poll best recent steampunk movie

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Poll: Best Recent Steampunk Movie

Returning back to Steampunk for a bit, I was wondering what would be considered the most popular Steampunk movie of the past 15 years? I’m certain that the opnions will vary (lol), but if your favorite movie isn’t listed, please feel free to annotate it in the comments section, and I will count it at the end of the survey. I’m afraid due to rl time constraints, I cannot provide a description of each movie, but I have annotated the Wiki & IMDb listing for each movie..

Therefore, ladies and gentlemen, feel free to choose…

City of Lost Children (1995)


Wild, Wild West (1999)


Steamboy (2004)


Van Helsing (2004)


The Prestige (2006)


The Golden Compass (2007)



Diamanda Gustafson

I’ll have to go with La Cite Des Enfants Perdues, this movie will always live in my heart for what it is.


Edward Pearse

The Golden Compass hasn’t been released here as yet so I can’t comment on it. Not has Stardust, though I’m not sure how steampunk that might be.

Steamboy I thought to be a good film though still a little lacking somewhere.

Van Helsing was just kitch.

The Prestige was exceptional. I had guessed at the first twist fairly early and didn’t see the second one till it was right there in front of me. and fantastic performances too.

Visually WWW was great. Though Will Smith annoys the hell out of me.

City of Lost Children just never worked for me. It may be that watching it again now I may see something different, but at the time it never grabbed me and I’ve never bothered to return to it.

You may also want to include The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello in this list. Worthy of a look. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen was just awful.

Hotspur O’Toole

What Edward said, for the most part.

I can’t comment on what was released, but of the ones that have been, I would opt for City of Lost Children as being the best of the lot (Delcatessen, by the same director, is one of my favorite movies of all time).

I liked Steamboy but it did suffer a bit from a script that didnt’ translate well across cultural boundries. There’s something about that particular director’s style of animation (he did Akira, for point of refernece) that comes off as forced and highly melodramatic. Steam Boy, for all its great visuals, suffered from a thin plot and poor characterizations.

The Prestige.. I have only recently seen this for the first time, but had been a fan of the novel from its initial publication. I have rarely seen a movie adapt a novel for the screen so well.

(speaking of magician movies, do catch THE ILLUSIONIST, starring Edward Norton. Set in the right time period and although lacking in steampunk technology it has a wonderful atmosphere)

The Wild Wild West.. I am not so generous as Edward was. Casting Will Smith, whom I have loved in other movies, as James West.. well, that was a disaster. It is difficult to picture an essentially comedic character actor in a position of authority like West. The setting and timeframe didn’t help much.

Do not even bother with League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, or the recent British version of the War of the Worlds. Forgettable.

You MIGHT wish to add 20,000 Leagues under the Sea, Master of the World, The Great Race, Those Magnificent Young Men in their Flying Machines, Around the World in 80 Days, A Journey to the Moon, and the Mysterious Island, to mention a few more.


i find your failure to mention howls moving castle dissapointing

Eduard Korhonen

Mention should be made to Post-Steampunk (That is films set in an alternate 1930’s) films like “Perfect Creature”


Not a fantastic film by any means, but still a good Post-Steampunk movie. And also “Sky Captain”


I’m sure you might argue their validity as Steampunk, but they exist in a 1930’s that is surely born of Victorian Steampunk.

Miss Suzy

Um…..are we missing Blade Runner?

Dr. Rafael Fabre

@ Miss Suzy – No, madam, Blade Runner is a classic Cyberpunk movie, with a futuristic society, extensive use of genetic, electronics, and a grittier realization of the future that could possibly be.
Steampunk is reminiscent of an older Victorian society, with an emphasis on Steam as a source of energy, a societical norm similar to the 1900s, but with some more modern views.
Blade Runner is an outstanding movie, but it is not a Steampunk movie.


The Prestiege was good, but I preferred the Illusionist:


Less flash, but more subtle and engaging.

For my SteamPunk wish list: I want to see someone due The War of the Worlds properly, in 1899. I have wanted this since I first read it in the early 70s, and I am still waiting.

Erik Swanson

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

That is all.