DISCOVER--fifty schlocky vintage sci-fi movies worth a lookby jonabbott56 | created - 02 Jan 2013 | updated - 28 Jan 2016 | Public
As the old cliche goes, nobody ever set out to make a bad movie... although in the field of '50's sci-fi, it's fair to say that some cared more than others about the end result. Most of these films failed due to a combination of lack of funds and over-ambitious intentions. That's why they're worth a look, even if its only on fast-forward to 'the good bits'. Somewhere in these calamities there's about five minutes of good footage.
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1. Around the World Under the Sea (I) (1966)
G | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
The crew of a five-man submarine travels the world oceans, planting sensors on the ocean floor to warn scientists of any impending earthquakes.
5. Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)
Not Rated | 65 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
When an abused socialite grows to giant size because of an alien encounter and an aborted murder attempt, she goes after her cheating husband with revenge on her mind.
Votes: 4,480 | Gross: $0.48M
6. Attack of the Giant Leeches (2008)
Not Rated | 78 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror
In a small town, the silence is shattered by a rash of disappearances at the swamp near the old deserted factories. Bodies are being discovered with no blood left in their bodies. It's up ... See full summary »
7. Attack of the Puppet People (1958)
Approved | 79 min | Sci-Fi, Horror
Lonely, deranged puppet-master designs a machine that shrinks people.
This is, as the image shows, and everyone knows, Attack of the Puppet People.
9. The Giant Behemoth (1959)
Not Rated | 80 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Marine atomic tests cause changes in the ocean's ecosystem resulting in dangerous blobs of radiation and the resurrection of a dormant dinosaur that threatens London.
10. The Black Scorpion (1957)
Approved | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Horror
Volcanic activity frees giant scorpions from the earth who wreak havoc in the rural countryside and eventually threaten Mexico City.
11. The Brain from Planet Arous (1957)
Approved | 71 min | Action, Adventure, Horror
Gor, a powerful criminal brain from the planet Arous, assumes the body of scientist Steve March. Through March, he begins to control the world by threatening destruction to any country ... See full summary »
15. Day the World Ended (1955)
Approved | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
In a post-Apocalyptic world after an atomic war seven disparate people find themselves in a protected valley in the home of a survivalist and his beautiful daughter.
17. The Giant Claw (1957)
Approved | 75 min | Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Global panic ensues when it is revealed that a mysterious UFO is actually a giant bird that flies at supersonic speed and has no regard for life or architecture.
18. The Hideous Sun Demon (1958)
Unrated | 74 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
After exposure to radiation, an atomic research scientist finds himself changing into a murderous, lizard-like creature every time he is exposed to sunlight.
This Is, as the image shows, and everyone knows, The Hideous Sun Demon.
20. Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957)
Passed | 69 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi
A teenage couple accidentally awakens an alien after hitting it with their car.
This is known to everyone else as Invasion of the Saucer Men.
21. Invisible Invaders (1959)
Approved | 67 min | Sci-Fi, Horror
Aliens, contacting scientist Adam Penner, inform him that they have been on the moon for twenty thousand years, undetected due to their invisibility, and have now decided to annihilate ... See full summary »
22. It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)
Approved | 69 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
The first manned expedition to Mars is decimated by an unknown life form which stows away on the rescue ship.
24. It Conquered the World (1956)
Approved | 71 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A well meaning scientist guides an alien monster to Earth from Venus, so that he can rid mankind of feelings and emotions - but only death and sorrow results.
25. Journey to the Center of Time (1967)
Not Rated | 82 min | Sci-Fi
Gruff, hard-nosed new boss Stanton takes over a scientific research company upon the death of his benevolent father. Scientists Manning, Gordon and White, who are very close to a ... See full summary »
27. King Dinosaur (1955)
Not Rated | 63 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
A new planet moves into our solar system and four scientists (two couples) are sent to explore Planet Nova. In between romantic interludes, the cast faces an iguana masquerading as a Tyrannosaurus Rex.
28. Lost Continent (1951)
Passed | 83 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Major Joe Nolan heads a rescue mission in the South Pacific to recover a downed atomic rocket. The crew crashlands on a mysterious island, and spends much time rock-climbing. They meet up ... See full summary »
29. Mars Needs Women (1967 TV Movie)
Unrated | 83 min | Sci-Fi
Dop leads his fellow Martians to Earth on an interplanetary quest for females. Dop proves that Martians have impeccable taste when one of his first conquests turns out to be sexy scientist Dr. Marjorie Bolen.
30. Missile to the Moon (1958)
Approved | 78 min | Drama, Sci-Fi
Escaped convicts Gary and Lon are caught hiding in a rocket by scientist Dirk Green, who forces them to pilot the ship to the moon. Dirk, who's secretly a moon being, wants to return to his... See full summary »
31. The Mole People (1956)
Approved | 77 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
A party of archaeologists discovers the remnants of a mutant five-millennia-old Sumerian civilization living beneath a glacier atop a mountain in Mesopotamia.
32. Monster on the Campus (1958)
Approved | 77 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
The blood of a primitive fish exposed to gamma rays causes a benign research professor to regress to an ape-like, bloodthirsty prehistoric hominid.
34. Not of This Earth (1957)
Approved | 67 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
An alien agent from the distant planet Davana is sent to Earth via a high-tech matter transporter. There, he terrorizes Southern California in an attempt to acquire blood for his dying race, the result of a devastating nuclear war.
35. The Phantom Planet (1961)
Unrated | 82 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
After an invisible asteroid draws an astronaut and his ship to its surface, he is miniaturized by the phantom planet's exotic atmosphere.
36. Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
Not Rated | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
Evil aliens attack Earth and set their terrible "Plan 9" in action. As the aliens resurrect the dead of the Earth to destroy the living, our lives are in danger.
37. Queen of Outer Space (1958)
Unrated | 80 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
American astronauts are drawn by a mysterious force to the planet Venus, which they find to be inhabited only by beautiful women and their despotic queen.
38. Robot Monster (1953)
Approved | 66 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi
The monstrous Ro-Man attempts to annihilate the last family alive on Earth, but finds himself falling for their beautiful daughter.
Votes: 4,287 | Gross: $1.00M
40. The She-Creature (1956)
Approved | 77 min | Fantasy, Horror, Romance
A mysterious hypnotist reverts his beautiful assistant back into the form of a prehistoric sea monster that she was in a past life.
43. Teenagers from Outer Space (1959)
Not Rated | 86 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
A young alien and a teenage earthling fall in love, and plot to stop the alien's race from using Earth as a food-breeding ground for giant lobsters from their planet.
This is, as the image shows, and everyone knows, Teenagers from Outer Space.
46. Valley of the Dragons (1961)
Approved | 82 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi