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July 30 2014

"The Cabin in the Woods" makes i09's list of the 13 greatest sci-fi comedies of all time. Dr. Horrible and Serenity get honorable mentions.

The Cabin in the Wood is in great company; there are a lot of great movies on this list. Groundhog Day in particular is one of my all time favorites. (I'm not sure I would call many of the films science fiction movies, but who cares, this is a great list).

This list reminded me I should really watch Woody Allen's Sleepersometime.
I'm a big, big fan of Sleeper. Silent comedy + Woody Allen neurotic comedy + sci-fi = my heaven. Glad it made the list.
There's just no love for the Ice Pirates or Lifeforce (which can only be watched as a comedy).
A movie made as a tribute and spoof of horror movies...but it's being called Sci Fi?

Don't mind me, just my usual griping about how fast and loose people play it with genre descriptions.
Yeah, I feel like 'sci-fi' is being used extremely loosely here. Cabin is definitely supernatural horror-comedy. I hate when people use sci-fi and supernatural interchangeably. The two genres often interconnect (especially in Joss's works), but they are separate.
I wouldn't classify Groundhog Day as Sci-fi, either, just because there is a "time travel" it doesn't mean science, otherwise, the Christma's Scroodge type flicks would also be in that same field. And, in my opinion, the Yakee This Is The End is better than the Brit The World's End.
Army of Darkness and Shaun of the Dead (weird pairing) are definitely more in the supernatural spectrum as well. At least the author notes that. Ghostbusters is sort of in that supernatural with some sci-fi(ish) elements category (similar to Cabin).
@Simon, before yesterday I had never heard of The Ice Pirates. Now I've heard it mentioned twice in two days. Netflix time!
I find sci if to be one of those harder to define genres? It's more of a 'I know it when I see it' type thing. (And I'm under the impression the definition of the genre is a decades long, unresolved argument.) Personally, I have no idea where to put your zombie flicks; I'm always torn between supernatural and science fiction.
For me: if it's possible, implausible or highly unlikely, it is science fiction. If it's impossible/magical/mystical, it's fantasy/"supernatural."
Science fiction deals with subjects like fringe science, space exploration, time travel, aliens, parallel universes, and futuristic technology.

Supernatural fiction deals with subjects like magic, vampires, ghosts, werewolves, zombies, witches, etc.

Put in Joss terms, it's the difference between Firefly and Buffy. Firefly is decidedly science fiction (with western influences). Buffy is supernatural fiction with occasional science fiction elements (The Initiative, Buffybot, etc.)
Zombies can be either supernatural fiction or science fiction. It depends on their origins. If reanimation is triggered by a virus or some other fringe science occurrence (i.e. 28 Days Later, Walking Dead, etc), then you could make an argument for science fiction. If reanimation is triggered by magic (such as necromancy) then we're in the supernatural territory.
Science fiction, fantasy, and horror are all part of a grouping sometimes called speculative fiction. Science is a body of knowledge that seeks to understand the natural and physical world. Fiction that extrapolates on science is science fiction. Fiction based on mythology or folklore is fantasy or horror. </pedantic>

Or, as a friend once put it, if it's made from steel and plastic, it's science fiction. If it's made from wood and stone, it's fantasy.
Didn't pick up on its being a comedy.

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