6 Sci-Fi Thrillers That Will Scare You Out Of Your Skin
Like science-fiction? Like thrillers? Well then here's some amazing news for your cinematic future: There are several movies out there, crazy as it may seem, that combine the two genres for suspenseful thrills involving aliens, robots, spaceships, and other scientifantastical totems. Here are six of the scariest- don't forget to keep your photon lamps activated as you watch.
"X: The Man With X-Ray Eyes"
Everyone has wished they had the power to see through walls (or clothing) at one time or another. Ray Milland plays a doctor in this sci-fi thriller who achieves just that through use of a special chemical he drops onto his eyes. The unfortunate side-effect is that he can't control his new x-ray vision, so after some fun times looking at boobs and hanging out with Don Rickles, his vision evolves into a hallucinogenic kaleidoscope that only ends with him plucking his own eyes out of his head. Or does it?
Another near-universal desire is the one to begin again, to start a new life as somebody else. Science makes this possible for sad old man Arthur Hamilton, who gets involved with a mysterious corporation which arranges to fake his death and through extensive plastic surgery transform him into Rock Hudson. His new bohemian lifestyle isn't all it's cracked up to be though, and Hamilton's new life turns into a feverish paranoid nightmare, and ends in one of the most chilling climaxes in any movie ever made.
Westworld is an amusement park for the obscenely wealthy: For an outrageous sum, guests can live out their cowboy movie fantasies in a "western town" populated by robots, all which are programmed to entertain the guests in one way or another. But when the robots start malfunctioning, they tend to forget the whole "don't kill the guests" rule. The robot played by Yul Brynner in particular seems adept at gunning down innocent rich people.
"The Boys from Brazil"
Sometimes science-fiction isn't all that far from science-fact. The premise here is that the evil Dr. Josef Mengele (a completely going-against-type Gregory Peck) is not only still alive and hiding in Brazil, but is working on a plot to clone Hitler and replicate the family situation that turned Adolf into such a bright young man. It's up to a famous Nazi-hunter played by Laurence Olivier to uncover the plot and stop it, but not before a bunch of creepy Nazi-related stuff happens.
Aliens in movies tend to hold to one basic shape throughout the picture. But in John Carpenter's "The Thing," the alien that's stalking and killing members of a Arctic science installation is constantly morphing and changing. It's all part of its ability to imitate, replicate, and replace any life form it comes in contact with, which is also why anybody in the camp might not be who he appears to be...
David Cronenberg is a master of the scifi thriller, and this is arguably the scariest one of the bunch. James Woods plays a low-rent cable TV programmer who becomes obsessed with a new, frightening type of programming. It looks a bit fuzzy, but once you start watching you can't seem to stop. What happens next is a horrifying series of disgusting images, such as exploding tumors and a TV made out of flesh. This is the hardcore stuff, for when you're tough enough to handle it.