Sf movies of the ’50s & ’60s

The 1950s are often regarded as the ”Golden Age of Science Fiction Film”.

Destination Moon (1950), co-scripted by Robert A. Heinlein and adapted from his own novel Rocketship Galileo (1947) and Rocketship X-M (1950) were the first attempts at portraying space travel in a serious way.

The decade also saw the release of many considered classics including The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) and The Thing from Another World (1951). George Pal produced When Worlds Collide (1951) and The War of the Worlds (1952).

Other sf movies included 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954), This Island Earth (1955), Forbidden Planet (1956), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) and On the Beach (1959).

Monster movies included Them! (1954), The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953), It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955), Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956), 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957) and The Blob (1958).

In the UK Hammer Film Productions entered the boom with Val Guest The Quatermass Xperiment (1955), Quatermass 2 (1957) and The Abominable Snowman (1957), adapted from the BBC TV serials by Nigel Kneale. Terence Fisher‘s The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) ushered in the first of Hammer’s Gothic horror films.


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