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Question: From which country do you most enjoy classic Sci-Fi output?
U.S.A. all the way! - 5 (38.5%)
U.K. 's got it right! - 2 (15.4%)
Japan and its monsters! - 1 (7.7%)
No preference - I Love Them All Equally. - 5 (38.5%)
I Don't Like 50s-60s Sci-Fi. - 0 (0%)
You forgot Italy, Mexico or another country. - 0 (0%)
Total Voters: 12

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« on: June 24, 2012, 07:50:12 PM »

Wasn't sure just where I should put this idea I had for a thread but ultimately decided on Good Movies as I personally feel many classic Sci-Fi film are unfairly thought of as bad due to their similarity to many B-movies of the era and indeed some of the so-called B-movies can at times be as good if not better than the top genre films (OK I'll admit it's a stretch with some of the names below many of which are clearly B-movies). Anyways thinking classic Sci-Fi of the 1950s and 1960s, certain films truly stand out. The U.S. gave us films of top quality as well as cheesy Z-grade sci-fi. Personally I'd argue most U.S. fare was more adventurous and more prone to showing monsters and alien critters on the loose, the U.K. gave us some of the same kind of fare but I'd argue there was more symbolism and stuff to make one think and they often didn't show its monsters so quickly and when they did, they were somehow presented in a more belieavable fashion while Japanese Sci-Fi of the era was focused very much on giant monsters on the loose wrecking damage and destruction. Granted all three countries have examples of the highest quality science fiction storytelling as well as examples of absolute dreck. Granted with some films, there's co-production between the different countries (2001, Mysterious Island, Godzilla-King of the Monsters). Still there's a certain distinctive style at work arguably with each country.

Anyways from the USA, we got:

Planet of the Apes
Forbidden Planet
The Day the Earth Stood Still
The Time Machine
The Thing From Another World
Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Fantastic Voyage
Creature From the Black Lagoon
Them!
On the Beach
War of the Worlds
It Came From Outer Space
The Fly
Seconds
Colossus: The Forbin Project
When Worlds Collide
The Blob
Tarantula
The Incredible Shrinking Man
Invaders From Mars
X: the Man With the X-Ray Eyes
Robinson Crusoe on Mars
Panic in Year Zero
The Beast From 20000 Fathoms
Donovan's Brain

From the U.K., there was:

Fahrenheit 451
When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth
The War Game
The Day of the Triffids
Quatermass and the Pit
Village of the Damned
Children of the Damned
The Quatermass Xperiment
The Day the Earth Caught Fire
The Man in the White Suit
Journey to the Far Side of the Sun
The Curse of Frankenstein
These Are the Damned
Quatermass 2
Gorgo
Fiend Without a Face
Island of Terror
The Giant Behemoth
The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed
Frankenstein Created Woman
Night of the Big Heat
X the Unknown
Curse of the Fly
First Men in the Moon
Stranger From Venus
The Strange World of Planet X
The Mind of Mr. Soames
The Brain (1962)
You Only Live Twice

From Japan:

Gojira (AKA: Godzilla)
Mothra
Rodan
The H-Man
King Kong vs. Godzilla
The Green Slime
Mothra vs. Godzilla
Frankenstein Conquers the World
Ghidrah, the Three Headed Monster
Godzilla Raids Again
Godzilla vs. Monster Zero
Destroy All Monsters
War of the Gargantuas
Godzilla's Revenge
Ebirah, Horror of the Deep
Matango
Latitude Zero
The Mysterians
Gammera the Invincible
King Kong Escapes
Son of Godzilla
Gamera vs. Guiron
Atragon
The Manster
Monster From a Prehistoric Planet (Gappa)
Battle in Outer Space
Gamera vs. Barugon
Space Amoeba
Gorath
Gamera vs. Viras
Warning From Space
Varan the Unbelievable
Dogora
Gamera vs. Jiger
Gamera vs. Viras
The Ultra Man
The X From Outer Space
The Last War
Terror Beneath the Sea
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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2012, 07:54:06 PM »

Japan and its monsters! Thumbup


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« Reply #2 on: June 25, 2012, 06:31:42 AM »

I've got a slight preference for UK stuff - the British accents always make them sound so much more serious lol.  US had a lot of good stuff too though.  I'm not a fan of the Japanese monster movies.  Used to like them but then one weekend I watched a Godzilla marathon and...ugh.  My lifetime quota of dopiness was exceeded I'm afraid.  "It's all the fault of porrution and nucrear energy!"
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« Reply #3 on: June 25, 2012, 07:35:32 AM »

I put the U.K. I mean Common! Doctor who, Who could not give that place medals just for that :) Despite the crappy special effects in the early days.
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« Reply #4 on: June 25, 2012, 11:40:50 AM »

Don't forget Yongary 1967. He's from South Korea.

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« Reply #5 on: June 25, 2012, 01:01:37 PM »

I'd have to go with no  preference.....each one has some real classics in my book. Although I must admit that Japan does the best monsters. I adore "The Creeping Terror" of course but vs. Godzilla.....? No contest. TeddyR
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« Reply #6 on: June 25, 2012, 04:34:56 PM »

As much fun as the Japanese monster flicks are and as much as the UK overachieved in these decades, I have to give my vote to the US.  INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS, DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL, and FORBIDDEN PLANET are 3 seminal classics I don't think the other countries can match.
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« Reply #7 on: June 25, 2012, 09:22:09 PM »

Rev. Powell makes a pretty good point and on some levels I agree. However then I look at UK's offerings and I realize The Man in the White Suit, Quatermass and the Pit and The Abominable Snowman should be all up as classics as well although I think all three are a bit underrated. The original Godzilla from Japan is a bonafide classic too in its own right and one can make arguments for films like Matango, The H-Man, Mothra and Rodan too IMO. UltimatelY I had to vote for loving them all equally myself. Of course I admit I have most all, with only a few exceptions, the films listed in my collection. For the person who mentioned Doctor Who, the UK did give us two films starring Peter Cushing - Dr. Who and the Daleks and Daleks Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D..
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« Reply #8 on: June 25, 2012, 10:14:45 PM »

Is The H-Man and Terror Beneath the Sea any good?

I've never seen those two.
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« Reply #9 on: June 26, 2012, 01:17:10 AM »

No preference all three countries including Italy produced good Sci Fi.
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« Reply #10 on: June 26, 2012, 01:21:56 AM »

No preference, each country has their own unique approach to sci-fi flicks.


Is The H-Man and Terror Beneath the Sea any good?

I've never seen those two.

I feel asleep in the first 10-20 minutes of The H-Man, but I think it involves narcotics, a nightclub, strippers/dancers, and radioactive blobs (not sure about the last one though)
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« Reply #11 on: June 26, 2012, 06:04:58 AM »

Cool. Yeah, I watched the trailer for Terror Beneath the Sea last night...

It looked so horrible! The dub was way off, monster was corny, bad acting...

I must see it. Twirling
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« Reply #12 on: June 26, 2012, 02:40:35 PM »

I think the USA wins the 1950s category and Japan wins for the 1960s.  But I picked USA because I prefer 50s sci-fi over 60s.

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« Reply #13 on: June 26, 2012, 10:08:52 PM »

Yes H-Man requires a certain amount of patience especially for today's younger audience who want immediate pay-offs and stuff to hold their rather short attention spans. I bet most younger folks would dismiss the classic Solaris and 2001: A Space Odyssey as boring but they often never really give them a chance as both films force one to think a bit outside the box.
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« Reply #14 on: June 27, 2012, 04:50:33 AM »

Japan definatly has the best monsters. But that is why they now have the best Horror films.
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