THE WAR OF THE WORLDS
1953, Paramount, 85 min, USA, Dir: Byron Haskin

Gene Barry and Ann Robinson battle invading Martian war machines in this still amazingly visceral, comic book-style feast of apocalyptic images – one of the defining sci-fi films of the 1950s. Produced by George Pal, based on the classic novel by H.G. Wells.


DESTINATION MOON
1950, Wade Williams, 91 min, USA, Dir: Irving Pichel

Producer George Pal’s rarely screened classic helped usher in the sci-fi boom of the 1950s and featured amazingly realistic depictions (for the time) of manned space flight and lunar landing, aided by German rocket expert Hermann Oberth (who worked on Fritz Lang’s similarly futuristic DIE FRAU IM MOND in 1929). Starring John Archer (WHITE HEAT), Warner Anderson and Tom Powers. Academy Award winner for Best Special Effects.


WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE
1951, Paramount, 83 min, USA, Dir: Rudolph Mate

Despite its age, WHEN WORLDS COLLIDE still remains far superior to all the other "giant-asteroid-on-a-collision-course-with-Earth" films that followed. Scientist Richard Derr tries to convince skeptical colleagues and world leaders about the Earth’s imminent demise. When they fail to listen, a dedicated band of pioneers constructs a Noah’s Ark-like rocket ship to save a few brave souls from annihilation. With Barbara Rush, Peter Hansen. Winner of the 1951 Special Effects Oscar - wait till you see the sinking of Manhattan!


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