My brain will be fried by then. Modern sci fi movies make me think too much.
Then let’s choose movies that are just mindless sci fi fun. Get ready to do *zero* thinking.
Step #1: Find them.
- In the library catalog, put the phrase “science fiction” in the SUBJECT
- Under FORMAT (on the left), choose DVD. Wow, 313!
- Change the dates: you’ll see that the publication years stretch from 1926-2016: 90 years of sci fi movies! (The 1926 was Fritz Lang’s classic Metropolis, but that’s sort of not fun.) Change the years to 1930-1960.
Step #2: Choose some that you want to see. For example:
- The Blob (1958) — The original is much more fun and much less yucky than the remake. Here’s a trailer: the Blob can’t be stopped!! (This was Steve McQueen‘s first movie; he went on to make classics including The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, and Bullitt.)
- Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) — Idiotic and extremely fun. The two actors who played “the gill-man” were, sadly, uncredited.
- Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956) — Look at those saucers! The immortal Ray Harryhausen did the special effects.
- It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955) — Another classic Harryhausen. Look at those tentacles!
Step #3 — Take the call numbers to the M-Level Service Desk, and the nice people will bring the DVD’s to you.
These look really great, and I won’t need to use my brain at all! I love the trailers, too. But which one would you choose as the most brain-vegetating sci fi movie of all?
A more fun question would be, “which has the worst special effects of all?” That’s a tough call; like I really loved the alien’s costume of gorilla suit plus diver’s helmet in Robot Monster. But treat yourself to:
- Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959) — You’ve heard the stories: it was awarded the “Golden Turkey” for worst movie of all time, Bela Lugosi died during filming and was replaced by director Ed Wood‘s chiropractor, and so on. (There are zombies in it, too.)
So hang on, everyone! You can do it! And then it will be time once again for classic, awful, no-thought-required wonderful science fiction movies!
Wow, thanks, Sci Fi Librarian!