One of the reasons that Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy was such a huge blockbuster hit is because it was successfully able to combine a rollicking sci-fi adventure with moments of real comedy. As a result, the movie appealed to a much broader audience beyond fans of standard superhero films. And while it may be the most financially successful, Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t the first science-fiction comedy movie ever made. With that in mind, here are five other outer space comedies you may want to check out if you enjoyed Guardians of the Galaxy.
5. Dark Star (1974)
While John Carpenter is primarily known for his horror movies today, his directorial debut was this extremely low-budget, but still funny, film that parodies some aspects of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Acclaimed special effects expert and sci-fi screenplay writer Dan O’Bannon — who went on to work on 1977’s Star Wars — created the film’s special effects and also played one of the main characters.
According to an estimate provided by IMDb, the film’s budget was only about $60,000. It is perhaps not surprising then that Dark Star failed to make much of an impression at the box office. However, since its theatrical release, the film has acquired a cult status among fans of science fiction comedy and it currently has an impressive 79 percent approval rating from the critics at Rotten Tomatoes.