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The Creepiest Scifi Movie Sets Ever

Posted 1/24/2008 9:21 am by and Andrew Sorcini

nostromo.JPGIf you’re gonna make a movie about aliens in space, then you’re gonna need a spaceship. I don’t think anyone would have appreciated Ridley Scott’s make-believe world in his 1979 blockbuster Alien without having those killer spaceships.

The set of a Scifi movie makes or breaks the film. And the Science Fiction experts over at io9 have got a list of “The Scariest Settings Ever Created in Scifi Movies” to prove it.

Scott’s Alien films kick things off, but the list also features little-known gems like the kitschfest A Boy and His Dog starring Don Johnson (need I say more?).

Of course, the list does have some gaping holes. No mention was made of the set from Event Horizon, the chilling film about a Hell dimension outside of Neptune and the consequences that befall human travelers. There were far too many dark corridors on the Event Horizon spaceship for anyone to feel reasonably at ease during any point of that movie. Many io9 readers seem to agree with me (gotta love the comments section).

And what about Sphere or Pitch Black? The bottom of the ocean (1,000 feet below sea level) and a planet plunged into darkness that is inhabited by flesh-eating aliens with night vision frighten me equally.

But the io9 writers are correct when they say the “minimalist but frightening setting” of George Lucas’ THX 1138 will scare the pants off of anyone.

To see what other sets made the cut, head over to io9 and read the full list.

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