Recognize that slogan? We didn't even have to tell you what movie we were talking about, yet you probably knew immediately that we meant Alien, right? That's the power of the perfect tagline.
Sometimes a tagline will make you think, "I gotta see that!" Other times, "What were they thinking?" Taglines—whether they turn out to be a clever turn of phrase or just a bad pun—have been a part of Hollywood's marketing machine since the beginning.
Here are 234 of the best (and worst) taglines from some of sci-fi's best (and worst) films.
12 Monkeys: The future is history.
2001: A Space Odyssey: An epic drama of adventure and exploration
2012: We Were Warned.
28 Days Later: His fear began when he woke up alone. His terror began when he realised he wasn't.
9: When our world ended their mission began.
A.I. Artificial Intelligence: This summer, discover the next step in evolution.
The Abyss: A place on earth more awesome than anywhere in space.
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai: Expect the unexpected. He does.
Alien: Resurrection: It's been more than 200 years ... The beginning has just started.
Alien: In space no one can hear you scream
Alien3: In 1979, we discovered in space no one can hear you scream. In 1992, we will discover, on Earth, EVERYONE can hear you scream.
Aliens: This time there's more
Amazon Women on the Moon: Universal, the studio that brought you such classic motion pictures as All Quiet on the Western Front, E.T., and Out of Africa, is proud to present ... Amazon Women on the Moon.
The Andromeda Strain: The picture runs 130 minutes! ... The story covers 96 of the most critical hours in man's history! ... The suspense will last through your lifetime!
Arachnophobia: Eight legs, two fangs and an attitude.
Armageddon: It's Closer Than You Think.
The Arrival: For centuries we've been watching the skies, when we should have bee watching our backs.
Avatar: Enter the World
AVP: Alien vs. Predator: Whoever wins ... We lose.
Back to the Future: 17 year old Marty McFly got home early last night. 30 years early.
Back to the Future II: Getting back was only the beginning.
Back to the Future III: They've saved the best trip for last ... But this time they may have gone too far.
Barb Wire: Don't call me babe!
Barbarella: The space age adventuress whose sex-ploits are among the most bizarre ever seen.
batteries not included: Five ordinary people needed a miracle. Then one night, Faye Riley left the window open.
Battlefield Earth: Prepare For Battle
Bicentennial Man: One robot's 200 year journey to become an ordinary man.
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure: Party on, dudes!
Blade Runner: Man Has Made His Match ... Now It's His Problem
The Blob: Scream now, while there's still room to breathe.
The Book of Eli: Some will kill to have it. He will kill to protect it.
The Box: You Are The Experiment
A Boy and His Dog: A rather kinky tale of survival
Brazil: It's about flights of fantasy. And the nightmare of reality. Terrorist bombings. And late night shopping. True Love. And creative plumbing.
The Butterfly Effect: Change one thing, Change everything.
Candy Stripers: They're running out of patients ...
Charly: A love story that begins with an incredible experiment!
Children of Men: No children. No future. No hope.
The City of Lost Children: Some people follow their dreams. Others steal them.
A Clockwork Orange: Being the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are rape, ultra-violence and Beethoven.
Close Encounters of the Third Kind: We are not alone
Cloverfield: Some Thing Has Found Us
Cocoon: It is everything you've dreamed of. It is nothing you expect.
Coneheads: Consume mass quantities!
Contact: If it's just us, it seems like an awful waste of space.
CQ: Every picture tells a story
Creature from the Black Lagoon: Not since the beginning of time has the world beheld terror like this!
Critters: The original tasty entree!
Cube: Fear ... Paranoia ... Suspicion ... Desperation
Damnation Alley: You have seen great adventures. You are about to live one.
Dark City: They built the city to see what makes us tick. Last night one of us went off.
Darkman: Now, Crime Has a New Enemy, And Justice Has a New Face!
Dawn of the Dead: When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.
The Day After Tomorrow: This year, a sweater won't do.
The Day the Earth Stood Still: From Out Of Space ... A Warning And An Ultimatum
Death Race: Get ready for a killer ride.
Deep Impact: Oceans rise. Cities fall. Hope survives.
Demolition Man: The future isn't big enough for the both of them.
District 9: You are not welcome here.
Donnie Darko: Life is one long insane trip. Some people just have better directions.
Dreamcatcher: Four friends hung a dreamcatcher in their cabin. It's about to catch something it cannot stop.
Dreamscape: Alex Gardner has an extraordinary gift. To keep it may cost him his life ...
Dude, Where's My Car?: After a night they can't remember, comes a day they'll never forget.
E.T.: The Extra-terrestrial: He is afraid. He is alone. He is three million light years from home.
Earth Girls Are Easy: An out-of-this-world, down-to-earth comedy adventure.
Enemy Mine: Enemies because they were taught to be. Allies because they had to be. Brothers because they dared to be.
Equilibrium: In a future where freedom is outlawed outlaws will become heroes.
Event Horizon: Infinite Space—Infinite Terror
Evolution: Have a nice end of the world.
The Faculty: Six students are about to find out their teachers really are from another planet.
Fahrenheit 451: Aflame with the excitement and emotions of tomorrow!
Fantastic Four: 4 times the action. 4 times the adventure. 4 times the fantastic.
Fantastic Voyage: The most amazing science fiction ever conceived!
The Fifth Element: Time is not important, only life is important
The Final Countdown: On December 7, 1980—The nuclear carrier USS Nimitz disappeared in the Pacific ... and reappeared December 7, 1941 ... the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour
Firestarter: If you get on her bad side ... YOU'RE TOAST.
Flatliners: Some lines shouldn't be crossed.
The Fly (1958): For your own good we urge you not to see it alone!
The Fly (1986): Something went wrong in the lab today. Very wrong.
Forbidden Planet: IT'S OUT OF THIS WORLD!
The Fountain: What If You Could Live Forever?
Freejack: Alex Furlong died today. Eighteen years from now, he'll be running for his life.
G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra: When All Else Fails, They Don't
Galaxy Quest: The show has been cancelled ... but the adventure is just beginning.
Gamer: In the near future, you don't live to play ... you'll play to live.
Gattaca: There Is No Gene For The Human Spirit.
Ghostbusters II: Be ready to believe us.
Ghostbusters: We're Ready To Believe You.
Ghoulies: They'll get you in the end.
Godzilla: Size Does Matter
Gremlins II: The New Batch: We warned you. Remember the rules. You didn't listen.
Gremlins: Don't get him wet, keep him out of bright light, and never feed him after midnight.
Grindhouse: A double feature that'll tear you in two!
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Don't Panic
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The most astonishing, innovative, backyard adventure of all time!
The Host: It is Lurking Behind You
Howard the Duck: You will believe that a duck can talk.
Hulk: Unleash the fury!
I Am Legend: The last man on earth is not alone
I, Robot: One man saw it coming.
The Ice Pirates: SEE... A Universe on the Rocks! SEE ... Great Special Affects! SEE ... Space Herpie the Love Bug! SEE ... The Evil Emperor and his Bird! SEE ... Action-Packed Action! SEE! Ferocious Space Possums!
Idiocracy: The Future Is A No Brainer
The Incredible Hulk: You'll like him when he's angry.
Independence Day: The day we'll fight back!
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: In May, the adventure continues.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade: Have the adventure of your life keeping up with the Joneses.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom: If adventure has a name ... it must be Indiana Jones.
The Iron Giant: It came from outer space!
Iron Man: This Summer: Heroes Aren't Born, They're Built.
The Island: They don't want you to know what you are.
Johnny Mnemonic: The hottest data on earth. In the coolest head in town.
Judge Dredd: One man is Judge, Jury, AND Executioner.
Jumper: Anywhere is possible.
Jurassic Park: An Adventure 65 Million Years In The Making
King Kong: A Monster of Creation's Dawn Breaks Loose in Our World Today!
Knowing: What Happens When The Numbers Run Out?
K-PAX: Is he crazy? ... or is he light years ahead of us?
Krull: A world light-years beyond your imagination.
Land of the Dead: The dead shall inherit the Earth.
Land of the Lost: Right place. Wrong time.
The Last Man on Earth: By night they leave their graves, crawling, shambling, through empty streets, whimpering, pleading, begging for his blood!
The Last Mimzy: The future is trying to tell us something.
The Last Starfighter: He didn't find his dreams ... his dreams found him.
The Lawnmower Man: God made him simple. Science made him a god.
Logan's Run: The only thing you can't have in Logan's world is your 30th birthday. Unless you run away.
Lost in Space: Get Ready. Get Set. Get Lost.
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome: Two men enter. One man leaves.
Mad Max: The last law in a world gone out of control. Pray that he's out there somewhere.
The Man Who Fell to Earth: You have to believe it to see it
Mars Attacks!: Nice planet. We'll take it!
The Matrix Revolutions: Everything that has a beginning has an end.
The Matrix: What is The Matrix?
The Matrix: Reloaded: Free your mind.
Men in Black: Protecting the earth from the scum of the universe
Metropolis: There can be no understanding between the hands and the brain unless the heart acts as mediator.
Mimic: For thousands of years, man has been evolution's greatest creation... until now.
Minority Report: Everybody Runs ...
The Mist: Belief divides them, mystery surrounds Them, but fear changes everything
Moon: The last place you'd ever expect to find yourself
Muppets from Space: Space. It's not as deep as you think.
Night of the Living Dead: They keep coming back in a bloodthirsty lust for HUMAN FLESH! ...
Outland: On Jupiter's moon something deadly is happening
Pi: There will be no order, only chaos
Pitch Black: Don't be afraid of the dark. Be afraid of what's in the dark.
Planet of the Apes: You'll be sorry you were ever born human
The Postman: It is 2013. War has crippled the Earth. Technology has been erased. Our only hope is an unlikely hero.
Powder: Pure energy has a name
Primer: If you always want what you can't have, what do you want when you can have anything?
Push: One push can change everything.
Raiders of the Lost Ark: Indiana Jones—the new hero from the creators of JAWS and STAR WARS.
Reign of Fire: Fight Fire With Fire
Robocop: Part man. Part machine. All cop. The future of law enforcement.
The Rocketeer: Three years before the United States declares war, Cliff Secord leads America's first battle against the Nazis.
Rollerball: In the not too distant future, wars will no longer exist. But there will be Rollerball.
Runaway: IT IS THE FUTURE. Machines are being programmed to turn against us. Someone must stop the madman who started it all.
S1m0ne: A star is ... created.
Scanners: Their thoughts can kill!
Serenity: Can't stop the signal.
Short Circuit: Something wonderful has happened ... Number Five is alive!
Signs: The first sign you can't explain. The second sign you can't ignore. The third sign you won't believe.
Silent Running: Earth's last battle will be fought in space.
Six-String Samurai: Vegas Needs A New King
Sky High: Saving The World ... One Homework Assignment At A Time.
Slaughterhouse-Five: Billy Pilgrim lives—from time to time.
Slither: Slug it out.
Southland Tales: This is the way the world ends—Not with a whimper, but with a bang.
Soylent Green: It's the year 2022 ... People are still the same. They'll do anything to get what they need. And they need SOYLENT GREEN.
Space Camp: An impossible mistake put them into space. The adventure of their lives will be getting back home.
Spaceballs: May The Farce Be With You
Species: Men cannot resist her. Mankind may not survive her.
Sphere: Terror can fill any space
Star Trek (2009): The future begins
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock: Join the search
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home: How on Earth can they save the future?
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989): The Enterprise is back. This time, have they gone too far?
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country: The battle for peace has begun
Star Trek: First Contact: Resistance is Futile
Star Trek: Generations: Boldly Go
Star Trek: Insurrection: The Battle For Paradise Has Begun
Star Trek: Nemesis: A Generation's Final Journey ... Begins
Star Trek: The Motion Picture: The human adventure is just beginning
Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan: At the end of the universe lies the beginning of vengeance
Star Wars: Episode II—Attack of the Clones: A Jedi Shall Not Know Anger. Nor Hatred. Nor Love.
Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith: The saga is complete.
Star Wars: Episode I—The Phantom Menace: Every generation has a legend. Every journey has a first step. Every saga has a beginning.
Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope: A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away ...
Star Wars: Episode VI—Return of the Jedi: Return To A Galaxy ... Far, Far Away
Star Wars: Episode V—The Empire Strikes Back: The Adventure Continues ...
Stargate: It Will Take You A Million Light Years From Home
Starman: In 1977 Voyager II was launched into space, inviting all lifeforms in the universe to visit our planet. Get ready. Company's coming.
Starship Troopers: A new kind of enemy. A new kind of war.
Sunshine: If the sun dies, so do we.
Supergirl: Her first great adventure.
Superman: You'll Believe a Man Can Fly!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Lean, Green And On The Screen.
Terminator 2: Judgment Day: This time there are two
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines: The Machines Will Rise
Terminator: Salvation: The End Begins
The Garbage Pail Kids Movie: The Garbage Gang Is Alive and Grosser Than Ever!
The Road Warrior: Only one man can make the difference
The Terminator: The thing that won't die, in the nightmare that won't end.
THEM!: This city is under martial law until we annihilate THEM!
They Live: You see them on the street. You watch them on TV. You might even vote for one this fall. You think they're people just like you. You're wrong. Dead wrong.
The Thing: Man is The Warmest Place to Hide.
This Island Earth: Two mortals trapped in outer space ... challenging the unearthly furies of an outlaw planet gone mad!
THX 1138: Visit the future where love is the ultimate crime.
Time Bandits: ... they didn't make history, they stole it!
Timeline: They had to travel into the past to save the future
Total Recall: They stole his mind, now he wants it back.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen: Revenge is coming.
Transformers: Their war. Our world.
Tremors: The monster movie that breaks new ground.
Tron: In the future video game battles will be a matter of life or death.
The Truman Show: All the world's a stage ...
Underworld: An immortal battle for supremacy.
Universal Soldier: The ultimate weapons of the future have just declared war ... on each other.
V for Vendetta: People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people.
WALL-E: In Space, No One Can Hear You Clean
War of the Worlds: They're already here.
Wargames: The only winning move is not to play.
Watchers: Secret experiment, Unstoppable monster, Deadly mistake ...
Watchmen: Who watches the Watchmen?
Waterworld: Beyond the horizon lies the secret to a new beginning.
Weird Science: If you can't get a date, make one!
Westworld: ...where robot men and women are programmed to serve you for ... Romance ... Violence ... Anything
When Worlds Collide: Romance! Thrills! Adventure!
Wild, Wild West: On July 2nd, it's a whole new west.
The X-Files: Fight the Future
X-Men: Evolution Begins.
X-Men: The Last Stand: Take a Stand
X2: The time has come for those who are different to stand united
Young Frankenstein: The scariest comedy of all time!
Zapped!: An A+ Comedy That Makes the Grade!
Zardoz: I have seen the future and it doesn't work