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14 Recent Scifi Films That Didn't Need Big Budgets To Be Amazing 14 Recent Scifi Films That Didn't Need Big Budgets To Be Amazing

Low-budget scifi movies may have had their heyday during Roger Corman’s rise to B-movie greatness in the 1950s, but they’re still going strong today—proving that you don’t necessarily need lavish special effects to tell a really great story. Here are our favorites from the past few decades.

Isa Looks Way More Ambitious Than Your Average Syfy Movie Isa Looks Way More Ambitious Than Your Average Syfy Movie

Syfy is best known for showing original films like Mansquito, Sharktopus and Sharknado... so it's kind of an odd surprise to see the trailer for Isa, a dreamlike and tense movie airing on Syfy on June 11. In which a girl seems to have a mysterious brain implant and she can make things... happen.

Crowdfund The Release Of The Best Scifi Film You Haven't Seen Crowdfund The Release Of The Best Scifi Film You Haven't Seen

One of our favorite unsung science fiction movies is finally getting a digital release, and you can help make it a success. You can also help fund a film based on HP Lovecraft's Dream Cycle stories, a collaborative storytelling game, and anthology of science fiction stories about ladies and their bikes.

The Secret to Creating Great Environmentalist Art The Secret to Creating Great Environmentalist Art

Alex Rivera blew our minds with his movie Sleep Dealer, and now he's organizing a film festival for environmental films, the Tales From Planet Earth festival in Madison, WI. Talking to the Cap Times, he explains how great art can challenge our ideas about what "the environment" is, and how to save it.

Low Budget Films That Are More Thrilling Than Most Big Summer Movies Low Budget Films That Are More Thrilling Than Most Big Summer Movies

Today sees the release of White House Down, which is the most Emmerichian film ever produced. But meanwhile, you could also enjoy Europa Report on VOD or Byzantium in select theaters. Tons of low-budget science fiction and fantasy movies are more exciting than your average big summer blockbuster. Here are 25 of them.

20 Greatest SF Movies Of The Past Decade 20 Greatest SF Movies Of The Past Decade

The past decade has seen a lot of bloated special-effects brain-sucks... but it's also seen some of the best science-fiction films ever. Superhero films came of age, apocalypses ruled, and interstellar adventures came back. Here are the decade's 20 greatest.

10 Best Robot Bodies To Jack Your Brain Into 10 Best Robot Bodies To Jack Your Brain Into

Yesterday, we showed you the best robot bodies to download your brain into. But what if you don't want to lose your meat body? Here are 10 robot bodies you can jack into, without leaving your body, like in Surrogates.

Frenchy Mutants Are Much More Frightening Than These Intolerant Zombies Frenchy Mutants Are Much More Frightening Than These Intolerant Zombies

There's is nothing worse than fighting with your boyfriend because he's contracted some terrible Mutant virus that you've now got to get tested for, before you both turn into mutants. Zombie diseases are the worst.

Watch Yourself Wipe Out Criminals, Via New Sleep Dealer Trailer

The new trailer for Alex Rivera's Sleep Dealer is out, and showing off the futuristic kill-the-poor TV show Drones.

Plug Into The New Sleep Dealer Poster Plug Into The New Sleep Dealer Poster

Embrace your status as a slave to the machine with the new official Sleep Dealer poster. That slumping back full of cyber-nodes says it all.

Cyberpunk South Of The Border: io9 Meets Sleep Dealer's Alex Rivera Cyberpunk South Of The Border: io9 Meets Sleep Dealer's Alex Rivera

The next step for cyberpunk movies is to include more of a global perspective, says Sleep Dealer director Alex Rivera. He's looking for the "cyberpunk of the South" or "cyberpunk of the developing world," and hopes his film will become the first branch of a whole new direction. Rivera came to San Francisco and showed…

How Long Before The Dystopian Fad Wears Off? How Long Before The Dystopian Fad Wears Off?

The bleaker our reality gets, the more we'll need bright, sunny escapism in our entertainment. But even though things are already looking pretty darn hard-scrabble, and we're still looking at another few years of eco-disasters, zombie holocausts and blighted landscapes in pop culture. Just how long will we be seeing…

Sleep Dealer Serves Notice In New York Premiere Sleep Dealer Serves Notice In New York Premiere

Last night at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn Sleep Dealer made its post-Sundance debut at the Imagine Science Film Festival, and you're now officially allowed to get excited for the film's 2009 wider release. Alex Rivera's first feature is a masterpiece — a modestly budgeted character piece that is the most exciting…

Slaves Of The Global Cyber-Village, In New Sleep Dealer Trailer Slaves Of The Global Cyber-Village, In New Sleep Dealer Trailer

Outsourcing gets taken to its furthest extreme in a super-advanced America of the future in Sleep Dealer, with menial workers telecommuting from South of the Border. Using Matrix style plugs, the worker jacks into the machine they are best suited for and "sometimes they control the machine, and sometimes the machine…

Cyber-Zombies Haunt A Near-Future Dystopia

Do you wish the zombies in I Am Legend had been more interesting and believable? Then you should be excited for near-future dystopia Sleep Dealer, judging from this brief teaser trailer and some new stills. Sleep Dealer is a bleak fable about immigration and cyber-slavery, but it's also yet another horrible future…

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