Cheesy sci-fi movies can be great fun to watch. Even more fun is when you discover one that's secretly brilliant underneath. Sometimes it's easy to get caught up in the mediocre special effects, wooden performances, or outrageousness of the plot. You can overlook the substance for that reason. Many times, you don't even notice how smart the movie is until you see it a second time.
The following sci-fi movies are like an optical illusion. They look a certain way from one angle, yet look altogether different once you shift your perspective. While these might not all be all-time classics, they're certainly underappreciated when it comes to content. Going the cheap, easy route would have been a snap. Instead, they chose to infuse their plots with political themes, sociological ideas, clever metaphors, or good old-fashioned satire.
Which of these seemingly stupid science-fiction movies is the most secretly brilliant? Your votes will determine the answer.
- 12,616 VOTESPhoto: Columbia Pictures
- 21,806 VOTESPhoto: Universal Pictures
- 31,805 VOTESPhoto: TriStar Pictures
- 41,886 VOTESPhoto: Warner Bros. Pictures
- 51,830 VOTESPhoto: Warner Bros. Pictures
- 61,169 VOTESPhoto: Dimension Films