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MEME: The Alphabet of Obscure Science Fiction Film Classics

I’m leveraging Listology’s Alphabet of Obscure Science Fiction Classics for a meme. You know the drill. Copy the list and make titles for movies you’ve seen appear in bold.

  1. Alphaville [1965]
  2. Brainstorm [1983]
  3. Charly [1968]
  4. Destination Moon [1950]
  5. Enemy Mine [1985]
  6. Frau im Mond [1929]
  7. Gold [1934]
  8. Harrison Bergeron [1995]
  9. The Incredible Shrinking Man [1957]
  10. Just Imagine [1930]
  11. Krakatit [1947]
  12. Lifeforce [1985]
  13. The Man in the White Suit [1951]
  14. Night of the Comet [1984]
  15. On Your Mark [1995]
  16. Panic in Year Zero! [1962]
  17. Quatermass and the Pit [1968, a.k.a. Five Million Years to Earth]
  18. Robinson Crusoe on Mars [1964]
  19. Soylent Green [1973]
  20. Them! [1954]
  21. The Ultimate Warrior [1975]
  22. Village of the Damned [1960]
  23. The War Game [1965]
  24. X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes [1963]
  25. Yosei Gorasu [1962]
  26. Zardoz [1974]

[List found via Gravity Lens]

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9 Comments on MEME: The Alphabet of Obscure Science Fiction Film Classics

  1. Charly [1968] ]
    Enemy Mine [1985]
    Night of the Comet [1984]  
    Zardoz [1974]

     

    Night of the Comet is great.  And Zardoz?  Oh man: “The gun is good.  The penis is bad.  The penis shoots seeds.”

  2. Anonymous // April 14, 2009 at 3:11 am //

    Oh, you have to see Robinson Crusoe on Mars! Paul Mantee gives a terrific performance. Hey, the movie is as cheesy as, well, Mars, but that’s the beauty of 60’s B movies. 🙂

    I can’t believe you haven’t seen Soylent Green or Zardoz either!

    Charly is excellent.

    I’ve never seen Frau im Mond, Krakatit, Gold or Yosei Gorasu — my favorite $1 movie theater I attended as a young adult seemed to specialize in Japanese and American scifi B flicks only. Those were terrific Saturday mornings! 🙂

  3. You have to see Zardoz, John.  Just to say that you did. 

    It defies belief.

  4. Alphaville [1965]
    Brainstorm [1983]
    Charly [1968]
    Destination Moon [1950]
    Enemy Mine [1985]
    Frau im Mond [1929]
    Gold [1934]
    Harrison Bergeron [1995]
    The Incredible Shrinking Man [1957]
    Just Imagine [1930]
    Krakatit [1947]
    Lifeforce [1985]
    The Man in the White Suit [1951]
    Night of the Comet [1984]
    On Your Mark [1995]
    Panic in Year Zero! [1962]
    Quatermass and the Pit [1968, a.k.a. Five Million Years to Earth]
    Robinson Crusoe on Mars [1964]
    Soylent Green [1973]
    Them! [1954]
    The Ultimate Warrior [1975]
    Village of the Damned [1960]
    The War Game [1965]
    X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes [1963]
    Yosei Gorasu [1962]
    Zardoz [1974]

    I saw Charly on tv as a kid before I ever heard of the story. A few years later ran across Flowers for Algernon and aside from immediately recognizing it, was taken by how close the movie was to the story. It’s been awhile, but I think Charly is a good example of how you can take a good story and make a good movie by actually doing the story.

    Fun stuff on this list. Them! and Robinson Crusoe on Mars continue to be two of my favorite movies, but I’m getting all nostalgic now. Boy, it would be nice to rewatch some of these through the eyes of an eleven year old again.

    Mike

     

  5. To be honest, I recall seeing parts of many more of those films (like Zardoz, Charly, Night of the Comet, Soylent Green, Village of the Damned) — just not in their entirety.  But yeah, agreed, my classic SciFi film roster is woefully tiny.

  6. Christine // April 14, 2009 at 9:07 am //

    I have seen NONE of them.

  7. Enemy Mine is a fantastic film!

    1. Alphaville [1965]
    2. Brainstorm [1983]
    3. Charly [1968]
    4. Destination Moon [1950]
    5. Enemy Mine [1985]
    6. Frau im Mond [1929]
    7. Gold [1934]
    8. Harrison Bergeron [1995]
    9. The Incredible Shrinking Man [1957]
    10. Just Imagine [1930]
    11. Krakatit [1947]
    12. Lifeforce [1985]
    13. The Man in the White Suit [1951]
    14. Night of the Comet [1984]
    15. On Your Mark [1995]
    16. Panic in Year Zero! [1962]
    17. Quatermass and the Pit [1968, a.k.a. Five Million Years to Earth]
    18. Robinson Crusoe on Mars [1964]
    19. Soylent Green [1973]
    20. Them! [1954]
    21. The Ultimate Warrior [1975]
    22. Village of the Damned [1960]
    23. The War Game [1965]
    24. X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes [1963]
    25. Yosei Gorasu [1962]
    26. Zardoz [1974]

    Hmm, looks like I’ve been a slacker!

  8. I agree, you’ve got to revisit ZARDOZ.

    I also recommend that you watch X: THE MAN WITH THE X-RAY EYES. It was a lot better than I thought it was going to be, and Les Baxter’s soundtrack is groovy.

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