Whether you’ve pondered being catapulted into the cold embrace of outer space for selfish reasons like getting away from your ex, or for the betterment of humanity by keeping you from drop kicking hipsters into lakes, you probably never stopped to think of all the scary monsters you might encounter. Fighting space evil looks fun, but unless you're into those “special” Japanese movies you should avoid all space type tentacles. Before you sign that dismemberment waiver, see how it worked out for other explorers as you bask in the glory of schadenfreude with these six space horror movies where no one can hear you scream.


“Event Horizon”.

Messing with the space-time continuum isn’t all good time,s like throwing Hitler off a roof or stealing Blackbeard’s treasure. Sometimes it’s about accidentally cracking open dimensions that lead to horrifying evil. “Event Horizon” sends a rescue team deep into space to check on another crew that was testing out black hole-generating tech. Once there, the crew descends into madness with individual nightmares played out, including a hellish decompression scene with a great tense rescue build up by Lawrence Fishburne’s character, Captain Miller.


Space madness and cannibals make “Pandorum” a horror movie where no one outside the ship can hear you scream. Layers of insanity unravel as crewmembers fight for survival in a ship filled with both sleeping ancestors and crazed descendants. The reveal scene as Bower realizes where the ship truly is located is a great twist for a space horror flick.

“Apollo 18”

A mission that never happened gets the conspiracy treatment as two astronauts land on the moon to situate a missile detection system, while another waits in orbit for them to return in “Apollo 18”. Aliens infiltrate Anderson, one of the two astronauts that landed, and the horror kicks off with madness and self-awareness both vying for his mind. Having an alien roaming inside his space suit is a classic creepy scene especially considering he can’t just throw off his helmet and run for it. Well, he could, but his head would explode, so you have to believe that would give him pause.


As Earth’s last hope to rekindle a dying sun, the crew of “Sunshine” runs into horrors both earthly and ethereal. Tragedy after tragedy occurs, destroying morale and ending with the crew’s choice of saving themselves or the future. Kaneda’s death scene in “Sunshine” is one of quiet dignity, as the life giving sun takes his life in a flash of light that makes you feel the unimaginable heat for the briefest of moments. Although, you may want to turn the movie off a few minutes before the end and you’ll avoid a good movie turning into a “Huh?” movie.


One of the all time greats of space horror movies, “Alien” doesn’t bother with trying to make friends. It goes right for the throat and gut in a fight for survival for both the humans and the aliens. Spawning spin-offs and sequels, this film is a requirement for all sci-fi horror fans before they can be allowed to go unsupervised into the big, bad world of straight to DVD movies. Dallas’ pursuit of the alien builds tension as well as claustrophobia due to the confined spaces he’s hunting in, plus it features him using the flamethrower to check for the alien rather than the dopey hunts that are in a lot of horror films.


It’s a corporation that provides the horror in “Moon” rather than an alien or a mean-spirited meteoroid.  When the realization hits Sam Bell that not only is he a clone, but that he isn’t the first clone in his line is a terrifying moment that gets compounded by his discovery that he’s expendable. Trapped on the moon, living a spoon-fed lie, Bell rallies against his corporate puppet masters in “Moon”, struggling against the bleakness of his life and environment as he fights to bring meaning to his life through self-sacrifice. Bell makes a call to his home on Earth only to find his wife has been dead for years in a scene that shreds the truth of his memories and makes the horror that much more real.