20 horror movies about space and aliens

Thanks to enthusiasts like Elon Musk, humanity is striving not only for five-star resorts, but also for real stars, although there are no normal beaches. Distant galaxies attract discoverers, but at the same time terrify predatory black holes or planets with fatal surprises. It becomes even more terrible if we assume that there are extraterrestrial bloodthirsty life forms. A selection of horror films about space will demonstrate alien threats in all their frightening splendor.

A Quiet Place (dulogy, 2018 and 2021)

The post-apocalyptic horror and its sequel paint a grim picture of the future. Terrible monsters, guided by sounds, completely exterminated humanity. The few survivors are forced to live in complete silence – any rustle will attract blind monsters. In a family hiding on an old farm, children are born – an endless source of screams and noise, and therefore mortal danger.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
A Quiet Place Part II

Actors:
Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy, Noah Jupe, John Krasinski…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Satellite (2020)

The Russian novelty of the horror movie tells about an unusual alien. Soviet spacecraft returns to Earth. An emergency situation occurred on board, which led to tragic consequences for one of the astronauts. Some alien substance has infiltrated the body of another. An exceptional case is being studied by a neurophysiologist and a KGB officer. The authorities want to use the symbiosis as a weapon, and the doctor hopes to save the man.

Actors:
Oksana Akinshina, Pyotr Fedorov, Fedor Bondarchuk …

Country:
Russia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Color from other worlds (2019)

A meteorite falls on a remote farm and then disappears without a trace. Under the influence of the cosmic body, interruptions in communication begin, the vegetation in the area acquires a strange unnatural shade. The farmer’s family tries not to pay attention to the metamorphoses, but soon nightmarish changes happen to people. The plot is based on the short story of the same name by the horror classic Howard Lovecraft.

Original title:
Color Out of Space

Actors:
Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Madeleine Arthur …

Country:
USA, Malaysia, Portugal

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

In an interesting sci-fi horror movie about space, scientists launch a particle accelerator into orbit to overcome the energy crisis on the planet. The station helps to cope with the lack of resources, but terrible phenomena begin to occur on Earth. Research has shown that the saving new technology had disastrous consequences: the particle accelerator opened a passage between different realities.

Original title:
The Cloverfield Paradox

Actors:
Gugu Embata-Ro, David Oyelowo, Daniel Brühl…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
12+


Origin (TV series 2018)

On an abandoned spaceship flying to a distant planet, members of the expedition come out of suspended animation. All passengers do not know each other and left the Earth to become colonists. But according to estimates, there are far fewer people on board than it should be, and numerous bloody footprints indicate that something terrible has happened on the ship and now everyone’s life is in danger.

Original title:
Origin

Actors:
Natalia Tena, Tom Felton, Sen Mitsuji …

Country:
United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
18+


Live (2017)

Mars expedition discovers life on the Red Planet. While humanity rejoices, astronauts study a single-celled creature in a test tube. The alien organism, which has been in a state of suspended animation for many years, begins to actively develop and demonstrate aggressive behavior. The astronauts understand that a mysterious creature can be a deadly threat not only to the crew, but to all earthlings.

Original title:
Life

Actors:
Hiroyuki Sanada, Ryan Reynolds, Rebecca Ferguson, Jake Gyllenhaal…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
16+


Last Days on Mars (2013)

Less than a day before the end of the Martian expedition, astronauts discover traces of life on the Red Planet. The expedition travels to the valley for the rest of the time to find additional evidence. The discovered form of life infects the astronauts, turning people into bloodthirsty monsters. The surviving crew members are trying to escape and prevent the terrible creature from falling to Earth.

Original title:
The Last Days on Mars

Actors:
Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas, Romola Garay, Olivia Williams…

Country:
Great Britain, Ireland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.5, IMDb – 5.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Captured by space (2013)

The creators of horror films about extreme incidents on other planets do not ignore the Earth’s satellite, as in this spectacular thriller. A meteor shower hits the moon base. The study of debris that fell from the sky leads to strange visions in the astronauts. The hallucinatory images manifest themselves as quite real, plunging the crew into a state of uncontrollable panic. The base plunges into complete chaos and an endless bloody nightmare.

Original title:
Stranded

Actors:
Christian Slater, Amy Mathisio, Michael Terriol …

Country:
Canada, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 3.6, IMDb – 3.5

Age restrictions:
16+


Europe (2012)

A private corporation equips an expedition to Jupiter’s moon Europa. Scientists are sure that life can be found in the subglacial ocean of this celestial body. From the very beginning, the expedition’s affairs go awry: communication with the Earth is lost, equipment fails, crew members die. The plot of the fantasy thriller is based on individual chapters from the novel 2010: An Odyssey Two by Arthur C. Clarke.

Original title:
Europa Report

Actors:
Christian Camargo, Anamaria Marinka, Mikael Nykvist …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
12+


Apollo 18 (2011)

A pseudo-documentary horror film about aliens and space creatures plays with common cryptohistorical theories. In conditions of complete secrecy, the Americans are sending another expedition to the moon. Astronauts deploying a missile warning system on Earth’s satellite and collecting soil samples suddenly notice the presence of extraterrestrial life.

Original title:
Apollo 18

Actors:
Warren Christie, Lloyd Owen, Ryan Robbins…

Country:
USA, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Something (2011)

A prequel to the 1982 cult horror film of the same name directed by John Carpenter. A group of scientists is sent on an Arctic expedition. According to unverified data, something similar to a spaceship was found in the ice. Expectations are fully confirmed. Next to the mysterious object, another find was made – an alien frozen into the ice. An attempt to study an unknown creature turns into a real disaster .

Original title:
The Thing

Actors:
Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen …

Country:
Canada, USA, UK

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Pandorum (2009)

In a highly rated space horror game, two astronauts in a massive starship wake up after a long suspended animation. The equipment is junk, and the memory fails. Trying to figure out what is happening, the heroes stumble upon crazy crew members, and then on terrible aggressive creatures. Now it depends only on two daredevils how the journey will end and whether more than a thousand passengers-colonists who have not yet been killed by mutants on board the ship will survive.

Original title:
Pandorum

Actors:
Dennis Quaid, Ben Foster, Cam Gigandet…

Country:
Germany, United Kingdom

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Cargo (2009)

In a fantasy horror film with elements of a detective story, a spaceship is carrying cargo to the station. A strange noise from the cargo bays leads to the suspicion that someone is hiding there. In the process of chasing an unknown creature, some crew members die, and later it turns out that there is a very dangerous cargo on board and space flight is not at all reduced to transporting resources.

Original title:
Cargo

Actors:
Anna Schwabroch, Martin Rapold, Regula Grauwiler…

Country:
Switzerland

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 6.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Doom (2005)

A scary movie about space is worth watching for all fans of computer games , because the plot is based on a cult shooter. A special forces unit from Earth receives a distress signal from a Martian laboratory. Genetic experiments have led to the emergence of vile creatures, thirsty to kill. Brave fighters must deal with bloodthirsty monsters and save the planet.

Original title:
Doom

Actors:
Karl Urban, Rosamund Pike, Deobia Oparey, Dwayne Johnson …

Country:
USA, UK, Czech Republic, Germany

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.9, IMDb – 5.2

Age restrictions:
16+


Ghosts of Mars (2001)

A fantasy horror film that will take viewers to the distant future , when humanity has long terraformed Mars. A police squad is sent to the mines to transport a dangerous criminal from there. The working town meets law enforcement officers with complete desolation. The ancient ghosts of Mars have taken possession of the bodies of the miners and staged a terrible massacre, and now they plan to deal with the rest of the people.

original name :
Ghosts of Mars

Actors:
Natasha Henstridge, Ice Cube, Jason Statham …

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.3, IMDb – 4.9

Age restrictions:
18+


Black Hole (1999)

The top science fiction thrillers about space continue the frightening film about what kind of killer adventures await earthlings in the future in the vastness of the universe. One spaceship crashes on an unexplored planet. Only a few members of the team managed to survive. Hot deserts spread everywhere , and three suns shine in the sky at once. It would seem that in such conditions there should be no life, but people are attacked by some evil creatures.

Original title:
Pitch Black

Actors:
Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Cole Houser …

Country:
USA, Australia

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.6, IMDb – 7.1

Age restrictions:
16+


Through the Horizon (1997)

In the distant future, a rescue mission is sent in search of a ship missing in space that can travel at superluminal speeds. Starship discovered near the planet Neptune. As the investigation showed , the experimental engine broke the space-time continuum, briefly sending the ship to another reality. Now on board is something from another world.

Original Title :
Event Horizon

Cast:
Laurence Fishburne, Sam Neill, Kathleen Quinlan…

Country :
UK, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Screamers (1995)

Based on a novel by popular writer Philip K. Dick, this sci-fi horror space adventure takes you into a bleak future. Two powerful blocs are fighting fiercely for resources. When it comes to a truce, one of the parties decides to use screamers – supernova robots that ruthlessly destroy any form of life.

Original title:
Screamers

Actors:
Peter Weller, Roy Dupuis, Jennifer Rubin …

Country:
Canada, USA, UK, Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.4

Age restrictions:
16+


Dark Side of the Moon (1990)

The spectacular horror film harmoniously blends space science fiction with supernatural mysticism . A team of specialists travels between the Earth and the Moon, repairing satellites that use nuclear technology. A tech ship takes damage and then picks up a distress signal from the dark side of the moon. A great horror and ancient evil lurks on the starship discovered there.

Original title:
The Dark Side of the Moon

Actors:
Robert Sampson, Will Bledsoe, Joe Turkel…

Country:
USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.1, IMDb – 5.0

Age restrictions:
18+


Alien (film series, 1979 – 2017)

A list of the best horror films about spaceships and incredible monsters is impossible to imagine without the cult horror franchise. In the distant future, humanity has mastered the cosmos, but, conquering the expanses of the Universe, it has encountered frightening xenomorphs – almost invulnerable creatures seeking to destroy all life in its path.

Original title:
Alien

Actors:
Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerrit, Ian Holm…

Country:
Great Britain, USA

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 8.1, IMDb – 8.4

Age restrictions:
16+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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