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This Island Earth (1955)
A Never forgotten film
In 1955 I was a 13 year old, eager to go to the movies on a Saturday afternoon, blowing his 50 cent weekly allowance.
During this era sci-fi movies abounded. Most were low budget grade C & D movies and were really awful. But in all this trash there gleamed one of the true gems of the decade, "This Island Earth". To a 13 year old this film was great entertainment. I never forgot it and in later years I realized there was more to this film than my perceptions as a child.
This Island Earth has a meaning for us then and now. It shows what our earth could be like should we not heed our senses and head ourselves on a road to oblivion. In this film the Metalunans had enemies who would obliterate their planet but the key here is to show us that we are our own worst enemies. The film also shows the benefits of cooperation and having an open mind.
The film has believability, especially the alien planetary scenes and the "monster" who roamed my dreams for years. Jeff Morrow as Exeter is a memorable performance. Actally I never knew who played the part for decades.
All in all this film is a classic. There were other film of this same decade which instantly became cult classics but This Island Earth took longer to see its reward and become a basis for what other sci-fi films would be in later years.
Village of the Damned (1960)
A 60's Scifi Classic
This 1960 vintage film set in an small English village is IMHO very well thought out and produced.
This film has an eeriness about it not usually seen in films of later years. The acting, especially the children, is well done and is highly believable. The costumes, especially the uniforms of the children, lends itself highly to the films believability. I saw this film when it was originally in theaters in the 60s and later several times on television. It is always a pleasure to see this classic. The passage of 40+ years has not diminished this films enjoyability.
I firmly believe that had this film been shot in color instead of black & white much of the films effectiveness would be lost. It is therefore my opinion this film is a must see and a keeper.