Horror set in space
February 6, 2011 1:13 PM Subscribe
Looking for recommendations of horror stories set in space - movies, TV shows/episodes, books, comics, games etc. Bonus points for 'ghost ship'/'haunted house' story constructions.
posted by slimepuppy to media & arts (43 answers total) 37 users marked this as a favorite
Primer for the type stories I am looking for: Event Horizon, Alien, Solaris, Jason X, Pandorum, Dead Space (ideally more like the games and comics and not the godawful films), a part of Sunshine etc. The horror can be internal (the existential horror of space) or external (monsters eating your face).
The re-occurring elements are claustrophobia, isolation and distance from help. Similar, non-space related movies I can think of are Cube and Carpenter's The Thing. The horror can be as internal or as external as possible.
Bonus point story construction:
I love the build-up of tense exploration of alien (often literally) places: the alien ship in Aliens, the abandoned colony in Aliens, the ship in Event Horizon, the house on House on Haunted Hill/The Haunting, the abandoned cruise liners in Ghost Ship and Triangle etc. The ultimate reveal does not need to contain aliens, ghosts or anything like that - the sense of atmosphere and place created during the build of the mystery is what I am looking for. This part can take place planetside, as long the majority of the horror takes place in space.