Lost in Space: 17 sci-fi misfires

Vanillasky_lJumpers who teleport.  A disfigured, masked Tom Cruise with a whack-job lover. Hungry raptors on the loose. These films — namely Jumper, Vanilla Sky, and Jurassic Park — all sound good, in theory. But these sci-fi stinkers, along with fourteen others, made our list of the worst in science-fiction cinema, from Vin Diesel’s character assassination in The Chronicles of Riddick to the dim-witted aliens in Signs.

Here’s your change to sound off about sci-fi flops we may have left off the list. Think the box-office bomb Battlefield Earth deserves a shout out? Have a least favorite Star Trek installment? Been itching to vent your hatred of Mars Attacks since 1996? Let us know below!

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  • Ceballos

    Jurassic Park belongs on this list? Really, Marc?
    If you were so anxious to put a Spielberg movie on there, you could’ve included either “A.I” or “War of the Worlds”. Not that I didn’t like either movie. I thought they both had brilliant moments throughout (especiall A.I.). Unfortuantely, Spielberg screwed the pooch in the last few minutes of each flick.

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  • Vicky

    Please take Jurassic Park off the list.

  • ANTM Freak

    “Blade Runner” has no business being on that list. None. I’d add the following 1) Aeon Flux 2) A.I. Artificial Intelligence 3) Gattaca (which I liked at the time but hasn’t aged well at all) 4) Lawnmower Man 5) Sunshine. I might add “The Cell” for the absolutely ridiculous premise and ludicrous plot but the movie’s absolutely gorgeous and it has a special place in my DVD collection.

  • ANTM Freak

    “Jurassic Park” hasn’t aged well either but it was pretty awesome when it first came out. There are worse offenders out there (like, say, Jurassic Park 2 and 3)

  • Zaphod Beeblebrox

    I wish you hadn’t included “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy,” although I sort of understand why. I would add “Dreamcatcher” to this list. Somehow, the story of “sh*t weasels” kind of worked on the page, but REALLY didn’t translate to the screen.

  • Dominique L.

    Are you bloody kidding???!?!? Jurassic Park is a fantastic film that has aged extremely well considering how it pioneered CGI technology. It still looks convincing today. The story and storytelling are compelling. Truly Spielberg at his best. Perhaps even my favorite Spielberg… And then you go on ignoring the worst Spielberg, A.I., a stinker of a sci-fi film if there ever was one.
    It is also unfair to put Solaris on this list. Yes, it’s not as great as Tarkovsky’s original, but it is a compelling meditation on life and love featuring one of Clooney’s best performances.
    I also can’t believe you included Blade Runner. There are just no words. I’m tempted to never come back to this site again…. (But I will :) )

  • Jackie

    Dude, Jurassic Park is an awesome movie. Ridiculous choice.

  • dan jones

    Jurassic Park, Hitchhiker’s Guide and Blade Runner made this list? Are you people mentally retarted? Seriously, you’ve totally exposed yourself as hackish antagonists. There’s literally no way a serious author trying to pick the worst sci-fi movies of all time could EVER choose any of those 3. What a joke.

  • Meghan

    What, no Star Wars prequels on this list? For shame.
    That saying, Buckaroo Banzai is wonderful because it’s so crack filled. With lines like “Remember, no matter where you go, there you are”, it’s so deliciously fun to MST3K with friends.

  • Martha

    I was surprised that “Blade Runner” and “Jurassic Park” made this list. There are so many more terrible sci-fi movies out there, a couple of them starring Rutger Hauer. And I’m probably the only one who’ll put in a good word for “Solaris,” which probably should be classified as a drama and not as sci-fi so people don’t expect it to have lasers and massive explosions.

  • Hunter

    Are you f@#$ing retarded? Jurassic Park and Blade Runner are classic.

  • Donovan

    ‘Vanilla Sky’ is a brilliant movie, and it still amazes me, EW’s hatred of it. And to consider it a sci-fi film is a bit of a stretch.

  • Martha

    And I’ll agree with Meghan about “Buckaroo Banzai” as well. Great cult film. I’m all about the quirky.

  • Arden

    Sci-fi is such a difficult genre to get right that there’s literally a steaming pile of films that got it wrong. Jurassic Park and Blade Runner do not belong on this list, especially with Johnny Mnemonic getting a free pass.

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