To celebrate the release of Spielberg’s big-screen adaptation, Picturehouse Culture Shock presents a season of the retro sci-fi classics referenced in Ernest Cline’s pop-cultural odyssey.
Ready Player One is in cinemas from Thursday 29 March.
Watch our season trailer now and explore the season below.
Monday 9 April
Director: Katsuhiro Otomo.
Starring: Tetsuo Shima, Shotaro Kaneda. 124 mins.
Iconic and game-changing, Akira is the definitive anime masterpiece! Katsuhiro Otomo’s landmark cyberpunk classic obliterated the boundaries of Japanese animation and forced the world to look into the future.Find your cinema and book tickets
Monday 16 April
A Nightmare On Elm Street (18)
Director: Wes Craven.
Starring: Johnny Depp, Heather Langenkamp, Robert Englund. 91 min.
Several people are hunted by a cruel serial killer who kills his victims in their dreams. When the survivors are trying to find the reason for being chosen, the murderer won’t lose any chance to kill them as soon as they fall asleep.Find your cinema and book tickets
Monday 23 April
Back To The Future (PG)
Director: Robert Zemeckis.
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson. USA 1985. 116 mins.
Accidentally zapped back into the 1950s, Marty McFly (Fox) inadvertently interferes with the budding romance of his now-teenaged parents. Our hero must reunite his parents-to-be, lest he ceases to exist in the 1980s.Find your cinema and book tickets
Monday 30 April
Director: Steven Lisberger.
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner. USA 1982. 96 mins.
When scientist Kevin Flynn (Bridges) tries to hack the computer at work to find evidence that his ideas have been stolen, a malevolent software pirate ensnares him in the computer’s electronic maze. A stunning piece of science fiction and a landmark in the history of computer animation.Find your cinema and book tickets
Monday 7 May
The Iron Giant (U)
Director: Brad Bird.
Voices: Vin Diesel, Eli Marienthal, Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick Jnr. USA 2015. 90 mins.
Based on Ted Hughes’s 1968 novel The Iron Man, this animated adventure tells of a giant metal machine that falls to Earth in 1957 and befriends a nine-year-old boy named Hogarth. When The Iron Giant was first released in 1999, it was hailed as an instant classic. This ‘signature edition’ has been remastered and includes two all-new scenes – it’s not to be missed.Find your cinema and book tickets
Monday 14 May
Blade Runner: The Final Cut (15)
Director: Ridley Scott.
Starring: Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, Daryl Hannah. USA/Hong Kong/UK 2007. 117 mins.
One of the most influential sci-fi movies ever made, this brooding thriller follows Harrison Ford on the trail of a group of renegade androids. Scott’s final cut is the only version over which he had full artistic control, and is not to be missed.Find your cinema and book tickets