Not all science fiction films are blockbusters. Some of the very best sci-fi films are smaller, independent movies made by first-time directors who have to prove themselves before being entrusted by movie studios with big budgets and an A-list cast. Many filmmakers have done some of their best work early in their careers and on a shoestring budget. For these sci-fi movies, it is more about the concept, story, and themes than the special effects and action. Still, they are worth seeking out and viewing. You may be surprised at the hidden gems that are out there waiting to be discovered. Here are 15 obscure sci-fi films you should make a point of watching.
15. The City of Lost Children (1995)
An international co-production from French directors Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Delicatessen), the 1995 sci-fi film The City of Lost Children is haunting, surreal, and an experience that will stick with you long after the credits have rolled. Starring Ron Perlman as a circus strongman whose younger brother falls prey to an evil being who feeds on the dreams of children, The City of Lost Children explores a world populated by a bizarre cast of characters and creatures including conjoined twins, a cyclops, a dwarf, and a disembodied brain housed in an elaborate tank. Featuring a steampunk aesthetic and incredible production design, Caro and Jeunet’s film explores the darker side of capitalism, as well as the exploitation of children and the loss of innocence. Just as much sci-fi as it is a macabre fairy tale, The City of Lost Children is one relatively obscure film that shouldn’t be missed.