Looking for heady sci fi recs

Been trying to find good “out there” sci fi recently and I feel like all the low hanging fruit is gone.

I’m Looking for really weird and different stuff, preferably from 70s, 80s, and 90s. More recent stuff can be ok, but it’s amazing how tame and, frankly, dumb a lot of it is compared to stuff from the Nixon or Reagan years.

Think Blade Runner, Videodrome, Cube, Solaris (original, the remake was shit), total recall, naked lunch, stalker, 2001, thx 1138, west world, andromeda strain, Logan’s run, Onions green, Etc.

I want to feel like I dropped acid. I want high concept, boundary pushing shit. I want shit that doesn’t even fit into contemporary political dichotomies.

What do you all got?

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  1. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Beautiful Dreamer.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Will take a look thanks. I don’t have a good intuition for anime, I love some (think Akira, OG ghost in the shell) but a lot of it is just too childish for me and I feel like I can’t tell if I’ll like it or hate it before watching 20 minutes of it.

      Scanners, if you haven't seen it.

      Finishing it now, not my favorite of the Cronenberg films that I’ve seen. But can definitely appreciate the vibes and seeing a baseline for how his films mature.

      The first two Phantasm movies if you haven't seen them yet. Definitely horror, but he main antagonist is an entity from another dimension technically, similar to Hellraiser where the antagonists are outer-space demons of some kind.

      I didn’t really give phantasm enough of a chance, will go back and try again.

      Beyond the Black Rainbow
      Altered States

      BTBR was an awesome anthology of sorts. Just a love letter to the types of movies I’m talking about. Those android/cyborg things freaked me the hell out. Altered states is also a great film, it’s been a while since I’ve seen it, will have to revisit.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Sounds like you've seen pretty much everything.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Mamoru Oshii wrote/directed Beautiful Dreamer, and he later directed Ghost in the Shell. It's the first film to have his stylistic approach. I would say it starts a bit slow, but picks up after 15 minutes. Oshii has made a fool of himself in recent years, but this is back when he was at his peak.

        Patlabor 2 is also a very Ghost in the Shell style film.

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          Not him but how much of Urusei Yatsura do I need to watch

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            1. Lum has magical powers and loves Ataru.
            2. Shinobu and Ataru used to date.
            3. Sakura is both a school nurse and Shinto priestess.

            They strip the film down to the essentials and it tells a side story not related to anything so newcomers can watch it.

  2. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Tobago Lake

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Was this an autocorrect? I’m not seeing anything when I search for it.

      Communion (1989). The story is almost certainly fake, but the movie presents it in such a way as to make it unclear what happened and what Whitley Streiber actually experienced. Feels like a sci-fi fever dream with great acting from Christopher Walken.

      Another good Christopher Walken sci-fi is The Dead Zone. While it's technically a supernatural or horror-based sci-fi, the concept of unleashed higher brain functions is somewhat sci-fi.

      Oh man communion looks good, thanks. Dead zone had been on my list, will get to it next.

  3. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Communion (1989). The story is almost certainly fake, but the movie presents it in such a way as to make it unclear what happened and what Whitley Streiber actually experienced. Feels like a sci-fi fever dream with great acting from Christopher Walken.

    Another good Christopher Walken sci-fi is The Dead Zone. While it's technically a supernatural or horror-based sci-fi, the concept of unleashed higher brain functions is somewhat sci-fi.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      There's an audiobook of Communion narrated by Roddy McDowall on YT

  4. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Scanners, if you haven't seen it.

  5. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Dreamscape if you want some super '80s vibe about entering other people's dreams. On that note, The Cell is a similar film. Nothing super novel about the ideas, but some trippy vibes from both movies.

  6. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The first two Phantasm movies if you haven't seen them yet. Definitely horror, but he main antagonist is an entity from another dimension technically, similar to Hellraiser where the antagonists are outer-space demons of some kind.

  7. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Beyond the Black Rainbow
    Altered States

  8. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Barbarella

  9. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Lifeforce

  10. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Zardoz

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      sci fi in the 70's before Star Wars was wild. This movie is like a fever dream. A cult classic if there ever was one and not boring at all.

  11. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Dream Corp LLC

  12. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    I assume you've seen all of cronenberg's filmography

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Probably not enough,
      I’ve seen videodrome, naked lunch, scanners, existenz and a dangerous method. I don’t particularly enjoy his later stuff. How would you rank them?

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Definitely watch The Fly.

  13. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Possession.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      That ain't sci-fi at all. And any justification you come up with is simply made-up.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Technically all fiction is science fiction since science is reality

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >Technically all fiction is science fiction since science is reality
          STFU knob

          [...]

  14. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    somewhat newer film, but Timecrimes (2007) always stuck with me for some reason. I never see this movie get recommended.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      This is on of the low budget sci fi movies of all time up there with coherence and primer, but not as good as those two

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        Coherence is so overrated. Cool concept ruined by reality-TV tier production, dialog and acting.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      Because it's not very "heady" as the OP specified. And once you watch Timecrimes once, it's not at all interesting to watch again.

      • 1 month ago
        Anonymous

        >"heady"
        I guess I don't understand the context. Blade Runner is not all that "intellectual" either. I thought he was looking for weird sci-fi shit. But according to you, it's needs to be a movie that you need to watch multiple times to understand like... Blade Runner?

        • 1 month ago
          Anonymous

          >Blade Runner is not all that "intellectual" either
          Is that a joke? Maybe go back to Plebbit, bro.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            It's a basic noir with futuristic AI setting. The idea of AI sentience isn't all that unique or confounding. I guess it is to you though.

          • 1 month ago
            Anonymous

            Big midwit energy

  15. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    In the Mouth of Madness

  16. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    >More recent stuff can be ok
    Primer (2004)

  17. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    The Fountain
    Ad Astra

  18. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Altered States (1980) tends to go under the radar. I consider it among the best. William Hurt. Amazin

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      This redheaded beauty among the cast of Altered States

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    Anonymous
  20. 1 month ago
    Anonymous
    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous

      not a film.

  21. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    This recently got an anime adaptation which was excellent. Based in the same universe as astro boy but a neo noir murder mystery centering around 7 top of the line robots initially created for war. Ham fisted Iraq war symbolism but it's great nonetheless.

    • 1 month ago
      Anonymous
  22. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    AKIRA

  23. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Tenet

  24. 1 month ago
    Anonymous

    Read a book. Read several in fact.
    Movies and TV are for low IQs. Scifi is for high IQs.

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