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View Poll Results: Which is your favorite 50's sci-fi film?
The Day the Earth Stood Still
21.54%
The Thing from Another World
2.31%
When Worlds Collide
0
0%
Donovan's Brain
0
0%
Invaders from Mars
1.54%
It Came From Outer Space
0.77%
The War of the Worlds
6.92%
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
4.62%
The Creature from the Black Lagoon
3.85%
Gojira
10.77%
Them!
6.92%
The Quartermass Xperiment
0.77%
Tarantula
0
0%
This Island Earth
0
0%
Forbidden Planet
22.31%
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
5.38%
The Incredible Shrinking Man
4.62%
The Blob
2.31%
The Mysterians
0
0%
20 Million Miles to Earth
1.54%
The Fly
0
0%
I Married a Monster from Outer Space
0.77%
It! The Terror from Beyond Space
0
0%
Plan 9 from Outer Space
2.31%
Other - please specify
0.77%
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Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

Old 07-14-09, 01:31 PM
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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

I loved Them

as a kid and still like it today. The whole mystery atmosphere in the beginning. Voted for that but there are alot of great ones on this list. But what about The Giant Gila

Monster or better yet The Giant Claw!
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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL is one of my top movies of all time, so it is automtically the fave.

Picking a runner-up would be difficult, because so many on that list are movies I've been watching my entire life, without ever tiring of them.
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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

Originally Posted by arminius
Monster or better yet The Giant Claw!
Why, it's the size of a battleship!
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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

Originally Posted by Ash Ketchum
That is such a good list. Not a weak film in the bunch. Highly recommended to all sci-fi fans on the board who haven't seen all of them.
Hell yes, that's a terrific list.

I'm going to go with Them!, because it's an excellent movie and one of my earliest memories of 50s sci-fi. Plus, it's friggin scary. And it's got Santa Claus.
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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

If it's "Favorite" and not "Best," then I've got to go with...

The War Of The Worlds

I love everything about that movie, but one thing in particular stands out - the voice work. Paul Frees, Les Tremayne, Sir Cedric Hardwicke - three fantastic voices all in the same movie. Of course, the movie itself is great - great script, direction, and the acting is really underrated and quite good. It's a classic, without a doubt.

But for me several films are practically tied with that one, including...

Forbidden Planet
Gojira/Godzilla: King of the Monsters
Them
When Worlds Collide
The Creature From the Black Lagoon

And one that I wouldn't put quite that high on the list, but is worth watching is

IT! The Terror From Beyond Space

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Originally Posted by B5Erik
I love everything about that movie, but one thing in particular stands out - the voice work. Paul Frees, Les Tremayne, Sir Cedric Hardwicke - three fantastic voices all in the same movie. Of course, the movie itself is great - great script, direction, and the acting is really underrated and quite good. It's a classic, without a doubt.
The scene in which the alien slowly reaches out his "hand" and places it on the shoulder of an unaware Ann Robinson is still genuinely creepy.
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Classic Sci-Fi doesn't get much better than this.

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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

I chose Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but really could have been Them!, Forbidden Planet, the Thing, or the Day the Earth Stood Still - all are awesome and movies that really freaked me out when I was a kid....especially Them! I remember seeing that on a saturday Chiller! on tv50 in the mid 70s and being scared shitless!

Other random movie memory that gave me nightmares: Gargoyles!
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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

Which is the one with the guy who grows into a giant, and his sister or his girlfriend is chasing him around shouting, "Glenn! Come back!"
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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

Originally Posted by Charlie Goose
Which is the one with the guy who grows into a giant, and his sister or his girlfriend is chasing him around shouting, "Glenn! Come back!"
And you don't want to change that diaper.
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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

Originally Posted by Jon2

The Mysterians is the exception, but not because of it's multiracial cast. It's a 60's film.
according to wiki, it was shot in 57, released in Japan in 58, released in the US - 59

as for the film, which I watched last night - wow, what a truly absurb absolutely entertaining film. Some of the action scenes could have been tightened a bit, but the story and how the situations play out make this a wild little gem of a film.
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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

Tough call...

I went with Forbidden Planet because it encapsulates so much of what I love about 50's sci-fi.
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Originally Posted by KillerCannibal
I went with Forbidden Planet because it encapsulates so much of what I love about 50's sci-fi.
Plus, how many other Shakespearean films feature booze-sluggin' robots?
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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

Forbidden Planet, with tDtESS a close second.
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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

Very tough choice, but today I'll go with Godzilla.
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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

Originally Posted by Trevor
Very tough choice, but today I'll go with Godzilla.
It's a pity the upcoming Blu-ray won't include the commentary track or the U.S. cut. Although obviously inferior to the Japanese version, it would be nice to be able to do a hi-def compare and contrast.
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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

I love John Carpenters The Thing, and have to admit that I've never seen the Howard Hawks version. I think I have to pay netflix a visit...also never seen Forbidden Planet.
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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

Originally Posted by arminius
The Giant Claw!
I just finished watching this. Mara Corday is a dead ringer for Gina Gershon.
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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

A lot of good movies on this list, but I'll have to go with The Day the Earth Stood Still.
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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

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I just finished watching this. Mara Corday is a dead ringer for Gina Gershon.
She was a great 50's sci-fi actress---I enjoyed her in Tarantula as well. She was a total knockout.



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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

Mara Corday stopped acting after 1961, but then made a comeback of sorts, quite a bit heftier than she was in the above photos, appearing in four Clint Eastwood movies, THE GAUNTLET, SUDDEN IMPACT, PINK CADILLAC and THE ROOKIE. In SUDDEN IMPACT, she's the counter girl pouring sugar into Dirty Harry's coffee cup as a way of alerting him that a robbery is in progress. "Me and Smith & Wesson."

What's the connection? Eastwood had a bit part in TARANTULA.
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I love John Carpenters The Thing, and have to admit that I've never seen the Howard Hawks version.
It's a lot of fun. Hawks directs with his usual breakneck speed, characters tossing off rapid rejoinders, often stepping on each other's lines - it's like a 1930's screwball comedy that just happens to include an alien monster. The performances are nicely low-key too, with very little of the stiff, strident pontificating that bogs down many of it's contemporaries.
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Bumped for the challenge - anyone discover a new favorite?
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Re: Favorite 50's sci-fi film?

Fiend Without a Face has a pretty graphic sequence for it's time, but the overall concept is a bit more creative than the execution. That's a great poster though.

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