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In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream: Outer Space Horror Movies


Inseminoid (1981)

© Elite
Hey look, it's an Alien knock-off! In this sleazy British flick, a female member of a science team exploring a distant planet's underground caverns is attacked and impregnated by an alien. Driven by the nutritional needs of her twin mutant babies, she goes about killing and drinking the blood of her colleagues.
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It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)

It! The Terror from Beyond Space
At last, a film that might have actually inspired Alien instead of ripping it off. A space ship is sent to Mars to investigate the crash of another ship, and when the new crew rescues the lone survivor, they accidentally leave their hatch open, allowing an..."it" to climb aboard. In mid-flight, the creature begins to kill the astronauts in typically bloodless '50s fashion. Despite the outlandish title, it's one of the better, more serious-minded monster flicks of the decade.
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Jason X (2001)

Jason X
© New Line
Putting iconic villain Jason Vorhees in space might seem like a "jump the shark" moment, but the Friday the 13th series had already scraped the bottom of the barrel with parts 8 and 9, so it was a calculated risk. In the film, Jason is captured by the government and ends up cryogenically frozen during an escape attempt. He's discovered in the year 2455, a time when Earth has become so polluted that humans have abandoned it for another planet. The people who discover him are of course young, nubile students who prove to be perfect victims for Jason's 25th century rampage.
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Leprechaun 4: In Space (1997)

Leprechaun 4: In Space
© Lionsgate
Yet another horror movie franchise is jettisoned into space, this one the most ridiculous of the lot, as the evil leprechaun boards a space ship to "rescue" the alien princess whom he plans to marry. In the process, he kills a bunch of space marines, materializes in a man's penis, turns another man into a spider, grows to 100 times his size and gets blown to bits...twice.
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Moon (2009)

Moon movie poster
© Sony Pictures Classics
Acclaimed thriller taking place in the near future, in which an astronaut who's been working alone on a Moon mining base for three years encounters a mysterious stranger who makes him start to question where he fits into the company's plans.

Pandorum (2009)

'Pandorum' movie poster.
© Overture
Two astronauts wake up in a hyper-sleep chamber aboard a seemingly abandoned spaceship with no memory of who they are and what their mission is. As they explore the ship, they come to realize that they're not alone and that the survival of mankind hinges on their actions.

Pitch Black (2000)

Pitch Black DVD
© Universal
In Pitch Black, a transport ship crash lands on an uncharted planet populated by nocturnal creatures awaiting an impending solar eclipse. Fortunately, the castaways include a prisoner who can see in the dark. Unfortunately, he's Vin Diesel. One of the best horror movies of the early 21st century.
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The Planet (2008)

The Planet
In this cheap but efficient Scottish offering, a crew of Scottish mercenaries aboard a space ship (sadly, none of whom utters, "I've given her all she's got, cap'n!") comes under attack and is forced to crash land on an uncharted desert planet. Only then does the captain bother to tell them that they were carrying a crazy doomsday cult terrorist, who now seems to have escaped. As if that weren't bad enough, the planet is occupied by invisible beings that are impervious to their futuristic weaponry.
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Planet of the Vampires (1965)

Planet of the Vampires
Legendary Italian horror movie director Mario Bava's only foray into science fiction, Planet of the Vampires is an atmospheric flick whose look possibly inspired Alien -- minus the black leather body suits. Two rescue ships are sent to investigate a distress signal on an unexplored planet, only to discover the planet inhabited by vampiric alien life forms with mind-control powers.
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Savage Planet (2006)

Savage Planet
© Sony
This ho-hum Sci Fi Channel movie takes place in the year 2068, when Earth has depleted its natural resources and has ceased to be inhabitable. A company seeking to colonize a distant planet teleports a crew to investigate, only to discover that it's inhabited by giant killer...bears? Really?
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