In a recent post on the upcoming solar eclipse, we wrote the following opening line, “Sounding more like something that belongs inside the plot of a science fiction box office thriller than it does real-life, the small town of Madras, located in Central Oregon, will go completely dark on the morning of August 21st, 2017.”
With this, we thought we’d asked the question, “what movies have an eclipse inside their plot?”
In our research, we found dozens of examples of both cinema and television where an eclipse has been featured or simply used as a backdrop for a dramatic portion woven within the plot. Although, it’s hard to believe an eclipse would serve as a backdrop to anything.
So, get your bag of popcorn out as we look at 10 films that have an eclipse inside their plot.
Here Are 10 Movies That Featured An Eclipse:
This 1982 Oliver Stone film about Jim Morrison and The Doors features a total eclipse in the sky above the desert outside of Los Angeles, while Morrison, on a trip, seeks a shamanic spirit. Well, it was the 60’s. But the eclipse is the perfect backdrop to this climactic scene.
In this 1985 film that features both Michelle Pfeiffer and Matthew Broderick, get this, there is a curse in the plot that can only be broken if the Bishop sees the couple (Broderick and Pfeiffer) together in their human forms, but only during a solar eclipse.
The Wild Thornberrys
This 2002 Nickelodeon film based on the television series of the same name, follow the family as they go to film a solar eclipse at Tempo Valley which ends up with Thornberry’s and a group of Baboons dancing to music being played on the radio. Yep. You’ll have to see that to believe it.
Star Wars 3 : Revenge of the Sith
In this 2005 installment of Star Wars, the hope of the young Jedi is all but lost. Anakin Skywalker has become an apprentice of the evil chancellor. Overlooking the fiery planet of Mustafar, a total eclipse can be seen in the sky.
In this epic 2006 Mel Gibson film, the Yucatec Maya language is used exclusively. In the film, there is a scene where the main character is rescued from sacrifice by a total solar eclipse.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
In this 2001 action-adventure film based on the popular Tomb Raider video game, it is the day of the first phase of a planetary alignment, culminating in a solar eclipse, which (in the film) happens once every 5,000 years.
In this 1996 adaptation of a memoir by Frank McCourt, The night before Frank is due to travel to America, he sees a lunar eclipse outside his house.
The 5th Element
In this classic 1997 Bruce Willis film, The 5th Element, one quote says it all, “When the three planets are in eclipse, the black door, like a hole, is open. Evil comes.” This movie takes place in the 23rd century where a New York City cabbie finds the fate of the world in his hands.
This 1989 sequel to the blockbuster hit Ghostbusters takes place in New York City, five years after the events in the first film. As for an eclipse in the film, two words, slime eclipse. We’ll just leave that right there.
Little Shop of Horrors
In this quirky 1986 film based on the musical of the same name, A nerdy florist finds his chance for success and romance with the help of a giant man-eating plant who demands to be fed. It just so happens that the plant, named Audrey II, was purchased at a Chinese flower shop during a solar eclipse.
Of course, we do want to mention that these are films and with that, it doesn’t always mean the depiction of eclipses are entirely accurate. We would also like to mention that though these films have an eclipse in their plot, certainly as you may have noticed when reading these short summaries, that an eclipse does not always a good film make. Perhaps for many of these films, it is the eclipse woven into the plot that are the only stand out moments. But we digress.
For certain, before watching any of these films, do your due diligence in regards to film ratings as some films may not be suitable for younger audiences. We certainly are not endorsing these films, but rather merely answering the question of what movies have an eclipse inside their plot?
So, how many of these films have you seen? Or better yet, which of these films would you admit to seeing? Did you catch when the eclipse was introduced into the plot? If not, perhaps in anticipation of the upcoming solar eclipse on August 21st, it’s time to fire up the popcorn and binge watch a couple of these films.
Better Than The Movies: Watch The 2017 Eclipse LIVE
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