Best Science Fiction Movies of 1981


Mad Max 2

7.6/10 IMDB

Max Rockatansky returns as the heroic loner who drives the dusty roads of a postapocalyptic Australian Outback in an unending search for gasoline. Arrayed against him and the other scraggly defendants of a fuel-depot encampment are the bizarre warriors commanded by the charismatic Lord Humungus, a violent leader whose scruples are as barren as the surrounding landscape.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Bruce Spence, Michael Preston, Max Phipps, Vernon Wells, Kjell Nilsson, Emil Minty, Virginia Hey, William Zappa, Arkie Whiteley ..
Directed by: George Miller
Release date: 1981-12-24

Escape from New York

7.1/10 IMDB

In the future, crime is out of control and New York City's Manhattan is a maximum security prison. Grabbing a bargaining chip right out of the air, convicts bring down the President's plane in bad old Gotham. Gruff Snake Plissken, a one-eyed lone warrior new to prison life, is coerced into bringing the President, and his cargo, out of this land of undesirables.

Starring: Kurt Russell, Lee Van Cleef, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Isaac Hayes, Harry Dean Stanton, Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Atkins, Frank Doubleday, John Strobel ..
Directed by: John Carpenter
Release date: 1981-05-23

The Hitch Hikers Guide to the Galaxy

8.0/10 IMDB

An Earth Man and his alien friend escape an exploding Earth, and set forth on an odd adventure across the universe with a known fugitive.

Starring: Peter Jones, Simon Jones, David Dixon, Sandra Dickinson, Mark Wing-Davey ..
Directed by: Alan J.W. Bell
Release date: 1981-02-09

Clash of the Titans

6.9/10 IMDB

To win the right to marry his love, the beautiful princess Andromeda, and fulfil his destiny, half-God-half-mortal Perseus must complete various tasks including taming Pegasus, capturing Medusa's head and battling the feared Kraken.

Starring: Laurence Olivier, Claire Bloom, Maggie Smith, Jack Gwillim, Harry Hamlin, Ursula Andress, Burgess Meredith, Susan Fleetwood, Pat Roach, Judi Bowker ..
Directed by: Desmond Davis
Release date: 1981-06-12

Time Bandits

6.9/10 IMDB

Young history buff Kevin can scarcely believe it when six dwarfs emerge from his closet one night. Former employees of the Supreme Being, they've purloined a map charting all of the holes in the fabric of time and are using it to steal treasures from different historical eras. Taking Kevin with them, they variously drop in on Napoleon, Robin Hood and King Agamemnon before the Supreme Being catches up with them.

Starring: Craig Warnock, David Rappaport, Kenny Baker, Mike Edmonds, Malcolm Dixon, Tiny Ross, Jack Purvis, Ian Holm, John Cleese, Sean Connery ..
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
Release date: 1981-07-13


6.7/10 IMDB

After a man with extraordinary—and frighteningly destructive—telepathic abilities is nabbed by agents from a mysterious rogue corporation, he discovers he is far from the only possessor of such strange powers, and that some of the other “scanners” have their minds set on world domination, while others are trying to stop them.

Starring: Stephen Lack, Jennifer O'Neill, Michael Ironside, Patrick McGoohan, Lawrence Dane, Robert A. Silverman, Lee Broker, Mavor Moore, Adam Ludwig, Murray Cruchley ..
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Release date: 1981-01-14

Heavy Metal

6.6/10 IMDB

The embodiment of ultimate evil, a glowing orb terrorizes a young girl with bizarre stories of dark fantasy, eroticism and horror.

Starring: Rodger Bumpass, Jackie Burroughs, Joe Flaherty, Harold Ramis, John Candy, Don Francks, Caroline Semple, Richard Romanus, Susan Roman, Harvey Atkin ..
Directed by: Gerald Potterton, Pino Van Lamsweerde, John Bruno, Jimmy T. Murakami, John Halas, Paul Sabella, Harold Whitaker, Jack Stokes, Barrie Nelson, Julian Harris
Release date: 1981-08-07


6.6/10 IMDB

An honest marshal in a corrupt mining colony on Io, Jupiter's sunless third moon, is determined to confront a violent drug ring even though it may cost him his life. After his wife angrily deserts him, he waits alone for the arrival of killers hired by the company to eliminate him.

Starring: Sean Connery, Frances Sternhagen, Peter Boyle, James B. Sikking, Clarke Peters, Marc Boyle, Kika Markham, Nicholas Barnes, Steven Berkoff, Norman Chancer ..
Directed by: Peter Hyams
Release date: 1981-05-22

Bloody Birthday

5.7/10 IMDB

In 1970, three children are born at the height of a total eclipse. Due to the sun and moon blocking Saturn, which controls emotions, they have become heartless killers ten years later, and are able to escape detection because of their youthful and innocent facades. A boy and his teenage sister become endangered when they stumble onto the bloody truth.

Starring: Lori Lethin, Melinda Cordell, Julie Brown, Susan Strasberg, José Ferrer, Joe Penny, Bert Kramer, Elizabeth Hoy, Billy Jayne, K.C. Martel ..
Directed by: Ed Hunt
Release date: 1981-04-28


6.1/10 IMDB

Plastic surgeon Larry Roberts performs a series of minor alterations on a group of models who are seeking perfection. The operations are a resounding success. But when someone starts killing his beautiful patients, Dr. Roberts becomes suspicious and starts investigating. What he uncovers are the mysterious - and perhaps murderous - activities of a high-tech computer company called Digital Matrix.

Starring: Albert Finney, James Coburn, Susan Dey, Leigh Taylor-Young, Dorian Harewood, Tim Rossovich, Darryl Hickman, Kathryn Witt, Terri Welles, Michael Hawkins ..
Directed by: Michael Crichton
Release date: 1981-10-30

Shock Treatment

5.7/10 IMDB

Janet and Brad Majors, unhappily married, are separated after appearing on a game show. Janet becomes a superstar while Brad is thrown into a mental hospital. But what does fast food magnate Farley Flavors have up his sleeve?

Starring: Jessica Harper, Cliff DeYoung, Richard O'Brien, Patricia Quinn, Charles Gray, Ruby Wax, Nell Campbell, Rik Mayall, Barry Humphries, Manning Redwood ..
Directed by: Jim Sharman
Release date: 1981-10-30

Galaxy of Terror

5.0/10 IMDB

As a lone spaceship proceeds on its long voyage across space, the crew are surprised to encounter a strange pyramid form. Surprise turns to horror as one by one, they discover that their darkest nightmares are all starting to become real. The pyramid has to be behind it all somehow, but how can they save themselves from its influence?

Starring: Edward Albert, Erin Moran, Ray Walston, Bernard Behrens, Zalman King, Robert Englund, Taaffe O'Connell, Sid Haig, Grace Zabriskie, Jack Blessing ..
Directed by: Bruce D. Clark
Release date: 1981-10-01

The Munsters' Revenge

5.9/10 IMDB

The lovable Munster family finds their placid world turned into turmoil by the diabolical Dr. Diablo, the mastermind of an art heist using monster robots, including clones of Herman and Grandpa.

Starring: Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Yvonne De Carlo, K.C. Martel, Jo McDonnell, Bob Hastings, Herb Voland, Charles Macaulay, Colby Chester, Joseph Ruskin ..
Directed by: Don Weis
Release date: 1981-02-27
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1981 : Strange Behavior

Strange Behavior

5.6/10 IMDB

When the teenagers in a small Illinois town start getting murdered, the police chief makes a connection to the mysterious scientific experiments being done at the local university and must stop them before his own son is dragged into the deadly scheme.

Starring: Michael Murphy, Louise Fletcher, Dan Shor, Fiona Lewis, Arthur Dignam, Dey Young, Marc McClure, Scott Brady, Charles Lane, Elizabeth Cheshire ..
Directed by: Michael Laughlin
Release date: 1981-10-16

Modern Problems

5.0/10 IMDB

Jealous, harried air traffic controller Max Fielder, recently dumped by his girlfriend, comes into contact with nuclear waste and is granted the power of telekinesis, which he uses to not only win her back, but to gain a little revenge.

Starring: Chevy Chase, Patti D'Arbanville, Dabney Coleman, Mary Kay Place, Nell Carter, Brian Doyle-Murray, Mitch Kreindel, Arthur Sellers, Sandy Helberg, Neil Thompson ..
Directed by: Ken Shapiro
Release date: 1981-12-25

The Incredible Shrinking Woman

5.5/10 IMDB

After being exposed to a bizarre mixture of household chemicals, Pat Kramer begins to shrink. This baffles scientists, makes parenting difficult, warms the hearts of Americans, and captures the attention of a group of people who want to take over the world. This evil group plots to kidnap Pat and perform experiments on her so that they can eventually shrink everyone.

Starring: Lily Tomlin, Charles Grodin, Ned Beatty, Henry Gibson, Elizabeth Wilson, Mark Blankfield, Maria Smith, Pamela Bellwood, John Glover, Nicholas Hormann ..
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Release date: 1981-01-30
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1981 : The Devil and Max Devlin

The Devil and Max Devlin

5.0/10 IMDB

When Max dies in an accident, he goes straight to hell. But the devil Barney makes him an offer: if he manages to get three innocent youths to sell him their souls in the next two months, he may stay on earth. Max accepts, and returns to earth, equipped with special powers. However, his task is harder than expected, especially when 7 years old Tobi demands that he marry his mother.

Starring: Elliott Gould, Bill Cosby, Susan Anspach, Adam Rich, Julie Budd, Sonny Shroyer, David Knell, Chuck Shamata, Sally Marr, Reggie Nalder ..
Directed by: Steven Hilliard Stern
Release date: 1981-03-06
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1981 : Goliath Awaits

Goliath Awaits

6.6/10 IMDB

During World War II the passenger liner "Goliath" is sunk by a German submarine. Portions of the ship's hull remain airtight, and some of the passengers and crew survive. Over the decades they build a rigidly regulated society completely isolated from the surface world, until in contemporary times a diving team begins to explore the wreck.

Starring: Mark Harmon, Christopher Lee, Eddie Albert, John Carradine, Alex Cord, Robert Forster, Frank Gorshin, Jean Marsh, John McIntire, Jeanette Nolan ..
Directed by: Kevin Connor
Release date: 1981-11-11
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1981 : Threshold


6.0/10 IMDB

Celebrated heart surgeon Thomas Vrain supports the research of an offbeat scientist who has invented an artificial heart. Against the advice of the Ethics Committee, Dr. Vrain decides to perform the first artificial heart transplant.

Starring: Donald Sutherland, Jeff Goldblum, Mare Winningham, Sharon Acker, John Marley, Michael Lerner, Richard Blackburn, Allan F. Nicholls, Michael C. Gwynne, Julie Armstrong ..
Directed by: Richard Pearce
Release date: 1981-09-19

The Intruder Within

4.7/10 IMDB

When drillers on an offshore oil rig dredge up several prehistoric eggs, one man is attacked by what appears to be an unidentified deep-sea creature protecting them. Soon, strange symptoms and behaviors become apparent among the crew and one of the creatures grows to adult-size.

Starring: Chad Everett, Joseph Bottoms, Jennifer Warren, Rockne Tarkington, Lynda Mason Green, James Hayden, Paul Larsson, Michael Hogan, Mary Ann McDonald, Matt Craven ..
Directed by: Peter Carter
Release date: 1981-02-20
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1981 : The Day Of The Triffids

The Day Of The Triffids

7.3/10 IMDB

The Day Of The Triffids was originally distributed in six parts for the BBC transmissions. Since that time, a combined "omnibus" version (all episodes aired as one "movie") has been distributed worldwide. When a comet blinds nearly everyone in the world, a genetically-engineered species of plant takes over.

Starring: John Duttine, Emma Relph, Maurice Colbourne, Jonathan Newth ..
Release date: 1981-09-10
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1981 : Lifepod


4.8/10 IMDB

The first interplanetary cruise ship malfunctions halfway to Jupiter, forcing most of the crew and passengers to abandon ship. A handful of people are trapped onboard.

Starring: Joe Penny, Kristine DeBell, Jordan Michals, Carl Lumbly, Sandy Kenyon, Christopher Cary ..
Directed by: Bruce Bryant
Release date: 1981-01-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1981 : Conquest of the Earth

Conquest of the Earth

4.9/10 IMDB

The Battlestar Galactica and its ragtag fleet of ships finally arrive at the Earth, only to discover that the planet is not prepared for the inevitable Cylon invasion.

Starring: Kent McCord, Barry Van Dyke, Robyn Douglass, Lorne Greene, James Patrick Stuart, Richard Lynch, Robbie Rist, John Colicos, Robert Reed, William Daniels ..
Directed by: Barry Crane, Sidney Hayers, Sigmund Neufeld Jr.
Release date: 1981-07-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1981 : K-9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend

K-9 and Company: A Girl's Best Friend

6.1/10 IMDB

Sarah Jane Smith arrives at the home of her Aunt Lavinia in the cozy village of Moreton Harwood, only to find that Lavinia is nowhere to be found and that the Doctor has left her a parting gift in K·9 Mark III. With the help of K·9 and Lavinia's young ward Brendan Richards, Sarah Jane starts investigating her aunt's disappearance. In the process, they discover that Moreton Harwood is home to a coven worshipping the pagan god Hecate and preparing for a human sacrifice...

Starring: Elisabeth Sladen, John Leeson, Bill Fraser, Ian Sears, Colin Jeavons, Sean Chapman, Mary Wimbush, Linda Polan, Gillian Martell, Neville Barber ..
Directed by: John Black
Release date: 1981-12-28
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1981 : A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

6.8/10 IMDB

Four Athenians run away to the forest only to have Puck the fairy make both of the boys fall in love with the same girl. The four run through the forest pursuing each other while Puck helps his master play a trick on the fairy queen. In the end, Puck reverses the magic, and the two couples reconcile and marry.

Starring: Phil Daniels, Helen Mirren, Brian Glover, Nigel Davenport, Estelle Kohler, Hugh Quarshie, Robert Lindsay, Pippa Guard, Nicky Henson, Geoffrey Lumsden ..
Directed by: Elijah Moshinsky
Release date: 1981-12-13

Invaders from the Deep

3.1/10 IMDB

When aquatic aliens plot to take over the planet, the world aquanaut security patrol are called in to battle the aliens.

Starring: Don Mason, Robert Easton, Ray Barrett, Lois Maxwell, David Graham ..
Directed by: David Elliott, John Kelly, David Lane, Desmond Saunders
Release date: 1981-01-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1981 : Escape from DS-3

Escape from DS-3

4.0/10 IMDB

Prisoners of Detention Satellite 3 plan an impossible escape.

Starring: Bubba Smith, Jackson Bostwick, Cameron Mitchell Jr., David Chandler ..
Directed by: Robert Emenegger, Allan Sandler
Release date: 1981-06-12


4.0/10 IMDB

A crew of interplanetary archaeologists is threatened when an alien creature impregnates one of their members, causing her to turn homicidal and murder them one by one.

Starring: Robin Clarke, Jennifer Ashley, Stephanie Beacham, Steven Grives, Barrie Houghton, Rosalind Lloyd, Victoria Tennant, Trevor Thomas, Heather Wright, David Baxt ..
Directed by: Norman J. Warren
Release date: 1981-01-23

The Last Chase

4.3/10 IMDB

Twenty years after the American people have been told the oil has run out and disease has scared them into complacency, the United States has become a fascist state. One man, former race car driver Franklyn Hart, now a puppet spokesman for public transportation, rebuilds his race car and sets off to California from Boston where people have returned to living life like they were twenty years prior.

Starring: Lee Majors, Burgess Meredith, Chris Makepeace, Alexandra Stewart, Trudy Young, Diane D'Aquila, George Touliatos, Harvey Atkin, Ben Gordon, Hugh Webster ..
Directed by: Martyn Burke
Release date: 1981-04-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1981 : Memoirs of a Survivor

Memoirs of a Survivor

5.4/10 IMDB

Based on the acclaimed novel by Doris Lessing, this dystopian science fiction tale concerns a woman struggling to make her way in a post-apocalyptic society. D (Julie Christie) is living in a city that's at the point of collapse following a catastrophic nuclear war; lawlessness and violence rule the day, and gangs of brutal youth roam the streets. With the help of her teenage companion Emily (Leonie Mellinger), D tries to make her way, and in order to cope, she often escapes into a fantasy world in which she lives in genteel Victorian surroundings in the 19th century.

Starring: Julie Christie, Christopher Guard, Leonie Mellinger, Debbie Hutchings, Nigel Hawthorne, Pat Keen, Georgina Griffiths, Christopher Tsangarides, Mark Dignam, Alison Dowling ..
Directed by: David Gladwell
Release date: 1981-09-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1981 : Warp Speed

Warp Speed

4.5/10 IMDB

A psychic investigates the disappearance of a space-shuttle crew and discovers an alien force present in the craft.

Starring: Camille Mitchell, Adam West, Joanne Nail, Barry Gordon, David Chandler, Cameron Mitchell Jr. ..
Directed by: Allan Sandler
Release date: 1981-01-01


4.5/10 IMDB

In a world at the brink of the 21st century, where strict social stratification is rigidly enforced, and the only manifestation of violence is in magazine pages, a photographer whose special talent is mixing violence and sex, is told to find a new girl whose freshness will rejuvenate the pages of the magazine.

Starring: Kylie Foster, Paul Trahair, Mark Watson, Ivor Louis, Jack Neate, Edson Annan, Paula Carter, John Nobbs, Sarah Collins, Carmen J. McCall ..
Directed by: Tony Paterson
Release date: 1981-01-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1981 : Strange Residues

Strange Residues

6.3/10 IMDB

Dreams. What are they? Is it possible they can be used by strange beings from another planet to manipulate man? This man is dreaming. Could it be that at this very moment his dreams are being structured by a beam from outer space?

Starring: Colin Tregenza, Donald MacDonald, Donald MacDonald ..
Directed by: Alex Proyas
Release date: 1981-01-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1981 : Atrapados


5.7/10 IMDB

Alba is a mystic who lives in an underground apartment. A plumber named Carlos is visiting her when a disaster causes the building to collapse, trapping both of them.

Starring: Julio Torresoto, Sonia Vivas, Charlene Koh, Daniel Earnshaw, John Martello, Glenn Cooper, Steve Krantz, Peter Press, Carmen Bonefont, Asilah ..
Directed by: Matthew Patrick
Release date: 1981-09-02
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1981 : Beyond the Universe

Beyond the Universe

3.9/10 IMDB

A 21st-century scientist tries to save Earth after two atomic wars.

Starring: David Ladd, Jacqueline Ray, Christopher Cary, John Dewey Carter ..
Directed by: Robert Emenegger
Release date: 1981-01-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1981 : Image of the Beast

Image of the Beast

4.6/10 IMDB

Third and best known entry in the Mark IV series of fundamentalist apocalypse films. Fundamentalist Christian guerrilla David helps condemned dissidents escape, attempts to subvert the computerized Mark of the Beast, and generally tries to survive as prophecy unfolds in the rise of the Antichrist to the pinnacle of his power and the beginning of God's war on sinful man.

Starring: William Wellman Jr., Susan Plumb, Patty Dunning, Russ Doughten, Wenda Shereos, Ty Hardin, Thom Rachford, Maryann Rachford, Sandy Christen, David Crabtree ..
Directed by: Donald W. Thompson
Release date: 1981-05-03
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1981 : Under the Mountain

Under the Mountain

8.1/10 IMDB

Teenage twin siblings, Rachel and Theo, on a summer vacation in Auckland visiting their aunt and uncle, meet a certain Mr. Jones, a mysterious man who helped find them when they got lost in the woods eight years earlier. Mr. Jones turns out to be an alien fighter from a distant planet who wants their help in fighting an alien giant slug family of eight members led by a certain Mr. Wilberforce who have arrived on Earth with plans for world domination.

Starring: Kirsty Wilkinson, Lance Warren, Ron Leywood, William Johnson, William Ewens, Glynis McNicoll, Noel Trevarthen, Roy Billing, John Atha, Laurie Dee ..
Directed by: Chris Bailey
Release date: 1981-06-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1981 : Time Warp

Time Warp

3.9/10 IMDB

After a long space journey, an astronaut returns home to his family only to discover that he has somehow gone through a "time warp" and is now one year into the future, rendering him invisible to all those around him.

Starring: Harry Johnson, Adam West, Gretchen Corbett, Peter Kastner, Steven Mond, Karen Kondazian, Mary Ellen O'Neill, Elmore Vincent, Hildy Brooks, Rebecca Clemons ..
Directed by: Allan Sandler, Robert Emenegger
Release date: 1981-01-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1981 : The Phoenix

The Phoenix

7.7/10 IMDB

A godlike being, discovered in an ancient sarcophagus in the plains of South America, is brought back to life and must learn to cope with today's society while using his extraordinary powers to combat evil. This variation on the "Superman" theme served as the pilot to the short-lived series (1981-82).

Starring: Judson Scott, Fernando Allende, E.G. Marshall, Shelley Smith, Daryl Anderson, Richard Lynch, Hersha Parady, Jimmy Mair, Lyman Ward, Carmen Argenziano ..
Directed by: Douglas Hickox
Release date: 1981-04-26
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1981 : Space Ninja: Sword of the Space Ark

Space Ninja: Sword of the Space Ark

5.9/10 IMDB

Sci-fi meets martial arts in this lively chronicle of a warrior pilot who returns to his native planet to find it controlled by a wicked tyrant Captain Kogar. He also finds his family has been slaughtered and so now it is up to him and his pals to kick the heck out of Kogar and return the planet to its rightful rulers. This film was assembled from episodes of the Japanese TV series, Message from Space: Galactic Warriors (which in itself was a spinoff from the feature Message from Space).

Starring: Hiroyuki Sanada, Akira Oda, Ry? Nishida, Yôko Akitani, Ritsuko Fujiyama ..
Directed by: Minoru Yamada, Bunker Jenkins
Release date: 1981-01-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1981 : Earthbound


4.4/10 IMDB

A family of space aliens crash lands on Earth when their spaceship conks out.

Starring: Burl Ives, Christopher Connelly, Meredith MacRae, Joseph Campanella, Marc Gilpin, Todd Porter, Mindy Dow, Elissa Leeds, Peter Isacksen, John Schuck ..
Directed by: James L. Conway
Release date: 1981-01-27
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1981 : Stig of the Dump

Stig of the Dump

7.1/10 IMDB

Young boy discovers a teenaged caveman living in the local rubbish dump.

Directed by: Richard Handford
Release date: 1981-09-28
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1981 : The Nightmare Man

The Nightmare Man

6.7/10 IMDB

A heavy fog cuts the small isolated Scottish island off from the mainland, and dentist Michael Gaffikin has just discovered a dismembered corpse on the golf links. Michael and his artist girlfriend, Fiona Patterson, assist the local law enforcements in searching for the murderer. However, as the body count rises and the surrounding circumstances turn increasingly bizarre and gruesome, everyone begins to wonder if the killer is a human or an unimaginable creature...

Starring: James Warwick, Celia Imrie, Maurice Roeves, Jonathan Newth, Tom Watson, James Cosmo, Fraser Wilson, Jeff Stewart, Tony Sibbald, Pat Gorman ..
Directed by: Douglas Camfield
Release date: 1981-05-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1981 : The Perfect Woman

The Perfect Woman

3.3/10 IMDB

An alien king sends two of his most loyal--and, as it turns out, stupidest--subjects to Earth to find him a queen to help rule his planet.

Starring: Fred Willard, Joanne Nail, Barry Gordon, Cameron Mitchell, Marie Windsor, Peter Kastner, Angela Aames ..
Directed by: Robert Emenegger, Allan Sandler
Release date: 1981-01-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1981 : Artemis '81

Artemis '81

5.7/10 IMDB

Paranormal novelist Gideon Harlax is drawn into a battle between the forces of good, represented by alien angel Helith, and the forces of evil, represented by Helith's evil brother Asrael. Ranging from Oxford to Denmark, a North Sea ferry to an alien planet, Harlax unwittingly becomes part of an ancient plot that may result in the destruction of Earth...

Starring: Hywel Bennett, Dinah Stabb, Dan O'Herlihy, Sting, Anthony Steel, Roland Curram, Margaret Whiting, Ian Redford, Ingrid Pitt, Daniel Day-Lewis ..
Directed by: Alastair Reid
Release date: 1981-12-29

Frankenstein Island

2.0/10 IMDB

A hot air balloon crew and a dog find themselves on an island with scantily-clad part-alien women, zombies, and other monsters.

Starring: Robert Clarke, Steve Brodie, Cameron Mitchell, Robert Christopher, Tain Bodkin, Patrick O'Neil, Andrew Duggan, John Carradine, Katherine Victor, George Mitchell ..
Directed by: Jerry Warren
Release date: 1981-11-27

Firebird 2015 A.D.

3.5/10 IMDB

In one of many unpopular and unsupported policy decisions, the US government of the near future outlaws vehicle petrol in an effort to curb the overuse of limited natural resources - except, of course, for official purposes. There are many renegades who oppose the authorities, and will stop at nothing to allow themselves the freedom of burning around the countryside.

Starring: Darren McGavin, Doug McClure, George Touliatos, Robert Wisden, Mary Beth Rubens, Barbara Williams, Alex Diakun, Lee Broker, Frank Pellegrino, Bill Berry ..
Directed by: David M. Robertson
Release date: 1981-09-18
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1981 : Rana: The Legend of Shadow Lake

Rana: The Legend of Shadow Lake

3.1/10 IMDB

When Kelly Morgan was 11 years old he had a terrifying encounter with Rana, a strange half man/half frog monster living in a lake. The creature killed his father and many other people before Kelly destroyed it. Now as a young man he returns to search for the monster's hidden treasure, and to see if the legendary creature really was killed.

Starring: Paul Callaway, Richard Lange, Glenn Scherer, Brad Ellingson, Karen McDiarmind, Alan Ross, Julie Wheaton, Jerry Gregoris, Jim Iaquinta, Bruno Alexander ..
Directed by: Bill Rebane
Release date: 1981-01-01

Revenge of the Mysterons from Mars

4.1/10 IMDB

Captain Scarlet and friends battle the Mysterons from Mars.

Starring: Francis Matthews, Ed Bishop, Donald Gray, Cy Grant, Elizabeth Morgan, Elizabeth Morgan ..
Directed by: Robert Lynn, Brian Burgess, Ken Turner
Release date: 1981-01-01

Doctor Who: The Keeper of Traken

0.0/10 IMDB

The Doctor and Adric learn from the wizened Keeper of Traken that a great evil has come to his planet in the form of a Melkur - a calcified statue. The Keeper of Traken is nearing the end of his reign and seeks the Doctor's help in preventing the evil from taking control of the bioelectronic source that is the keystone of the Traken Union's civilisation.

Starring: Tom Baker, Matthew Waterhouse, Sarah Sutton, Anthony Ainley, Denis Carey, Geoffrey Beevers, John Woodnutt, Margot Van der Burgh, Robin Soans, Roland Oliver ..
Directed by: John Black
Release date: 1981-02-21

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