On May 14th, 1973, NASA launched the first United States space station, called Skylab. This was occupied by a series of 3-man crews for about 6 months, before it was left unmanned. By 1979, the station’s orbit was decaying, meaning it would soon fall back to Earth, which it did on the 11th of that month, crashing across the Indian Ocean and western Australia. I actually remember when this happened because my sister was terrified and convinced it was going to hit her house and made her kids sleep in the basement, just in case! Good times.
This was still back in the early days of space exploration, with no end in sight as to what we might accomplish. The stories that we grew up with from Star Trek seemed like it might come true. But then, as horror fans, we had also grew up on all those movies where it showed what else might be out there and very well could happen. And that is what we are going to focus on this month, movies dealing with space and spaceships.
Now pay attention here because this could get a little technical. For your mission, you need to find and watch 2 horror films that at some point during the running time, takes place on a spaceship or space station. It could be something like anything from It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958) to Event Horizon (1997) that takes place on a spaceship pretty much the whole film. Or something like Angry Red Planet (1959) where a spaceship is taken to another planet to explore or whatever reasons they are going there. Now of course, there will be that never-ending question if it is horror or sci-fi and to answer that, all you need to make it count is something puts the crew in peril, whether it is a monster, an infection, or just good old-fashion paranoia. Hopefully you will be able to easily find a couple of titles to fit the bill. If you’re not caught up on all the films from the ’50s, now is your chance!
You will have until 11:59pm, on May 31st, to find, watch, and report back about the two films you’ve picked. Good Luck!