[Sci-Fi Month] Classic SF Movies I Haven’t Seen 🙈

Even though I call myself a movie lover and a sci-fi lover, there are a lot of classic sci-fi movies that I haven’t seen. Some are movies that I do want to watch and have plans to watch, while others are movies that I’m just not that interested in or have told myself that I won’t watch for one reason or another.

One thing I feel like I should clarify is that when I say “classic” movies, I don’t necessarily mean movies that were made before a certain time period – let’s say before the early 1960’s – but rather really famous movies that people still watch and enjoy today because they have a timeless quality to them.

Yes, really. I haven’t seen the original Star Wars movies. I have, however, seen the Family Guy parodies so I kind of know the story but not really? And I’ve also seen the prequel movies. And I didn’t like them because I thought they were boring. Seriously, the prequel movies is a lot of fantasy politics, and not a lot of fantasy war.

Hopefully, I will get around to watching the original trilogy someday, because I feel like these are movies that I really should have watched by now. But that will be after I’ve finished watching every Star Trek series and movie. Because Trek is my first love. 🖖🏻

Trust me, it only gets worse from here.

I’ve never really been a “dinosaur person”, not even as a child. I didn’t play with dinosaur toys or have books on dinosaurs, and even when I would go to museums and see dinosaur skeletons my reaction would be “oh cool”. And then I would cry because at the very end of the dinosaur exhibit at the Natural History Museum in London there’s a gigantic T-rex animatronic. And I scared very easily as a child. So that’s probably why I haven’t seen Jurassic Park. Because I thought it would be scary.

As I’ve gotten older though, my thoughts on whether I wanted to watch Jurassic Park has gone from “no way it’ll scare me” to “meh”. I do have the three original movies saved to my TV, though, so I do have plans to watch it.

I said it was going to get worse, didn’t I?

My memory is so terrible that I can’t really remember whether I was scared of ET or not. I probably found the little dude’s appearance a bit freaky when I was little, but because this is a family movie, I might have not. Maybe it’s because he kind of sounds like the demon from The Exorcist. I really don’t know.

Considering that I was a huge fan of alien media for a long time, you’d think that I’d already seen this movie, but it turns out that I haven’t. My interest in alien media has actually really waned in recent years due to overzealous alien believers saying that it’s “selfish” to not believe in aliens, but it’s still on my main watchlist.

Have you ever shown an interest in a movie but then a group of people interpret it completely wrong, and then it completely kills off an interest you had? That’s what happened for me with The Matrix. And yes, I’m referring to right-leaning people who say that they “redpilled”. *sigh* the exact same thing happened with fight club and now ‘snowflake’ is used to attack people who think that racism is bad 🙄

Anyway, I do kind of have an interest in the movie because I like Keanu Reeves (i don’t think he’s the greatest actor in the world, but he’s cute, fight me) and Laurence Fishburne, and it’s directed by two transwomen. I’ll get to it at some point, as long as I ignore the annoying people who interpret it in ridiculous ways.

The main reason I haven’t seen this movie is because I haven’t read the book that it’s based on. And I kind of got the book in the first place so that I could read it before I watch the movie. However, that was a while back and since then I’ve really unsubscribed to the whole “always read the book first” rule, because it doesn’t really matter to me. The book and the movie could be completely different from one another for all I know. Or they could be exactly the same. I won’t know that until I read and watch both versions.

That being said, from what I’ve seen of this movie, it is visually stunning. For a movie to look this good in the early 1980’s is incredible to me because CGI hadn’t even been fully developed yet. And I’m a total sucker for practical effects. I sat with my mouth hanging open when I saw 2001: A Space Odyssey in the cinema, and I have a feeling the same thing will happen here.

This movie is a sci-fi horror. Yay! But it’s also a body horror movie. Oh dear. I’ve said a few times that body horror is the one thing that really gets under my skin and when I was looking through Google Images for a suitable image to use, I ended up feeling a little nauseated because of all the results of the actual monster that came up. Thanks, Google, you’re a real pal there.

The director of this movie is David Cronenberg, who I have not seen any movies by but I am very well aware of his reputation as one of the originators of the body horror genre. That really says something to me, and that would be ‘uhm, no thank you I’d rather keep my lunch’. Another reason why I haven’t watched this movie is because it stars Jeff Goldblum, and I am not really a fan of him at all. Yeah, he was cute back in the day but these days I don’t care for him and only hear about him being a gigantic meme rather than being an actor. So, nah.

My dad is a really big fan of these movies and has seen every single one of them, including the more recent movies. And no matter how many times he tells me to watch them, I just never end up being interested??

I think it’s because whenever I remember that this movie exists, I also remember the mini parody that The Simpsons did, where they made a musical stage production of it starring Troy McClure. And because of that, I can’t really take this movie seriously. Plus, I know what the big twist at the end is. And also that the Tim Burton version is apparently garbage.

Back in the day, I really wanted to see this movie because I was a pretty big fan of Christopher Nolan. Now, however, I’m not a fan of him anymore. The magic that I saw in his movies completely disappeared when I ended up being completely disappointed by The Dark Knight Rises. That and the fact that his ensemble casts usually only have one black person and it’s always Morgan Freeman. Or one Asian person who is always Ken Watanabe.

But, the biggest reason why I haven’t seen this movie is because I am not a Leonardo DiCaprio fan at all. I actually think he’s one of the most overrated actors in the history of movies and I have yet to enjoy anything he’s been in. He just does absolutely nothing for me and I refuse to be sorry about it.

I do plan to watch this movie sometime soon – maybe even this month – because I will be reading the manga at the end of the month. I haven’t really talked about anime that much on this blog, but it should be a little obvious by now that I do like anime.

The main thing that drew me into wanting to watch this movie is the animation. I’ve only seen a few clips, and the animation is so fluid that it’s breathtaking. Japanese animation is usually more limited to save time and money (bc animation is hugely expensive), and is traditionally done before the voice work. In Akira, they did it the Western way, which is the other way around so that they could match the mouth movements to the voiceover. It cost ¥1.1 billion to make, and it shows because it’s stunning. In fact, it’s stunning to the point that I can’t watch one of the scariest scenes in the movie because animated body horror makes me squirm a lot more than when it’s in live-action 👍🏻

For this, I feel like I should specify that I’m talking about the original anime movie, and not the live-action Scarlett Johansson one. Because I don’t like Scarlett Johansson and that movie has so many shady problematic things going on with it. oh, and it also doesn’t matter that native japanese people “didn’t care”, she still took a role away from asian actors.

The first time I’d ever heard of this film I was either 11 or 12 and just starting to really get into anime. There used to be a TV channel in the UK called Anime Central that used to air the sequel(?) series Stand Alone Complex, and I saw an ad that featured the main character crushing a robot’s head by doing a flip over it, and using it as a railing. I, being an easily scared pre-teen, found it horrifying. Years pass and my interest in anime not only waned but pretty much died. Now, I’m doing a lot of catch-up and going back to revisit the “greats” of the format, and this is one of them.

What mega-famous sci-fi movies have you not seen? Are there any that I should drop everything and go watch right away?

12 Comments

  1. 10/11/2018 / 11:46 PM

    Oh yes the prequels are not great! We recently rewatched the Matrix and oh boy it’s a product of its time. I lovr Keanu though so no judgement. I have never seen Alien!

    • Louise
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      15/11/2018 / 1:30 AM

      You should watch Alien!! It’s one of my favourite movies ever 😀

  2. 11/11/2018 / 3:44 AM

    Blade Runner is pretty amazing visually, and that’s my favorite part of it- the ambience and the feel. The story itself is just okay? I did read the book it was based on and was totally unimpressed, but some people like it.

    The first two Jurassic PArk movies are pretty fun, I think. 🙂

    Planet of the Apes is weird because it’s dated, but… the first 45 mins or hour I really like because you don’t see the apes right away, and there’s kind of this mystery about where they are and the whole Forbidden Zone thing is mysterious. I think they did a REALLY good job setting that up.

    • Louise
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      15/11/2018 / 2:15 AM

      I think I’m leaning towards just going ahead and watching Blade Runner without reading the book first. It’s kind of less effort and I’m getting more impatient these days, haha 😂

      Ooh, I love it when movies have a big mysterious start. Maybe I will give Planet of the Apes a go after all 🙂

  3. 11/11/2018 / 4:12 AM

    I thought Blade Runner was really good when i was around 13 years old. I rewatched it just before the new one came out, and barely recognised the movie. It was nothing like what i remembered and found it quite boring. The book was ok, read it last year, but also didn’t knock my socks off.
    Then i went to see the new movie, and it was just so boring, i thought it will never end 🙄

    I did like the Matrix tho… but then again, saw it ages ago and what if i remember differently…

    • Louise
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      15/11/2018 / 2:17 AM

      I was never really bothered about the Blade Runner sequel. It just seemed like that movie didn’t need to exist other than the studio wanting money.

  4. 11/11/2018 / 4:17 PM

    What an interesting list! I really disliked Blade Runner, The Fly and The Matrix so personally I don’t think you missed much there! I do love the original Star Wars trilogy, the Jurassic films. I haven’t seen Inception and don’t really plan to! I don’t watch Planet of the Apes as I never much liked the originals and I hate the monkey cruelty in the newer ones and other things like King Kong! I’m a bit pathetic about stuff like that! ET makes me cry too much to watch again but I loved it as a kid!

    • Louise
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      15/11/2018 / 2:19 AM

      Ohh yeah, the way the monkeys are treated in the newer Apes movies really puts me off watching those!

  5. 13/11/2018 / 5:37 AM

    Jurassic Park is one of my favorites. It’s so much fun. I wish the sequels and the Jurassic World movies were just as good, but can’t have everything. 🙂 Blade Runner is awesome, very philosophical and well thought out. My jaw dropped so many times . LOL!

    • Louise
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      15/11/2018 / 2:25 AM

      I don’t think the JP sequels are priorities for me, but the first movie definitely is one of my top priority movies to watch 😀

  6. 13/11/2018 / 4:42 PM

    That’s quite the list! One comment before I get to my thoughts on the movies: I thought I was the only one who didn’t like Leonardo DiCaprio! Wow! It’s good to know that I’m not the only one who thinks he’s overrated.

    About the movies: the Star Wars original trilogy is better than any of the series movies which have come after it. (It’s cheesy, but better.) I would suggest watching the first Jurassic Park and the first Matrix movie, but not bothering with the rest of either series. And in ET it wasn’t the alien who scared me (even when I was a child) but the humans in haz-mat suits.
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    • Louise
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      15/11/2018 / 2:28 AM

      I’m so relieved to know that you don’t like DiCaprio either! My friends used to joke that I’m not allowed to watch movies as a punishment for not liking him 😂

      I’ve seen a lot of mixed reception to the Star Wars sequel movies, so I’m not too bothered about those ones, but the original trilogy is a top priority for me right now.

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