The genre of science-fiction is so common in the modern era, that many people forget its roots. From its origins in 1818 with Mary Shelley’s ‘Frankenstein’, there have been many cult classics that bring justice to the genre and pave the way for modern works.
Here are 10 science-fiction cult classics that you shouldn’t forget about…
‘Star Trek’ (1966)
The origins of the extensive and beloved franchise, ‘Star Trek’ began in 1966. This original series led to the development of nine different television series of ‘Star Trek’, as well as a total of 13 films. While the story remains much loved in society and enjoyed continuously by all generations, it is good to remember the origins of the tale.
‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ (1968)
This film was a staple of it’s time and is often remembered as one of the leading films in introducing Artificial Intelligence in film and the start of modern science fiction films. Even those who haven’t seen the film will be able to recognise its references; “I’m sorry, Dave. I’m afraid I can’t do that.” As well as HAL’s reference in the popular Disney film ‘WALL-E’.
‘Planet of the Apes’ (1968)
‘Planet of the Apes’ is a cult classic that has still been thriving to this day, the newest film being estimated to release in 2024. This film series unravels an intense battle for power as humans and a race of intelligent apes clash for control. Deep in meaning and social commentary, this series can be enjoyed by the casual viewer and the critic.
Beginning in 1979, the ‘Alien’ film series gained a cult following and spawned a plethora of film spin-offs, novels, comic books, video games, and toys. This sci-fi horror delved into the fear and darkness of science fiction and space exploration. Moving into more modern additions to the franchise offers cult followers a deep and complicated world to explore.
‘Mad Max’ (1979)
As a dystopian and post-crisis film series, ‘Mad Max’ no only stands as a much loved cult classic, but also as a much loved Australian classic. Filmed on Australian soil, ‘Mad Max’ makes a commentary on societal fragility and dependence. It also upholds as a visually appealing display of Rev-Heads and muscle cars.
With a complex take on time travel and it repercussions, ‘Terminator’ is a popular film series that tackles the possibility of a technological apocalypse.
‘Back to the Future’ (1985)
‘Back to the Future’ is a story enjoyed by all as a classic time-travel comedy. It remains as one of the main staples of time-travel tales, and there are few that don’t associate a DeLorean with this popular cult classic. If you haven’t yet watched this film, you need to.
‘Flight of the Navigator’ (1986)
This is a Disney film that is forgotten by many and follows a 12-year-old boy who is abducted by a spaceship and is transported from 1978 to 1986. Not remembering the time passed and looking as if it didn’t, this sci-fi adventure follows the troubles and conflicts he faces as he becomes the ‘Navigator’.
‘The Fifth Element’ (1997)
‘The Fifth Element’ is a popular cult classic sci-fi film that follows a young woman who is the ‘fifth element’ in a weapon that can be used to defeat a great evil. Challenged with communication difficulties and an ability to move her to where she needs to go without being caught. It’s a film of self-discovery, social conflict, and purpose.
The best way to describe this TV series is ‘space cowboys’. The series follows a hearty crew full of dysfunction and distrust, yet a significant amount of loyalty. They deal with the homage of a fugitive; River, as they move between different planets for resources and temporary refuge. The series is concluded with a single film, ‘Serenity’. This film is devastating, yet a suitable finally to the loved series.