The Most Underrated Science Fiction Films of the 1990s
Once upon a time, Netflix’s DVD library hosted well over 100,000 titles and sent out roughly 12 million DVDs per week. Now, with the advent of easy-to-use streaming services, the amount of content viewers have available has shrunk to the low thousands. Look up any list of “films to watch” and you’ll find a tiny selection of movies, usually curated by people all reading the same lists and commenting on the exact same hot new show or film.
But, is that all there is? With over a hundred years of incredible filmmaking on the planet, isn’t there something missed when we only pay attention to the latest and greatest? This series is dedicated to answering that question and to exploring a small handful of the unsung films from decades past. I’ll examine each decade in turn, all the way back to the earliest days of film, and I’ll be exploring every genre of film there is! From science fiction, to drama, to romance, to comedy—I’m going to cover the entirety of film history for you, bringing out the golden nuggets for you to enjoy.
Today, our topic is science fiction of the 1990s, a glorious decade that saw the release of some of the biggest blockbusters of all time like The Matrix. This decade also featured a huge range of strange, trippy, and frequently brilliant science fiction films that audiences-at-large never had a chance to see. A few of these you may recognize, especially if you’re already a science fiction fan, but I think a couple might not be on your radar—and a few others might be forgotten gems that you suddenly realize you’ve been wanting to see.
As always, with these articles, I love hearing your feedback in the comments section, or on Twitter @indubitablyodin. Let me know what your favorite films of the decade were, which ones you think I should have included, and which you hope I’ll mention in one of my next decades!