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#1 of 15 OFFLINE   BethHarrison

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Posted May 24 2008 - 06:10 PM

I purchased the Warner Camp Classics and the Universal c+Sci-Fi Collection and enjoyed them immensely.

Just wondering if the good posters here at the HTF could recommend some other 'B' 1950s horror and Sci-Fi on DVD. I am stilly relatively new to this "genre", but it has really grown on me. I would really love to add some more to my collection.

I realise many of these films are still trapped in PD hell, but if I can grab a couple of films with have decent transfers, I wouldn't really mind.

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#2 of 15 OFFLINE   R-T-C Tim

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Posted May 24 2008 - 08:13 PM

I'm not sure how easy it is to come by now, but the R2 Hammer Horror: The Early Classics boxset is very good with 'The Four Sided Triangle', 'Quatermass Xperiment' 'Quatermass 2' and 'X the Unknown' - a quartet of British horror tinged sci-fi films from the late 1950s and all very much worth watching.

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#3 of 15 OFFLINE   Paul_Scott

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Posted May 24 2008 - 09:33 PM

For Sci-fi:
early 60's but one of my favorites and it's a solid disc (a/v wise)- The Day The Earth Caught Fire
other faves include
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers
The Thing
Them
It Came From Outer Space
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When Worlds Collide
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#4 of 15 OFFLINE   BethHarrison

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Posted May 25 2008 - 12:05 AM

Cheers for the start guys!! Posted Image

#5 of 15 OFFLINE   Ockeghem

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Posted May 25 2008 - 01:13 AM

I would recommend Attack of the Giant Leeches, The Giant Gila Monster, The Hand, I Bury the Living, The Screaming Skull, and The Wasp Woman. Each of these is available on the Drive-In Classics collection (two films per disc, as well as tons of advertisements and even an intermission clock like the good old days).

#6 of 15 OFFLINE   Bob Graham

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Posted May 25 2008 - 01:27 AM

FIEND WITHOUT A FACE (also known as "the flying brain movie") is a must! A litle slow to get started, but once the flying brains attack, it's unforgettable!

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Posted May 25 2008 - 01:29 AM

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FIEND WITHOUT A FACE (also known as "the flying brain movie") is a must! A litle slow to get started, but once the flying brains attack, it's unforgettable!
If you're going that route then she might as well pickup the original "The Blob".

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#8 of 15 OFFLINE   BethHarrison

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Posted May 25 2008 - 01:51 AM

Fiendand The Blob are both from Criterion. I think I had placed them both on my wishlist.

#9 of 15 OFFLINE   Jim_K

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Posted May 25 2008 - 01:54 AM

Well it's not an all inclusive list but here's what I have in my collection so these are the ones I had to own. All of these would be recommended viewing for those interested in the genre

50's Sci-fi and Monster movies with Sci-fi elements

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50's Fantasy (sci-fi elements with the first two)
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There's also several classic early/mid 60's Sci-fi to consider for someone interested in that era.

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#10 of 15 OFFLINE   seanOhara

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Posted May 25 2008 - 02:01 AM

You might also want to pick up one of those sets of public domain sci-fi movies.
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#11 of 15 OFFLINE   BethHarrison

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Posted May 25 2008 - 02:13 AM

Thanks Heaps Jim!!

That is terrific. Muchly appreciated Posted Image

Thank you to everyone else for suggestions as well.

#12 of 15 OFFLINE   Peter M Fitzgerald

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Posted May 25 2008 - 06:57 AM

Most of the best stuff has already been mentioned, but there are also some others worth checking out that have been released officially on DVD (I'm sticking to R1 releases here, and a few may be out-of-print and/or hard-to-find these days)...

Some other good 1950s choices:

* 4D MAN (1959) Image Entertainment
* THE BLACK SCORPION (1957) Warner
* DONOVAN'S BRAIN (1953) MGM
* I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE (1958) Paramount
* INVADERS FROM MARS (1953) Image Entertainment
* KRONOS (1957) Image Entertainment
* RODAN (1957) Sony/Classic Media

Fun 1950s schlock:

* ANGRY RED PLANET (1959) MGM
* ASTOUNDING SHE MONSTER (1958) Image Entertainment
* ATTACK OF THE PUPPET PEOPLE (1958) MGM
* BRAIN FROM PLANET AROUS (1958) Image Entertainment
* THE CRAWLING EYE (1958) Image Entertainment
* DEVIL GIRL FROM MARS (1954) Image Entertainment
* Icons of Horror - Sam Katzman:
CREATURE WITH THE ATOM BRAIN (1955)
THE GIANT CLAW (1957)
THE WEREWOLF (1956)
ZOMBIES OF MORA TAU (1957) Sony
* INVASION U.S.A. (1952) Synapse
* INVISIBLE INVADERS (1959) / JOURNEY TO THE SEVENTH PLANET (1962) MGM
THE LOST CONTINENT (1951) Image Entertainment
* THE MAN FROM PLANET X (1951) MGM
* THE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD (1957) / IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE (1958) MGM
* THE PHANTOM FROM 10,000 LEAGUES (1956) / THE BEAST WITH A MILLION EYES (1955) MGM
* PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE (1959) * Image Entertainment
* ROBOT MONSTER (1953) Image Entertainment
* Samuel Z. Arkoff Collection:
THE SPIDER (1958) / WAR OF THE COLOSSAL BEAST (1958) Lionsgate
* Samuel Z. Arkoff Collection:
THE DAY THE WORLD ENDED (1956) / THE SHE CREATURE (1956) Lionsgate
* STARMAN Vol. 1:
ATTACK FROM SPACE / EVIL BRAIN FROM OUTER SPACE (late 1950s) Image Entertainment
* STARMAN Vol. 2:
INVADERS FROM SPACE / ATOMIC RULERS (late 1950s) Image Entertainment


Some good stuff from the 1960s:

* DANGER: DIABOLIK (1968) Paramount
* FIRST SPACESHIP ON VENUS (1962) Image Entertainment
* GORGO (1961) VCI
* JOURNEY TO THE FAR SIDE OF THE SUN (1969) Universal, coming in June
* MATANGO (1963) Media Blasters
* MYSTERIOUS ISLAND (1961) Sony
* ONE MILLION YEARS B.C. (1966) Fox
* PANIC IN YEAR ZERO (1962) / THE LAST MAN ON EARTH (1964) MGM
* PLANET OF THE VAMPIRES (1965) MGM
* QUATERMASS & THE PIT (1967) Anchor Bay
* VALLEY OF GWANGI (1969) Warner
* X THE MAN WITH X-RAY EYES (1963) MGM
--plus the 1966-67 tv show THE INVADERS (CBS/Paramount) has that B sci-fi buzz going on

Fun 1960s schlock:

* BARBARELLA (1968) Paramount
* THE BRAINIAC (1962) CasaNegra
* THE FLESH EATERS (1964) Dark Sky
* FRANKENSTEIN CONQUERS THE WORLD (1965) Classic Media
* FRANKENSTEIN MEETS THE SPACE MONSTER (1965) Dark Sky
* GODZILLA VS. MOTHRA (1964) Classic Media
* GHIDRAH, THE THREE-HEADED MONSTER (1964) Classic Media
* INVASION OF ASTRO-MONSTER (1965) Classic Media
* KING KONG VS. GODZILLA (1962) / KING KONG ESCAPES (1968) Universal
* LATITUDE ZERO (1968) Media Blasters
* THE LOST WORLD (1960) Fox
* REPTILICUS (1962) MGM
* TERROR BENEATH THE SEA (1966) Dark Sky
* VILLAGE OF THE GIANTS (1965) MGM
* YONGARY, MONSTER FROM THE DEEP (1967) / KONGA (1961) MGM

1950s & 1960s horror films to check out:

* BLACK SABBATH (1963, subtitled) Anchor Bay
* BLACK SUNDAY (1960) Anchor Bay
* BLOOD & BLACK LACE (1964) VCI
* A BUCKET OF BLOOD (1959) MGM
* CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962) Criterion
* CASTLE OF BLOOD (1964) Synapse
* CIRCUS OF HORRORS (1960) Anchor Bay
* CITY OF THE DEAD (1960) VCI
* THE DEVIL RIDES OUT (1968) Anchor Bay
* DEVILS OF DARKNESS (1965) / WITCHCRAFT (1964) Fox
* DIE, MONSTER, DIE! (1965) MGM
* EQUINOX (1970) Criterion
* THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS (1967) MGM
* HERCULES IN THE HAUNTED WORLD (1961) Fantoma
* HOMICIDAL (1961) Sony
* HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM (1959) VCI
* HOUSE OF USHER (1960) MGM
* HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL (1958) Warner
* I BURY THE LIVING (1958) MGM
* LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960) Legend Films
* THE LOST CONTINENT (1968) Anchor Bay
* MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH (1964) / PREMATURE BURIAL (1962) MGM
* MILL OF THE STONE WOMEN (1960) Mondo Macabro
* MR. SARDONICUS (1961) Sony
* THE PIT & THE PENDULUM (1961) MGM
* PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES (1966) Anchor Bay
* THE PLAYGIRLS & THE VAMPIRE (1962) Image Entertainment
* THE REPTILE (1966) Anchor Bay
* RETURN OF DRACULA (1958) / THE VAMPIRE (1957) MGM
* THE SKULL (1965) Legend Films
* SLAUGHTER OF THE VAMPIRES (1962) Dark Sky
* SPIDER BABY (1964) Dark Sky
* TALES OF TERROR (1962) MGM
* 13 GHOSTS (1960) Sony
* THE TINGLER (1959) Sony
* TOMB OF LIGEA (1965) MGM
* THE VAMPIRE (1957) / THE VAMPIRE'S COFFIN (1957) CasaNegra
* THE VIRGIN OF NUREMBERG (1963) Media Blasters
* Hammer Horror - The Franchise Collection:
BRIDES OF DRACULA (1960)
CURSE OF THE WEREWOLF (1961)
THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1962)
PARANOIAC (1962)
KISS OF THE VAMPIRE (1963)
NIGHTMARE (1964)
NIGHT CREATURES (1962)
EVIL OF FRANKENSTEIN (1964) Universal
* Samuel Z. Arkoff Collection:
HOW TO MAKE A MONSTER (1958) / BLOOD OF DRACULA (1957) Lionsgate

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Wanted in R1: UNEARTHLY STRANGER ('63) / IF I HAD A MILLION ('32) / THE FACE BEHIND THE MASK ('41) / IT CONQUERED THE WORLD ('56) / TERROR ABOARD ('33) / DANGER ROUTE ('68) / THE BLISS OF MRS. BLOSSOM ('68) / GUNN ('67) / ZOO IN BUDAPEST ('33) / THE SEA WOLF ('41) / DAY OF THE TRIFFIDS ('63, restored) / ALAKAZAM THE GREAT ('60) / DARKER THAN AMBER ('70) / THEY WON'T BELIEVE ME ('47) / CROSSWINDS ('51) / JIVARO ('54)

Wanted TV-on-DVD: T.H.E. CAT (1966-67) / SUSPICION (1957-58) / WAY OUT (1961) / ALFRED HITCHCOCK HOUR (1962-65) / PANIC! (1957-58) / CORONET BLUE (1965) / DRAGNET ('50s) / NEW ADVENTURES OF HUCK FINN (1968) / BUS STOP (1961-62) / THE WESTERNER (1960) / THE IMMORTAL (1970) / BLUE LIGHT (1966) / TERRIERS (2010) / THE MAN WHO NEVER WAS (1966)


#13 of 15 OFFLINE   Brad Vautrinot

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Posted May 25 2008 - 08:13 AM

I can recommend with enthusiasm:

The Man From Planet X
Forbidden Planet
The Thing From Another World (1951)
Them!
The Curse Of Frankenstein
Creature From The Black Lagoon
X-The Unknown
The Day The Earth Stood Still
Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956)

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#14 of 15 OFFLINE   Robert Crawford

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Posted May 25 2008 - 09:34 AM

Beth,
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#15 of 15 OFFLINE   BethHarrison

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Posted May 25 2008 - 11:27 AM

Wow, thank you so much guys. Wonderful list Peter - cheers!!

Muchly obliged everyone!