Thread Number: 74705  /  Tag: Other Home Products or Autos
Favorite 1950's sci fi movies
[Down to Last]'s exclusive eBay Watch:
scroll >>> for more items
Post# 985154   3/3/2018 at 20:18 (202 days old) by washman (Butler, PA)        

washman's profile picture

In no particular order...........


The Thing From Another World

When Worlds Collide

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Invaders from Mars

Forbidden Planet

War of the Worlds

This Island Earth

Creature from the Black Lagoon

The Incredible Shrinking Man



These are my favs for a number of reasons. Production quality, storyline, character development, plot, climax, and special effects are all factors that I use to make up this list.  Naturally it is not all inclusive. I'm sure others will have their favorites as well.


I think all of them still hold up, especially in light of over reliance on CGI to drive the storyline in today's flicks.  And I don't understand "reboot" terminology today. You reboot a computer, you remake a movie. No more no less.


One of the worst so called "reboots" was The Thing.  While John Carpenter's version is more to the tune of the JW Campbell novella and a masterpiece of special effects, the 2011 version was an orgy of CGI run amok.  And it only really shows a bit of shine at the very end where it "morphs" into the beginning of the Carpenter film.  I truly believe Carpenter's version will be recognized as one of the all time greats, if not in my generation then perhaps in the future.


The 1978 version of IOTBS was ok.........but only Kevin McCarthy can really bring a genuine sense of panic and paranoia that was so commonly found in 1950's movies.


And how many more times are they going to redo King Kong?  The 1933 version remains the best by far;  the 1976 DDL version with Jeff Bridges is ok as far as remakes go, but gets a little too bogged down in the romance with Jessica Lange.  And if you're going to have a big ape go postal, have him do it in NYC.


I know CGI is better, faster, cheaper...........blah blah, but it has virtually no scare factor for me. I mean, can you sit through the Eddie Quist transition in the Howling and not get creeped out?  It sure looks like Dee Wallace was!

Post# 985156 , Reply# 1   3/3/2018 at 20:53 (202 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
all classics

and a new one I think will be as well is "The shape of water". I really liked it.
My hubby asked me if those were new 50's Cadillac's in it. They were 1962 models.
The 80's version of body snatchers is good to me, as is the War of the worlds remake.
Is "Them" the one where aliens take over humans but you can't tell them apart?
Same concept as body snatchers without the pods.

Post# 985171 , Reply# 2   3/3/2018 at 22:42 (202 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

twintubdexter's profile picture

1958's "Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman" the end, "she finally got Harry all to herself".


That high-voltage brassiere really put the film over the top...but maybe she was just power hungry...

  View Full Size
Post# 985182 , Reply# 3   3/3/2018 at 23:51 (202 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

The 50's Sci-fi horror shows were based on "mutations" from the Atomic Age-now its "Mutations" from pollution.Loved the 50's movies-the old "rubber Suit" days rather than CGI-some of which is rather corny.

Post# 985195 , Reply# 4   3/4/2018 at 04:39 (202 days old) by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        
Does Anyone Remember...

beekeyknee's profile picture
“The Day of the Triffids”? It may have very well been one of those Saturday Afternoon made for Television “Creature Features”. I’ll always remember the ice cream truck with the loudspeaker on top to draw the Triffids closer to the ocean so they could be sprayed down with salt water.

I remembered the part about the loudspeaker on the truck before I posted the link. It’s odd the things we remember as children. I used to have a nightmare as a child about tall black objects growing from the ground, crashing over, and trapping me. It wasn’t until MeTv aired a movie called “The Monolith Monsters” several weeks ago that answered the question about where my nightmare came from. And it only took fifty years for me to find out. It’s funny how impressionable the young mind is. Has anything like this ever happened to you guys? I think this is one reason why repeating old movies is good.

Mike - No. Both bodysnacher movies had the same name just different people. “Them” was about giant ants.


This post was last edited 03/04/2018 at 05:36
Post# 985196 , Reply# 5   3/4/2018 at 05:21 (202 days old) by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        

rolls_rapide's profile picture
'Devil Girl from Mars' (1954). I remember seeing it one Saturday afternoon on BBC2, during the early 1980s. I hadn't seen it since (I didn't even know its name!), until I came across it on the internet about six months ago.

'X, the Unknown' (1956) ... has a very young Frazer Hines, ten years before he starred as a regular companion in Dr Who.

'Earth v the Flying Saucers'

'Fire Maidens from Outer Space' (1956)... purely for the theme tune!

Thank heavens for the search-ability of the internet. Lol

Post# 985200 , Reply# 6   3/4/2018 at 06:24 (202 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Have many of these movies on DVD.Somewhere I have Day of the Triffids on VHS.Would like to replace the crappy VHS tape with a DVD copy of this movie-and I too liked the ice cream truck used to attract the Triffids-and the simple cure of salt water to fight them!And liked how people got blined by the meteors that brought the Triffids to Earth-that made the people easy prey for them!My brother and I watched that movie at the Holloman AFB theater-anytime we walked by a large plant and this was at night imagined it would reach out and grab us.

Post# 985201 , Reply# 7   3/4/2018 at 06:35 (202 days old) by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        

rolls_rapide's profile picture
I was going to say 'Day of the Triffids' - but it was a 1962/63 film, with Howard Keel. Carole Ann Ford appears in it, before she starred in Doctor Who.

Post# 985227 , Reply# 8   3/4/2018 at 09:13 (201 days old) by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        
"CGI-some of which is rather corny"

rolls_rapide's profile picture
I agree.

Computer rendering is still not good. I was unimpressed by the CGI in the Alien Prometheus film.

I am unimpressed by the CGI monster realisation in modern Dr Who. To my eyes, it looks completely fake.

You can't beat proper 'hands on' rubber monsters, animatronics and all.

Post# 985272 , Reply# 9   3/4/2018 at 17:04 (201 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        

ken's profile picture
The Day the Earth Stood Still. In the last clip below there's a shot of a housewife taking her wet laundry out of a Westinghouse front loader when the electric on Earth is "neutralized" as a demonstration that Klaatu means business.

Post# 985280 , Reply# 10   3/4/2018 at 18:02 (201 days old) by Kenmore58 (Rhode Island)        

kenmore58's profile picture
Definitely “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” I even have the collectible Gort!

  Photos...       <              >      Photo 1 of 2         View Full Size
Post# 985283 , Reply# 11   3/4/2018 at 18:21 (201 days old) by ken (Ulster Hgts, NY)        
That's Neat

ken's profile picture
When was that available?

Post# 985444 , Reply# 12   3/5/2018 at 19:35 (200 days old) by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

This one is a little later but one of my favorites.


Quatermass and the Pit (a.k.a. Five Million Years to Earth in the United States) is a 1967 British science fiction horror film from Hammer Film Productions, a sequel to the earlier Hammer films The Quatermass Xperiment and Quatermass 2. Like its predecessors, it is based on a BBC Television serial Quatermass and the Pit, written by Nigel Kneale.[2] It was directed by Roy Ward Baker and stars Andrew Keir[2] in the title role as Professor Bernard Quatermass, replacing Brian Donlevy who played the role in the two earlier films. James Donald, Barbara Shelley and Julian Glover appear in co-starring roles.

The storyline, which is largely faithful to the original television production, centres on the discovery of a mysterious object buried at the site of an extension to the London Underground. Also uncovered nearby are the remains of early human ancestors more than five million years old. Realising that the object is in fact an ancient Martian spacecraft, Quatermass deduces that the aliens have influenced human evolution and the development of human intelligence. The spacecraft has an intelligence of its own, and once uncovered begins to exert a malign influence, resurrecting Martian memories and instincts buried deep within the human psyche.

Nigel Kneale wrote the first draft of the screenplay in 1961, but difficulties in attracting interest from American co-financiers meant the film did not go into production until 1967. The director, Roy Ward Baker, was chosen because of his experience with technically demanding productions such as A Night to Remember; this was the first of six films that he directed for Hammer. Andrew Keir, playing Quatermass, found making the film an unhappy experience, believing Baker had wanted Kenneth More to play the role. Owing to a lack of space, the film was shot at the MGM studios in Elstree, Borehamwood rather than Hammer's usual home at the time, which was the Associated British Studios, also in Elstree.

The film opened in November 1967 to favourable reviews and remains generally well regarded.

Post# 985458 , Reply# 13   3/5/2018 at 22:03 (200 days old) by Michaelman2 (Atlanta, GA)        
For the comedic value I like The Brain That Would Not Die:

And the Mystery Science 3000 over dubs are hallarious in this movie.


Post# 985476 , Reply# 14   3/6/2018 at 00:10 (200 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

I have the MSTK3000 shows on the various Sci-fi horror shows-GREAT-Its kinda fun watching those movies with them.Esp the "Deadly Mantis"!

Post# 985492 , Reply# 15   3/6/2018 at 05:37 (200 days old) by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        

rolls_rapide's profile picture
Ooooh - I've got 'Quatermass and the Pit', on a suitably ancient format... Laserdisc! Lol

It was a 1990's Encore/Lumiere release, along with 'The Devil Rides Out' and 'Dracula Prince of Darkness', as a 'Hammer Box Set'.

When BBC TV celebrated 50 Years of television in 1986, they repeated the BBC version of Quatermass and the Pit, first seen in December 1958 - January 1959.

Post# 985493 , Reply# 16   3/6/2018 at 05:54 (200 days old) by westingguelph ()        

I have to say my favorite is the 1958 version of The Blob with Steve McQueen.

Post# 985495 , Reply# 17   3/6/2018 at 06:25 (200 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

I have the original "thing" on laserdisc-haven't fired up my laserdisc machines in years.Have a Pioneer combi machine that can play CDs,Laserdisc,and first generation DVD.The machine is largely not useable on newer DVDs.the Japanese still use Laserdisc.

Post# 985501 , Reply# 18   3/6/2018 at 07:16 (199 days old) by Rolls_rapide (Scotland, UK)        

rolls_rapide's profile picture
Mine is a Pioneer CLD-1450, unmodified, but this model was popular because it could play US NTSC discs by transcoding to PAL 60Hz, provided the tv/monitor had a suitable 'modern' chipset.

ThamesValleyLaser of Oxfordshire, offered a service to modify the machine, to allow true NTSC 60 Hz output. I think another possible modification was fitting of a S-Video socket.

The remote control handset could also be modified to provide a button to allow switching between analogue audio and digital audio. NTSC discs had the capacity to allow commentary tracks on analogue, and standard audio via digital. PAL discs only offered a programme's audio.

Post# 985540 , Reply# 19   3/6/2018 at 12:24 (199 days old) by rinso (Meridian Idaho)        

rinso's profile picture
I loved "Earth vs The Flying Saucers." I always wondered why the technologically superior beings, couldn't manage to get the gurgle sound out of their translating device or PA system. "People of Earth, attention; people of Earth, attention."

Post# 985686 , Reply# 20   3/7/2018 at 11:44 (198 days old) by golittlesport (California)        

How about Target Earth, Not of This Earth and The Crawling Eye?

Target Earth gave me nightmares after watching it on Saturday night's Chiller Theatre when I was a kid. Scary robots from outer space!!! A woman wakes up after taking sleeping pills and the city is deserted. I found it on DVD recently and it is still scary.

  Photos...       <              >      Photo 1 of 3         View Full Size
Post# 985708 , Reply# 21   3/7/2018 at 17:16 (198 days old) by CircleW (NE Cincinnati OH area)        
Destination Moon

is one I've always liked; first saw it when I was about 6 or 7. It's kind of hokey, but fun to watch.

Link is to the trailer.


Post# 985711 , Reply# 22   3/7/2018 at 18:01 (198 days old) by verizonbear (Glen Burnie )        
Wasp Woman

verizonbear's profile picture
I always liked this movie, my mother went into labor while watching it in June of 1959 and my dad drove her to the hospital and out popped me !

CLICK HERE TO GO TO verizonbear's LINK

Post# 985730 , Reply# 23   3/7/2018 at 19:51 (198 days old) by cuffs054 (MONTICELLO, GA)        

Golittlesport, you reminded me of the Sat night horror flicks. We had the Philco portable TV out on the back porch and me and some friends would do a sleep over and watch the flicks. Great fun.

Post# 985755 , Reply# 24   3/7/2018 at 22:04 (198 days old) by dartman (Portland Oregon)        

We had Sinister Cinema on Saturday nights. We all used to watch it on my 1953 Zenith tv/phonograph combo set that was ancient even then and barely showed a picture. We watched the original Godzilla movie on it in my tiny room. Later I saved my berry picking money all summer and bought a used 69 Zenith 23" color set, the first one our family had. Sinister Cinema was still on and they were all excited to be playing much newer Japanese Godzilla, and all their other monsters so we watched those in color. They of course started out playing all the ancient classic horror flicks from the 30s, 40s, and 50s and they actually on a very long time maybe longer than 10 years and I think we watched all of them, it was great fun.

Post# 985775 , Reply# 25   3/8/2018 at 03:17 (198 days old) by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        

beekeyknee's profile picture
Does anyone remember a disembodied hand with needles at the end of the fingers? It crawled up the back of a car seat and stung the driver in the back of the neck/shoulder and caused him to crash. Was it called The Hand?

Post# 985781 , Reply# 26   3/8/2018 at 04:14 (198 days old) by DADoES (TX, U.S. of A.)        

dadoes's profile picture
Possibly "Invasion of the Saucer Men"

Post# 986016 , Reply# 27   3/10/2018 at 02:03 (196 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

Have the Crawling Eye on MSTK-Its a hoot!!I have a DVD boxed set of various old Sci-fi horror shows.Some of the ones mentioned here are in the set.

Post# 986025 , Reply# 28   3/10/2018 at 05:58 (196 days old) by beekeyknee (Columbia, MO)        

beekeyknee's profile picture
“Invasion of the Saucer Men”. That’s it. Thanks Glenn.

Post# 986072 , Reply# 29   3/10/2018 at 13:59 (195 days old) by PassatDoc (Orange County, California)        


  View Full Size
Post# 986259 , Reply# 30   3/12/2018 at 10:18 (193 days old) by glomain (tuscarawas cnty. (eastern ohio))        

glomain's profile picture
was the best to watch old horror movies,Joel was the best host,even thou the creators were always fighting behind the scenes they made 1 funny show.To bad they couldnt work out their differences,which lead to MST3Ks end.

Post# 988119 , Reply# 31   3/25/2018 at 18:10 (180 days old) by SudsMaster (East of SF, West of Eden, California)        

sudsmaster's profile picture

I was about four years old when I saw When Worlds Collide at a small town theater. It must have been a double feature with Fire Maidens From Outer Space, because that's the first time I ever heard the Borodin melody that was also the tune borrowed for  "Stranger In Paradise". I was enchanted by the melody, and for some reason I associate it with the final scene in When Worlds Collide, and that beautiful pink landscape. Maybe I fell asleep during Fire Maidens and then woke up just in time to see the end of When Worlds Collide...


It wasn't until many years later when I got interested in Russian orchestral music that I realized it was a Borodin composition.


Fire Maidens from Outer Space  has been widely panned as perhaps the most boring sci-fi flick ever made... smile


Post# 988163 , Reply# 32   3/25/2018 at 21:29 (180 days old) by philcobendixduo (San Jose)        
2 of My Favorites Are....

philcobendixduo's profile picture
....."The Blob" (theme song by Burt Bacharach!) and "Island of Terror" (1966 - I know - NOT 1950's but a GREAT sci-fi horror movie none-the-less!).

Post# 988640 , Reply# 33   3/28/2018 at 21:13 by SudsMaster (East of SF, West of Eden, California)        
The Blob

sudsmaster's profile picture

When I was a kid, our next door neighbor's kid had seen "The Blob" and couldn't stop talking about it. I was a bit mystified since I hadn't seen it. I think I finally saw it on TV about 10 years later, and wondered what the fuss was all about. The special effects were atrocious even for the 50's, but I guess the whole idea of a shapeless murderous mass taking over the world was fresh and new for people who hadn't yet become acquainted with Richard Nixon.


Forum Index:       Other Forums:                      

Comes to the Rescue!

The Discuss-o-Mat has stopped, buzzer is sounding!!!
If you would like to reply to this thread please log-in...

Discuss-O-MAT Log-In

New Members
Click Here To Sign Up.

Discuss-o-Mat Forums
Vintage Brochures, Service and Owners Manuals
Fun Vintage Washer Ephemera
See It Wash!
Video Downloads
Audio Downloads
Picture of the Day
Patent of the Day
Photos of our Collections
The Old Aberdeen Farm
Vintage Service Manuals
Vintage washer/dryer/dishwasher to sell?
Technical/service questions?
Looking for Parts?
Website related questions?
Digital Millennium Copyright Act Policy
Our Privacy Policy