Though spaceships exist firmly in the realm of science and rationality, that doesn't mean they can't be invaded by fantastical visions and spooky ghosts. Here's a gallery of space vessels whose crews aren't entirely of this universe.

As I was putting together this gallery, I noticed a few themes in the depictions of haunted spaceships. First, the ships themselves tend to be spidery or spiked looking - or in the case of Event Horizon, the ship seems to have a skull-like face. But the interiors of the ships also share characteristics, such as long, weirdly-lit corridors, and giant windows whose view onto a bright universe leaves the crew in demonic shadow.

The videogame Dead Space has some of the most magnificent portraits of haunted spaceships and space facilities, which themselves seem to have giant wounds.

Many of the spaceships we see depicted as haunted, of course, are ultimately suffering from some kind of weird phenomenon that can eventually be explained. The most common explanation - which we see in Solaris, Galaxy of Terror, Sphere, Blake's 7, and others, is that there is some kind of technology that manifests the contents of people's unconscious minds (this idea goes back to the Krell technology in Forbidden Planet). So people think they are seeing the dead, but they are just seeing what's in their own brains.

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The ship from Event Horizon.

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A monster from Dead Space

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A haunted spaceship in Dead Space

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Creepy spaceship from Dead Space.

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Event Horizon, the haunted ship.

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A spooky corridor inside Event Horizon.

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A life-support pod is scary in Event Horizon.

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In Hellraiser: Bloodline, hell comes to space. You know things are going to be bad when the GUI in your space habitat looks like goth boots with a million laces.

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A robot is in charge of unlocking the box that is a key to the hell dimension in Hellraiser: Bloodline

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The scary ship from Hellraiser: Bloodline looks sort of like the hell key box.

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Recent flick Pandorum may not have been scary, but it did have a guy being haunted by a ghost from his past.

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The creepiest image from Pandorum was this poster, depicting scary life support systems.

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The actual life support pod in Pandorum was less impressive than the poster, though quite reminiscient of Event Horizon.

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Star Trek is always there for you, even if your taste runs to haunted spaceships.

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In Star Trek's "The Tholian Web," a ghostly version of the Enterprise is hovering between phases, causing the crew to see a ghostly version of Kirk (especially in the shower) while trapped in the alien web of the Tholians.

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In British TV series Blake's 7, the crew of the (stolen) ship Liberator, pictured here, has a first encounter with the ship that involves seeing their dead relatives on board. This is a common theme in haunted spaceship flicks, and happens again in Sphere and Solaris.

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Doctor Who story "Silence in the Library" isn't about a haunted ship, but it is a haunted space installation. Here's a look at the abandoned library structure, on a mysteriously empty planet.

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From Doctor Who's "Silence in the Library," a creepy skeleton in a spacesuit wanders around with the ghost of its former owner still speaking from the voice buffer.

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In Sunshine, the Icarus II ship is sent out to reboot the sun (don't ask) after Icarus I is lost. Except it wasn't lost, as the crew discovers when they encounter the abandoned ship and its one remaining, ghostly crew member.

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Scary images from Sunshine.

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In Solaris, a strange planet causes the crew of a ship in orbit to see visions of dead people. This is from the original 1970s Russian film.

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In Solaris, a strange planet causes the crew of a ship in orbit to see visions of dead people. This is a picture of the ship's trashed loading dock from the original 1970s Russian film.

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In Solaris, a strange planet causes the crew of a ship in orbit to see visions of dead people. This is from the original 1970s Russian film.

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Solaris got an update in a recent remake from Steven Soderburgh.

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Corridors are always creepy, as this image from the Solaris remake demonstrates.

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In 1990s flick Sphere, based on the Michael Crichton novel, an alien ship at the bottom of the ocean causes the scientists examining it to see haunting visions.

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In 1990s flick Sphere, based on the Michael Crichton novel, an alien ship at the bottom of the ocean causes the scientists examining it to see haunting visions.

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In Galaxy of Terror, as in Sphere and Solaris, people exploring a ship see manifestations from their unconscious minds. One of which involves giant worm sex, as we showed you (NSFW) before.