10 Sci-Fi Horror/Thriller Movies & Where to Stream Them in 2018
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Here is ten films that are science fiction based with either horror or thriller mashed into it. If you love this list as much as I do, don't forget to share it with anyone else who would love a few of these too!
If you are looking for something to watch on Hulu and think that sci-fi and horror/thriller go hand in hand like wine and cheese then look no further. These 10 films will help enhance the popcorn experience of sitting at home on the couch.
Most are available on other streaming services too and I have listed where else you can find these films.
1. Arrival (2016)
If you like movies about aliens then this is a must-see. Directed by Denis Villeneuve and with the screenplay by Eric Heisserer, it features a linguist who is recruited by the military because of 12 spacecrafts which land in different cities around the world. Teetering on the edge of being called just a drama/sci-fi,
I've included it because of the end sequences. Anyone who's seen it will hopefully agree. In any case, this film has won lots of awards and things like 'film of the year' were bandied about by people in charge of that type of thing (American Film Institute.)
Genre: Sci-fi |Thriller | Drama
Streaming on Epix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu or buy it as a download on Apple iTunes, FandangoNOW, PlayStation, Amazon Video, Microsoft Store, Vudu, Google Play Movies.
2. Battle Royale (2000)
Battle Royale has subtitles but is another film to add to your repertoire if you like your thrillers to sit nicely within a science fiction realm. This one is written and directed by Kinjo Fukasaku who joined a bunch of other filmmakers in bucking the system by tackling taboo subjects. He went on to receive awards even after his death in 2003. He died during the making of the sequel (Battle Royale II: Requiem) and his son took over the rest.
Basically, it's a Japanese Hunger Games only with forty-two 9th-grade students who are instructed to kill each other according to the new 'Battle Royale Act.'
Even if you end up being one of the few people to dislike this movie, you might enjoy looking out for the zillion Easter eggs peppered throughout this awesome example of when directors get things right.
Genre: Drama | Sci-fi | Thriller
Streaming on Netflix, Shudder or for free with ads on Vudu, Tubi TV. Rent on Google Play Movies, FandangoNOW, Microsoft Store, Vudu, PlayStation, Amazon Video, Apple iTunes online and to download it on Google Play Movies, Vudu, FandangoNOW, Microsoft Store, Apple iTunes, Amazon Video.
3. District B-13 (2004)
Sticking in the foreign film arena, District B-13 is French and also comes with subtitles if you don't speak English. For me though, the combination of action, sci-fi, and thriller all mixed in together is hard to pass.
The setting is somewhat similar to that of a few virus movies I have seen only B-13 is the ghetto. The movie takes place in 2010, 6 years after it's release and the poorest suburbs have exploded in numbers. The solution? A big wall is built complete with barbed wire. No-one's allowed in or out and so B-13 becomes populated with gangs.
The rest of the film is an action-packed parkour filled race to ensure B-13 isn't destroyed by a bomb. Trust me when I say, it's worth it.
Directed by Pierre Morel and written by Luc Besson.
Pierre Morel is also directing the upcoming Peppermint, starring Jennifer Garner due out September 2018.
Genres: Action | Crime | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Hulu or for free with ads on Tubi TV. Rent it on Apple iTunes, PlayStation, FandangoNOW, Microsoft Store online and to download it on Apple iTunes, PlayStation, FandangoNOW, Microsoft Store.
4. Coherence (2013)
A directorial debut for James Ward Byrkit, Coherence is an overlooked film that is worth seeing. It basically sets up with 8 people enjoying a dinner party when a comet passes over them. From there it's multiple reality time where guests who leave discover themselves in the same house in a different time. It sounds confusing but it really isn't. This film is well written and was crafted in such a way it's impossible not to mention it. Even if you hate the sound of the premise, the way it was filmed is worth watching just for that.
Coherence was filmed over five nights at his actual house. None of the cast knew each other previously. Instead of given scripts, the cast was given just one page of notes for their character and the performances were then garnered organically as each character interacted with another.
Genres: Mystery | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Stream it on Shudder, Sundance Now, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video. Buy it on PlayStation, Vudu, Microsoft Store, Google Play Movies, Amazon Video, Apple iTunes. Rent it on PlayStation, Vudu, Microsoft Store, Google Play Movies, Amazon Video, Apple iTunes online.
5. 28 Weeks Later (2007)
One of my personal all-time favorite movies, 28 Weeks Later is the sequel to 28 Days Later (2002). This is six months after the fast-moving rage virus zombies plagued the population. Set in Great Britain, this film centers on the US Army trying their best to pretend everything is ok and it's time to repopulate.
If there is anything better than fast-moving rage-filled zombies, let me know because I love them. They just make everything exciting and tense. I love the cast, I love the setting and I love the way it all plays out. If you like more horror than thriller in your sci-fi, make this your go-to film, sit back and enjoy the bitey goodness. Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and written by Rowan Joffe.
Genres: Drama | Horror | Sci-Fi
Streaming on Hulu. Buy it on Google Play Movies, Apple iTunes, Vudu, PlayStation, FandangoNOW, Amazon Video, Microsoft Store, YouTube. Rent it on Vudu, Apple iTunes, Google Play Movies, PlayStation, FandangoNOW, Amazon Video, Microsoft Store, YouTube online.
6. Troll Hunter (2010)
Back to foreign films again (sometimes they just do a fantastic job) Troll Hunter is made in Norway. It begins with some investigation over some dead bears and ends with the mockumentary style trail sniffing of a troll hunter. If the found-footage technique is not your thing, you will hate this. Some people really do hate this movie for other reasons, me, I am not one of them. I love this flick and it definitely has a cult following. Written and directed by André Øvredal, it's audience is divided. It does have a sequel and it is terrible. Don't even worry about that one, it will diminish the shine that this one leaves.
Genres: Drama | Fantasy | Horror
Streaming on Netflix, Shudder or for free with ads on Tubi TV. Rent on Apple iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Microsoft Store, FandangoNOW, Google Play Movies, YouTube online and to download it on Apple iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Microsoft Store, FandangoNOW, Google Play Movies, YouTube.
7. The Colony (2013)
I love horror movies set in the snow. This movie is not fantastic, in fact, it's a bit cheesy and a little generic. Ok, ok, very generic. The guy that directed it also directed sporadic episodes of heaps of tv like Killjoys (2017), Helix (2015) and Being Human so he knows his way around a bit of sci-fi. Plus this is a tinge on the horror side so I'm allowing it.
This is not the movie you put on when you are wanting something brilliant, rather The Colony is something that's ok to watch if you think you might fall asleep but aren't sure. It dwindles into something less than anticipated but for a while there it's pretty good. It's got Laurence Fishburne in it so it can't be all that bad.
Genres: Action | Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Streaming on Hulu. Buy it on Google Play Movies, PlayStation, Vudu, Microsoft Store, FandangoNOW, Amazon Video, YouTube, Apple iTunes. Rent it on Google Play Movies, PlayStation, Vudu, Microsoft Store, FandangoNOW, Amazon Video, YouTube, Apple iTunes.
8. Splinter (2008)
Another divisive film makes it one to watch. That's my rule anyway. Reviews that divide tell me one thing. I have a 50/50 chance of loving it and there is usually no middle ground. Being squarely in the horror genre, you can never tell with review sites as horror is divisive in itself.
Splinter has a dual story-line thing happening which I like a lot. On the one hand, you have a couple on a camping trip who get car-jacked and kidnapped and on the other, you have a horde of parasites. When the two meet up it becomes a nice little mesh of survival with the bad guys. It's an indie production and it's a good one. This one is sci-fi and gore. If you like that type of thing, you will dig this.
Directed by Toby Wilkins.
Genres: Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
Streaming on Hulu, Shudder. Buy it on PlayStation, Apple iTunes, Microsoft Store, FandangoNOW, Google Play Movies, YouTube. Rent it on PlayStation, Apple iTunes, Microsoft Store, FandangoNOW, Google Play Movies, YouTube online.
9. Carriers (2009)
A virus movie is always good for me. Generally, there is more good than bad ones. This one is paced in a way that keeps you on the edge of your seat even if you see that seat a mile away. Four friends flee a viral pandemic together. In their quest to get to the Gulf of Mexico and simply wait it out, their car breaks down. Decisions are made and choices lead to consequences. Even if it feels like the hundredth time you've seen this when you've never seen it before, it's still a good watch.
Written and directed by David and Alex Pastor, this film got a free pass to the front of the line because Chris Pine is in it. Chris Pine did a good job in Star Trek so Paramount decided it was good to go.
Genres: Sci-fi | Horror | Drama
Streaming on Epix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu. Buy it on Google Play Movies, Vudu, FandangoNOW, Amazon Video, Microsoft Store, Apple iTunes, YouTube. Rent it on Google Play Movies, Vudu, FandangoNOW, Amazon Video, Microsoft Store, Apple iTunes, YouTube.
10. Mom and Dad (2018)
Every list needs a new movie on it and I loved this one starring Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair. It's an unpalatable premise which is why it may have a lower rating than expected. But if you can get over the fact that a virus has caused parents to systematically kill their kids and appreciate it for what it is, you just may love it as much as me. Sure there are a few extremely hard scenes to watch that I personally cringe at, but overall the performances and undertones of what lies beneath parental burdens outweigh any misgivings I have about its content.
If you want to see Cage do a frenetic hoky-poky while he and Selma band together to gas their teenage kids in the basement then you might find it fun like some people I know do. I don't think it's 'fun', I think its fairly horrific but that only makes it more interesting.
Directed by Brian Taylor
Genres: Sci-fi | Horror | Comedy
Streaming on Hulu. Buy it on Apple iTunes, FandangoNOW, Vudu, PlayStation, Google Play Movies, Amazon Video, Microsoft Store, YouTube. Rent it on Apple iTunes, FandangoNOW, Vudu, PlayStation, Google Play Movies, Amazon Video, Microsoft Store, YouTube.
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