Sci-fi and fear go hand in hand. Often
dealing with the unknown both within ourselves and in the vast darkness of the
universe, sci-fi can inspire dread on a cosmic scale. The diversity of the
genre makes for a massively varied menu of fear which, from a cinema seat, allows
us to delve into realms of despair that can destroy humanity on a mass or individual
Some of the earliest examples of sci-fi
predate film. Instances of embryonic science-fiction from the Georgian and Victorian
periods, such as Frankenstein or The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, naturally
mix gothic horror with science to create their otherworldly terrors. These monsters
from literature have given us some of our most enduring movie monsters.
This warped marriage of science and
horror continues to develop in the world of celluloid nightmares. As technology
has advanced, so have the frights. Scientific horrors are responsible for some
of history’s darkest hours, cinema responded to that. Sci-fi became both commentary and
warning, giving us some of cinema’s most disturbing moments.
Here are fifteen
of the most disturbing sci-fi movies on offer...