University of Houston’s Digital History offers Trailers of Historically Significant Films. [link via Cynical-C]

I’ve included the 53 films of note for sf/f/h genre fans in chronological order with links to their trailers. And before the genre-Nazis start howling at the moon, these are Digital History’s classifications, except for Tarzan and His Mate (which was classified as Africa) and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (Education :O). Oddly, the 1933 King Kong is labeled as fantasy and the 1976 version is labeled as science fiction. Go figure. Also, I was going to include The Way We Were because it’s arguably horror, but I didn’t.

BONUS QUESTION: How many of these titles were based on books (excluding Outer Limits) ?

  1. Metropolis (1927)
  2. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
  3. Frankenstein (1931)
  4. Dracula (1931)
  5. The Mummy (1932)
  6. King Kong (1933)
  7. Invisible Man (1933)
  8. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
  9. Buck Rogers (1939)
  10. Wizard of Oz (1939)
  11. Thief of Bagdad (1940)
  12. Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman (1942)
  13. Ape Man (1943) (2nd trailer)
  14. It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
  15. Harvey (1950)
  16. The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  17. War of the Worlds (1953)
  18. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
  19. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
  20. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
  21. Forbidden Planet (1956)
  22. Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)
  23. Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
  24. 1984 (1959)
  25. Angry Red Planet (1960)
  26. Time Machine (1960)
  27. Outer Limits (1960’s TV)
  28. Psycho (1960)
  29. Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
  30. Wolfman (1966)
  31. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  32. Barbarella (1968)
  33. Planet of the Apes (1968)
  34. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  35. Exorcist (1973)
  36. Tommy (1975)
  37. King Kong (1976)
  38. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
  39. Star Wars (1977)
  40. Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)
  41. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  42. Blade Runner (1982)
  43. Zelig (1983)
  44. Terminator (1984)
  45. Ghostbusters (1984)
  46. Back to the Future (1985)
  47. ET: The Extraterrestrial (1988)
  48. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
  49. Jurassic Park (1993)
  50. Independence Day (1996)
  51. Being John Malkovich (1999)
  52. Day After Tomorrow: Storm Surge (2004) (2nd trailer)
  53. Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

Oh, and Pete, you may want to check out the Barbarella trailer. You’re welcome.

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