Space: the final frontier. But instead of seeking out new life and new civilizations, the protagonists in these films are often trying to escape them. The vast, cold void of space is the perfect setting for horror. The isolation, the unknown, the realization that in space, no one can hear you scream. From derelict spaceships to alien planets, the cosmos offers a backdrop where our deepest fears can manifest far from the safety of Earth.
So, buckle up, space cadets, as we journey through the darkest corners of the universe with these ten spine-chilling space horror movies.
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10. Ghost of Mars (2001)
John Carpenter takes us to a Martian colony where miners unwittingly release ancient, malevolent spirits. Oops! As these spirits possess the miners, turning them into murderous zombies, a police officer (played by Natasha Henstridge) and a criminal (Ice Cube), and a whole motley crew (including Pam Grier, Jason Statham, and Clea DuVall) must team up to survive. With Carpenter’s signature style, Ghost of Marsoffers a unique blend of horror and action on the red planet.
In the distant future, the infamous Jason Voorhees is cryogenically frozen and resurrected aboard a spaceship in 2455. This slasher-in-space installment of theFriday the 13th series brings the terror of Camp Crystal Lake to the stars. With futuristic kills and a new, even more terrifying upgrade for Jason, this film proves that even in space, there’s no escaping the wrath of Voorhees.
On a war-torn planet, soldiers face a new threat: machines called “screamers” designed to exterminate all life. As these machines evolve, becoming more cunning and deadly, the remaining survivors must find a way off the planet. With a gripping plot and a haunting atmosphere, Screamersshowcases the horrors of technology gone awry.
Two astronauts awaken on a massive spaceship with no memory of who they are or their mission. As they explore the ship, they encounter terrifying creatures and unravel a mystery that could have dire consequences for humanity. Pandorum combines psychological horror with monster-filled dread, creating a claustrophobic nightmare in the vastness of space.
When a transport ship crash-lands on a desert planet, the survivors, including the dangerous criminal Riddick (Vin Diesel), find themselves in a race against time. As darkness falls, they’re hunted by nightmarish creatures. With its tense atmosphere and a breakout performance by Diesel, Pitch Blackis a thrilling survival horror set against a cosmic backdrop.