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Movies and Music that are "Out of this World"

May 16, 2019

A mix of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror to accompany you on your Summer Challenge journey.

Need something to do between reading all those books on your Summer Challenge list? Here are some far out movie and music stops to add to your journey:

This psychedelic sci-fi animation is based on Stefan Wul’s 1957 novel Oms en Série. Directed by René Laloux and written by Roland Topor, the film was animated at Jiří Trnka Studio in Prague.

A 1973 jazz album by afrofuturist Sun Ra, not to be mistaken for the movie and soundtrack of the same name.

Filmmaker Sharon Lewis wrote and directed this dystopian sci-fi film as a prequel to Nalo Hopkinson’s novel Brown Girl in the Ring.

Set in Atlanta, Georgia, director Giulio Paradisi’s The Visitor is an intergalactic battle of good versus evil in the vein of The Exorcist and The Omen.

Before Dirty Computer, Janelle Monae released The ArchAndroid, an afrofuturist album inspired by Fritz Lang’s 1927 film Metropolis.

Filmmaker Nobuhiko Obayashi created this off-the-wall fairytale horror story with help from the imagination of his 11-year-old daughter Chigumi.

From the minds of Panos Cosmatos and Aaron Stewart-Ahn, a gore-filled hallucinatory fantasy evoking heavy metal imagery and monsters à la Hellraiser.

The Mars Volta reportedly experienced paranormal phenomena while recording their album The Bedlam in Goliath, which was inspired by the band’s communications with spirits via a ouija board. 

This 2016 Lovecraftian tale by Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski pays homage to 80s b-movie horror. 

Written by Jennifer Phang and Jacqueline Kim, this film with a feminist slant offers a more intimate and understated take on a sci-fi story in a not-so-distant future.

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Megan works at the Main Library Teen Center. She enjoys crafting, board games, and horror and sci-fi films. Reach out to her if you're looking for something new to watch.