enough to stand out as a great addition to the sci-fi horror genre.
Old has proven to be quite confrontational among critics, currently scoring exactly 50% on the Rotten Tomatoes review aggregator website. This is hardly at all surprising given that it was directed by arguably the most controversial director in Hollywood history, M. Night Shyamalan. Its catalog consists of a number of films which are considered to be all-time masterpieces of modern cinema, some among the worst films ever devoted to cinema and a handful in which the opinion of the public and of criticism was also shared. While Old will never be considered a masterpiece of modern cinema, it is certainly one of the best sci-fi horrors to release in the 2020s. After a number of vacationers stranded on a beach inexplicably speeding up time and speed aging process, Shyamalan deals with powerful themes about sudden death and the collapse of time that resonate particularly in this age of Covid.
3 The invisible Man
The idea of the Invisible Man is something that everyone is familiar with and that everyone has been exposed to in some form or another in their lifetime, so for a new iteration to truly make a lasting impression, it would have to be something very special. Fortunately, that’s exactly what Leigh Whannell delivered in her 2020 version of the classic HG Wells novel. Launched by universal critics, this surprise box office success turned the damsel in distress trope upside down and thrilled viewers to see the character of Elisabeth Moss evolve into a completely relatable badass heroine for the ages.
Brandon Cronenbourg’s 2020 Sci-Fi Psychological Horror Film Possessor ticks all the boxes when it comes to sci-fi horror. While sticking to some of the tropes audiences would expect from the genre, the film still manages to be completely unique and unlike anything that has been seen before. Relentless in its portrayal of brutality and moral corruption, the story, which we won’t spoil you here, is utterly gripping and compelling and the characters, whether they love them or hate them, are engaging and believable despite the fantastic premise of science fiction. Not always an easy watch, but something that will definitely stay with the viewer for quite a while afterwards. Brandon is certainly proving to be a more than worthy successor to the science fiction and horror legacy created by his father David Cronenbourg.
1 A Quiet Place, Part II
A Quiet Place, Part II certainly had a lot to do after the overwhelming success of its predecessor. It appears that expectations have been met and even exceeded in some cases, as it became this year’s success story, setting several box office records by the time of its release, including the biggest weekend ever. opening of the COVID-19 pandemic. Using the same simple but highly original and effective concept of the original, the film reunites audiences with the family from the first film as they struggle for survival in a post-apocalyptic world inhabited by blind aliens with a sense of l hearing improved. John Krasinski returns as director of the film as well as screenwriter and producer. Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds and Noah Jupe reprise their roles from the first film while Cillian Murphy and Djimon Hounsou have been added as new characters. With almost no spoken dialogue, the film amazes with its ability to create an engaging narrative through visual storytelling alone. Employing a less is more approach, even the monsters are rarely seen yet the audience is still biting their nails and lining all of their seats.
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