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Old 03-19-07, 11:34 PM
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British Sci-Fi movies?

I am interested in British movies, but it seems trying to find good British sci-fi movies is really difficult. I realize they haven't always been the leaders in science fiction over all, but they have contributed quite a bit to sci-fi TV...I am surprised to find so little science fiction coming from their cinemas.

So what are the best titles out there that I could look at?
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Quatermass and the Pit (aka Five Million Years To Earth.) This is a movie that's almost literally haunted me since my childhood.
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I've always been a fan of Things to Come (1936).
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And there's also Day of the Triffids.
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The titles already mentioned are terrific choices, along with:

JOURNEY TO THE FAR SIDE OF THE SUN
THE DAY THE EARTH CAUGHT FIRE
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Does 28 Days Later count? More horror, I guess, but it does have some sci-fi elements.
Old 03-20-07, 12:27 AM
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Quatermass Xperiment- Only out on Region 2
The Man from Planet X
X The Unknow
Night Caller From Outer Space
Lifeforce - Silly but fun film about vampires from outer space.

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Originally Posted by dom56
Quatermass Xperiment- Only out on Region 2
TCM showed this last weekend, along with another Brit sci-fi'er, Amazing Transparent Man.
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Does Children of Men count?
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Some good ones already, especially the Quatermass movies and Day of the Triffids. Another classic is Village of the Damned (and to a lesser extent its follow-ups). Some others are:

The Man Who Fell To Earth (David Bowie movie)
Fahrenheit 451
The Fiend Without a Face
First Men in the Moon
Hardware (needs a DVD release badly)
1984
Zardoz (ok, a lot of people hate this ... it's goofy as hell, but it's Sean Connery and John Boorman, and is really cool looking)
Brazil
Island of Terror (a favorite from my youth ... Peter Cushing versus bone-sucking monsters)
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The Projected Man(R2)
Island of the Burning Doomed(R2)
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Originally Posted by dom56
Lifeforce - Silly but fun film about vampires from outer space.
Lifeforce is definitely one of the very best British sci-fi titles out there.
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Biggles: Adventures in Time
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Four titles not mentioned so far that are really good and worth seeking out (although, regrettably, they are not on DVD):

Earth Dies Screaming, The
Mind of Mr Soames, The
Invasion!
Unearthly Stranger


And I second the recommendations of:

Day the Earth Caught Fire
Island of Terror
Night Caller From Outer Space
Night of the Big Heat (Island of the Burning Doomed)
X the Unknown


And all 3 Quatermass films, especially Quatermass & the Pit
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LifeForce
12 Monkeys
1984
Brazil
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Originally Posted by CinemaNut
12 Monkeys
How is this one British again?
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Originally Posted by JustinS
How is this one British again?
It's not.
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"Day the Earth Caught Fire" rocks
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
Quatermass and the Pit (aka Five Million Years To Earth.) This is a movie that's almost literally haunted me since my childhood.
I second that. My mother was (and is) a huge fan of '50's & '60's SciFi since she was growing up then. I remember when I was about 7 or 8 she actually woke me up from a sound sleep in the middle of the night to watch this movie. She's not crazy or anything, she just loved the movie and knew I would too. However, it was a little to much for me at that age and has always held the power to scare the bejeesus outta me ever since.

I also second (or third or fourth or whatever by this point) "The Day the Earth Caught Fire." I just think it's one of the best Sci Fi movies ever bar none. No crazy special effects or weird monsters or bizarre worlds, just a really good story very well done.
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
Quatermass and the Pit (aka Five Million Years To Earth.) This is a movie that's almost literally haunted me since my childhood.
This film scared me and I have seen some BIZZAR films. 1984 ia a beautiful piece of work. I got both of these when they first came out and I think they are now OOP and hard 2 find.

Some of my favorite films come from the UK that I think are worth watching.

A Clockwork Orange
2001 a space odyssey
Outland (1981) Sean Connery
Event Horizon (1997)
Saturn 3 (1980) Farrah Fawcett & Kirk Douglas
Until the End of the World (1991) I think its mostly UK but its from all over the world. I have the 280 min (director's cut) WHAT A GREAT RIDE.
Spider (2002) David Cronenberg shot in UK & Canada Not realy Sci-Fi but a cool flim WARNING its very slow.
Hardware (1990) PLEASE SOME ONE RELEASE THIS ON DVD IN THE US WITH 2 OR 3 DISKS UNCUT!!!!!!!!!!!!
Dust Devil (1992) South Africa / UK more Horror than Sci-Fi (get the 3 disk box, I love it)
The Sea of Perdition (2006)
Pitch Black (2000) ?????????????????? Dont know I need 2 look in 2 that one.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) David Bowie
Lifeforce (1985) Tobe Hooper
Threads (1984) TV (NO US DVD RELEASE!!!!!)
Brazil (1985)
The Quiet Earth (1985) I know its not British its from New Zealand (ITS A FANTASTIC FILM)
Code 46 (2003)
28 Days Later (2002) Horror / Sci-Fi
Children of Men (2006)
When the Wind Blows (1986) Animation end of the world stuff (NO US DVD RELEASE!!!!!)
Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
Village of the Damned (1960)
The Day of the Triffids (1962)
Time Bandits (1981) Sci-Fi / Fantasy






Ill think of some more later.

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Until the End of the World is not British.
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Originally Posted by wendersfan
Until the End of the World is not British.
Germany / France / Australia
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Originally Posted by JustinS
How is this one British again?
it's directed by that Monty Python British bloke, Gilliam ... oh wait... he's American
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Gilliam

Originally Posted by Giles
it's directed by that Monty Python British bloke, Gilliam ... oh wait... he's American
Gilliam is from California but he shot Brazil & Time Bandits in the UK.

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