Early Science Fiction Movies

Wednesday, March 23 by Shawn Lealos

Early science fiction movies were created to allow fans to question the way the world is ran through fantastical tales. Whether they are space adventures, alien invasion movies or deal with alternate universes, these movies laid the foundation for all science fiction that came later.

  1. “A Trip to the Moon” – Georges Melies created the first of the early science fiction movies in 1902 with this French silent film. The movie is based on novels by science fiction masters Jules Verne and H.G. Wells. Through special effects, it shows men making a trip to the moon where they are attacked by aliens.
  2. “Metropolis” – German expressionist filmmaker Fritz Lang created one of the finest of the early science fiction movies in 1927. The movie takes place in a society where the classes are separated by the owners and the workers who always battle for their rights. It was re-released in 2010 in its original form.
  3. “Frankenstein” – While many rightfully consider this a horror film, it is also one of the early science fiction movies as well. The movie follows an evil scientist who creates life with body parts and technology. The movie questions what happens when humans attempt to play God.
  4. “The Day the Earth Stood Still” – The original 1951 science fiction movie tackles the fear of the unknown. A spacecraft lands on Earth with two beings aboard, Klaatu and his robot Gort. Klaatu explains he has a message but the military attack and take him prisoner. The message is simply if Earth continues to remain violent, powerful aliens will destroy the planet.
  5. “The Thing from Another World” – This is one of the early science fiction horror movies where scientists at an Arctic research outlet find themselves trapped when an alien arrives. The alien begins to kill everyone there, one by one, as they fight to stay alive.
  6. “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” – The original 1956 science fiction movie is an indictment at the witch hunts during the Communist scare. The movie supposes that aliens begin to capture humans, create pods and take over their bodies. No one knows who they can trust when the aliens could be right next to you.
  7. “The War of the Worlds” – Based on the H.G. Wells novel, this is one of the most critically acclaimed early science fiction movies. Almost a continuation of the story from “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” this movie shows what happens when the aliens finally attack the Earth.
  8. “Forbidden Planet” – This campy early science fiction movie follows a space crew traveling to a planet where they have lost contact with former comrades. When they arrive, they find a mad scientist who has created a world for his family to live while a dangerous being destroys anything that threatens them.
  9. “Planet of the Apes”Charlton Heston stars in this early science fiction movie as an astronaut who crash lands on a strange planet. When he finds civilization, he learns that apes rule this world and humans are uncivilized slaves, used for menial tasks.
  10. “2001: A Space Odyssey”Stanley Kubrick created his masterpiece with this, one of the best early science fiction movies. A space craft investigates a recently discovered artifact and might have found the beginning of the universe itself.
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