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Topic: 1950's Sci-Fi Films
Posted By: Logan
Subject: 1950's Sci-Fi Films
Date Posted: July 26 2018 at 10:28
This time I'm using this http://www.denofgeek.com/us/movies/16511/the-greatest-sci-fi-movies-of-the-1950s" rel="nofollow - denofgeek article as my base, as I think it's a very good list and it saves me some thinking, but I do think it's too US-centric...

I wanted to add many others, but ran out of space. Was going to include Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959 bad film that I genuinely enjoy). Okay, I just added it to another option which is a highly regarded film, so rather a funny juxtaposition. I'll stoop there. I do wish there were more non-English language films in this list and some are more monster movie than science fiction.

I would have liked to expand more to horror, since I actually had things in mind like The Creature From the Black Lagoon when I started this, but there's so much stuff to cover so I narrowed my scope.

Multiple choice enabled, and I guess if you like both options in some of the "Poll Choice" lines, then vote twice. It's not a contest, the poll is merely intended as an accessory to discussion.

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Posted By: BaldJean
Date Posted: July 26 2018 at 10:41
You put in "The Thing from another World" twice


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Posted By: Logan
Date Posted: July 26 2018 at 10:42
Thanks, that will free up a space. Any suggestion?

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Posted By: BaldJean
Date Posted: July 26 2018 at 10:43
do you know what really annoys me about "Godzilla"? the film score. the music is sometimes really ridiculous


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Posted By: BaldJean
Date Posted: July 26 2018 at 10:46
"Night of the Demon" would probably not count as SF. the line between SF and horror was thin in the 50s


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Posted By: Logan
Date Posted: July 26 2018 at 10:48
Good film, I already edited, but maybe a horror one of the 50s would be good.

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Posted By: Icarium
Date Posted: July 26 2018 at 11:00
Ive only seen Forbidden Planet out of these, but it was a really good film.



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Posted By: Argo2112
Date Posted: July 26 2018 at 11:40
Wow, these bring back memories. I haven't seen most of these since I was a kid.
 
 Went with The Thing but lots of good ones here. ( & some that are so bad, they're good!)


Posted By: BaldFriede
Date Posted: July 26 2018 at 11:41
Originally posted by Logan Logan wrote:

Good film, I already edited, but maybe a horror one of the 50s would be good.


"Night of the Demon" has just one flaw: That the demon is shown. The director originally did not want to show it, but the producer insisted on it. Cursed be all producers!


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Posted By: The.Crimson.King
Date Posted: July 26 2018 at 11:53
Journey to the Centre (too bad they didn't hire 10 year old Rick Wakeman to do the soundtrack Wink) > War of the Worlds > 20,000 Leagues...

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Posted By: Atavachron
Date Posted: July 26 2018 at 12:33
easy: Forbidden Planet.   The template for sci-fi cinema even decades afterward.

Though I do love many of the others.   Incredible Shrinking Man is an extraordinary film that is as good (and as good-looking) as it ever was.   That's quite an achievement. 

War of the Worlds, though Americanized, is also excellent.



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Posted By: The Dark Elf
Date Posted: July 26 2018 at 17:21
THEM! Has always been my favorite.

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Posted By: dr wu23
Date Posted: July 26 2018 at 19:15
As far as pure sci-fi Forbidden Planet is my favorite from that list....also like Them, Day The Earth Stood Still, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Quatermass, and The Thing....

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Posted By: moshkito
Date Posted: July 26 2018 at 20:56
Hi,

Always thought that FORBIDDEN PLANET is probably the best of these films, and it was probably so serious when it was made that I think they added the fun bits with the robot, just to lighten it up.

It was a special film all along ... the first all electronic soundtrack which I think made a lot of people not quite at ease, and then ... the un-credited stuff done by Disney's studios, who apparently did not want to be associated with the film.

The original THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL is also really nice and still very enjoyable.

The English contingent from the 50's also got a real big push in comedy from the Goons, btw ... and it was actually funnier at times, than the films themselves.


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Posted By: micky
Date Posted: July 27 2018 at 08:45
Originally posted by BaldFriede BaldFriede wrote:

Originally posted by Logan Logan wrote:

Good film, I already edited, but maybe a horror one of the 50s would be good.


"Night of the Demon" has just one flaw: That the demon is shown. The director originally did not want to show it, but the producer insisted on it. Cursed be all producers!

oh I'm calling bullsh*t on that Friede...

if there had been no demon... would anyone remember that movie today.  Of course not.. I mean that was seriously scary sh*t for back in that day.  

Without it it was.. well...  a movie lost entirely in the sands of time.


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Posted By: dwill123
Date Posted: July 27 2018 at 15:06
From the list:
Them!
The Day the Earth Stood Still
The Thing, From Another World (the original and still the best)
 
Missing:
The Amazing Colossal Man
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
The War of the Worlds (original)


Posted By: Logan
Date Posted: July 27 2018 at 18:58
The Amazing Colossal Man is not on the list, but Earth vs. the Flying Saucers and the 1953 War of the Worlds is on the list (unless by "original" you mean that there is a The War of the Worlds film that predates 1953). Gort's laser-sharp vision might need some adjustment (j/K). ;)

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Posted By: Atavachron
Date Posted: July 27 2018 at 19:14
A couple other kitsch faves - -

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/e/e0/VOTGposter.jpg


Attack of the Puppet People Poster.jpg



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Posted By: BaldJean
Date Posted: July 28 2018 at 09:55
here is a good example of why I find the "Godzilla" soundtrack horrible. it starts at 3:30




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Posted By: Logan
Date Posted: July 28 2018 at 10:24
^ I like the music, but it doesn't fit the action well.

^^ David, I love that Attack of the Puppet People movie poster (would love to have that on my wall).

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Posted By: BaldJean
Date Posted: July 28 2018 at 11:08
Originally posted by Logan Logan wrote:

^ I like the music, but it doesn't fit the action well.

that's what I mean. and that goes on throughout the whole movie


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Posted By: dwill123
Date Posted: July 28 2018 at 11:24
Originally posted by Logan Logan wrote:

The Amazing Colossal Man is not on the list, but Earth vs. the Flying Saucers and the 1953 War of the Worlds is on the list (unless by "original" you mean that there is a The War of the Worlds film that predates 1953). Gort's laser-sharp vision might need some adjustment (j/K). ;)
My bad!


Posted By: Logan
Date Posted: July 29 2018 at 11:47
No worries -- I'm sorry that I couldn't resist a little stab at some Gortesque (I know that looks like a common sort of typo) humour. Love your avatar, and this poll was in part inspired by it.

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Posted By: Guldbamsen
Date Posted: July 29 2018 at 12:21
I pride myself in having seen a fair bit of cinema over the years but I have to admit that I have seen exactly zero of these movies
Seen a lot of remakes. I love Invasion Of The Body Snatchers with Donald Sutherland for instance... though not really the first time around as it frightened the living daylights out of me. Must've been 8 or 9. I remember having a teddybear named Daniel which I put a black belt on. Nobody messes with black belts y'know!


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Posted By: Logan
Date Posted: July 29 2018 at 12:40
I prefer the remake, but the original is good (spent some time discussing that in the "60s/70s Speculative/Science Fiction films" poll. I grew up with lots of these on the TV. They don't have any votes, but two of my favourites are "The Man in the White Suit" and "The World, The Flesh and the Devil" (two of which I didn't see as a kid). Still, I'd take The Seventh Seal over all of these.

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Posted By: Guldbamsen
Date Posted: July 29 2018 at 12:48
Now that one I know! Remember seeing it as a teen by myself and feeling totally engulfed in the 'atmosphere' of it.
I was smitten by dad's love for cinema but he was never the biggest of Bergman fans. He is more of an old school film connoisseur. No funny business! Tell me a great story through wonderful imagery and remarkable actors! That's it.

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Posted By: Logan
Date Posted: July 29 2018 at 13:21
I would have liked to meet your dad. My Dad introduced me to Bergman (his favourite director) and Fellini and to Kubrick (well, 2001) and to Fantasia. Since he was partially deaf due to an accident in the military, he liked subtitled films and ones that weren't too talky. I saw Amelie with him at the cinema and he loved that. He abhorred Star Wars, which I saw with him when I was very young (I loved that as a child, but now don't at all, so I guess I became more like my dad). I think it was mostly seeing Das Boot in the cinema that made me love non-English language films, and I've always loved reading so somehow subtitles tends to make films better for me (I can be listening in Chinese and it seems like they are speaking English, or it seems like they are speaking Chinese but I understand the language as I stop being aware that I am reading subtitles -- guess that's how it is for most people).

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