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Discussion in 'Classic' started by KillerCannabis, Feb 2, 2003.
That's a fascinating story. I read the book many years ago and remember it being very good.
I just bought "War of the Worlds." Bare-bones dvd (and not that cheap either), but the visuals are quite good. I really liked it; I hadn't seen it in years. The farmhouse scene is as chilling as ever. The 50s were auspicious times for Sci/fi-creature films.
Much of the classic sci-fi films of the 50's that's usually thought of as being allegories for the capitalist "fear of the red menace" is in many cases written or directed by people under pseudonymes that were prosecuted or persued by the McCarthy-administration.
I read that in an article in a Scandinavian film magazine called Film International and the authors was by that led to believe that in many instances the films symbolizes not so much a threat of communism, as it does a fear for the right-wing reactionary version of capitalism led by McCarthy.
Two films that I absolutely love from that era and I whole-heartedly recommend you to check out is The Day the Earth Stood Still and Forbidden Planet. Classic sci-fi greatness.
I'm all over:
IT CONQUERED THE WORLD
INVASION OF THE SAUCERMEN
DAY THE WORLD ENDED (the ex-Showgirl is my favorite character)
BLOOD OF DRACULA
EARTH VS. THE SPIDER... I could keep going on and on!
This thread is back!
I just bought Them! and enjoyed it very much indeed.
I really want the original Blob movie too - out on Criterion, I believe.
But my addition to the thread is "Day of the Triffids". I recently bought the UK disc of this one. I'm glad I got it - nice to see this film out and about. Sadly, the transfer leaves a LOT to be desired. It kinda looks like a messed up Diamond disc. Still - better than nothing while we wait for a good copy to come along.
Triffids - man eating plants from space.... cool!
I love Day of the Triffids! I would buy that on dvd in a minute!
Don't forget Brain From lanet Arous!!!!!! and yes, Mystery Science Theatre 3000 is a GREAT source for these 50's monster movies!
MGM MIdnite Movies is putting alot of these great ones out there-
Planet Of The Vampires
It! The Terror From Outer Space
Angry Red Planet
Incredible Shrinking Man is a classic
Hope it get's onto DVD soon
Buy "The Crawling Eye" - classic.
It - the terror from outerspace is great if you overlook the obvious mistake they made by having gravity in the spaceship (it was 1957 so they were too stupid to know better)
War of the Worlds, I consider to be the best of the 50's. I always found the film interesting ever since I saw as a little child. However, since I love movies that feature big monsters too, Tarantula comes close.
I have been on a classic Sci-Fi Horror kick as of late and was going to start a new thread, but I might as well just use this one. I found this very funny site from these films, all the review are must reads:
Two obscure gems............ The Giant Claw and Reptilicus......
Plan 9 From Outer Space
I wish the Gaint Claw was on DVD. That's the biggest and most powerful gaint monster ever. Reptilicus I remember has a bad spitting habit, he thinks he's a baseball player or something yet he's British, it's crazy.
Here is my list:
Fiend without a Face
Killer brains attack and go splat! It actually got a freaking Criterion release! Everything about this movie is way better than it has any right to be, a must see. The special effects are actually really good as is everything else.
The Crawling Eye
Big ass eyes with legs like spiders attack! The monsters here are both so silly yet so cool looking, teh acting and special effects are so bad that you can't help but love this film!
It! The Terror from Beyond Space
The movie Alien was based on this film, so much so that it's damn near a remake! An alien vampire goes on a rampage on a space ship, thankfully these guys thought ahead and made sure they brought a rocket launcher!
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Pod people, you know the rest. Better than all the remakes.
The War of the Worlds
A new SE DVD of this classic will be released soon!
This Island Earth
This needs to be on a better non oop DVD.
One of the coolest monster designs, this needs to be on DVD.
The Hideous Sun Demon
If the Creature from the Black Lagoon and the Wolfman got it on, they would look like this thingy.
I was a Teenage Frankenstein
Amazing he looks more like the book version is suppose to look like than any other film version. This needs to be on DVD!
It's a blob and it's better than that remake.
Shakespeare's The Tempest... in Space!
Remember when Amercians ruled the market on Gaint Monster movies? Those were the days, and this is one of the very best.
Invaders from Mars
No one belived him...
The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms
What that 1st Godzilla was based on. It was remade as that amercian godzilla movie in some cases scene by scene. Anyway, this one is way better. Effects are by Ray Harryhausen!
20 Million Miles to Earth
Another Ray Harryhausen classic. Ymir rules!
Curse of the Demon
More of a Horror film, and not cheesy at all. The demon here is one of the best designs ever, but maybe inappropriate for this move.
The Brain From Planet Arous
Flying brains with glowing eyes with mental control powers. Terrible effects and an axe attack.
There's more but that's enough for now.
the thing is my favorite
Tisk Tisk. Surely you know that Reptilicus was Danish, and it's Gorgo that is British
Oh yes that's right. They also made Journey to the Seventh Planet. I got my monsters confused there.
Love it when other's talk good aboot Prof. Quatermass!
It's hot as hell in central Europe right now, so I've been treating myself to some films with artic themes. Tonight it was "The Thing from Another World".
Oh, I've watched the DVD many times, but a rerun was definately due. Strange how you see new things each time though, isn't it? The lead female in this one - is she a bit of a stiff or what? Probably the weakest performance.
As a film though, it's terrific. I love every minute of this one, and look forward to another viewing!
Next up on my artic wish list is "Beast from 20,000 Fathoms", which is pretty darn good.