2017 turned out to be one hell of a year for space science fiction fans. The supposed Venom prequel Life came out, we are this close to the release of Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Alien: Covenant and also, Star Wars: Episode 8. In order to celebrate and spread the space #horror gospel, I've made a list with some interesting pieces of work, ranging from three different medium — that are not Alien — that prove that in space, no one can hear you scream. Even if you could, it's not going to help.
8. 'Europa Report' (2013) — Film
Back in 2013, Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity stormed theaters around the world and everybody was baffled by this outstanding space experience. One side effect of its success was #EuropaReport falling almost totally into oblivion. This hard sci-fi with horror elements features a group of researchers on a mission to Jupiter's moon, Europa. They are forced to face some real horrors that are probably a risk for every astronaut out there, but also something more. Told entirely from the perspective of security and personal cameras, it's a great addition to the found footage subgenre.
7. 'Event Horizon' (1997) — Film
Paul W. S. Anderson's #EventHorizon has been slowly gathering followers throughout the years. It's said that the movie was butchered by producers, who took away much of the film's violence and character development. The entire concept of the crew meeting discovering a hellish dimension in deep space is horrifying, and the little we see of that makes it even more intriguing. Sadly, we are left to wonder how great of a movie this could have been.
6. 'Doom 3' (2003) — Video Game
Straight from movies to video games, it's time to talk about #Doom! This video game franchise is a landmark on the gaming world, specially regarding FPS. Even though the original graphics are dated, it has a very warm and respectful place in every gamer's heart. However, it was only with Doom 3 that the space horror really became a thing.
A mission in Mars dug out a gateway to hell and, well, the result is badass and frightening. The latest entry in the long-running franchise, Doom 4 (a.k.a. as Doom), came out last year, 13 years after the third game. There's also a movie that draws inspiration mostly from this game — released back in 2005 — to everyone's disapproval.
5. 'Dead Space: Downfall' (2008) — Animated Film
Back to the world of film, it's time for some horror animation. This prequel to the first #DeadSpace game narrates the tragic events that took place inside the Ishimura. Insanely bloody and gory, this animated film appears to draw a lot of inspiration from Event Horizon, except it accomplishes everything the producers cut from Anderson's feature. Madness and violence are keywords in one of the scariest and most shocking animated films ever conceived. Dead Space also spawned another animated flick, Aftermath.
4. 'Terra Formars' (2011) — Manga/Anime
Now it's time for a quick visit to the land of the Rising Sun. Terra Formars is a manga and anime series that follows the story of a genetically modified army that is sent to planet Mars to fight against some highly advanced humanoid cockroaches. Each soldier in this fleet possesses the genetic code of a different animal — mostly invertebrates — that allows them to transform part of their bodies to access powers related from those animals.
Terra Formars is furiously fast paced, and the action is nonstop, since the alien presence is constant and always threatening. Special mention to the brutality of the monsters — beware of the gore! In 2016, the infamous Takashi Miike directed a cinematic adaptation of Terra Formars, which focused on a different set of characters inside that universe.
3. 'Nameless' (2015) — Comic Book
The world of comic books has long overcome the superhero fever. Nowadays, alternative titles and themes are very prolific and fruitful. Grant Morrison's contribution to the ninth art is huge, but for this list in particular I'm going to talk about his genre offering of indescribable horror. #Nameless features a mission to space, whose purpose is to save the planet from an asteroid that seems to be catastrophic, not only physically, but also psychologically and spiritually. The non-linear narrative evokes Lovecraftian levels of insanity, and the horror is beyond words.
2. 'Starship Troopers' (1997) — Film
Personally, I consider this to be the very best movie of the '90s. Paul Verhoeven injects tons of cynicism and irony inside a futuristic space opera, pitting mankind versus gigantic insects. Filled to the brim with thrilling action, gore, epic battles and destruction, it's one of the most exciting films ever made, with some special effects that remain impressive even 20 years later. Humanity and insects have never witnessed anything quite like this, except by, maybe, Terra Formars. There are two live-actions sequels, a CGI movie and also a TV series, but none of them quite ingenious as Verhoeven's adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein's book of same name.
1. 'Dead Space' (2008) — Video Game
It's quite hard for a piece of science fiction horror dealing with cosmic horror not be heavily influenced by Lovecraft or Ridley Scott's Alien. Dead Space is no different — in space no one can hear you scream, and even if they could, they would be of no help, because something bad is out there, deep in the darkest corners of the universe.
This third-person horror neo-classic pits an engineer dealing with necromorphs (creatures muted from the bodies of the dead) and also with collective insanity. One of the most atmospheric games to ever come to fruition, Dead Space offers a really terrifying, unnerving and shocking experience that will never be forgotten by those who play it.