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Discussion in 'V.C.'s Parlor' started by duceditor, Mar 25, 2018.
For anyone interested, just posted to my blog...
My Love of 1950s Sci-Fi -- Why?
I had a science teacher in the 8th and 9th grade that sometimes would play these types of movies in class. They were all great. Not sure of the years, but I'd say they were from the 50's and maybe 60's.
Cool! Remember any of their names? Or storylines?
@duceditor Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Creature from the Black Lagoon, THEM, The Fly, then there were several more that I can't remember. There was one about a crystal ball, I think. I hate I can't remember the others.
Wow, that was a great introduction to these films!
If you liked those you will no doubt like many of the others mentioned here on this thread.
I am almost envious. You get to see them anew! What a thrill!
The film 'Five million years to earth', is called 'Quatermass and the Pit ' in the UK. The film was based on the 1958-59 BBC TV serial written by Manxman Nigel Kneale. There were three Quatermass serials broadcast by the BBC in the 1950s, they are.
The Quatermass Experiment (1953).
Quatermass II (1955).
Quatermass and the Pit (1958-59).
All 3 were refilmed by Hammer Films, who were later responsible for the 1950s gothic horror revival. The American titles for these were.
The Quatermass Xperiment (1955) (The Creeping Unknown 1956).
Quatermass 2 (1957) (Enemy from space 1957).
Quatermass and the Pit (1967) (Five million years to earth 1968).
There was a final Quatermass serial filmed in 1978, and broadcast in 1979 in the UK as a four parter, simply called 'Quatermass'. It starred John Mills as the aged Professor. The serial were released into a feature film released in 1980 as 'The Quatermass Conclusion'.
As for favourite 50s SF movies, my top 3 choices are:
The Quatermass Xperiment
The Trollenberg Terror (AKA: The Crawling Eye).
X The Unknown.
Woe, "X the Unknown." Saw that in the theaters ! But alas not since.
The following is I think my favorite SF film of all time. I remember watching it on a drive-in in Florida during the summer. The problem was the sun didn't go down until about midnight it seemed so the first part of the film could barely be seen in a haze of the setting sun.
(Btw, I used to go to an air-conditioned drive-in in Florida. Yes, it was air-conditioned.)
Anyway, enough of my palaver. So I present you with this:
OK, OK. I know it came out in 1960 but I a lot of the action sequences were filmed in mid-1959.
The Time machine is a classic!
Our Sci-Fi Sunday feature today was 1957's "The Deadly Mantis."
Not among the best, but fun. And with lots of familiar faces -- mostly from slightly later TV.
Michael Rennie was ill the day the earth stood still
But he told us where we stand
And Flash Gordon was there in silver underwear
Claude Rains was the invisible man
Then something went wrong for Faye Wray and King Kong
They got caught in a celluloid jam
Then at a deadly pace it came from outer space
And this is how the message ran
Aw, man, I was wondering when RHPS was gonna show up in here. I know it was from waaaay later than what we’ve been discussing (the “midnight movie” wasn’t the same as “50’s drive in fodder”, but just as fun for us 80’s kids to watch)
I think I saw RHPS every Saturday for a couple years, to the point of trying out for the band that played during the movie. I didn’t get the part because I don’t look good in fishnets )
Science Fiction Sunday - Feature 2
1950's "Destination Moon"
Truly an amazing film that was way ahead of its time. Serious science -- as accurate as then possible. Written by Robert Heinlein. And it got the Academy Award form best Special Effects.
A lot of the movies mentioned here are entertaining and some have a fairly high cheese factor but for sheer fromage I don't think that you can beat this one:
I've never seen the movie.
I loved that movie. I saw it a million times, I learned the “audience partici........pation” lines, I learned how to play the songs... I lived it every Saturday for years. A couple years ago, I played it for my wife (who’d never even heard of it) and it just seemed... silly and dumb. She made it about 1/4 through and bailed cause she just couldn’t take it and I was surprised (and a little sad) by my reaction... I guess we all grew up, nothing from the movie seemed “naughty” or suggestive like when I was a kid (people wearing women’s clothes? Partner swapping? Singing and dancing? Ho hum, you can see that on tv any night of the week now. But, flying saucer or atomic monster movies NEVER go out of style, I could watch those anytime and they’re still fun and entertaining.
Maybe those two facts are related?
Well, they are to me. I find 'hip depravity' so.... I dunno... boring?
Btw, I just watched "The 27th Day" based upon a recommendation. Very good movie and not at all like the other movies. No monsters. No grandiose special effects. No death-ray guns. Lots of people smoking cigarettes and men wearing hats, however.
I like hats. Not baseball caps, but hats.
Kind'a cool... I just found that the entire 1950s BBC multi-part film "Quatermass and the Pit" is available on YouTube. Likely a terrible print, but we're gonna give it a go this evening.
I did not know that the film "Five Million Years to Earth" is the movie revision of "Quatermass and The Pit." That movie came out in 1967, so too "new" for this circa of movies.
I have that Slim Whitman album on the wall of my music room to protect my Squiers from Martian attack.