The Flying Saucer (1950)
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This look-back contains spoilers.
1.2 Deep Throat
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Off screen and on, the 1950s was a spectacular era for science fiction. In literature, Ray Bradbury kicked off the decade with his masterpiece, The Martian Chronicles, while digest magazines like Galaxy were publishing the works of such sci-fi luminaries as Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein.
In the cinema, every year brought forth a fresh wave of genre pictures, some brilliant in their awfulness (Plan 9 From Outer Space, Robot Monster), others simply brilliant. This article is devoted to the movies in the latter category.
Here, then, is my rundown of my ten favourite science fiction movies of the 50s:
Destination Moon (1950)
The 50s era equivalent of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Destination Moon was the brave attempt of producer George Pal to bring a
Hit the jump to check it out along with a list of all the films he used to put it together.
Here’s Guerrero’s list of films he took footage from (and obviously he did some text and small special effects). Also, if you’d like to see more of his Premakes, click here [via The Awesomer]:
Flash Gordon (“Deadline at Noon”, “Conquers the Universe”), The Phantom Planet, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century,
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