Friday, August 11, 2006

Five Favorite ‘50s Science Fiction Flicks

It’s even deeper into Friday, so it’s time to get a bit more esoteric with the Five Faves concept. Now's when to present SLANTblog’s utmost five 1950s science fiction films. Obviously, with this category the aesthetics shift into another realm, altogether. Low-rent aspects of Hollywood were reacting to television by cutting costs. But cheap isn’t always bad. And, sometimes bad can be creatively interesting/funny.

Yes, it was the heyday of exploitative product, much of it made for outdoor exhibition in first release, "drive-ins" as opposed to what were called "hardtops." Here they are:

The Day the Earth Stood Still” (1951): Directed by Robert Wise; Cast: Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal, Sam Jaffe
The Incredible Shrinking Man” (1957): Directed by Jack Arnold; Cast: Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, April Kent
Invasion of the Body Snatchers” (1956): Directed by Don Siegel; Cast: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Carolyn Jones
The Thing” (1951): Directed by Howard Hawks; Cast: Margaret Sheridan, Kenneth Tobey, James Arness
This Island Earth” (1956): Directed by Joseph M. Newman; Cast: Jeff Morrow, Faith Domergue, Rex Reason

1 comment:

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