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« on: September 18, 2012, 12:50:13 PM »

I'm sure we've discussed something like this before, but I think this is a much more specific topic. My daughter has gotten a kick out of movies and shows that have spoofed or paid homage to 50s Cold-War-era b-movies. She loved Planet 51, she's seen some Godzilla and I'm planning to show her The Iron Giant, and she's seen a few old cartoons and sitcoms that reference the same sort of topics.

I'd like to show her some more of the real thing. The difficulty is finding the best examples of movies with flying saucers, stop-motion monsters, scientists and military types, that will be appropriate for her. They have to be fun and easy to understand, but they can't be too scary or too slowly paced. Been looking at a few potential candidates, but generally finding either a bit too much death or a bit too much talking.

Any suggestions?
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« Reply #1 on: September 18, 2012, 02:19:40 PM »

I bought a "Gamera" double-feature DVD at the dollar store a while ago and my kids (ages 9 and 5) loved that. They were rolling on the floor laughing at the ultra-cheap special effects. "It looks so FAKE!"

Last year around the holidays I picked up "Santa Claus Conquers The Martians" at the same dollar store, thinking the kids might get a kick out of that as well... but after watching it myself, I decided not to bother because I really think exposing them to such an epic stinker probably constitutes some form of child abuse.  TeddyR
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« Reply #2 on: September 18, 2012, 06:33:49 PM »

Robot Monster went over well here.
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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2012, 08:47:41 PM »

Ray Harryhausen's EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS seems the most fitting choice for you there Andy. Perhaps a bit too much death though. I think I would have loved ATTACK OF THE MONSTERS (a Gamera film) and INVADERS FROM MARS (1953) as a teenager but they're honestly likely scary for a little one. 20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH perhaps but no doubt one feels sad for the Ymir.
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« Reply #4 on: September 18, 2012, 09:58:41 PM »

Ray Harryhausen's EARTH VS. THE FLYING SAUCERS seems the most fitting choice for you there Andy. Perhaps a bit too much death though.

That's actually where this question came from. I watched Earth vs. the Flying Saucers the other night, thinking it might fit the bill, but there was quite a lot in the way of people getting shot and blown up and disintegrated. More than that, I think my daughter might be disturbed by the general getting mind-probed and turned into a zombie. That and the movie can get kind of slow and talky when the saucers aren't around. I think she'll probably like it, maybe in another year or so, but it's more than I'd want to start her out with.
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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2012, 06:22:24 AM »

Here's a couple of possibilities.



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« Reply #6 on: September 19, 2012, 12:34:20 PM »

I remember enjoying The Blob (50's) when I was younger.

I might also suggest The 3 Worlds of Guilver to get her started of on Harryhausen.
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« Reply #7 on: September 19, 2012, 12:39:55 PM »

My daughter flipped for Ray Harryhausen....

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Plus she loved the old classic horror films,like The Mummy and the original Dracula.....ones with tons of atmosphere and not mostly gore.
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« Reply #8 on: September 19, 2012, 12:41:03 PM »

I remember enjoying The Blob (50's) when I was younger.

Been thinking about The Blob. It's a fun movie, and we see very little of the thing actually eating people. Plus, Ro already loves the theme song.

Anything with mummies is definitely out. Ro is scared to death of mummies. Never understood why.
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« Reply #9 on: September 19, 2012, 12:45:07 PM »

I remember enjoying The Blob (50's) when I was younger.

Been thinking about The Blob. It's a fun movie, and we see very little of the thing actually eating people. Plus, Ro already loves the theme song.

Anything with mummies is definitely out. Ro is scared to death of mummies. Never understood why.

Ooops! Ignore part of my post.
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« Reply #10 on: September 19, 2012, 12:46:29 PM »

I'd go with some  GAMERA flicks; too fake to be scary and that character was pretty much intended for kids anyway.

Not really cold-war related but the old ULTRAMAN episodes are pretty crazy & fun.
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« Reply #11 on: September 19, 2012, 03:05:17 PM »

I'm not sure if anyone has said this yet but any kaiju film that's not overlly dark would be good, also any Harryhausen I'm sure a kid would like.
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« Reply #12 on: September 19, 2012, 03:37:15 PM »

I remember really enjoying THE SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD when I saw it as a kid on a re-release at the drive-in.

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« Reply #13 on: September 19, 2012, 04:11:03 PM »

I'm not sure if anyone has said this yet but any kaiju film that's not overlly dark would be good, also any Harryhausen I'm sure a kid would like.

She's seen some kaiju already - Godzilla vs. the Sea Monster, Godzilla vs. Monster Zero, Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla so far. She enjoys those.

I will look into more Harryhausen movies. Quite a lot to choose from there.
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« Reply #14 on: September 19, 2012, 07:33:39 PM »

"The Blob" (the original) terrified me as a child.  I would have night terrors about it, running through the house and screaming.  Those episodes are one possible reason my mother went gray early.

"The Giant Claw" is an awesome b-movie; my kids liked it quite a bit.  They also enjoyed "The Deadly Mantis," and some of the other giant bug movies like "Beginning of the End."  "Them" was a bit too intense for the youngest.  Ditto with "The Horror of Party Beach" - the fake blood and the amazingly bad suspense actually had the kids scared.  Go figure.

As a kid I loved the Harryhausen Sinbad movies. 
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