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Older Sci-Fi Movies

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posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 04:48 PM
reply to post by canucks555

Logan's Run won a Special Acheivement Academy Award for visual effects. Unfortunately, Star Wars came out the next year and blew away the special effects bar, making Logan's Run fade into relative obscurity. I recall a very short-lived TV series for Logan's Run. I think if someone put some effort into it, a really decent TV series could be made from the premise. There would be a whole world out there for Logan and Jessica to explore.

I'd like to add more movies to this thread, but all the good ones have been mentioned.

posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 05:51 PM
I'm partial to old sci-fi and horror. I've always appreciated the imagination and efforts of set decorators that are done now with computers. Also good ole stop motion and cell animation.

Nothing like the classic cheesy effects.

Frankenstein (1931) Boris Karloff.

Dracula (1931) Bela Lugosi

The Wolf Man (1941) Lon Chaney, Jr.

Lots of stock footage.

The Lost Missile (1958) Robert Loggia

And audience participation (Participating theaters would wire seats so that random moviegoers would get a tangible electric shock during climactic moments in the film)

The Tingler (1959) Vincent Price

There used to be a web site call the movie barn that published old public domain films. The web site owner used a lot of Elvira's Movie Macabre episode introductions. I can only guess because she was so camp and cheesy.

The Best of Elvira

As far as a goofy more modern film.

Innocent Blood (1992) Anne Parillaud, Anthony LaPaglia, Robert Loggia, Don Rickles

Low budget live and effects through stop motion animation

The Wizard of Speed and Time (1989) Mike Jittlov

posted on Jan, 26 2013 @ 10:03 PM
I finally found one that I watched quite a few times as a kid.
Only had a few memories about the film, but one thing I remembered.
They had HYPODERMIC NEEDLES in their fingers. They injected their victims with alcohol, made them drunk.
One of those B movies, but great late night viewing for a kid.

Invasion of the Saucer Men! DUHN duhn duhnnnnnnn..

posted on Jan, 27 2013 @ 02:39 AM
Any of you seen this? Old french animation film from 1973. Its pretty weird

posted on Jan, 27 2013 @ 02:41 AM

Originally posted by Durdendiggler
Any of you seen this? Old french animation film from 1973. Its pretty weird

I missed out on that one,thanks for sharing.

posted on Jan, 27 2013 @ 03:54 AM
My fave SF stories are novels from the 60's by Philip K Dick, quite a few of which have become movies. The content of these stories are what makes them great to put into movies, the special effects are secondary.

I find an SF movie that is soley about effects is kinda boring. Dick's stories have some substance that ask the questions: "What is real, what is fake? What crucial factor defines humanity as distinctly 'alive', versus those merely alive only in their outward appearance?"

Dick Site

posted on Jan, 27 2013 @ 06:19 AM
6 string Samurai (1998).
Absolute classic.

posted on Jan, 27 2013 @ 06:57 AM
Thanks for this thread, i love watching sci-fi movies and will be watching some of these that i have not seen. Never understood the popularity of "Clockwork Orange" watched it twice, first time i thought it was utter garbage so gave it a go a few years later, yet again, utter garbage.


posted on Jan, 27 2013 @ 08:41 AM

Originally posted by Di0nysis
All great movies, the only ones I haven't seen are Soylent Green and Silent Running which you kindly named in another thread. I myself was born in '78 and hold a lot of appreciation for older films and as a huge Sci Fi fan I'll be watching the two I have not seen. Cheers

I saw Soylent Green and Omega Man at a double bill, drive in movie (Charleston Heston night) I went with my girl friend and the only reason was, well, you know... Omega Man was too good and captured my attention. The Will Smith remake was ok but not as good if you ask me.

posted on Jan, 27 2013 @ 08:43 AM
I go back farther. "Them", "It came from Outer space","Forbidden Planet. Those were scary too!

posted on Jan, 27 2013 @ 08:55 AM
Alot of great movies some I need to watch most I have seen.

Two that I don't see mentioned that I enjoyed back in the day was,

Flight of the Navigator and

Batteries Not Included

It be awesome if they remade those movies today.

posted on Jan, 27 2013 @ 09:40 AM
I suggest the ORIGINAL the day the earth stood still (1951) and also when worlds collide (1951). The interesting thing about these two movies is the attitudes displayed by the characters. It is stunning how much in some ways and how little in other ways things have changed. Sci fi for the past few years has been really pathetic, mostly CGI fests with little or no story to go with it. There are a few exceptions, Moon comes to mind. And Gattica. I wish the movie companies would start turning out a good product again! )%#$#)

posted on Jan, 27 2013 @ 09:44 AM
The Thing (1982)
Blade Runner (1982)

posted on Jan, 27 2013 @ 11:59 AM
A Curious Omission?
Recently I was watching the classic science fiction film, Invaders from Mars (1953).
I have the 50th anniversary disc, which includes an “American version” and a “British version” …
Whenever I’ve watched it in the past I’ve always chosen the American version.
But this time, just for a little diversity, I decided to choose the British version. (Yeah, my life is that pathetic … ask my wife … )
Anyway, I’m watching it and I notice that there’s this whole segment about the various types of UFOs that is omitted from the American version.
The segment talks about the case of an American airman who crashed while chasing a flying saucer, solar systems believed to harbor alien civilizations, etc., etc. … and then it goes into surprising detail about the types of UFOs that were known to exist back then. Specifically, it identifies three types: a little saucer shaped thing they believed to be unmanned, a larger saucer shaped craft and another UFO that looks a lot like an airplane, with a fuselage and wings.
The third type caught my attention because it really looked like something that would have been created by the U.S. military. The only thing missing was an Air Force insignia.
If you don’t believe me, check it out! You can buy it on Amazon (
At any rate, it sure seems curious that this segment was eliminated by the American censors but not by the Brits … what does it all mean …?

posted on Jan, 27 2013 @ 01:36 PM
People already beat me to mentioning Enemy Mine and Flight of the Navigator lol but I am going to try and mention a few more, right off the top of my head Fahrenheit 451 comes to mind.


The Running Man
Fire in the Sky
Maximum Overdrive
Battlestar Galactica 1980
Starship Troopers
Robot Jox
The Abyss

and a little known B flick in 1989 with Claudia Christian called Arena, not the 2011 film with Samuel L. Jackson of the same name.

EDIT: Can't believe I almost forgot Stargate the film that the series is based on.

I am taking the anything older than 20 years is a classic stance that people who classify cars use

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posted on Jan, 27 2013 @ 02:04 PM
reply to post by Durdendiggler

Yes! Fantastic Planet. I've seen that one a few times. One of my favorites. Mostly because of it's oddness. The animation is interesting. All hand drawn color pencil, or Pastels, I think. There's quite a political message in that one too. The scenes of the animal and plant life that are interspersed throughout the movie are creepy and funny at the same time.
I just added it to my Netflix DVD queue last night. Reading this thread made me hungry for some old Sci-fi, so I went searching and it popped up. I was really looking for things i could stream instantly, No-go on this one, but I did find a few other things.

Great thread! brings back memories.

posted on Jan, 27 2013 @ 03:25 PM

Originally posted by AthlonSavage
reply to post by kdog1982

John carpenters "The Thing" from about 1984 much better than recent version.

Yep. In my opinion one of the best Alien focused Movies ever made. A lot of great actors in that film (1982). ~$heopleNation

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posted on Jan, 27 2013 @ 08:03 PM
"The Forbidden Planet" why hasn't anyone mentioned this one yet? Such a great movie! 1956

Here are some others worth mentioning if not already.

Dune! (1984)
Ice Pirates! (1984)
Starman! (1984)
Flight of the navigator (1986)
Explorers (1985)
The day the earth stood still ( the original 1951 )

Event Horizon
Starship troopers
Star Trek
Blade runner
Total Recall
Close encounters of the 3rd kind
Fire in the sky
The Fifth Element
Enemy Mine

posted on Jan, 27 2013 @ 08:51 PM

How about The Arrival starring Charlie Sheen?

posted on Jan, 27 2013 @ 10:34 PM
I LOVED Silent Running! I just recently watched it again after not seeing it for many years and it had not lost any of it's character.
That final scene was so poignant...watching the little robot float away with the forest into outer space

Another really good old fashioned sci fi movie that I always liked was Westworld...great fun!

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