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Announcing the Keep Watching the Skies! Science Fiction Movies of the 1950s Blogathon!

Image from Robert Wise’s 1951 classic “The Day the Earth Stood Still”.

My favorite era of science fiction films is the 1950s.  It’s described as the classic era where many of the sci-fi productions were low-budget films designed for a largely teenage audience.  While many were formulaic, gimmicky, comic-book style films, they drew upon the political themes or public concerns of the day, including depersonalization, invasion, and fear of nuclear weapons (Earth and/or humanity were a constant target; the threat of the real-life Cold War loomed over these films).

Here are my guidelines for this blogathon:

  • For the purposes of this blogathon, you can contribute a review of a 1950s sci-fi feature film.  You may also suggest a blogathon-related topic to write about (pending my approval).  These must also be brand new posts (no recycling of old posts).
  • No duplicates (there are so many science fiction films from the 1950s to choose from, except Forbidden Planet, which I will be covering).  If you’re having difficulty in choosing a film, please check here.
  • To submit your choice, please include your name, the name of your blog, your blog URL, and your choice in the comments section below.  I will update this post as often as possible with the latest roster additions.
  • Once your submission is confirmed, please choose one of the banners below and use it on your blog to promote this event.  Don’t forget to spread the word to your fellow bloggers as well as on Twitter, Facebook, etc. (use the hashtags #KeepWatchingtheSkies! #ScienceFictionMoviesofthe1950sBlogathon; it would be most appreciated).

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The blogathon will take place from Monday Sept. 26th through Wednesday Sept. 28th.  You can post your entry on your blog on any of those days (or slightly ahead of time if you wish).  Just let me know by posting a link below in the comments section and I will post a blogathon update for each day (and for those of you on Twitter, I will retweet your blogathon post tweets).

I hope I’ve covered everything, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask me.  Otherwise, have fun and I look forward to reading your posts!

The Keep Watching the Skies! Science Fiction Movies of the 1950s Blogathon Roster:

The Cinematic Frontier: Forbidden Planet
Film Music Central: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
“Destroy All Fanboys!”Gog
In the Good Old Days of Classic HollywoodDesk Set
Parlor of Horror: 20 Million Miles To Earth
Movierob: Destination Moon & From the Earth To the Moon
Musings of a Classic Film Addict: Creature From the Black Lagoon
The Midnite Drive-In: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Moon In Gemini: The World, the Flesh, and the Devil
The Wonderful World of Cinema: 1984 (1956)
The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog: The Abominable Snowman (1957)
The Oak Drive-In: The Quatermass Xperiment
Old Hollywood Films: The Thing From Another World
Radiator Heaven: Them!
Some Polish American Guy Reviews Things: The Phantom From 10,000 Leagues
Wolffian Classic Movies Digest: The War of the Worlds & Invaders From Mars
CineMaven’s Essays From the Couch: Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)

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66 responses to “Announcing the Keep Watching the Skies! Science Fiction Movies of the 1950s Blogathon!

  1. My deep deep apologies for missing the deadline with my submission of “Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman.” Life just got away from me. I’m so sorry.
    ~ CineMaven

  2. My article on The Thing from Another World for Old Hollywood Films is ready:

    http://www.oldhollywoodfilms.com/2016/09/the-thing-from-another-world.html

    Thanks for hosting!

  3. Hello,
    Here mine. Some Creepy B&W Hammer Sci-Fi/Horror from 1955 – THE QUATERMASS XPERIMENT. Thanks a bunch for hosting this !

    http://theoakdrivein.blogspot.com/2016/09/the-quatermass-xperiment-1955.html

  4. Ok, my post is up for the classic Harryhausen/Schneer film, 20 Million Miles to Earth – it’s also a kind of tribute to Ray Harryhausen. Check it out… https://parlorofhorror.wordpress.com/2016/09/27/20-million-miles-to-earth-movie-review-and-tribute/

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  8. Hi Louis. Would it be alright if I change my entry? I’m not that much familiar with science fiction films, but if it’s alright, I would like to write about “Desk Set” ( 1957 ) instead. It’s not classified as a science fiction, but it certainly does have many elements of it.

  9. Hey hey over here. Wait a minute! Over here!! Is it too late to put in my request? I’m CineMaven from CineMaven’s Essays from the Couch and I’d like to write about “Attack of the Fifty Foot Woman.” Do let me know if I can help her find “HARRY!!!!” Thanks. Here’s the link to my blog: https://cinemavensessaysfromthecouch.wordpress.com/

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  11. The War of the Worlds(1953) and Invaders from Mars in a double feature review called the martian classics of the 1950.

  12. Hello! I would be interested in reviewing The (Great & Mighty) Phantom From 10,000 Leagues. My blog is http://polishamericanguyreviews.blogspot.com/

  13. Great idea for a blogathon. I’d like to review THEM!

  14. I would like to review The Thing From Another World for Old Hollywood Films if that one’s not taken yet.

    Thanks

  15. Hello. I’d like to do The Creeping Unknown (1955) if possible. Thanks !

  16. Hi, this is Dan from The Hitless Wonder Movie Blog (dandayjr35.blogspot.com). I’d like to participate in this blogathon by writing a post on the 1957 Hammer film “The Abominable Snowman of the Himalayas”.

  17. Hey science fiction films from the 50s are my favourite! I’d like to write about 1984 (the 1956 version of course)!
    Here is my blog: https://thewonderfulworldofcinema.wordpress.com

  18. Hi, I’d love to join in!

    Please put me down for The World, the Flesh and the Devil (1959). Love me some post-apocalyptic angst.

    My blog is Moon in Gemini: https://debravega.wordpress.com/

  19. This blogathon is “like the Incredible Shrinking Man meets the 50 Foot Woman and they try to get it on…” (a quote from It Came From Hollywood)

  20. I was a history major in college. I always had a pipe dream of writing a book on the Red Scare and how it was approached through the sci-fi genre. Never actually got around to it. Maybe I could do something a little more compact as a blog entry. An overview is my plan, but as an alternative, in case that is unacceptable, I’d choose Invasion of the Body Snatchers.

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  22. What a wonderful blogathon idea! I’ll take Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) if that’s available. I’d be talking about it here on Musings from a Classic Film Addict https://annsblyth.wordpress.com/ . Thank you!

  23. Reblogged this on and commented:
    Check out Louis from The Cinematic Frontier’s upcoming blogathon – Keep Watching the Skies! Science Fiction Films of the 1950’s!

  24. i’m in! can I do Destination Moon (1950) and From the Earth to the Moon (1958)?

  25. I’d like to review 20 Million Miles to Earth if it’s still available. 🙂

  26. Hi Louis. I’ve decided on my first film. I’ll take “20,000 Leagues Under The Sea” if that’s ok?

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  28. Excellent. Greg from Destroy All Fanboys (fanboydestroy.com) here – I’ll grab This Island Earth, as it’s one of those classics that’s been horribly maligned thanks to MST3K turning it into a comic shell of its former near greatness and some younger viewers getting the wrong impression since.

    • Have at it! Welcome aboard! Also check out the special features on the Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie blu-ray; one of them explores how This Island Earth ended up being chosen for the film, the odd circumstances that resulted in MST3K: The Movie having a running time that was unusually shorter than a regular episode from the TV show, and how that affected which portions of This Island Earth were shown in the film.

      • That clipped run time always bugged me on MST3K:TM, but I’d read an interview done around or after the release that covered some of the stuff you mentioned. I don’t hate that film, mind you. I just got into defending TIE’s honor for a bit when it popped up in conversations as a “worst sci-fi film” candidate solely based on the parody’s take on it.

      • I read your updated article. I enjoyed it, but since it’s an updated post, I’m going to need a new pick from you for the blogathon. Just let me know which one you decide to go with. Thanks!

      • Excellent. Gog (1954) will be my second choice, as I’ve done a few 50’s saucer flicks already on the site. Of course, the aliens in that film have an INVISIBLE ship, so watching the skies will be somewhat tricky… 😀

      • Very nice. Welcome aboard (again)!

  29. I’m in! I (Film Music Central) from https://filmmusiccentral.com claim The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) (I hope no one has claimed that yet)

  30. Swell. I’ll make up for my absence in your Mel Brooks blogathon, and I’ll do two entries for this blogathon.

  31. Yes, I’d like to participate 🙂 I’ll pic out a film and let you know which one…

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