I have always been a massive sci-fi fan. After all, I’m named after a character from a sci-fi show (Jenna from Blake’s 7 – do yourself a favor and hire it out if you haven’t seen it. Easily one of the best SF shows of all time). Today I’m counting down the top 5 best sci-fi that the 80s had to offer! What would make your list? Also – you can win some cool prizes related to today’s post – go to the competitions page to enter!
5. The Abyss
This James Cameron film, starring Ed Harris and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, is seriously claustrophobic. It’s about a Navy SEAL team who head deep underwater in an experimental new oil platform, to try to rescue a submarine in peril. What they encounter is far more than normal marine life – they discover a life form that’s completely out of this world.
4. Blade Runner
By all rights, this should be higher on the list, but it faced some amazing competition in a decade full of amazing SF. The film is set in 2019, where robots called Replicants, who look just like humans, have been created. They are banned on Earth and only allowed to be used on Earth colonies – and if they break this rule they are hunted down by Blade Runners and decommissioned. Harrison Ford plays a burnt out Blade Runner who takes on one last job of hunting down a particularly dangerous group of Replicants hiding out in LA. It’s a brilliant dystopian film which is considered a classic for a very good reason.
Alien (from the 70s) and the sequel Aliens are the rare type of SF that has easily stood the test of time. They don’t look outdated, the stories are still relevant, the acting strong. Aliens sees space pilot Ripley (played by the AMAZING Sigourney Weaver), return to the planet from the first movie where her crew were killed by vicious aliens and she was the only survivor. The aliens are back, as terrifying as ever, and Ripley is as kick-ass as ever. This movie will never, ever go out of style!
This is the movie that made Arnold Schwarzenegger a household name. Arnie plays a scary cyborg sent back in time from 2029 to to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, the woman who will give birth to John Connor, future leader of the rebels who will fight back against the killer cyborgs. Though his acting skills are questionable, in this James Cameron film Arnie is perfect as the Terminator. And, Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor gave Sigourney a run for her money as the top kick-ass sci-fi chick of the decade!
1. The Empire Strikes Back
I hate to be obvious in my countdowns, but the original Star Wars trilogy was such a game changer that this movie needed to be at the top. Star Wars ushered in a new era of SF when it was released in the ’70s, and this legacy continued on with the sequels. The Empire Strikes Back is arguably the best of the lot, with lots of Han, Leia and Luke, much use of the force and light sabres, and of course one of the biggest twists in movie history – “Luke, I am your father”! Sci-Fi perfection!