Science fiction, one of the most favourite genres of Hollywood, has almost won a cult-like following among its fans. This week has particularly been exciting for sci-fi movie fans, with several studios announcing details of new projects that hinge on the theme. However, with each new announcement fans and makers alike secretly hope that the latest films don't end up suffering the fate of movies like "The Abyss" or the "Moon."
Among the latest reports, according to The Hollywood Reporter, is that Netflix is working on a television adaptation of Richard K Morgan's 2012 cyberpunk science fiction novel "Altered Carbon." Joel Kinnaman of "The Killing" fame has been reportedly roped in to play the protagonist in the series. THR has also stated that "X-Men: apocalypse" actor Lucas Till is all set to star in yet another sci-fi thriller, "Spectrum." The series will be directed by "Into the Storm" writer John Swetnam.
While we hope that they enjoy the limelight bagged by the likes of "2001: A Space Odyssey" by Stanley Kubrick, "Star Wars" by George Lucas, and "Interstellar" by Christopher Nolan, we cannot but remember with fondness the sci-fi films that were actually good but never received the love they deserved:
The Abyss (1989)
Directed by James Cameron, "The Abyss" is Cameron's worst reviewed movie till date. The movie featured a group of deep sea miners who encountered aliens beneath the ocean.
The story of "Millennium" revolves around the passengers of a commercial airline flight who were transported 1,000 years into the future. The movie starred Kris Kristopherson as a government agent whose mission was to find the whereabouts of the missing passengers and the cause behind their disappearance. Kristopherson was joined by Cheryl Ladd of "Charlie's Angels" fame as a warrior woman from the future.
A low budget science fiction film, "Moon" failed to garner a wide audience at the time of its release. The movie starred Sam Rockwell as the sole caretaker of an outpost on the Moon.
The Thing (1982)
Directed by John Carpenter, "The Thing" is a remake of Howard Hawks' 1951 movie, "The Thing from Another World." The film tells the story of a group of scientists who were working at a remote Antarctic station. After a shape-shifting alien crash-landed near them and started killing them off, assuming their identities in the process, the scientists try their best to survive and eliminate the threat.
The Blood of Heroes (1989)
The writer-actor duo of David Webb Peoples and Rutger Hauer, who are probably best known for the 1982 masterpiece "Blade Runner," collaborated for another brilliant science fiction movie – "The Blood of Heroes." The story was set in a "Mad Max" sort of post-apocalyptic era where people enjoy a brutal sport very similar to football. Though the story was thrilling and exciting, it has been mostly forgotten since its release.