The 10 Worst Sci-Fi Films of All Time
Intelligent? Forward Thinking? Epic? Not these 10 Sci-Fi Titles, a collection of speculative crap that is more fetid schlock than future shock.
It's perhaps the most potent grist in all movie millage... science fiction. No matter what you call it: sci-fi, syfy, speculative fiction, nerd nectar, it's a ticking time bomb for the fledgling (or fully formed) filmmaker. Because of its outsized notions, its intricate ideas that initially skim the very surface of everyday society, only to dig deeper into realms unrealized and untapped, it's a perfect set-up for failure. All you have to do is get one thing wrong -- an acting choice, a production design, a F/X house -- and your entire project becomes a legitimate laughing stock, a ridiculous bit of baffling creative conjecture. Like weak horror or unfunny comedy, bad science fiction can't be salvaged. It just has to sit there, draining the life out of everything and everyone around it, until the running time puts us out of our misery.
So, picking the 10 worst examples of same should be a Klaatu cakewalk, right? Well, not really. There is such a broad spectrum of possible choices that we had to narrow the field a bit. We had to discount certain segments of the genre, less we end up sounding routine or repetitive. First off, we avoided anything with Star in the title -- yes, that means no inclusion of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace or Star Trek 5: The Final Frontier. It's just not fair to the rest of the non-franchise flops. Similarly, we steered clear of the true cheesy core of bad sci-fi -- the 1950s. If we included all the lame schlock speculation that came out during the time, the list wouldn't be ten but tenfold. Finally, there's no direct to video titles present and accounted for. If we spent time on such Band-managed muck as Crash and Burn or Space Truckers, we'd never get to the real rottenness.
So, in celebration of another potential member of the list of lousiness (5 August's Rise of the Planet of the Apes), we offer SE&L's 10 Worst Sci-Fi Films of All Time, beginning with a similarly minded bit of simian suckage: