Forbidden Planet

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A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet’s colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.

ACTORS :   Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen

YEAR OF RELEASE :  1956

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When Adams and his crew are sent to investigate the silence from a planet inhabited by scientists, he finds all but two have died. Dr. Morbius and his daughter Altaira have somehow survived a hideous monster that roams the planet. Unknown to Adams, Morbius has made a discovery and has no intention of sharing it (or his daughter!) with anyone.

Brilliant: Undiluted Pulp Science Fiction on the big screen

This is the Roman Empire of Science Fiction films. All films before lead into it, and all films since flow out of it. It captures the romance, the spirit, and the nifty look of 1950’s pulp science fiction. This is one science fiction movie with a theme, not just eye-candy. No matter how high humanity climbs on the evolutionary scale, no matter how advanced our technology becomes, we must never forget the primal instincts of our darker nature.

This film is a masterpiece.

Spaceships were much cooler in the ’50s!
 
Yep, they were. Red leather, lovely 30’s inspired decor, a minimum of screens & flashing lights. In fact, I consider the minimalist layout to be much MORE hi-tech than the cluttered ships we usually see. Much of the dreary stuff is hidden from view. It makes the film seem quite modern (sort of).

The Robinsons from “Lost in Space” shopped at the same Galactic Supa- Centre – they bought a scaled-down ship, less expensive gear & a cheaper version of Robby but you can easily see the lineage.

The special effects must have seemed pretty excellent back in the day because they still look good. Nice laser shots, the monster is well done, all in all, they did a really good job.

Sure, there are some holes in the plot but it isn’t Shakespeare, it’s a really good example of Science Fiction. Much, much better than I expected.

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