10 Best Traditional Sci-Fi Films of the ’50s

Are you a black and white B-movie buff like me? No? Perfectly, you oughta be! You might be missing some great flicks. Some are so terrible they are fantastic if only for their enjoyment benefit. And, some of the fantastic kinds are great! Possibly way they are all classics in my e-book. Several, many wonderful sci-fi classics came out of this ten years, far more than 10. But, I experienced to choose. So, here are some of my favorites.

10. Journey to the Middle of the Earth: 1959
This sci-fi adventure follows a staff of explorers, (3 guys and a lady) down an extinct Icelandic volcano that potential customers to the center of the earth. Alongside the way, they come across floods, dinosaurs, a large Gila monster and as always, the evil adversary who attempts to prevent and/or destroy them, so he can arrive at the centre initially.

At a time when women experienced tiny ability and independence, this was 1 of the to start with flicks to depict a girl as a sturdy and able member of the group, relatively than the helpless damsel in distress. It had terrific unique outcomes for the time. With key stars like James Mason, Pat Boone and Arlene Dahl, it was heads previously mentioned the standard sci-fi film of the ten years. I did not see the remake.

9. Invaders From Mars: 1953
Afraid the be-jesus out of me the to start with time I saw it! It starts out with young David star-gazing one night time from his bedroom window. He sees a traveling saucer land in the sand pit near his home. He operates to notify his dad and mom and insists that his father go look into. His father disappears into the sand pit, and isn’t going to return right until the future early morning…but he’s ‘changed’ somehow. He sees a scar on the back of his father’s neck and realizes anything has occurred to him.

The nightmare expands as a lot of of the local townspeople are also bit by bit ‘changing’. No 1 believes David at first, but he ultimately convinces a scientist and a woman health care provider that something’s extremely mistaken. Alongside one another they foil the invasion and conserve the earth. The mummy-like Martians and their disembodied, head-in-a-fishbowl, multi-appendaged chief are in particular ‘creepy’. The remakes okay, but I liked this 1 best.

8. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: 1954
A visually participating interpretation of the Jules Verne typical, this film has influenced various film remakes and a profitable Television set collection. It was the initially and only sci-fi movie developed by Walt Disney himself, and a single of the genre’s very best.

With a star-studded forged including Kirk Douglas, James Mason, and Peter Lorre, it really is the tale of a Naval Officer and his crew who are assigned the process of investigating the disappearances of ships on the significant seas by a ‘sea monster’. They soon find the ‘monster’ is truly a submarine-like ship operate by the sinister, enigmatic Captain Nemo, who’s a person aim in lifestyle is to provide peace to the globe by destroying all of the world’s war vessels. Good adventure and particular results.

7. The Point (From Outer Space): 1951
Any one remember the lawman from Gunsmoke, James Arness? Well, this was his initially film. He plays The Thing, a creature who crash landed in the frozen Arctic some time in the distant previous. His ship and frozen physique are identified by a team of research experts. They minimize him out in a block of ice and choose him back to the investigate station exactly where he’s accidentally thawed out.

They shortly find he’s a carnivorous predator when he commences killing scientists and feeding on their blood. ‘It’ is quite intelligent and begins sabotaging their investigate station. Then they learn he’s really a ‘plant’ that only appears humanoid. They have to get rid of it, but it’s 7 feet tall and seemingly impervious to all of their weapons. Fortunately for them, one of the scientists is a girl, who in her feminine wisdom claims, ‘So…how do you eliminate a turnip…you cook dinner it!’ Ah, adult males! What would they do devoid of us!

6. The Blob: 1958
If you like Steve McQueen videos, this has acquired to be a most loved. It was 1 of his very first motion pictures. He plays a teenager on a date with his girl, when they see a meteor crash in the woods just exterior of town. On the way to look into, they face a male in distress with a ‘gooey thing’ covering his hand and arm. They put him in the motor vehicle and consider him to the nearby health practitioner for aid.

Then, the health care provider, his nurse and the aged male vanish. In advance of extensive, other people start disappearing. The subsequent matter they know, this goo-ball has grown into a huge wad of rolling Jell-O, that is absorbing all people in sight. After observing this motion picture, I could not sit in a darkish theater with out continuously looking up at the film home. Yet again, superior than the remake!

5. The Fly: 1958
What can I say! It is a tale of the best an infection! The film tells the story of a scientist’s try to generate a make any difference transporter, and an experiment that goes horribly awry. He assessments the equipment on himself, unaware that he is not by yourself in the chamber…right until it can be far too late.

Following looking at the film, we ran all over our yards examining every spider web for flies with white heads. The film stars Vincent Selling price and David Hedison. It spawned numerous sequels and remakes, which have been shockingly superior.

4. Creature from the Black Lagoon: 1954
Way just before Jaws hit the major display, we have been all fearful out of the drinking water by the ‘Creature’, a reptilian-on the lookout, person-beast with the hots for a really girl (Julie Adams) he sees swimming in his area, the Amazon River. It was adore at very first sight. He turns into a person-beast on a mission as he tries to capture his girl-adore. There had been two sequels, Revenge of the Creature and the Creature Walks Among the Us…both equally creepy!

3. Godzilla: 1956
Nonetheless the most effective prehistoric, radiation-breathing, dinosaur monster film at any time built. Initial introduced as a 1954 Japanese movie called Gojira, it was increased for its American launch by introducing footage starring Raymond Burr and an English soundtrack.

The Us residents have been testing A-bombs in the South Pacific. Now there is certainly a large, radioactive dinosaur rising from the sea and attacking Tokyo. What to do, what to do? Immediately after various attacks on the town, a scientist with a very efficient ‘bomb’ of his have will save the working day. It inspired quite a few sequels, together with the updated 1998 remake. Loved it way too!!

2. Day the Earth Stood Still: 1951
Continue to exhibiting regularly on Tv, this was the to start with ‘believable’ alien from outer room motion picture. Contrary to its current remake that’s major on unique effects, the original’s a very well-published sci-fi drama and focuses much more on the storyline.

Klaatu, an alien ambassador on a goodwill mission of peace and his peacekeeper robotic Gort, arrive on Earth all through the early days of house exploration and atomic bomb screening. The extraterrestrial confederation he signifies has outlawed violence and aggression between its member planets and Earth falls within just their area of authority. He brings us an give, and a warning: Stop our warring, violent strategies, join the alliance and live, or deal with annihilation by their enforcer robotic power.

The 2008 remake is basically the sequel to this fantastic movie. Clearly, we didn’t heed the warning!

And now, the very best vintage sci-fi movie of the 50’s…(drum roll, remember to)

1. War of the Worlds: 1953
In my opinion, it can be the grand-daddy of all sci-fi alien invasion movies! The inspiration for quite a few, numerous motion pictures and Television set shows, it is really based mostly on the H.G. Wells sci-fi classic.

It covers 3 days in the course of which a globally Martian invasion almost destroys mankind. The invaders occur down in meteor-like ships and get started terra-forming Earth by ray-zapping humans, in get to take around the planet. We are helpless to stop them and all would seem lost until they all all of a sudden die from a mysterious infection induced by viruses we are immune to.

It had excellent exclusive outcomes for the technological innovation of the time. My favorite scene is when the invaders send out their roving-eye ‘camera’ into the basement of a home wherever two men and women a scientist and a charming woman (played by Gene Barry and Ann Robinson) have taken refuge. The scientist chops the head off of the digital camera, which prompts a single of the aliens to enter the household to look into. With their attention centered on what’s going on outdoors, they really don’t recognize him sneaking up at the rear of them. He reaches out and grabs the lady by the shoulder…YIKES!

I beloved the unique, but I ought to acknowledge, the 2005 remake is way scarier, and unquestionably retains its very own!