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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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« Reply #15 on: June 27, 2012, 06:53:44 AM »

Matango aka Attack of the Mushroom People is on my top 50 list. It's a creepy film indeed. Twirling



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« Reply #16 on: June 27, 2012, 12:26:45 PM »

Sorry if I sounded like an old fart before but I find I'm starting to sound more and more like that the older I get and I'm only 38 yet.
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« Reply #17 on: June 28, 2012, 02:28:15 PM »

I like them all. They all have something to offer. The Uk films seemed more cerebral or "up town", the Japanese films were crazy, over the top fun and the US films weee a combo platter of both. Now I know that's a big, sweeping generalization but I tend to pick the Jpanese films when I want somethig crazy, etc.
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« Reply #18 on: June 28, 2012, 04:27:25 PM »

USA,baby!
AIP was th' s**t in the 50's-and then you had big budget stuff like WAR OF THE WORLDS,INVADERS FROM MARS,FORBIDDEN PLANET-and Ray Harryhausen too!
Japan did the excellent giant monster stuff in the 60'sibut the Staes still beat 'em with PLANET OF THE APES,2001,NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (yes-it is technically a sci-fier.)
The UK beats 'em in horror with the Hammer films,though.

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« Reply #19 on: July 24, 2012, 01:52:51 PM »

     I prefer American Sci-Fi from that period; the English are sometimes dreadfully dry (4-X, INVASION) and, while I enjoy watching stuntmen wrestle in rubber dinosaur suits, the Japanese product is often silly.

      I will also add that the Italians did some slick / cool stuff in the 60's (TENTH VICTIM, PLANET ON THE PROWL, etc.)

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« Reply #20 on: July 24, 2012, 01:59:57 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


     You forgot THE PROJECTED MAN, which played  on a double bill with ISLAND OF TERROR....

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« Reply #21 on: July 24, 2012, 08:16:53 PM »

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.
What'd'ya mean "common"?   Lookingup  Y'mean "c'mon".  As in "come on".  Holy crap.  I wouldn't care, except all your postings reflect a complete disregard for grammar and spelling. 

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« Reply #22 on: July 27, 2012, 06:34:19 PM »

This was a really tough call for me.  I chose USA, but Japan is a really close second.  There is some good stuff from other countries too, but most of the really cool movies of the genre at that time were coming from the US and Japan for sure.

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