Films are listed by title.
Another cult raypunk classic. Though its visuals have more in common with 1960s-blended retrofuturism and op art, there are hints of raypunk in the fashions and the worlds which Barbarella visits.
Dune may seem an odd choice – its setting and story are fairly straightforward sci-fi – but the 1984 film in particular offers some nifty art deco-influenced visuals and a cast just short of raypunk camp. This interpretation of Frank Herbert’s book follows Paul Atreides as he settles amongst the fremen of Arrakis, realising his destiny to bring order and balance back to the known universe.
The Fifth Element (1997)
Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich star in this quirky and cartoon-like film. Korben Dallas is an ex-soldier now driving a flying taxi cab, only when a genetically-recreated supreme being lands on his roof, the events of his life take on a far greater magnitude.
Flash Gordon (1936-40, 1980)
The go-to franchise for raypunk – everything from the plots to names and architecture scream ‘raygun gothic’. In modern interpretations, “Flash” Gordon is a star American footballer flung across the galaxy onto the world of Mongo, where he must fight to unite its people against their tyrant, Ming the Merciless.
Forbidden Planet (1956)
Mars Attacks! (1996)
Tim Burton tackles sci-fi in this thoroughly larksome story of alien invasion. Earth makes first contact when flying saucers park themselves around the Earth, and the Martians within begin a diabolical invasion of all humanity holds dear.
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow (2004)
Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie star in a story of mad science, rayguns and rockets resplendent in gorgeous visuals. When strange robots emerge to steal city resources, Sky Captain Joe Sullivan and his army for hire must take to the skies and unravel the mystery behind Totenkopf and his World of Tomorrow before it is too late.
Things to Come (1939)
A visual essay in raypunk: what happens when global disaster strikes and the world is united under a new banner? This 1939 classic starring Raymond Massey shows the rise and fall of a new, utopian society using stunning set design for its time. Watch for musings on ‘new world communications’ and the charming prediction of a ‘space gun’ with which to reach the stars.