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Kali Krew Presents: Intersecting Sci-Fi and Horror

Science Fiction and Horror often collide with each other. Oftentimes, you can find a sci-fi movie in the horror section and vice versa.

GracieKat Anecdote Time: When I went looking for The Thing at the movie store (3 different trips, I might add) I kept looking in their Horror section. Never even crossed my mind that it could possibly be science fiction. Even though it’s about an alien parasite. It wasn’t until the third trip that I actually asked someone if the store had it and they said yes…and led me to the Sci-Fi section…

Anyway…we wracked our brains to think of ways that Horror and Sci-Fi could meet in interesting and (hopefully) unique ways, and ultimately what we found was instances here and there of stuff we absolutely loved and just want to see more of.

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The Suggestions

Climate Control Nanobots Gone Mad

Nanobots are kind of freaky little things all on their own. They can be extremely helpful but there is always the possibility of them going too far. A tiny, self-healing, self-replicating machine. Add total climate control to that and we think you’d get some awesome disaster movie porn with a healthy dose of sci-fi.

Century Rain by Alastair Reynolds

Century Rain book cover
A close representation of what that could be like

Lovecraftian Adaptations

Lovecraftian Horror seems to be a concept that is more easily used in concept than it is as a straight up adaptation. But it would be very awesome to see a big-screen (even IMAX) version of Cthulhu rising and laying waste to the world in all of his cosmic glory. The Colour Out of Space and The Haunter in the Dark could also be adapted very, very well. The story from The Colour Out of Space has actually been adapted into several movies (with varying degrees of success).

The best adaptation thus far by the H.P. Lovecraft Historical Society

And please, someone out there in Movieland, give Guillermo del Toro the money to make his vision of At the Mountains of Madness. Kaythanks.

Post-Apocalyptically Tech-F*cked

There has been a plethora of post-apocalyptic novels and movies. They’re very often labeled as sci-fi by default since their stories take place in the ‘future’ or alternate present. But it would be interesting to have some post-apocalyptic horror wherein the main threat is not people. Where man is not the monster. Or, at least, not the only one.

Book cover for Aetherchrist

Check out Lilyn’s review of Aetherchrist!


While this is a more common cross-over than others may be. Aliens, Predator and The Thing can all fit easily into either genre. But it can be taken farther than just aliens colliding with humans with disastrous results.

Event Horizon was a good step in the right direction. There’s no big bad alien they can fight. It’s almost entirely psychological horror that the ship inflicts on them. It would be nice to see more space horror in this vein.

Movie cover for Event Horizon

When Worlds Collide

What could possiby be more terrifying than your planet on a slow (or not so slow) collision course with another planet? A collision that can’t be stopped at the last second by hardy oil riggers that have zero scientific capabilities? Or, science can stop it but not without horrifying consequences to the world at large. That would be pretty damn terrifying.

Melancholia movie cover

Death Stopping

As much as we don’t like the thought of death (ours or others) can you even imagine what would happen if death just…stopped? The overcrowding, food shortages, crime? Yikes. A horror story with science fiction elements would be the perfect recipe to bring this to life on the page or big (or small) screen.

Alternate Realities

We have encountered alternate realities and they mix and mingle throughout horror and science fiction but they rarely co-mingle in an equal degree. It’s usually one or the other. The best examples I can think of are Silent Hill vs. the above mentioned Event Horizon.

Rizen movie cover
Rizen is a great example of the two being fairly well blended

Bio-Engineered Creatures

There has been an influx of Chomp ‘n’ Stomps lately in books and movies. Enough to make our Kaiju loving hearts happy. And we want more of it. Think the sharks from Deep Blue Sea and apply it other animals (sea and otherwise) that might not normally be all that scary. Night of the Lepus tried to make bunnies terrifying and failed (bless their little B-Movie hearts). But just think how scary that could be if done well? I am of the opinion that if you take a cute little animal and made it twenty feet tall or unusually aggressive it could be fun and scary at the same time. Imagine a hyped-up, bio-engineered sloth slowly digesting you over the space of a month.

Movie cover for Deep Blue Sea

So there you have it, eight ways that science fiction and horror could combine successfully and that we would love to see more of! If you have any examples of the above let us know and let us know your ideas!

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  1. Possibilities? People get neural implants . . . which are used to take them over. It turns out we were bioengineered as the building blocks for another species. It turns out all the alien species we encounter in outer space are more civilized than we are, and they think we’re savages. You can achieve immortality . . . only by slowly killing others. (Consider it scientific vampirism. Or consider 1923’s “Black Oxen” by Gertrude Atherton (1857 – 1948) as an earlier attempt at this.) We are enslaved by a species of giant cats. (Cat owners know what a horror that would be.) Tourists from alternate universes get ideas about meddling with ours. We run into a human species in which DNA and other important molecules are left-handed where ours are right-handed, and vice versa. A virus causes the uneven gradual degradation of everyone’s intelligence. Alternatively, the human race becomes stupid from reading things on the Internet.

    • I love your mind.

      • I will have to take it out of its case and show it off more often. Pardon the dripping cerebrospinal fluid when I do so. 😉

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