Skip to comments.Classic 1950's Science Fiction Film Themes
Posted on 06/22/2013 12:35:20 PM PDT by EveningStar
Published on Sep 28, 2012
A selection of some of the best science fiction film themes from the 50's, with audio enhanced using stereo reverb & imaging. Check with the IMDB (www.imdb.com) for composer info for the films
THE THING Dimitri Tiomkin
DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL Bernard herrmann
WAR OF THE WORLDS Leith Stevens
INVADERS FROM MARS Raoul Kraushaar/Mort Glickman
FLIGHT TO MARS Marlin Skiles
FORBIDDEN PLANET Louis and Bebe Barron
THIS ISLAND EARTH Herman Stein
INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS Carmen Dragon
THE BLACK SCORPION Paul Sawtell
KRONOS Paul Sawtell/Bert Shefter
IT THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE Paul Sawtell/Bert Shefter
INVISIBLE INVADERS Paul Dunlap
DAY THE WORLD ENDED Ronald Stein
WORLD WITHOUT END Leith Stevens
ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN Ronald Stein
QUEEN OF OUTER SPACE Marlin Skiles
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You forgot “THEM!” 1954 one of my favorites.
50s Reverb...A couple contact pickups and springs/steel plate. Cost? About 100 bucks.
2013 Reverb to emulate 50s reverb digitally...somewhat more expensive
The Fly (although it bordered on comedic)
The Mummy (1932) - Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky (opening credits)
Heh! Just reread the title. I was 20 years early!
And it wasn’t exactly sci-fi, either. I’m out of here!
It’s amazing how well the special effects in “Forbidden Planet” hold up for a movie more than a 1/2 century old!
Godzilla, King Of The Monsters, and themes. This list is worthless without it!
There was one other kind of a 50s sci-fy horror flick which Alien was supposed to be based on at least in part, which showed an alien creature getting onto a rocket which had landed on Mars. Any idea what that might be called?
Forbidden Planet is the best of them, in my view. Timeless story (Shakespeare's The Tempest), amazing special effects, wonderful imagination on the part of the director, writer, and technical crew.
Oh, and Anne Francis, wearing clothing that appears - in some scenes - to be just a few atoms thick.
Angry Red Planet? The Pit and the Quartermass?
“They Came From Outter Space”
I’ve been checking, it seems to have been “IT! The creature from beyond space”
If you are a fan of Forbidden Planet, another version of The Tempest, called Prospero’s Books (1991), is one of the finest examples of artistic film making I have ever seen.
A totally unique movie, more like a moving classical oil painting.
Starring Sir John Gielgud as Prospero, almost every scene is filled with half naked, but partially costumed and made up, unusual people who represent spirits invisible to all but Prospero. And all of them are engaged in their own odd, repetitive tasks that mean something to spirits just as important as what people do is to them.
In the midst of all these spirits are the people, whose conversations and actions are just a small part of the tableau. But it is dramatic when there is a scene with just one or a few actors in it.
It has the mood and appearance of a stage production, and is extremely hard to get on DVD. More expensive than most Criterion Collection movies.
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Whenever I visit my parents, my dad will invariably be in the living room with the remote for the DVR in hand. He will call me to see something he has all lined up... I then hear the theme music for The Thing playing... and I yell to him from the kitchen “CLOSE THE DOOR!”
“Ann Francis stars in Forbidden Planet”
I’m sorry, I just had to say that.
That is a great movie.
It was horror but I think it also qualifies as SF.
Which movie from the late 1940s to about 1961 had a scene in which the astronomical observatory had developed a major telescope that recorded images of the Earth when it was in the Dinosaur age? It didn’t make scientific sense, but it was an intriguing takeoff of the time dilation effect. I only saw a few minuted of this movie on a black & white television set in the very early 1960s. I’ve often wondered which movie it was and what they did with the rest of the show.
“Not Of This Earth”, 1957
Five (1951). Five people left alive on the Earth, one woman and four men.
Another Liberal fantasy film....