I've always thought of it as really campy, but the ending of Soylent Green sort of made me smile when I was a kid. I learned later that the novel didn't even have cannibalisim in it, yet as a kid, I don't know, there was just something about it that made it good. Though the whole movie was for better or worse good.
On the off chance that I would find that again I tried to find some movies that were similar. My search efforts returned these results:
- Local Hero (1983)
- Miracle Mile (1988)
- Millennium (1989)
- Dark City (1998)
- Knowing (2009)
- Take Shelter (2011)
You could watch the trailers on YouTube, but for the older picks you would be wise in knowing that old trailers are crap. They pretty much just show the whole movie in condensed form and ruin everything, including the ending.
We don't have anybody like Michael Crichton anymore. People will tell you to try Brown (Dan) if you say that too loudly, but it is true.
Sure you can read Brown, but only if you consider dumbed-down pseudo-science and poorly researched historical conspiracies presented as fact 'the exact same', then maybe.
I suppose Dan Brown is Michael Crichton for the masses; he draws normally uninterested readers in with socially controversial topics and makes them feel like they have some ridiculous new insight into them. Dan Brown writes basically the exact same kind of books Michael Crichton does.
The big difference is that with Dan Brown books he throws in cliffhangers at the end of every chapter.
I have yet to find any other author that matches Michael Crichton's dedication to proper research for a novel nor one that understands the topics he writes about as well as he did.
Read some of his older books (Terminal Man, Congo) and nothing in them seems all the extraordinary because today all of that technology is commonplace. Apply that to his newer books (Prey, Jurassic Park, etc. even aspects of Timeline) and consider that he might able to give a very real view of the future and problems we might want to contemplate before it's too late.
If we're able to produce enough anti-matter to blow up the Vatican (or do anything useful), measure the weight of someone's soul, or even create a practical rifle that can compress/heat snow/sand into ice/glass bullets in the next 40 years, I'll come back here for my public shaming.
As far as I know, there's currently no replacement for Michael Crichton.
Lathe of Heaven is a very cerebral book and an equally rewarding film. It has a non existent budget, being filmed for WNET in 1979, but it hides it well. It's a great idea and there are some pretty great twists and turns. This is a movie that I can't believe hasn't been remade with a massive budget.
But this version is very well written and just omits expensive scenes as best as possible. the budget is not a distraction at all, and it's a great story.
The Lathe of Heaven is a 1980 film adaptation of the 1971 science fiction novel The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin. It was produced in 1979 as part of New York City public television station WNET's Experimental TV Lab project, and directed by David Loxton and Fred Barzyk. Le Guin, by her own account, was involved in the casting, script planning, re-writing, and filming of the production.
The film stars Bruce Davison as protagonist George Orr, Kevin Conway as Dr. William Haber, and Margaret Avery as lawyer Heather LeLache.
It is the story of a young man who has the ability to change the future when he dreams. His doctor, Haber begins to use Orr's "effective dreams" to first create a prestigious, well-funded institute run by himself, then to attempt to solve various social problems.
These solutions unravel quickly: Haber suggests that Orr dream of a solution to overpopulation. This results in a plague which wipes out three-fourths of the human population. The end to all conflict on Earth, which results in an alien invasion uniting mankind, and an end to racism. This has the effect of a world where everyone's skin becomes a uniform shade of gray.
It is immensely satisfying and Ursula K. Le Guin is rarely a disappointment.
- The Woman in Black
- The Orphanage
- Grave Encounters
- Paranormal Activity 3
- Insidious 1, 2 and 3
- The Conjuring
- Dead Silence
- Frozen (Not the Disney movie)
- Frozen is both haunting and effective for a budget indie. Too bab more people don’t know about it.
- Eden Lake
- Session 9
- It also has this perfectly delivered line from David Caruso.
- In My Skin
- Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Next Generation – really more comedy than anything else, but definitely worth watching
- An American Crime
- Boxing Helena
- Jacob’s Ladder
- Alien Nation
- Apollo 13
- John Carter
- The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
- Titan AE
- The Signal
- The Day the Earth Stood Still
- Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Both the version from 1956 and the 1978 remake)
- The Thing
- The World’s End
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- A Clockwork Orange
- The Abyss
- Back to the Future
- Close Encounters of the Third Kind
- Chronicles of Riddick
- Dark City
- Event Horizon
- The Fifth Element
- The Fly
- Galaxy Quest
- Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
- I, Robot
- Independence Day
- The Iron Giant
- Jurassic Park
- Logan’s Run
- The Matrix
- Men in Black I & II
- Minority Report
- Pitch Black
- Planet of the Apes (1968 through 2001)
- Predator II
- Star Wars: I-VI
- The Time Machine (2002)
- They Live!
- Total Recall (1990 * ), (2012)
- Twelve Monkeys *
- Wall E