Discussion in 'TV Show Forum' started by Miyazaki, Feb 25, 2004.
Just watched this 50's classic for the first time. Absolute joy.
Klatu Varada Nictu
How come you have not watched it before?
It seem like over the last few days are discovering some off the oldies are goodies.
If this is the first time you saw it you may not have heard the biblical connections with the film.
Also I always wonder if they got the idea for a certain X-Man from it as well.
Great film with a well told story which relies very little on action. The score by Bernard Herrmann was spot on for the film.
The 50s had a lot of sci-Fi film that are worth watching out for although this is one of the best if not the best.
It's a B&W sci-fi film, with dire effects, "aliens" that are human?! And that robot looked rubbish.
But I thought, i'd give it a try anyway. And I loved it!
It's not even a sci-fi film really, very good!
You have to remember when watching such films the period they were made and make adjustments for it.
The seamless door on the space craft was a really big special effect in those days.
An other to watch out for is The Invasion of the Body Snatchers which is a classic, the only thing is the remake may have spoiled it for you.
A gem of a movie. One of the great Science Fiction films ever. Doesn't rely on SFX to prop it up, but rather (shock horror) depends on a solid story and scripting as well as some excellent performances. The score by Bernard Herrmann ain't half bad either!
As Garrett stated, a strong Messianic allegory, with Klaatu as a definite Christ-like figure.
Quite common to many classic SF films, with probably the most recent example being ET. Consider the following;
After a bright light is seen in the sky, ET is found in a shed. He is visited by three children that bring him gifts. He heals the sick (the cut finger) and performs other "miracles". He dies and is resurrected and ascends back into the heavens while telling those he leaves behind "I'll be right here".
Most striking example of this is when he emerges from the back of the van towards the end of the movie, arms outstretched, wrapped in the white sheet with the glowing heart - very reminiscent of the pose in the Catholic portrait of Jesus as the Sacred Heart.
The use of such a deeply ingrained myth at the core of the story may explain the resonant chord many classic SF films have stuck for many (even the non-religious) over the years.
And if I can be really anorakish, it's Klaatu Barada Nikto. How sad is that!
hehe the_pauley...d'ya know I was gonna correct Garrett but didn't want to let ya all know how sad I was
He said the words.
Look. Maybe he didn't say every single little tiny syllable, no. But basically he said them, yeah.
I've always liked this movie too (have it on laserdisc).
Forbidden planet is another goodie
Yes an other good 50s film. That one was supposed to be based on Shakespeare The Tempest (didnt know they had spaceships and robots in Elizabethan times).
An other goodie is The Incredible Shrinking Man which I bought the book of for the second time at Christmas along with I am Legend which was made into a film with Vincent Price but can never remember seeing it on TV, they were both wrote by Richard Matheson. Oh it was later remade as The Omega Man.
Forbidden Planet is superb,
I just picked up two of my favourite 50's sci-fi - Them ! and Beast from 20,000 Fathoms.
Yeah "Them" is another good one.
Remember when I was a lot younger it being shown on the BBC2 Saturday Night horror double bill a few times
Saw this when I was a young kid, loved it then, must have been nearly 30 years ago
Them! Is a top 50s B&W film.
Its the one with the giant ants
Some of my faves from my youth, all of them.
Along with the film based on the book, the Midwich Cuckoos. Wasn't it 'Village of the Damned' or something. Or perhaps Children of the Damned? About these kids with nasty ESP powers that could force people to kill themselves. Absolute classic.
The original 'The Fly' was great too.
There was 3 films out in the 60s with the same idea in mind
In this order the first was based on the book The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndam (as was the film Day of the Triffids). This is the order of the films. The last one was not to bad either, but the 3rd was somewhat muddled from what I remember.
Village of the Damned (George Sander and Barbara Shelly).
These are the Dammed
Children of the Dammed (Alfred Burke (great actor))
Obviously a highly dangerous form of drinking choc that
Sterp pocang fen hat my dyslexia
"Children of the Damned" was a direct sequel to "Village of the Damned".
"These Are The Damned" a.k.a "The Damned" (not to be confused with the Visconti movie of the same name made several years later) was an early work by Joseph Losey and was not connected to the other two. This is a common error as this movie too is science fiction based and also involves a group of children.
For many years Losey bemoaned the fact that the studio cut the heart out of his movie because they did not understand it, but apparently a restored print has been doing the rounds at SF and film festivals in the US recently, so fingers crossed for a restored DVD then.
Also VOT Damned and COT Damned are due a R1 release this year.
I do not know if "Children of the Damned" was a direct sequel to "Village of the Damned". As the children had the same power but their agenda in the two films were different from each other.
I think more of a film strongly based on the first one than a sequel.
You are right about the Damned as this was all to do with mans doing and as far as I remember the children had no powers but it is so long since I saw it last I could be wrong.
"The Damned" concerned a government experiment to breed a group of (in effect) radioactive children in order to find a way to survive a nuclear holocaust.
Gave a very early screen role to a young Oliver Reed.
Yes thats as I remembered it,
Oliver was in a gang.
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