You may have seen the news that a scientist has just created a black hole in a laboratory. I’ve seen more than my fair share of sci-fi to know that this makes me nervous, and yet the real world ramifications of this experiment are many. That said, hearing this story also made me really want to go back and revisit Disney’s 1979 big budget epic The Black Hole. Sporting a cast that features Robert Forster, Anthony Perkins, Ernest Borgnine, Yvette Mimieux, and Maximilian Schell, this underrated family film sports some huge ideas and genuinely freaky visuals (such as the journey into the black hole at the film’s end, which can be viewed as a trip into heaven and hell). It’s probably been awhile since you checked out this flick — concerning the crew of an exploratory spaceship becomes the prisoners of an obsessed scientist and his robot allies at the edge of a mysterious black hole — and its well worth a revisit. It lacks the pop culture cachet of a say Star Wars or Star Trek, but that doesn’t mean that it possesses a shortage of interesting characters and heady sci-fi concepts. Fall through The Black Hole for yourself and you’ll discover a world of inventive thrills waiting for you.
This article originally ran in 2016 and is being reprinted as we pay tribute to Robert Forster.