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Hidden Gems - Sci-Fi Edition
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These underrated sci-fi movies deserve to be checked out, even if they didn’t have billion-dollar budgets or the biggest names in acting. Enjoy!


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Movie: Womb ( 2011 )
A woman's consuming love forces her to bear the clone of her dead beloved. From his infancy to manhood, she faces the unavoidable complexities of her controversial decision.
Movie: Zathura: A Space Adventure ( 2005 )
Two young brothers are drawn into an intergalactic adventure when their house is hurled through the depths of space by the magical board game they are playing.
Movie: Time Trap ( 2018 )
A professor enters a cave and goes missing. Some of his students come looking for him and get trapped in the cave as well. A few seconds in the cave equals a year outside.
Movie: In the Shadow of the Moon ( 2019 )
A Philadelphia police officer struggles with a lifelong obsession to track down a mysterious serial killer whose crimes defy explanation.
Movie: The Blob ( 1988 )
Remake of the 1958 sci-fi horror classic about a deadly blob from another planet which consumes everything in its path. Teenagers attempt without success to warn the townspeople, who refuse to take them seriously.
Movie: The Endless ( 2018 )
As kids, they escaped a UFO death cult. Now, two adult brothers seek answers after an old videotape surfaces and brings them back to where they began.
Movie: 2:22 ( 2017 )
A man's life is derailed when an ominous pattern of events repeats itself in exactly the same manner every day, ending at precisely 2:22 p.m.
Movie: Repo Men ( 2010 )
Set in the near future when artificial organs can be bought on credit, it revolves around a man who struggles to make the payments on a heart he has purchased. He must therefore go on the run before said ticker is repossessed.
Movie: The Handmaid's Tale ( 1990 )
In a dystopian, polluted right wing religious tyranny, a young woman is put in sexual slavery on account of her now rare fertility.
Movie: Attack the Block ( 2011 )
A teen gang in South London defend their block from an alien invasion.
Movie: Tau ( 2018 )
A woman is held captive by a scientist in a futuristic smart house, and hopes to escape by reasoning with the Artificial Intelligence that controls the house.
Movie: The Discovery ( 2017 )
Two years after the afterlife is scientifically proven, a man attempts to help a young woman break away from her dark past.
Movie: Elizabeth Harvest ( 2018 )
A brilliant man marries a beautiful woman and shows her his home, stating that it's all hers - except a room she can't enter. First chance she enters and discovers what might be human cloning. When the husband returns she pays the price.
Movie: Disturbing Behavior ( 1998 )
The new kid in Cradle Bay, Washington stumbles across something sinister about the town's method of transforming its unruly teens into upstanding citizens.
Movie: Beyond the Black Rainbow ( 2010 )
Despite being under heavy sedation, a young woman tries to make her way out of the Arboria Institute, a secluded, quasifuturistic commune.
Movie: The Signal ( 2014 )
On a road trip, Nic and two friends are drawn to an isolated area by a computer genius. When everything suddenly goes dark, Nic regains consciousness - only to find himself in a waking nightmare.
Movie: Fire in the Sky ( 1993 )
An Arizona logger mysteriously disappears for five days in an alleged encounter with a flying saucer in 1975.
Movie: Prospect ( 2018 )
A teenage girl and her father travel to a remote alien moon, aiming to strike it rich. They've secured a contract to harvest a large deposit of the elusive gems hidden in the depths of the moon's toxic forest. But there are others roving the wilderness and the job quickly devolves into a fight to survive. Forced to contend not only with the forest's other ruthless inhabitants, but with her own father's greed-addled judgment, the girl finds she must carve her own path to escape.
Movie: The Fourth Kind ( 2009 )
A thriller involving an ongoing unsolved mystery in Alaska, where one town has seen an extraordinary number of unexplained disappearances during the past 40 years and there are accusations of a federal cover up.
Movie: Hardware ( 1990 )
The head of a cyborg reactivates, rebuilds itself, and goes on a violent rampage in a space marine's girlfriend's apartment.
Movie: Equals ( 2016 )
In an emotionless utopia, two people fall in love when they regain their feelings from a mysterious disease, causing tensions between them and their society.
Movie: Antiviral ( 2012 )
In a blackly satirical near future, a thriving industry sells celebrity illnesses to their obsessed fans. Employee Syd March's attempts to exploit the system backfire when they involve him in a potentially deadly mystery.
Movie: The Zero Theorem ( 2013 )
A hugely talented but socially isolated computer operator is tasked by Management to prove the Zero Theorem: that the universe ends as nothing, rendering life meaningless. But meaning is what he already craves.
Movie: Cosmos ( 2019 )
Three astronomers accidentally intercept what they believe to be a signal from a distant alien civilisation, but the truth is even more incredible than any of them could have imagined.
Movie: Automata ( 2014 )
Jacq Vaucan is an insurance agent of ROC robotics corporation who investigates cases of robots violating their primary protocols against altering themselves. What he discovers will have profound consequences for the future of humanity.
Movie: OtherLife ( 2017 )
After inventing a drug that induces time-compressed virtual realities, young Ren grapples with partner Sam over how to use their powerful creation.
Movie: The Thirteenth Floor ( 1999 )
A computer scientist running a virtual reality simulation of 1937 becomes the primary suspect when his colleague and mentor is murdered.
Movie: Upstream Color ( 2013 )
A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.
Movie: Timecrimes ( 2008 )
A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences.
Movie: Level 16 ( 2018 )
In a highly regimented boarding school, a pair of students discover that things are not as they seem.
Movie: ARQ ( 2016 )
Trapped in a lab and stuck in a time loop, a disoriented couple fends off masked raiders while harboring a new energy source that could save humanity.
Movie: Europa Report ( 2013 )
An international crew of astronauts undertakes a privately funded mission to search for life on Jupiter's fourth largest moon.
Movie: Aniara ( 2019 )
A spaceship carrying settlers to Mars is knocked off course, causing the consumption-obsessed passengers to consider their place in the universe.
Movie: Infinity Chamber ( 2017 )
A man trapped in an automated prison must outsmart a computer in order to escape.
Movie: The Astronaut Farmer ( 2007 )
A NASA astronaut, forced to retire years earlier so he could save his family farm, has never given up his dream of space travel and looks to build his own rocket, despite the government's threats to stop him.
Movie: Rememory ( 2017 )
Gordon invents the Rememory machine that allows him to see memories as they actually were. He dies in his office. Is it murder? Sam investigates by using the machine "borrowed" from Gordon's wife. He looks at memories of others involved.
Movie: Split Second ( 1992 )
In a flooded future London, Detective Harley Stone hunts a serial killer who murdered his partner, and has haunted him ever since. He soon discovers what he is hunting might not be human.
Movie: The Untamed ( 2016 )
A couple in a troubled marriage locate a meteorite, initiating an encounter with a mysterious creature. Their lives are turned upside down by the discovery of the creature, which is a source of both pleasure and destruction.
Movie: Class of 1999 ( 1990 )
Robot teachers have been secretly placed in the schools where the students have run riot. The teachers do a good job of controlling the unruly youngsters, until they go too far and some students get suspicious.
Movie: Screamers ( 1996 )
Soldiers attempting to negotiate the end to a long-running war discover the robots they built to assassinate enemy combatants have gained sentience and are plotting against both sides.
Movie: Time Lapse ( 2015 )
Three friends discover a mysterious machine that takes pictures twenty-four hours into the future, and conspire to use it for personal gain, until disturbing and dangerous images begin to develop.
Movie: Nowhere ( 1997 )
Follows a day in the lives of a group of Los Angeles high school students and the strange lives they lead.
Movie: Brainscan ( 1994 )
A teenager is part of an interactive video game where he kills innocent victims. Later, the murders become real.
Movie: Radius ( 2017 )
A man wakes up with no memory of who he is, and finds that everyone who comes within a certain distance of him suddenly dies.
Movie: Anti Matter ( 2017 )
A scientist faces the question of what makes us whole and if there is a part of us that is not part of this physical world when she discovers how to travel through a worm hole.
Movie: District B13 ( 2004 )
In the ghettos of Paris in 2010, an undercover cop and an ex-thug try to infiltrate a gang in order to defuse a neutron bomb.
Movie: UFO ( 2018 )
A college student, who sees a UFO, uses his exceptional math skills to investigate the sighting with his friends while the FBI follows closely behind.
Movie: Cargo ( 2009 )
Dr. Laura P. takes a job on a cargo spaceship for 4 years plus 4 years back. She'll join her sister on Rhea. 44 months later, in Laura's shift, strange things happen in cargo. The crew is reanimated and the captain dies mysteriously.
Movie: Impostor ( 2001 )
In the future, an alien race uses androids as bombs to attack Earth. A government weapons specialist is accused of being one such android and sets out to prove his innocence.
Movie: Orbiter 9 ( 2017 )
A girl discovers that the reality of her life isn't as she believes.
Movie: Clara ( 2019 )
An obsessive astronomer and a curious artist form an unlikely bond which leads them to a profound, scientific discovery.
Movie: The Last Mimzy ( 2007 )
Two siblings begin to develop special talents after they find a mysterious box of toys. Soon the kids, their parents, and even their teacher are drawn into a strange new world and find a task ahead of them that is far more important than any of them could imagine!
Movie: Repeaters ( 2010 )
Three twenty-somethings find themselves in an impossible time labyrinth, where each day they awaken to the same terrifying day as the preceding one.
Movie: Hard to Be a God ( 2014 )
A group of scientists are sent to the planet Arkanar to help the local civilization, which is in the Medieval phase of its own history, to find the right path to progress. Their task is a difficult one: they cannot interfere violently and in no case can they kill. The scientist Rumata tries to save the local intellectuals from their punishment and cannot avoid taking a position. As if the question were: what would you do in God's place? Director's statement Aleksei wanted to make this film his entire life. The road was a long one. This is not a film about cruelty, but about love. A love that was there, tangible, alive, and that resisted through the hardest of conditions.
Movie: The Machine ( 2014 )
In efforts to construct perfect android killing machines in a war against China, UK scientists exceed their goal and create a sentient robot.
Movie: Sound of My Voice ( 2012 )
Two documentary filmmakers attempt to penetrate a cult who worships a woman who claims to be from the future.
Movie: TerrorVision ( 1986 )
A family's new satellite TV system starts receiving signals from another planet, and soon it becomes the passageway to an alien world.
Movie: Ink ( 2009 )
A mysterious creature, known as Ink, steals a child's soul in hopes of using it as a bargaining chip to join the Incubi - the group of supernatural beings responsible for creating nightmares.
Movie: Kill Command ( 2016 )
Set in a near future, technology-reliant society that pits man against killing machines.
TV Show: Oasis ( 2017 )
Set in the near future, Oasis tells the story of priest Peter Leigh, who is called to a remote planet where a mysterious multinational company is building the first permanent off-Earth human colony. The planet, Oasis, is humanity's last chance to escape from Earth's impending collapse, but it quickly becomes apparent that it may not be as hospitable to humanity as it seems…
Movie: My Science Project ( 1985 )
A high school student and his friend find a strange, orb-like piece of equipment to use as a science project, but must stop it when it begins to threaten mankind.
Movie: Guyver: Dark Hero ( 1994 )
Sean Barker became the unwilling host to an alien bio-armor known as the Guyver. A year ago he destroyed the Kronos Corporation, an organization of mutants who want the Guyver. Now he is trying to find why the Guyver unit forces him to fight and kill evil. He is lead to an archelogical site where scientists discover an ancient space craft. Now he must fight Kronos again before they discover the secrets of the Guyver's origin.
Movie: Doctor Who ( 1996 )
The newly-regenerated Doctor takes on the Master on the turn of the millennium, 31 December 1999.
Movie: Jonathan ( 2018 )
Jonathan leaves the office everyday at noon. When he gets home, he goes to sleep. Every morning he wakes up and there is a breakfast prepared for him along with a video telling him about the second part of his day.
Movie: The Quiet Earth ( 1985 )
A man named Zac Hobson awakens to find himself alone in the world. In a desperate attempt to search for others, he finds only two who have their own agenda.
Movie: Franklyn ( 2009 )
A portrait of the broken lives of four people (a vigilante detective, a worried parent, an awkward man looking for love and a suicidal artist) as they all struggle to cope in their religiously-dystopian city.
Movie: Code 46 ( 2004 )
A futuristic Brief Encounter (1945), this is a love story in which the romance is doomed by genetic incompatibility.
Movie: Immortal ( 2004 )
In the distant future, Earth is occupied by ancient gods and genetically altered humans. When a god is sentenced to death he seeks a new human host and a woman to bear his child.
Movie: Advantageous ( 2015 )
In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter Jules do all they can to hold on to their joy together, despite the instability surfacing in their world.
Movie: Death Machine ( 1995 )
Chaank Armaments is experimenting with the ultimate fighting machine which is part human - part machine. So far, the Hardman project has been unreliable and has killed a number of innocent people. The genius behind this project is Jack who lives in a world of models, toys and magazines. When he is fired by Cale for killing a few corporate officers, he unleashes the ultimate killing machine called the 'Warbeast' against Cale and those who would help her.
Movie: The Incident ( 2015 )
Two parallel stories about characters trapped in illogical endless spaces: two brothers and a detective locked on an infinite staircase, and a family locked on an infinite road - for a very long time.
Movie: The Blood of Heroes ( 1989 )
In a future, where most of mankind and technology is wiped out, 6 people travel from place to place playing a brutal form of football with a dog skull. They hope one day to play in the league in a city.
Movie: Beyond the Sky ( 2018 )
While shooting a documentary to expose the lies of alien abductees, a provocative filmmaker and his crew encounter a young woman with a dark secret who leads them to uncover a disturbing truth.
Movie: Earth to Echo ( 2014 )
After receiving a bizarre series of encrypted messages, a group of kids embark on an adventure with an alien who needs their help.
Movie: Delirium ( 2014 )
Set in a world where love is deemed illegal and can be eradicated with a special procedure. With 95 days to go until her scheduled treatment, Lena Holoway does the unthinkable: she falls in love.
Movie: Enter Nowhere ( 2015 )
Three strangers arrive one by one at a mysterious cabin in the middle of nowhere only to learn they've been brought together for a reason.
Movie: Marjorie Prime ( 2017 )
A service that provides holographic recreations of deceased loved ones allows a woman to come face-to-face with the younger version of her late husband.
Movie: Drive ( 1997 )
A prototype enhanced human, on the run from Chinese-hired hit men, hooks up with a dread-locked bystander, and the two of them elude their pursuers narrowly each time.
Movie: Parallels ( 2015 )
A mysterious building is the gateway to infinite parallel Earths.
Movie: Ares ( 2016 )
In a near future, the world order has changed. With its 15 millions of unemployed citizens, France has now become a poor country. Its people wavers between rebellion and resignation and find an outlet in the shape of TV broadcast ultra brutal fights in which the players are legally doped and unscrupulous.
Movie: Blame! ( 2017 )
In the distant future, humans are declared "illegal residents" and hunted to near extinction by murderous robots. One day, a group of human scavengers come across a strange man named Killy, who may be the key to humanity's survival.
Movie: Dropa ( 2019 )
The hunt is on as a government assassin comes out of retirement to track down a killer extraterrestrial murdering the former members of his team in this science fiction thriller set in an alternate future America.
Movie: Frequencies ( 2014 )
In an alternate reality, children learn how lucky they will be (their "frequency"), knowledge which shapes their destiny. The unluckiest boy must parse the mysteries of free will in order to pursue his forbidden love of the luckiest girl.
Movie: Grand Tour: Disaster in Time ( 1992 )
Before they can complete renovations on their new inn, Widower (Ben Wilson) and daughter (Hillary) are visited by a woman seeking immediate lodging for her strange group of travellers. Why they won't stay at the hotel in town is just the first of many mysteries surrounding the group that lead Wilson to a startling discovery affecting his family and neighbours.
Movie: The Drone ( 2019 )
A newlywed couple is terrorized by a consumer drone that has become sentient with the consciousness of a deranged serial killer.
Movie: Uncanny ( 2016 )
The world's first "perfect" Artificial Intelligence begins to exhibit startling and unnerving emergent behavior when a reporter begins a relationship with the scientist who created it.
Movie: Alien Abduction: Incident in Lake County ( 1998 )
After a mysterious blackout, a son goes out to investigate and captures footage of actual aliens. When the aliens follow him and his brothers back to their home, all hell breaks loose.
Movie: The Signal ( 2008 )
A horror film told in three parts, from three perspectives, in which a mysterious transmission that turns people into killers invades every cell phone, radio, and television.
Movie: Extracted ( 2013 )
A scientist who has invented a technology to construct virtual realities from people's memories finds himself in a perilous situation, after he reluctantly allows it to be used for a purpose he never imagined.
Movie: Returner ( 2002 )
A young woman from the future forces a local gunman to help her stop an impending alien invasion which will wipe out the human race.
Movie: Realive ( 2017 )
Marc (Tom Hughes) is diagnosed with a disease and is given one year left to live. Unable to accept his own end, he decides to freeze his body. Sixty years later, in the year 2084, he becomes the first man to be revived in history. It is then he discovers that the love of his life, Naomi (Oona Chaplin), has accompanied him this entire time in a way that he'd never expected.
Movie: The Deadly Spawn ( 1983 )
Alien creatures invade a small town and four teenagers, along with a young boy, attempt to escape from them.
Movie: I'll Follow You Down ( 2014 )
After the disappearance of a young scientist on a business trip, his son and wife struggle to cope, only to make a bizarre discovery years later - one that may bring him home.
Movie: Le Dernier Combat (The Last Battle) ( 1983 )
In a post-apocalyptic future where no one is able to speak, the few remaining humans fight over resources in order to survive.
Movie: Roswell ( 1994 )
Beginning at a 30-year reunion for members of a military nuclear bomb unit, flashbacks are presented that follow the attempts of Major Jesse Marcel to discover the truth about strange debris found on a local rancher's field in July of 1947. Told by his superiors that what he has found is nothing more than a downed weather balloon, Marcel maintains his military duty until the weight of the truth, however out of this world it may be, forces him to piece together what really occurred. Adapted from real-life events portrayed in the book _UFO Crash at Roswell_ by Kevin Randle and Donald Schmitt.
Movie: Space Milkshake ( 2012 )
Four blue collar astronauts who are stuck together on a Sanitation Station after they bring a mysterious device aboard their ship and all life on Earth disappears. Discovering what happened to civilization is only the first of many galactic-level crises the astronauts will have to face as they are about to come under attack by a mutating rubber duck named Gary, who wants to open a portal to his evil dimension and take over the Universe.
Movie: The Capture ( 2017 )
A group of scientists discover a soul guide and perform an experiment on her even though such ungodly act could cause space and time to bend and alter the very fabric of the universe.
Movie: Android ( 1983 )
A strange doctor secretly experiments with androids on his space station. His assistant is Max, a curious android who wants to see the world and meet a girl. Criminals hide on their station and soon violence erupts.
Movie: Harrison Bergeron ( 1995 )
In a distant future, egalitarianism has created a truly equal state. The cost? The sacrifice of everything great about humankind. The question: is peace worth the price?
Movie: Virtuality ( 2009 )
The crew of spaceship begin to die because of unknown defect in a virtual reality device.
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