Lo-Fi Sci-Fi Moviesby matt-baen | created - 22 Sep 2012 | updated - 8 months ago | Public
An intriguing emerging genre inspired by mumblecore and budgetary constraints.
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1. The American Astronaut (2001)
Not Rated | 91 min | Musical, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Samuel Curtis, an interplanetary trader, sets forth through a rustic and remote solar system, unaware that his old friend Professor Hess is trying to kill him.
Votes: 2,766 | Gross: $0.04M
A precursor to the genre.
2. Another Earth (2011)
PG-13 | 92 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
On the night of the discovery of a duplicate Earth in the Solar system, an ambitious young student and an accomplished composer cross paths in a tragic accident.
Votes: 80,557 | Gross: $1.32M
3. Antiviral (2012)
Not Rated | 108 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In a blackly satirical near future, a thriving industry sells celebrity illnesses to their obsessed fans. Employee Syd March's attempts to exploit the system backfire when they involve him in a potentially deadly mystery.
4. The Baby Formula (2008)
Not Rated | 82 min | Comedy, Fantasy
Two adventurous women in love are desperate to have their own biological child. They take a chance on an experimental scientific process and make sperm from their own stem cells. Pregnant ... See full summary »
5. Beasts of the Southern Wild (2012)
PG-13 | 93 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Faced with both her hot-tempered father's fading health and melting ice-caps that flood her ramshackle bayou community and unleash ancient aurochs, six-year-old Hushpuppy must learn the ways of courage and love.
Votes: 74,615 | Gross: $12.80M
6. Bellflower (2011)
R | 106 min | Action, Drama, Romance
Two friends spend all their free time building flame-throwers and weapons of mass destruction in hopes that a global apocalypse will occur and clear the runway for their imaginary gang "Mother Medusa".
Votes: 7,086 | Gross: $0.17M
7. Beyond the Black Rainbow (2010)
R | 110 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
Despite being under heavy sedation, a young woman tries to make her way out of the Arboria Institute, a secluded, quasifuturistic commune.
Votes: 7,909 | Gross: $0.06M
8. Bokeh (I) (2017)
TV-MA | 92 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
On a romantic getaway to Iceland, a young American couple wake up one morning to discover every person on earth has disappeared. Their struggle to survive and to reconcile the mysterious ... See full summary »
PG | 76 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
The adventures of lesbian space aliens on the planet Earth, and the story of the romance between Jane, a shy greeting card store employee, and Zoinx, the woman Jane does not realize is from... See full summary »
10. Coherence (2013)
Not Rated | 89 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Strange things begin to happen when a group of friends gather for a dinner party on an evening when a comet is passing overhead.
Votes: 75,354 | Gross: $0.07M
12. Creative Control (2015)
R | 97 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
In near future Brooklyn, an ad executive uses a new Augmented Reality technology to conduct an affair with his best friend's girlfriend...sort of.
Votes: 1,794 | Gross: $0.06M
13. Escape from Tomorrow (2013)
Not Rated | 90 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
In a world of fake castles and anthropomorphic rodents, an epic battle begins when an unemployed father's sanity is challenged by a chance encounter with two underage girls on holiday.
Votes: 8,053 | Gross: $0.17M
14. Fetching Cody (2005)
Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Art, a drug-addicted dealer and hustler, arrives at his girlfriend Cody's apartment to find that she has overdosed on heroin. He tries to fix things by traveling back in time in an attempt to prevent her death.
15. The FP (2011)
R | 82 min | Comedy
In a post apocalyptic future, two rival gangs fight for control of Frazier Park by playing "Beat Beat Revelation", a deadly version of Dance, Dance, Revolution(TM).
Votes: 1,465 | Gross: $0.04M
16. Frequencies (2013)
Not Rated | 105 min | Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
In an alternate reality, children learn how lucky they will be (their "frequency"), knowledge which shapes their destiny. The unluckiest boy must parse the mysteries of free will in order to pursue his forbidden love of the luckiest girl.
17. The Future (2011)
R | 91 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
When a couple decides to adopt a stray cat their perspective on life changes radically, literally altering the course of time and space and testing their faith in each other and themselves.
Votes: 7,360 | Gross: $0.57M
18. H. (I) (2014)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Two women descend into madness after an alleged meteor strike sets off a series of strange events in their town of Troy, N.Y.
19. The History of Future Folk (2012)
Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Music, Sci-Fi
The possibly exaggerated origin story of the real life alien bluegrass band, Future Folk, that has been playing for NYC audiences for the better part of a decade.
Votes: 2,121 | Gross: $0.02M
21. I Origins (2014)
R | 106 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
A molecular biologist and his laboratory partner uncover evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it.
Votes: 93,817 | Gross: $0.33M
22. The Last Winter (2006)
Not Rated | 101 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
The American oil company North Corporation is building an ice road to explore the remote Northern Arctic National Wildlife Refuge seeking oil. The independent environmentalists together ... See full summary »
Votes: 7,782 | Gross: $0.03M
23. The Machine (I) (2013)
R | 91 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
In efforts to construct perfect android killing machines in a war against China, UK scientists exceed their goal and create a sentient robot.
24. Mars (I) (2010)
Not Rated | 90 min | Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi
The discovery of life on Mars places a robotic expedition and a manned mission in a race to the Red Planet. On the way we discover that love - biological, spiritual, and even mechanical - can flourish in all kinds of ways.
25. Monsters (2010)
R | 94 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Six years after Earth has suffered an alien invasion, a cynical journalist agrees to escort a shaken American tourist through an infected zone in Mexico to the safety of the U.S. border.
Votes: 81,302 | Gross: $0.24M
26. Moon (2009)
R | 97 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Astronaut Sam Bell has a quintessentially personal encounter toward the end of his three-year stint on the Moon, where he, working alongside his computer, GERTY, sends back to Earth parcels of a resource that has helped diminish our planet's power problems.
Votes: 288,581 | Gross: $5.01M
28. Pi (1998)
R | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A paranoid mathematician searches for a key number that will unlock the universal patterns found in nature.
Votes: 153,758 | Gross: $3.22M
Predated the trend of indie director's first film being ultra low budget sci-fi before going to make big genre movies.
29. Primer (2004)
PG-13 | 77 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Four friends/fledgling entrepreneurs, knowing that there's something bigger and more innovative than the different error-checking devices they've built, wrestle over their new invention.
Votes: 83,232 | Gross: $0.42M
30. Robot & Frank (2012)
PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
Set in the near future, an ex-jewel thief receives a gift from his son: a robot butler programmed to look after him. But soon the two companions try their luck as a heist team.
Votes: 56,442 | Gross: $3.33M
Almost doesn't make it into the genre because it has several movie stars.
31. Robot Stories (2003)
Not Rated | 85 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Winner of over 23 awards, "Robot Stories" is science fiction from the heart, four stories in which utterly human characters struggle to connect in a world of robot babies and android office... See full summary »
Votes: 1,343 | Gross: $0.13M
32. Run Robot Run! (2006)
Not Rated | 82 min | Comedy
Ken Weston lives in the not-too-distant future and is not your typical human being. He is more organized than a day planner and more regimented than a Marine. With his goals of dating his ... See full summary »
33. Safety Not Guaranteed (2012)
R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Three magazine employees head out on an assignment to interview a guy who placed a classified advertisement seeking a companion for time travel.
Votes: 107,584 | Gross: $4.01M
34. The Science of Sleep (2006)
R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
A man entranced by his dreams and imagination is love-struck with a French woman and feels he can show her his world.
Votes: 64,131 | Gross: $4.66M
35. The Signal (2014)
PG-13 | 97 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
On a road trip, Nic and two friends are drawn to an isolated area by a computer genius. When everything suddenly goes dark, Nic regains consciousness - only to find himself in a waking nightmare.
Votes: 54,296 | Gross: $0.60M
36. Sleep Dealer (2008)
PG-13 | 90 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
The near future. Like tomorrow. In a world marked by closed borders, corporate warriors, and a global computer network, three strangers risk their lives to connect, break through the barriers of technology, and unseal their fates.
Votes: 5,979 | Gross: $0.08M
37. Sound of My Voice (2011)
R | 85 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Two documentary filmmakers attempt to penetrate a cult who worships a woman who claims to be from the future.
Votes: 18,144 | Gross: $0.41M
38. Take Shelter (2011)
R | 120 min | Drama, Thriller
Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself.
Votes: 77,520 | Gross: $1.73M
40. Upstream Color (2013)
Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
A man and woman are drawn together, entangled in the life cycle of an ageless organism. Identity becomes an illusion as they struggle to assemble the loose fragments of wrecked lives.
Votes: 26,380 | Gross: $0.44M