Stealth Science Fiction Film.
Some flicks, the minute you eyeball ’em, you know they’re sci-fi. Alien planets, or monsters, or intergalactic space federations. It’s obvious, whether the flick is high-brow (Arrival) or low-brow (Galaxy of Terror).
Others, not so much… It has to be pointed out that they are science fiction…. Last time, I noted how certain movies strongly avoided the SF label, as that was considered by the “cognoscenti” to be juvenile or indicative of base frivolity, and if you were making a serious dramatic film and wanted to be taken sincerely, letting your movie get called sci-fi might not actually help.
Last time we looked at these Stealth Sci-Fi Flicks:
—Dr. No (1962)
—The President’s Analyst (1967)
—The China Syndrome (1979)
will be a much more eclectic group, dealing less with the technocratic status
quo and its disruptions—and how those disruptions are dealt with by agents
of/within those systems (as all of the last entry’s film dealt with to some
This is what Consensus Reality
is all about...
and more with lonely outsiders and how they must deal with the pressures from The Normals and their damnable, vicious Consensus Reality….
Each of this entry’s films is a stand-out, and all are quite political in their own ways. They are all worth seeing if you still haven’t yet.
The movies on today’s list haven’t avoided the SF label so much, as, if anything, they have been mislabeled, or simply overlooked as to belonging to the genre.
In alphabetical order:
—The Man in the White Suit (1951)
—Punishment Park (1971)
—Repo Man (1984)
*[Yeah, yeah, yeah… SPOILERS, dude.]*