If you are into Pre-1967 Sci-Fi, can you help me? I am collecting resources for an Early Science Fiction Production Design class.
This is mainly about movies as inspiration. What old Sci-Fi (or Sci-Fi-ish) movies do you consider worthy to inspire?
Below is my first-draft list. If it’s missing a must-see, tell me, and feel free to add comments, recommendations and warnings…
- Metropolis (1927) (148 minutes)
- Dracula (1931) (85 minutes) Not science fiction, but distinguishes Fantasy from SciFi.
- Frankenstein (1931) (71 minutes)
- The Invisible Man (1933) (71 minutes)
- Bride of Frankenstein (1935) (75 minutes)
- Young Frankenstein (1974) (105 minutes)
- The Thing from Another World (1951) 87 minutes
- The Man in the White Suit (1951) (85 minutes)
- The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) 91 minutes
- Invaders from Mars (1953) 77 minutes
- THEM! (1954) (94 minutes)
- Godzilla 1954 (96 minutes) and Godzilla 2014 (123 minutes)
- Forbidden Planet (1956) (98 minutes)
- The Blob (1958) (86 minutes)
- The Crawling Eye (1958) (84 minutes)
- Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)
- The Day the Earth Caught Fire (1961) (98 minutes)
- ZOTZ! (1962) (87 minutes)
- La Jetée (1962) (28 minutes)
- Last Man on Earth (1964) (86 minutes)
- Alphaville (1965) (99 minutes)
- Seconds (1966) (100 minutes)
THE TIME MACHINE (1960) sucked, but the few minutes of the special effects were great. Examples with caveats like that are welcomed. This is a production design class, so cool looking stuff is priority, and I appreciate it if you warn us away from full viewings that don’t pay off. So little time, and so many movies!