The 1950s

Taking a break from doing any real serious writing, I realized that based on my tastes there aren’t really any movies coming out that I want to see. For whatever reason I remembered seeing a poster for the movie “This Island, Earth” and I started to look up movies from that era. The 1950s (for me and anyone else who enjoys the awesomeness of bad sci-fi/horror movies) was a gold mine. It was a turbulant time with the Second World War still fresh in everyone’s minds (not to mention the Korean War) and the threat of nuclear war with the Soviet Union. If I had the ability to travel back in time, I think I would go back to experience that decade. The movies were already predicting that rockets would be used to send people into space and the Soviet Union made that reality on October 4th (my birthday!) 1957. So you had mankind blasting off into space in some of these movies, aliens invading from space, some aliens coming in peace, and monsters attacking city as a result of nuclear testing. All of it is simply fantastic. Here are some of the ones I have seen and absolutely love, even if it’s simply for the title and premise:

The Thing

Creature From The Black Lagoon

The Day the Earth Stood Still

War of the Worlds


Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

It Conquored The World

How can you not love movies with titles like that? And the really bad ones make up for it with their campiness.


About jonolsonauthor

On top of working full time as a Security Checkpoint Coordinator at the Halifax Robert L. Stanfield International Airport and still learning the ropes of being a father, Jon is also a writer of horror and dark fiction. While he writes predominantly about the dark and horrible, he will step out into other areas if the interest is there. Jon is a proud member of Pen of the Damned and is also a member of the Horror Writer’s Association (Affiliate level). View all posts by jonolsonauthor

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