The Worst Science Fiction Movies

The science fiction genre has provided some of the most memorable works of the twentieth and twenty-first century. However for each Star Wars or Blade Runner there has been a collection of films so terrible, so unutterably inane that people have questioned the sanity of those that commissioned it in the first place. Here is just a selection of examples of the genre which range from the bafflingly dull, to the quite simply awful!

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  • A.I

    peoples state
    on 14/11/08

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    This film is proof that Spielberg can get it wrong. When the untimely death of Stanley Kubrick saw him leave this project unfinished, it was handed to Mr Spielberg to produce the final film and you can clearly see the join. The film is highly enjoyable and thought provoking in the main and reaches a rather touching and beatific climax. Until the legend “Six Million Years Later” flashes across the screen and you know you are entering the saccharine fantasy world of Spielberg.
    • davidav
      on 24/1/09

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      you're kidding ! for me AI is the best Spielberg !
    • Gary
      on 8/9/09

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      I agree it is bad. It's easy to pick movies like Robot Monster and Plan 9 From Outer Space being bad as they are made by amateurs on shoe string budgets. But when talented people with large budgets make a bad sci-fi movie its unforgivable.
  • After Earth

    adambomb2112
    on 1/2/14

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    How can Will Smith have zero chemistry with his own son?
  • ALIEN IV : RESURRECTION

    peoples state
    on 14/11/08

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    Alien and Aliens were quite simply classic of their time. Alien 3 seemed to be a cobbled together, half baked idea that even Winona Ryder couldn’t make interesting. Given that you would have thought a fourth film would be out of the question. Sadly not. What followed is a most self-indulgent piece of genetically modified nonsense, whilst Ripley’s “baby” at the end took the film from the mildly annoying, into the realms of ludicrously embarrassing.
  • BATTLEFIELD EARTH

    peoples state
    on 14/11/08

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    Science Fiction and Scientology are not comfortable bedfellows, despite what the name suggests and this rather sycophantic attempt at brainwashing by Scientologist mastermind L.Ron Hubbard is not only dismal as a film, but also questionable morally too. The only enjoyable moment is witnessing John Travolta with an elongated head and dreadlocks, struggling manfully to keep the pace of this dismal offering from sliding still further into the mire. Thankfully, he fails.
    • Gary
      on 8/9/09

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      This one would be at the top of my list. The old B sci-fi movies have a certain charm to them but this is just plain god awful.
  • CATWOMAN

    peoples state
    on 14/11/08

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    The sorriest excuse you could find to spend two hours watching Halle Berry prance around in leather and heels. You are better advised spending your money on specialist magazines or websites. No really. It bears no resemblance to the Batman franchise that spawned it, nor the comic book hero that is popular with many. The film is far from purr-fect and a dose of hairballs is more enjoyable.
  • FLASH GORDON

    peoples state
    on 14/11/08

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    Not the original Buster Keaton serialisations but the Dino Di Laurentiis camp extravaganza produced in the early 80’s. There are some wonderful performances, but Flash and Dale were so unutterably bad that you cared more about your coffee table and the tables acting was less wooden. A wonderfully extravagant film but let down by the fact you wish the two heroes would have perished the moment they strapped themselves into Zarkov’s rocket.
    • Gary
      on 8/9/09

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      Original Flash Gordon was played by Buster Crabb not Buster Keaton who was a silent film comedian.
    • TB (website)
      on 30/3/11

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      Buster Crabbe played Flash Gordon in the serials from the 30's. Buster Keaton was, next to Charlie Chaplin, the greatest film comedian of the silent era. He woulda made a great Flash Gordon, though:)
  • Green Lantern

    adambomb2112
    on 1/2/14

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    Possibly the worst comic book film of all time.
  • HOWARD THE DUCK

    peoples state
    on 14/11/08

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    It is scarcely believable that the man who brought us Indiana Jones and Star Wars could attach his name to this piece of celluloid tripe. Thankfully shortly after it’s release George Lucas pretty much disowned the film proving that his judgement had not gone haywire after all. Fans of the comic book hated it, sci fi lovers hated it. Indeed only the most ardent fan of oversized superhero ducks could find any interesting it, and last I heard, they were pretty thin on the ground.
    • Troy Schmidt
      on 7/1/09

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      I personally loved this movie and watched it every time it came on TV. Cannot believe this goes down as #2?!?!?
  • INDEPENDENCE DAY

    peoples state
    on 14/11/08

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    In this expensive Roland Emmerich offering, the special effects and cast were superb but all the technical wizardry and a decent actors can’t help a plot that is so derivative of H.G Wells “War of the Worlds” that it bordered on plagiarism. Add to that a script that contained some of the most awful, buttock clenchingly, dismal moments in modern cinema. For example when President Bill Pullman announces that “I know what they’re thinking!” I started to cheer for the aliens.
  • Plan 9 From Outer Space

    adambomb2112
    on 1/2/14

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    As a comedy this film is brilliant. As a legitimate science fiction film it's atrocious.
  • PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE

    peoples state
    on 14/11/08

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    This is my favourite “bad” science fiction film of all time. It is so bad, so mind-numbingly dreadful in every sense of the word, that it is actually quite, quite brilliant. Directed by the legendary Ed Wood, a film whose basic premise is a mix of aliens and zombies never stood a good chance. To actually make a film as bad as this, whilst genuinely trying to produce a genuine science fiction film, and scare the audience, is the mark of either genius or insanity. I just cannot decide which.
    • Morten
      on 9/12/08

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      Good list. :-)
  • Radiohead

    steviebean
    on 24/11/10

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    They're awesome
  • ROBOT MONSTER

    peoples state
    on 14/11/08

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    Another 1950’s classic B movie which is famous for having the most laughably bad movie villain of all time, which was a man dressed in a gorilla suit, with what looks like a diving helmet on his head. You were supposed to recoil in terror from this ghastly apparition, sadly most audiences either fell about laughing, or simply fell asleep. Either is preferable to actually watching the film.
  • STAR TREK : THE MOTION PICTURE

    peoples state
    on 14/11/08

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    I remember going to see this as a child with my father and brother. We were all huge “Star Wars” fans at the time and of course, we knew all about Star Trek. To say the film was disappointing is an understatement. Nobody knew what was going on, the biggest action sequence and a handy metaphor for the film, was Kirk producing his captains log. I have only fell asleep once in the cinema while watching a film and this horrible adaptation holds that somewhat dubious accolade.