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Subject: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Once Famous
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 05:44 PM

I find the Sci-Fi cable channel very boring except when they do something like a Twilight Zone marathon. These guys are missing the boat. Anytime I channel surf past the Sci-Fi channel, it seems that I never ever see any aliens, monsters, rocket ships, etc. Worst of all, they never seem to show any of those great old classics many of us grew up with.

One of my favorites was the 1957 release of The Beginning of The End which had giant grasshoppers invading Chicago, which is my lifelong home town. It was fascinating to see these giant bugs crawling up the skyscrapers and looking into the windows of women in their bedrooms.

What are some other favorites out there?


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Little Hawk
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 06:37 PM

"Day of the Triffids" had its moments, and so did "War of the Worlds". The original "Invasion of the Bodysnatchers" was pretty neat too.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: SINSULL
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 06:42 PM

"The Day The Earth Caught Fire" - amazing special effects for its time and I think Steve McQueen's film debut (the bath scene).


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Little Hawk
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 06:44 PM

I thought Steve McQueen's debut was in "The Blob", a classic 50's horror show. I've never seen "The Day The Earth Caught Fire".


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: GUEST,MAG
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 07:27 PM

Day the earth Stood Still

..."or we will reduce the earth to a Burned Out Cinder ..."


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 07:52 PM

They've never topped George Melies' A Trip to the Moon


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Peace
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 08:01 PM

The original Invasion of the Body Snatchers, assuming that was the one with Sutherland.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Amergin
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 08:08 PM

Uh no...the original body snatchers was from the 50's....which is a very good movie.

plan 9 from outer space


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Donuel
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 08:15 PM

There are too many good ones but the first one that gave me a nightmare was Triffids.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Once Famous
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 08:23 PM

I do believe that Plan Nine From Outer Space has made some lists as the worst movie of all time.

Another favorite of mine was the original version of Invaders From Mars where martians landed a ship and it was below the surface and you had to cross this bridge to get to it. The martians controlled earthlings by putting an implant in the back of their neck. Not the greatest special effects, but a story that was well conveyed.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 09:06 PM

I liked The Man From Planet X, which takes place on the Moors. It's out on DVD now, cheap.

Jerry


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Amergin
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 09:07 PM

True, Martin...but that is part of it's charm...


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: freightdawg
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 10:21 PM

It depends on what you call old, but two of my favorites are "The Thing" (the original, not the recent remake) and "Marooned" starring Gregory Peck. I am not sure of the dates of either of them, "The Thing" is definitely older than "Marooned" though. I was thinking that "Marooned" pre-dated the Apollo 13 moon shot, which gave it a certain prophetic spookiness. However, I could be wrong on that one.

Another wonderful sci-fi pic that gives me the creepy-crawlies is "The Andromeda Factor" because it opens up the concept of ourselves being our own undoing.

And you cannot discount any old Vincent Price movie - his best were the old Edgar Allen Poe stories, although they may not fit the sci-fi category exactly.

Freightdawg


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: DonMeixner
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 10:47 PM

The Original Body Snatchers was Dennis McCarthy and Dana Winter.
The Day The Earth Caught Fire was Edward Judd and Rumpole of the Bailey, I don't recall Steve McQueen in it.

"It, The Terror from Beyond Space" was a fave of mine. I really liked "Them" and "Forbiden Planet".

Don


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Bobert
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 11:03 PM

Well, the fisr scarey movie I remember seein' was "Teranchila" which was purdy cool amd then it was on to Dragula and Franhinstien which were purdy scarey, too...

... but then along came the "Twilight Zone" on TV and every week it was not being able to get to sleep...

Bobert


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Once Famous
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 11:10 PM

Them (the movie not Van Morrison's group) was also a fave of min. Something about giant bugs I guess.

That old cold war radioactivity thing was a popular theme.

I am suprised that no one has mentioned the whole area of Japanese monster movies, featuring of course:

Godzilla
Rodan
Mothra
Ghidra the Three Headed Monster
That flying spinning giant turtle, what was it's name?


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: freightdawg
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 11:17 PM

Um, that was "The Andromeda Strain"

Another senior moment, I guess.

Freightdawg


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Rapparee
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 11:27 PM

Destination Moon. I saw it in grade school and thought it was terrific. It's still pretty good.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Chief Chaos
Date: 30 Apr 04 - 11:36 PM

The funny flying turtle is Gamera. He had his own series of movies which were far worse than the Godzilla films (Love 'em all anyway).
I'm afraid good old Godzilla is neither the misunderstood animal making it's way through the city or hero any more. For some reason they remade him and he's an evil lookin critter now. The series all continue over seas. We just don't get them here. Mothra has gone through a few new movies (and new abilities - fish form and space/time travel form as well as some electric beam type weaponry). The Mothra series seems to be aimed more at the Japanese children.
I've got alot of the old films on CD.

I still love War of the Worlds (both versions)- watch it every time it comes on.

The first Godzilla (Duh!)

When Worlds Collide

Oh so many to choose from!


I really miss the Saturday Creature Feature or Sci Fi Matinee on the old UHF channels. It was great getting a scare in the afternoons and play at space rangers, vampire hunters, or whatever after the movie.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Amergin
Date: 01 May 04 - 12:37 AM

Last man on earth

the forbin project.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: LadyJean
Date: 01 May 04 - 01:22 AM

"Forbidden Planet" a space opera based on Shakespeare's "Tempest" is my favorite, Robbie the Robot and all.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Cluin
Date: 01 May 04 - 03:45 AM

"Quartermass and the Pit" (1968), a British sci-fi flick in which an eons-old spacecraft is unearthed beneath London while working on the undergound, revealing the Martian breeding program origins of human life on Earth. Wonderfully cheesily done (yet far superior to American Sci-fi films of the same time period).


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: HuwG
Date: 01 May 04 - 04:49 AM

Some of the early episodes of "Doctor Who" i.e. those with William Hartnell or Patrick Troughton as the Doctor.

There was a film made of Doctor Who, which starred Peter Cushing as the Doctor. It wasn't up to the standard of some of the TV episodes, I'm afraid.

Jon Pertwee wasn't a bad Doctor, but I think Roger Delgado as his foe, the Master, rather stole the show whenever he appeared. And Tom Baker appears to be saddled forever with his portrayal of the Doctor, which is still parodied on Radio 4 (in the UK).


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Fiolar
Date: 01 May 04 - 08:07 AM

Science Fiction film fans should get hold of Bill Warren's two volume work "Keep Watching the Skies!" It is the ultimate in books dealing with films from 1950 to 1962. Not only does it give the cast for each film but also gives a detailed description. The Best.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Little Hawk
Date: 01 May 04 - 08:26 AM

Was "Last Man on Earth" the Vincent Price one where everyone had been turned into vampires except for Vincent, and all the vampires were slowly starving to death while Vincent went methodically around the city killing them day after day and holing in in a garlic-strewn, mirror-laden house at night? That was one spooky film.

"Quatermas and the Pit" was pretty cool, demonstrating the British penchant for taking their Sci-Fi films a bit more seriously than Hollywood usually bothered to.

The first Godzilla film was great. I recall another rarer one in the "Big Lizard attacks Japan" genre, called "Varan the Unbelievable". It had some wonderful action scenes in it. Varan was a huge lizard who walked on all fours and trashed cities and used the very nasty technique of freezing opponents solid with his icy breath, delivered via a long, stiff tongue. Quite bizarre! He had a big fight with Gamera (I think it was Gamera...) in the middle of Tokyo, and finally froze the poor turtle in his footsteps, but got badly bitten in the process. Gamera later got thawed out and returned to even the score.

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: GUEST,Crystal
Date: 01 May 04 - 08:29 AM

Thunderbirds are Go!
And Thunderbird 6
Classics!


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: mack/misophist
Date: 01 May 04 - 08:34 AM

Forbidden Planet had the best graphic design of that era. True, the story sucked, but it's a very old movie.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: DonMeixner
Date: 01 May 04 - 09:23 AM

Little Hawk,

The last man on Earth was based on Richard Mathieson's novel, I Am Legend and it was remade as The Omega Man by Charlton Heston. Richard Mathieson also gave us many Twilight Zone episodes and one of the great Sci Fi stories "The Incredible Shrinking Man" , One of my top ten favorites.

Beside The Day of the Triffids ( not a great film in my opinion) and The Children of the Damned (The Midwich Cuckoos) are there any other films of Phillip Wyndham's work?

Don


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: annamill
Date: 01 May 04 - 10:34 AM

Thank you for reminding me of "Quatermass and the Pit (1968)". I saw this great movie long ago, on late night TV, and I never saw it again. Of course, I forgot the name of the movie. Well, I belong to Netflix, the internet video store, and i just ordered it and it should be coming very soon. I just can't wait to see it again.

They didn't have Day of the Triffids. Drat!

The very first Sci-Fi movie I ever saw in the theatre was "original version of Invaders From Mars". Scared the hell out of me. I was a youngen then.

Love, Annamill


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: The Walrus
Date: 01 May 04 - 10:52 AM

Hey! How come nobody had mentioned 'Night of the Lepus' ?
How can you beat the concept of an attack by giant carnivorous rabbits.

Walrus


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Little Hawk
Date: 01 May 04 - 11:11 AM

Lepus Rex lives again! Scary, scary...


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Once Famous
Date: 01 May 04 - 11:52 AM

I also remember Quartemass and the Pit. This was a fine movie that stayed with you. It did not need a lot of special effects to be a great story. Thanks for bringing it up.

Also thanks for the remembering the Gamera name.

Does anyone remember the movie "Gog" ?


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Cluin
Date: 01 May 04 - 12:05 PM

Professor Quatermass had made an appearance in at least 2 pevious Brit scifi films: The Quatermass Experiment (1955) and "Quatermass 2" (1957). I haven't seen either of these films but I would love to.

One question: Is it Quatermass or Quartermass? I don't remember.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Cluin
Date: 01 May 04 - 12:11 PM

And wasn't it Shatner who was in the original Twilight Zone episode (later redone in the movie with John Lithgow) where he was the airplane passenger freaking out when he saw a gremlin out on the wing? That was a pretty good episode.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: annamill
Date: 01 May 04 - 12:12 PM

The spelling on Netflix is Quatermass. I don't know if that is right or not, but thats how they spelled it.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Little Hawk
Date: 01 May 04 - 12:20 PM

That was Shatner! No one, but no one, freaks out quite as wildly as William Shatner. Check out the bulging eyeballs. Now that's emoting, baby!


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Cluin
Date: 01 May 04 - 12:20 PM

One more bit of trivia, re: Quatermass. When "Quatermass and the Pit" was released in the States, it was retitled "Five Million Years to Earth". That was the title I saw it under.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Once Famous
Date: 01 May 04 - 12:37 PM

You are right about that Cluin.

Actually William Shattner was famous for another Twilight Zone episode beside the airplane wing/gremlin one.

He played a man who along with his wife went for a meal in a small town diner that had a coin-operated fortune teller machine on each table with a devil's head. He kept feeding it coins, asking questions, reading the perfect answers to his questions that the machine spit out, and of course, completely freaked out.

Twilight Zone was so finely written and acted by so many. Most of the stories have held up so well 40-45 years later.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Cluin
Date: 01 May 04 - 12:41 PM

I remember that one too, Martin. Twilight Zone was the perfect vehicle for Shatner's original brand of emotive over-acting. Apart from Star Trek, of course. And that Billy Mumy episode where he is the "wishing kid" still freaks me out just remembering it.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Little Hawk
Date: 01 May 04 - 12:49 PM

Nothing is ever the same after Shatner. I used to want to have sex with Cher for the same reason...


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Once Famous
Date: 01 May 04 - 12:51 PM

"I am going to have to put you into the cornfield."


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From: Little Hawk
Date: 01 May 04 - 12:56 PM

Huh?

I suggested making love in a cornfield one time to my girlfriend. She didn't want to, because she was worried about "bugs". Too bad.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Cluin
Date: 01 May 04 - 01:17 PM

The confield line was from the Billy Mumy episode, LH.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Once Famous
Date: 01 May 04 - 01:17 PM

Cluin knows what I mean, Little Hawk.


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From: GUEST,robomatic
Date: 01 May 04 - 02:18 PM

Any of you remember the Goons? They did a wonderful radio show take-off of Quatermass, O.B.E.

Old Guard: The men from the press 're 'ere. I wouldn't let 'im in but 'e broke 'is way through by puttin' money in me 'and.


Bluebottle: I'm from the paper!
Seagoon:    Which paper do you represent?
Bluebottle: BROWN Paper!

Minnie:    Henry! This skull is ten million years old!
Henry & Min: Happy Birthday to you, happy birthday to you......


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: annamill
Date: 01 May 04 - 02:20 PM

lololololololol!!! That made me laugh!


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: GUEST,Allan S.
Date: 01 May 04 - 08:40 PM

Boy you youngsters are missing the best of them all Flash Gordon and buck Rogers in the saturday serials with Buster Crabbe
Rocketship, Space soldiers conquer the universe made in 1936
12 episodes 4 hours long. Also a take off called FLESH GORDON and Flesh Gordon 2 "Flesh Gordon meets the cosmic cheerleaders The last 2 a bit racy but clever


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Little Hawk
Date: 01 May 04 - 08:50 PM

They should've done one with Flesh Gordon and Buck Naked teaming up to subdue the Planet of the Cannibal Stewardesses...and opposed by the evil genius, Ching the Lascivious!


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: HuwG
Date: 01 May 04 - 10:38 PM

Cluin: It is Quatermass, with one 'R', to rhyme with "Crater". Here is the IMDb Page for the film.

What impresses me is that the producers and directors of so many early sci-fi films seem to have a far better grasp of physics than their later counterparts, who seem to rely on techno-babble, and the "bigger is better" philosophy e.g. Arnold Schwarzenegger firing a shotgun at an inert object such as a concrete bunker produces a bigger explosion than an ordinary mortal doing the same.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Art Thieme
Date: 01 May 04 - 11:34 PM

A question: Is 'Quatermass And The Pit' the same film with a different title as 'Five Million Years To Earth'? The plot sounds very much the same from what I read here.

Otherwise, some of my favorites are:

'Blade Runner' (director's cut)

'Dark City'

'Galaxy Quest'

'Contact'

'Minority Report'

'The Relic'
(M.G.--You've GOT to see this. A creature is killing and running rampant in Chicago's FIELD MUSEUM. Great shots of the museum and the city and LSD before the S curve got straightened. Loosely based on some of Wade Davis's doings with S. American plants. ---Peter Hyams, the old Chicago TV news guy--directed.)


'The Arrival'
(I enjoyed this one much more than the critics did. Lousy ending, but you can't have everything.)

'Starman'

'THX-1138'

'The Final Countdown'
(made for TV--Big strange storm and time travel for U.S. aircraft carrier)

I would include A Mighty Wind ;-) but Martin G. might be upset.


Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: freightdawg
Date: 01 May 04 - 11:53 PM

Art,

Actually, "The Final Countdown" was a theatrical release - I saw it on the big screen years ago. Great fun, and I loved those F-14s coming up behind those piston planes.

And, who could overlook those original "Planet of the Apes" movies. They get better with age - time travel, environmentalism, animal cruelty - the list goes on.

And I agree with HuwG, the special effects often look campy, but the stories of some of these older films far outstrip any modern equivalent. Even the first "Star Wars" is light years (pardon the pun) ahead of those that followed. The last one was barely watchable due to the poor story telling.

I think Alfred Hitchcock had it right. Just give us enough to get the imagination going, and the audience will fill in all the gaps.

Bring on the popcorn!

Freightdawg


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Once Famous
Date: 02 May 04 - 12:12 AM

Art

I never did get to see The Relic except for previews. One day I do hope to get to check it out. You mention the Field Museum, going there as a boy and visiting the ancient Egypt exhibit in the basement with all the mummies (not Billy Mumy, mentioned earlier) used to give me nightmares as much as any old sci-Fi movie.

Whomever mentioned Flash Gordon, I have seen all three Buster Crabbe serials over and over again. They were broadcast for years on Sunday mornings. Charles Middleton as Ming the Merciless will always be one of the greatest villians in all film history. Years ago, and not too long before his death, I got to meet Buster Crabbe doing a personal appearance at a shopping mall.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: DonMeixner
Date: 02 May 04 - 01:06 AM

Martin,

Years ago on "Buck Rogers in The 25th Century", made watchable only by the woman who played Wilma Deering (Erin Grey) Buster Crabbe made a guest appearance as a retired Rocket Fighter Pilot. In a scene during the battle Buck Rogers asks Crabbes character if he is OK. Buster Crabbe says "Don't worry son I was doing this sort of thing before you were born.". The only part of that series I remember with the exception of Wilma Deering of course.

Don


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Strick
Date: 02 May 04 - 12:30 PM

Robinson Caruso on Mars was a favorite when I was young. The Thing From Outer Space to give "The Thing" it's full movie title was based on a short story written by John W. Campbell, the father of the Golden Age of Science Fiction. He was the editor who "discovered" Heinlein and Asimov and an incredible number of the great writters of the 50s and 60s. The short story, "Who Goes There" was written in the 30s but holds up beautifully even today.

Not quite science fiction, but have you seen the trailers for Disney's new version of Around the World in 80 Days? I have to repeat, what where they thinking? The Wild, Wild West meets Jules Verne and comes of all the worse for it.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: ranger1
Date: 02 May 04 - 01:11 PM

One of my personal favorites is The Valley of Gwangi. Nothing like cowboys and dinosaurs, I always say! Back before AMC went to being a commercial-filled station, they used to have really bad B movies on Friday nights. I would miss that, except that I don't have cable.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Little Hawk
Date: 02 May 04 - 01:17 PM

Another in the same genre was "The Beast From Hollow Mountain". Again cowboys meet a dinosaur (a T-Rex, from the look of it). There's a great scene where the dino has a guy trapped in a cleft of rocks and can't quite get at him. The guy stabs the dino in the nose with his bowie knife, and it gets really angry! This scene scared me most thoroughly when I was a kid. The dino also attacks some people in a house and slowly demolishes the roof bit by bit while the people take shelter behind the walls and try to fight it off with long planks from the destroyed roof. Eventually the posse rides up on their horses and takes on the dino with 6 guns. I forget how they finally killed the thing, but I think they may have lured it into quicksand.

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: DonMeixner
Date: 02 May 04 - 05:08 PM

No one has yet mentioned "The Giant Behemoth" in New York, New York it was called "The Big Really Big" or "Gorgo" or "The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms" or the Disney "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea" or
"Mighty Joe Young" ( either version is OK with me) or "King Kong" ( Just the 1933 version) or anything at all by Ray Harryhausen.

"Dark Star" was a classic. As I watch it now "2001" is a study in DULL! While Spencer Tracey as "Dr. Jeykle and Mister Hyde" is still great.

One film I can't miss is "The Shape of Things To Come".

Don


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Art Thieme
Date: 02 May 04 - 05:24 PM

M.G.---

I pretty much lived at the Field Museum when I was a kid. I fancied myself a photographer and used to go in there with a tripod and a Kodak Bellows camera and my pockets stuffed with Verichrome Pan film (the kind you could develop with a red lightbulb on in the room. I'd take long time-exposures of those dark dioramas of cave men and stuffed man-killer lions. Then I'd contact print from those big negatives. (Couldn't afford an enlarger. I would've given my left arm for the Epson scanner I have now and Photo Shop. ---------Yeah, I loved the Mummys but they were spooky as hell, as you said. And the mummified "CAT" was the strangest. Little pointed ears and all. And the X-ray room where you could view what was inside a female's wrappings.------------And BUSHMAN the gorilla was there somewhere. As a real little tyke I loved him at Lincoln Park Zoo. Seeing his stuffed body at the museum always seemed wrong somehow. Not quite respectful.

And I think Peter Hyams felt close to the museum too. He did THE RELIC with an affection for the place that allowed him to use lingering shots of several places that'd be well known to anyone who roamed those halls and wooden cases of collected artifacts as a kid.

Then the final scenes, when the creature/god/plant collector had fully mutated from eating the exotic drug plants, and the mayor of Chicago ( a Richard J. Daley type guy) has this huge society dinner in the main hall with the elephants and the T-rex skeletons and the fire creature sets the whole damn place alight and burns up the people in their tuxes and evening gowns-----well, it's so strange and bizarre in an off-the-wall way that it's hard to do justice to inwords. Rent it. I hope you like it.

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Art Thieme
Date: 02 May 04 - 05:31 PM

Don,

Wasn't Erin Grey in the TV show Father Knows Best??

Art


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Peter T.
Date: 02 May 04 - 05:49 PM

Funny that reading this thread suddenly reveals how poorly science fiction has done on screen. Only one or two of the films mentioned are remotely good as films that an adult could take seriously -- "Minority Report" (until near the end), "Blade Runner". That is about it. Not much for an entire genre. I can only think of a couple more -- "Aliens" and "2001". There must be one or two others that are good films, period, but one is hard pressed. Terminator II is an excellent film. One does sort of run out.

yours,

Peter T.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: DonMeixner
Date: 02 May 04 - 11:56 PM

Art,

Elinor Donohue, Billy Gray, Lauren Chapin.

Don


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Art Thieme
Date: 03 May 04 - 05:55 AM

Don,

As I've said, 'When one's memory goes, forget it !'

Art


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: s6k
Date: 03 May 04 - 07:04 AM

more credit should go to DARK STAR.

what exactly does one do when running out of toilet paper in space? and how else should one relieve boredom but by waving a rubber chicken in peoples faces!!!! <--that scene i couldnt stop laughing at for about 20 minutes, my stomach was hurting


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Rapparee
Date: 03 May 04 - 09:35 AM

The great thing about "Destination Moon" was the scenery -- Willy Ley did it, and he was one of the greatest "space painters" ever.

Someone mentioned that early SF films got the physics right (usually) and more recent ones rely on "bigger is better." I quite agree -- seeing the fighters zoom around in "Star Wars" makes for good action, but you can't do such things in reality. Kinda like the person who said about Apollo 13, "Why didn't they just turn right around and come back?"


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Donuel
Date: 03 May 04 - 11:14 AM

The Abuction of George Bush

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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Little Hawk
Date: 03 May 04 - 11:21 AM

I don't know about in space...but people in this society have a fetish about toilet paper, and the damn stuff doesn't even work very well! Native Americans got by fine for 20,000 years without it. So, you know what works way, way better than toilet paper??? Water, that's what. It gets you about ten times cleaner than that stupid toilet paper ever will, and you don't have to cut down trees to make water.

- LH


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Cluin
Date: 03 May 04 - 11:26 AM

Art, see my post above.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Chief Chaos
Date: 03 May 04 - 11:33 AM

Not a lot of new films have been mentioned because the subject is favorite old sci-fi movie. There have been a few sci-fi films of this generation that are noteworthy but alot of them, like alien, seem to concetrate on the blood and gore becoming a slasher flick rather than sci-fi.

And they also lose out (from my point of view) by using todays tech for films supposedly about hundreds of years in the near future. Here we have a large ship driven by some sort of pulse generator with technology that allows a humnad mind to interface with a computer generated reality and what are they shooting at the menacing tentacled hunter killer bots and each other with? Shotguns and standard cartridge pistols. No blasters? No Phasers or disruptors?

One of my favorite "newer" films which actually is sci-fi/fantasy is the animated film "Wizards" if you haven't seen it you're really missing out. It won an Ace award (coincidentally the same show that Shatner did his version of Elton John's "Rocket Man").


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: jacqui.c
Date: 03 May 04 - 12:40 PM

The Thing
The Day the earth stood still
Forbidden Planet


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Ellenpoly
Date: 03 May 04 - 12:51 PM

The Day the Earth Stood Still
Flash Gordon Series w/ Buster Crab
All the old Twilight Zones

Lots of newer ones, but this seems to be focused on the older ones.

And YES anything that showed what a complete genius Ray Harryhausen was!..xx..e


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: BuckMulligan
Date: 03 May 04 - 02:40 PM

"Them" - classic "giant critters as a result of mankind's messing about with atomic stuff" movie which boasts James Whitmore, James Arness, and Fess Parker battling the bugs.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Cluin
Date: 03 May 04 - 05:43 PM

"The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms" (for a good classic dose of Harryhousen)

"Jason & the Argonauts" (for the best dose of Harryhousen)

"Forbidden Planet" (the best old sci-fi flick Hollywood ever made, great eerie soundtrack too. The Id Monster rocks!)

"The Day the Earth Stood Still" (the second best)

"Them" (James Whitmore and James Arness battle giant mutant papier mache ants, but well done for all that)

"Gargoyles" (a made-for-TV movie with weird camera work that scared the pee out of us as kids)

"Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" (giant T&A in a push-up bra and skimpy outfit... `nuff said)

"This Island Earth" (for the best example of bug-eyed monsters... "Take us to your pharmacy! We require Visine")

"Plan 9 from Outer Space" (for the worst examples of... oh, everything)

"The Three Stooges: Outer Space Jitters" (for a laugh)

"Queen of Outer Space" (for a bigger laugh)

"The Day Time Ended" (the biggest laugh of all... though made in 1980, it harkens back to the old classic style, with lots of stop-motion animated monsters and hokey lines... Rancher grandfather and wide-eyed grandson: "Grandpa, where's Mom and Cindy?" "The Vortex took `em, Jimmy." "What's the Vortex, Grandpa?" "A kind of hole in the Space-Time Continuum, Jimmy." "What's the Space-Time Continuum, Grandpa?" "Well, I reckon nobody knows, Jimmy.")


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Once Famous
Date: 03 May 04 - 05:50 PM

Ray Harryhausen was a genius.

One of my all time favorites of his was the 7th Voyage of Sinbad. Anyone remember those pink cyclops?


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Cluin
Date: 03 May 04 - 06:13 PM

Very Freudian, those. Wasn't there one in Flesh Gordon too?

And, in rebuttal to Little Hawk above, I have to assert that old Peter Cushing was a match for Shatner's best in the freak-out department. All those old Hammer Horror films had the eventually climactic scene with P.C. battling for his eye-popping life, long, greasy, side locks askew and whipping about his sunken cheeked-cranium. I went to pick up a buddy one time to go out to a bar when he was watching a Hammer Horror flick; he made us stick around till the scene where Peter Cushing took his "hairy".


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: GUEST,dinnerlady
Date: 03 May 04 - 06:24 PM

Not that keen on sci-fi films...but there was one I liked....Silent Running with Bruce Dern...made in 1974. Anyone know it? He talks to 3 little walking comp thingies.....think he called then Hughie, Dewie and Lewie....was sweet....!!


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Lepus Rex
Date: 03 May 04 - 07:31 PM

Little Hawk: Had I died?

---Lepus Rex


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Don Firth
Date: 03 May 04 - 07:57 PM

Actually, Rapaire (picky, picky picky, but to give proper credit where due), Willy Ley, a science writer and space flight buff was an advisor on "Destination Moon." The scenery was done by Chesley Bonestell (pronounced "BAHN-uh-stell"). I had a copy of his Conquest of Space (1949), a book of paintings he did about eight years before Sputnik (I looked all through my book cases and damned if I can't find it now!! Where is it!??!?). He painted from what was known (or thought to be known) at the time, and interpolated pretty intelligently where he thought necessary. He was off a lot (he had water on Mars, near the polar caps), but considering, in a lot of his paintings, it's amazing how close he came. Some photos from probes like Voyager look a lot like Bonestell paintings.

Back in the days before non-rocket scientists thought much about multi-stage launch vehicles. With "Destination Moon" in mind, this should look real familiar (but Earth seen from the moon turned out to be far more spectacular than even he imagined).

"Silent Running" Some pretty questionable science in spots, but darn good movie. Kinda poignant. He called the three little maintenance robots "Huey, Dewie, and Louey," after Donald Duck's three nephews, probably because of the way they waddled around the ship. Background song sung by Joan Baez.

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Cluin
Date: 03 May 04 - 08:55 PM

Anybody else cry when little Louie's leg broke off and he tumbled away into space? Hands up! Come on!... I know you cried when Old Yeller got shot too.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Don Firth
Date: 03 May 04 - 09:04 PM

Well . . . yeah. . . .

Don (sniff) Firth


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Once Famous
Date: 03 May 04 - 09:07 PM

My wife cried when Godzilla walked back into the water at the end of the first movie.

She cries at the end of every movie.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Jack the Sailor
Date: 03 May 04 - 09:33 PM

Forbidden Planet was THE best made Sci fi flick until Aliens.

Disney people did the effects Very cool ship, monster and underground machine. Robbie the robot was priceless. And Leslie Neilson as the Young spaceship captain I actually think the plot is quite good.   

My favourite Sci Fi Film Is Ridley Scott's Blade Runner. Fantastic characters, engaging plot. Eerie alternate reality. Lots of cool effects and great ideas.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: GUEST
Date: 03 May 04 - 09:55 PM

I'll second 'Blade Runner'. Philip K Dick is one of my favorite sci fi writers. I wish someone would do 'The Godwhale' as well as they did 'Blade Runner'.

Few more tongue in cheek favorites of mine would include 'Max Headroom'; 'Attack of the Killer Tomatoes'; 'Flesh Gordon I' (I too grew up on the Sunday morning serials), and 'Earth Girls are Easy'.

Finally, does anyone remember the cheesy TV series 'V'? The one where the aliens were lizards, but they disguised themselves as humans, until the were exposed when they or a human who was on to them ripped off their faces?

We still watch politicans on TV, and ask "so when is someone going to reveal him as an alien lizard?" :)


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Amergin
Date: 03 May 04 - 10:03 PM

I love V...I have it on dvd...and I feel the same when watching a politician....especially the resident...


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: GUEST
Date: 03 May 04 - 10:17 PM

Where did you find that baby on DVD? I would LOVE to get it to give as gift to the ole ball and chain!

I forgot one more, probably at the very top of my list: 'Dr. Strangelove'. Genuis.

Yeah, and time I watch any of the resident's men for long, I start thinking to myself 'rip off his face!'


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Amergin
Date: 03 May 04 - 10:23 PM

I got it from one of the local shops...there are two of them...the original series and the other one...as they came out about a year or so apart. You can order them from amazon I'm sure they'd have them.

I like Dr. Strangelove too. That movie is a hoot. I also love watching mystery science theatre...as they rip apart all these old low grade movies....lol.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: GUEST
Date: 03 May 04 - 10:43 PM

Our kids grew up watching Mystery Science Theatre on Saturday mornings with dad. Gamara was their fave.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Jeremiah McCaw
Date: 04 May 04 - 01:49 PM

"One film I can't miss is "The Shape of Things To Come"."

Agreed, but specifity (?) is needed. I believe the film you're referring to is just called "Things to Come" (1930's) - the one by Alexander Korda and starring Raymond Massey; a bit preachy, naive & idealistic perhaps, but fascinating. Stunning visual conception - would it be fair to describe it as "Art Deco Science Fiction"?

On the other end of the scale was a Canadian-made film (1970's) which used the full title "The Shape of Things To Come". It had Barry Morse, Yvette Mimieux and Jack Palance, and was a truly wretched exercise in film-making.

Interesting observation: the first film inspired me to buy the H G Wells book, but it took the second - really, really bad one - to get me to actually read it (had to find out if there was anything in the book that was used in the movie - title excepted, there wasn't).


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: DonMeixner
Date: 04 May 04 - 03:04 PM

Jeremiah

You are correct about the age of the film and about the star and Director but i have seen it as "The Shape of Things To Come" and as "Things To Come" one version is clearly longer and maybe more preachy. I believe ther are a few different releases out there.

" So what do you think about that Mr. Wings Over The World?" "Wings over your wits is more like it."

Don


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Chief Chaos
Date: 04 May 04 - 04:04 PM

Gee,

Nobody mentioned

"Soilent Green" - IT'S PEOPLE!!!

Yeah, Silent Running was a truly interesting movie, I found it a little disturbing to tell the truth.

Blade Runner - Do Androids Dream Electric Sheep?
Scenario: Earth in the reign of Emperor Bush (clone #21).

Again, the story was great, but why is it that our future is portrayed as grim and dark? Whatever happened to the beautiful vistas (which were inhabited by B.E.M.s)? Nowadays it seems to be all dark, dank, scary places (inhabited by B.E.M.s). If you gotta fight an alien I'd rather do it on a beautiful sandy beach!


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Little Hawk
Date: 04 May 04 - 09:56 PM

It's part of the "dark movie" sickness that really got started with the Batman films, I think. You've got all these directors that think, "Wow, what if I make everything really dark, dank, rainy, ugly, depraved, depressing, overcast, and horrible! Won't that just be soooooo scary. Ooooo-Wee!"

Then they all keep imitating each other and it just goes on and on and on...movie after movie...

Tedious, tedious.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Once Famous
Date: 04 May 04 - 10:01 PM

Chief, I think it was "Soy"lent Green, not "Soil"ent, but I sure did like that one, too. If I am not mistaken, it was Edgar G. Robinson's last movie. Great futuristic story that is not dated.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Cluin
Date: 04 May 04 - 10:13 PM

The "dark movie" trend doesn't bother me so much as the "dark blue" movie trend. Everything looks like it is shot through an indigo filter in a lot of movies now. Are they trying to sell parkas in the theatres or something? Getting almost as tired of that as I am the of kitchy "Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon" style fight scenes in just about every action flick coming out these days.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Once Famous
Date: 04 May 04 - 10:15 PM

I agree. No one can really jump that high. I'd rather watch an old episode of Kung Fu.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: GUEST,Chongo Chimp
Date: 04 May 04 - 10:31 PM

Yeah? You should see how high a howler monkey can jump when you jam a hot roscoe up his keister...

Chongo


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Once Famous
Date: 04 May 04 - 11:29 PM

Actually, I hate monkeys.

People who think they are monkeys are not very high on my list, either.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: GUEST,Chongo Chimp
Date: 04 May 04 - 11:40 PM

I'm not a monkey, you bindle stiff. I'm an ape. Monkeys got tails, apes don't. I am surprised that the city of Chicago hasn't passed an ordinance against you. You're a freakin' public nuisance.

Chongo


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: TerriByerly
Date: 05 May 04 - 12:05 AM

I have to jump in on this one!
Does anyone remember "Son of Svengolie?" (Was he a Chicago hero only?) My Dad tortured us every Sunday afternoon with Godzilla movies, the Swamp Thing, Them..... Funny, but now it's a Christmas Day tradition in my family to rent the cheesiest SciFi we can find and nap thru it. (Attack of the Killer Tomatos) Was there an original Svengolie who was replaced by Son of Svengolie? Ooooo Creature Feature!!
I thought Flesh Gordan was a porn?! And, is "Muppets from Space" a sci fi? ;-)
Terri
PS I cried too when Godzilla went back into the ocean!


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Chief Chaos
Date: 05 May 04 - 01:23 PM

Muppets from space is an epic film about the outcast searching and finally finding his home, not in the stars as he thought, but among the friends he has grown to know and love!

Flesh Gordon was a porno flick. Saw it. Best scene was the monster on the tower near the end.

What about that flick with the creature from the black lagoon where he looked like he had a mouth full of hotdogs? Which one was that?


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: GUEST
Date: 05 May 04 - 04:07 PM

it was svengali....


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Once Famous
Date: 05 May 04 - 04:53 PM

No, it was Son of Svengoolie and he is still on, TerriByerly. Same guy playing him, Rich Koz, as he has for some 25 years. Same show, same format. This has been on local UHF channel 26 in Chicago and is a local favorite. The original Svengoolie was former DJ Jerry G. Bishop.

Chongo Chimpo or whatever you call yoursaelf. I AM the hearbeat of Chicago and one of it's favorite sons in real life. You on the other hand, Mr. Ape are not even worthy of Michael Jackson's affections. though I may be wrong on this as I understand that you walk funny.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: TerriByerly
Date: 05 May 04 - 06:12 PM

Ahhh, shame on me for forgetting about Jerry Bishop! (We won't tell Dad) This short jaunt down memory lane prompted me to look Koz up and I found this site which those who know of Svengoolie might enjoy Svengoolie
Oh, fond childhood memories of rubber chickens!
Terri


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Fred Miller
Date: 06 May 04 - 10:06 AM

LH it's a little late in the game, but Shatner has been brought in to the last episodes of The Practice, as nutcase litigator Denny Crane. The last season has been the best, but they might be planning to spin it into a new and better show.

   All time fave Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, which I call a horror film with a sci-fi twist. It's still good if you watch it again, great dialogue. Also liked last man on earth, and incredible shrinking man, but not in the same way. I'm more a horror fan than sci-fi, probably.

I don't get the whole thing with Blade Runner. Have tried twice. Seems like a romance fantasy that has nothing to do with anything.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: GUEST,Van
Date: 06 May 04 - 02:04 PM

The day the earth stood still & attack of the 50 foot woman. All the best Sci Fi films are the 50s/60s B movies.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: GUEST,Chongo Chimp
Date: 06 May 04 - 02:20 PM

I would deal with you, Martin, but frankly it ain't worth my time.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Once Famous
Date: 06 May 04 - 03:31 PM

Is learning proper English worth your time?


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: GUEST,Chongo Chimp
Date: 06 May 04 - 04:14 PM

Aww, go climb up your thumb.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Cllr
Date: 06 May 04 - 06:16 PM

1) Blade runner
2) Starwars
3) Alien
4) Darkstar
5) omega Man
6) Planet of the Apes
7) Fantastic voyage
8) Startrek IV
9) Them
10)Sleeper

I think these are all more than twenty years old and I put them in no particular order.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: DonMeixner
Date: 06 May 04 - 09:21 PM

Funny, I don't believe anyone has yet mentioned the Matrix movies.
There are a lot of movies I like better but I am surprised at their absence.

Don


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Art Thieme
Date: 06 May 04 - 10:13 PM

Hi Terri.

Art


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Cluin
Date: 06 May 04 - 10:23 PM

I thought the thread was about old sci-fi movies.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: GUEST,Noddy
Date: 06 May 04 - 10:37 PM

Hi, Art!

Noddy


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: ranger1
Date: 06 May 04 - 11:08 PM

When I was about five or six, there was a really awful movie that I think was called The Bubble-Eyed Creature that scared me for a long time afterwards. I saw it again when I was in my teens and couldn't believe how utterly corny it was.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: DonMeixner
Date: 06 May 04 - 11:52 PM

Cluin, you are correct. Old it is. But when does old begin? Aliens is not old and it is well liked.


Don


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Cluin
Date: 07 May 04 - 07:40 AM

You're showing your age, Don. I think some of the youngsters might think Aliens was an old movie.

But I figured "old" was more style-oriented than date-oriented. Goofy radioactive bug-eyed monsters and humanity fighting for its survival... come to think of it, I guess the Matrix movies qualify after all.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: MAG
Date: 07 May 04 - 08:54 PM

There was that one about giant (radioactive) creatures from the illegal waste dumping for which John Sayles did the screenplay that was pretty good. Except I can't deal with with pets stolen for lab research.

Personally I thought the original *Alien* rated about a 3. This great intriguing alien spacecraft proving we are not alone in the universeand it is only there to show you these egg-things will eat you. Besides which I could see the white square under the first victim's t-shirt where the creepy thing erupted. I am glad the cat made it. Usually the pet goes first to demonstrate the reality of danger. There have been a rash of dead horses in movies lately and I'm skipping any movies with horses for a long time.

Matrix. that last installment I thought was OK (just OK) until those transformer-like battle armor things. That was so totally stupid.

I and sibs weren't allowed to go see scary movies when we were kids (which doesn't mean we missed them all) so I immersed myself in the rerun theaters when I moved to da big city.

Anybody else    remember Vincent Price's *Tingler?* Campy beyond belief.

I loved *Ed Wood* so much my boyfriend at the time insisted on buying *Plan 9* -- he was surprised it was so very bad, and insisted on giving it to me when we broke up. It gets funnier every time.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: TerriByerly
Date: 07 May 04 - 11:03 PM

Hello friend Art :)
What was the one with the giant ants? I do remember that one scaring the bejeebies outta me.
Terri


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Cllr
Date: 08 May 04 - 10:17 AM

) My earlier list of movies included star trek four I think that was the most recent at 1986- Matrix and minority report are very good fifth element being one of my favourite recent films But ALIEN came out 25 years ago 1979 ALIENS (the second one) didn't come out til 1986. Old I suppose is more then tweny years I don't think matrix etc counts for the purpose of this thread. Cllr
("Them" is the ants film mentioned a couple of times in this thread


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Mr Red
Date: 08 May 04 - 10:22 AM

Farienhight 451


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Tracey Dragonsfriend
Date: 08 May 04 - 02:10 PM

I loved Silent Running, too... sniffling quietly at the end...

And I just found it on DVD at EBay, now you guys reminded me of it! V is on there, too...


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 08 May 04 - 09:07 PM

Well, all I can say is

Gort, Klatu, Barata, Nickto.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Ellenpoly
Date: 09 May 04 - 07:09 AM

Just saw "The Abyss" last night on the telly. I won't admit to how many times I've now seen it, but once again, I couldn't turn it off. Great acting, fabulous cinematography, wonderfully intelligent script...gets my vote for modern sci-fi classic!..xx..e


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: The Fooles Troupe
Date: 09 May 04 - 07:14 PM

The local community TV station have a copy of "Wings Over The World" - which is actually for its time, not a bad movie, and one of the last great British SciFi Movies made for a long time...


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Irish sergeant
Date: 10 May 04 - 04:15 PM

The day the Earth Stood Still, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (The 1950s one with Kevin McCarthy)I marries a monster from outer space, War of the Worlds. And by the way, I was on the USS NImitz When they filmed Final Countdown. not a bad movie but it just isn't up to the old SF flicks and I include This Island Earth. Neil


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: sledge
Date: 11 May 04 - 02:17 AM

Aliens, not really old but I love to watch it.
Forbidden planet, a serious step up from men in crap rubber monster suits.
Metropolis, Priceless I think, for the time a really cool robot.
Dark star, Funny as hell, a bomb that argues theology hehe.
Plus an honerable mention for the Japanese animated movie Ghost in the shell, again not a real oldie but it works for me.

Cheers

Sledge


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Cluin
Date: 11 May 04 - 02:00 PM

Ultraman!!!!


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Cluin
Date: 01 Jul 07 - 02:33 AM

Fantastic Voyage... hey, it had Raquel Welch. She was the hottest thing in Hollywood when I was a kid.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: kendall
Date: 01 Jul 07 - 05:59 AM

Journey to the center of the earth. With James Mason and Pat Boone.
Forbidden Planet
The day the earth stood still
The Thing. (remake)
War of the worlds (Original)
2001 a space Odyssey


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Bat Goddess
Date: 01 Jul 07 - 12:37 PM

Over-Sexed Rugsuckers From Mars

"Acid rain, pollution, litter, toxic waste, algae bloom. The experiment has gone wrong—humanity is a disaster area. The alien masters decide it is time for a clean up, and what better way is there than creating a new species (Vac-U-Sapiens) - a new animal, half man, half vacuum cleaner, it's bound to clean up after itself!"

Linn


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: SINSULL
Date: 01 Jul 07 - 01:32 PM

Another bit of The Day The Earth Caught Fire trivia - look closely and you will see a very young and unknown Michael Caine.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Desdemona
Date: 01 Jul 07 - 01:38 PM

Queen of Outer Space, with Zsa Zsa Gabor. Synopsis from the IMB:

"Three American astronauts are on the first manned mission to Venus, and when they arrive, they find the planet to be inhabited solely by women with high heels and short dresses (all of whom speak English!). Unfortunately, they are immediately imprisoned, for the queen who rules Venus hates men... Suspecting the astronauts to be spies, she now plans to destroy the Earth. So now it's up to the three men (and some friendly Venusians) to overthrow the wicked queen and save their home planet."

Classic!

~D


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: SINSULL
Date: 01 Jul 07 - 01:42 PM

I mentioned The Maze on an earlier thread - a true turkey about a laird inheriting a castle only to discover his ancient relative living in the tower is...A FROG. The explanation is priceless. As a child develops in the womb, it goes through all the stages of animals. His uncle stopped at frogdom and was born with human intelligence in a frog's body. A very big frog. Uncle commits sucide at the end when the heroine sees him.
I have this one on DVD.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Dickey
Date: 01 Jul 07 - 11:05 PM

Forbidden Planet


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Cluin
Date: 01 Jul 07 - 11:38 PM

Or its prequel.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 02 Jul 07 - 12:21 AM

I think THE MAZE was an early 3D movie, wasn't it?

Art


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: SharonA
Date: 02 Jul 07 - 01:32 AM

"Santa Claus Conquers the Martians"!


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: SINSULL
Date: 02 Jul 07 - 11:05 AM

It was, Art. So...you, me and Spaw remember my Uncle, the Frog.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Riginslinger
Date: 02 Jul 07 - 11:21 AM

"The Day the Earth Stood Still"


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Donuel
Date: 02 Jul 07 - 12:01 PM

Day of the Triffids


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: MMario
Date: 02 Jul 07 - 12:05 PM

"The World, The Flesh and the Devil"


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Skivee
Date: 02 Jul 07 - 01:13 PM

An overlooked gem: "The Lathe Of Heaven"


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: kendall
Date: 02 Jul 07 - 08:39 PM

The Time Machine. An H.G. Wells story.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: GUEST,Arnie at work
Date: 03 Jul 07 - 08:07 PM

I used to like something called either Lost in Space or Space Family Robinson. It featured a wholesome American '60's style family stranded on a planet with a cowardly villain (not sure what his agenda was) and Robbie the Robot, who was able to do all the laundry, with the clothes being delivered out of his chest all neatly laundered and ironed! Ah, they don't make them like that anymore, and probably just as well!


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: GUEST,Art Thieme
Date: 03 Jul 07 - 08:34 PM

I really did like IMPOSTER with Gary Sinese and Madelyn Stowe.

Art


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: Fred Maslan
Date: 03 Jul 07 - 08:39 PM

dark Star: the fight with the alien in the elevator was hilarious. My second favorite is galaxy quest, which may be too new to count and then the last star fighter.


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Subject: RE: BS: favorite old sci-fi movie
From: SharonA
Date: 04 Jul 07 - 06:54 AM

Ooooh, yes, "Dark Star"! Loved the talking bomb!

I really liked a couple of other, maybe-not-so-old campy sci-fi films also: "Earth Girls Are Easy" (1988, with Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis) and "Flash Gordon" (1980, with Max von Sydow as Ming, and music by Queen).

Then there's an older one (1962) that's a cross between sci-fi and horror: "The Brain That Wouldn't Die." Boy meets girl, boy drives girl, boy has accident, girl loses head, boy (who is scientist) saves girl's head, girl's head talks, boy finds curvaceous bimbo to decapitate and graft girl's head onto, girl's head convinces boy's mutant experiment to kill boy and rescue bimbo so girl's head can die in peace.

GUEST dinnerlady asks if anyone remembers "Silent Running" with Bruce Dern (1974) -- some here do -- and I do too! (Folk-music link: Joan Baez sings two songs in this movie).

GUEST Arnie at Work: "Space Family Robinson" was a comic book series published from 1962 - 1984. "Lost in Space" was a TV series that ran from 1965-1968. The cowardly villian, Dr. Zachary Smith, was a stowaway who was an agent for an evil government (remember, this was the Cold War era) sent to sabotage the space mission. The robot on board was not Robby the Robot, but was designed by the same guy (Robert Kinoshita) and was called the B-9 Environmental Control robot... but usually just "Robot". Robby the Robot, which first appeared in "Forbidden Planet", did appeared in two LIS episodes.


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