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The Scariest Movies Set In Space

Updated December 22, 2020 19.4k votes 2.7k voters 94.5k views58 items

What is it about a scary space movie that appeals to so many audiences? What is it about the thought of an alien on the hunt for human lives that makes our adrenaline spike and leaves us begging for more? This list discusses the absolute scariest space movies ever made. Who doesn’t cringe at the thought of the most horrifically disgusting aliens sliming at the mouth and spewing their venom over an unwitting space farer or astronaut? And who doesn’t love the mystery and suspense of life on another planet threatening to destroy the entire human race?

This list of the scariest space horror movies of all time is ranked by fans of the genre. What are the scariest movies set in outer space? Vote up the best scary space horror films, including Aliens, Event Horizon, Forbidden World, Galaxy of Terror, The Green Slime, and Solaris.

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    Alien

    Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt

    Released1979

    Directed byRidley Scott

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    Sigourney Weaver, Bill Paxton

    Released1986

    Directed byJames Cameron

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  • Event Horizon3
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    Event Horizon

    Laurence Fishburne, Jason Isaacs

    Released1997

    Directed byPaul W. S. Anderson

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    Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell

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    Dennis Quaid, Norman Reedus

    Released2009

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    Sigourney Weaver, Charles Dance

    Released1992

    Directed byDavid Fincher

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    Lifeforce

    Patrick Stewart, Mathilda May

    Released1985

    Directed byTobe Hooper

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    Charlize Theron, Michael Fassbender

    Released2012

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    Winona Ryder, Sigourney Weaver

    Released1997

    Directed byJean-Pierre Jeunet

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    Ghosts of Mars

    Ice Cube, Jason Statham

    Released2001

    Directed byJohn Carpenter

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    Doom

    Dwayne Johnson, Rosamund Pike

    Released2005

    Directed byAndrzej Bartkowiak

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    Screamers

    Peter Weller, Jennifer Rubin

    Released1995

    Directed byChristian Duguay

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    Jason X

    David Cronenberg, Lexa Doig

    Released2001

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    Apollo 18

    Warren Christie, Michael Kopsa

    Released2011

    Directed byGonzalo López-Gallego

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    Liev Schreiber, Olivia Williams

    Released2013

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    Supernova

    Angela Bassett, James Spader

    Released2000

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola, Jack Sholder, Walter Hill, James Thomas Lee Knight

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    Riddick

    Vin Diesel, Dave Bautista

    Released2013

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    Life

    Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson

    Released2017

    Directed byDaniel Espinosa

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    Forbidden World

    Michael Bowen, Scott Paulin

    Released1982

    Directed byAllan Holzman

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    Silent Running

    Bruce Dern, Ron Rifkin

    Released1972

    Directed byDouglas Trumbull

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    The Martian Chronicles

    Bernadette Peters, Rock Hudson

    Released1980

    Directed byMichael Anderson

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    Galaxy of Terror

    Robert Englund, Erin Moran

    Released1981

    Directed byBruce D. Clark

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    Dracula 3000

    Erika Eleniak, Coolio

    Released2004

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    Planet of the Vampires

    Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell

    Released1965

    Directed byMario Bava

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    It! The Terror from Beyond Space

    Ray "Crash" Corrigan, Dabbs Greer

    Released1958

    Directed byEdward L. Cahn

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