Booklexia’s Top 5: Old Sci-Fi Movies

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Growing up in a nerdy/geeky household has tons of benefits, including being introduced to some super rad sci-fi and horror movies. I’m fairly partial to movies that have elements of both genres, and especially love the older films. I haven’t been on my blog in awhile, as I’ve been inundated with work) so I thought I would make a post sharing my top 5 old sci-fi movies with you guys.

1. Mars Attacks

In this 1996 (Oh, good god. I was 6 when this came out.) Tim Burton film, an entire fleet of Martians surround the world’s major cities and the human population holds its breath as it waits to see if the visitors have really “come in peace.” U.S. President James Dale (played by the legendary Jack Nicholson) is reassured by the science professor Donald Kessler (Pierce Brosnan) that the Martians’ are actually here on friendly business. However, a peaceful exchange soon ends in the total annihilation of the U.S. Congress. Human military is forced to retaliate with a full-scale nuclear battle. Who will win?

2. Invaders From Mars

In this 1953 film, a star-gazing, science-loving, curious boy named David (Jimmy Hunt) gets the surprise of his life when aliens land in his backyard. These extraterrestrial visitors set up base in the lot behind his house, and intend to use mind control methods in order to control the locals. Determined to stop the invasion – which has already taken over his father (Leif Erickson) – Daniel works hard to warn everyone. Unfortunately, the local police are also taken over, so David must team up with an astronomer (Arthur Franz) and the sweet Dr. Pat Blake (Helena Carter). Together, they fight against these invaders from Mars. Oh, you will never look at a jar of pennies the same way again. . . Or your science teacher.

3. Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

Source: killertomatoes.com

This 1978 film didn’t take itself too seriously, and you shouldn’t either. Low-budget, but high in the laughs department this is a movie about oozing tomatoes that go on an angry rampage. They attack – and splatter – innocent victims. Whatever shall humanity DO?!

4. Back to the Future

Source: backtothefuture.com

I’m pretty sure everyone has seen this 1985 film, but…I’ll talk about it anyway. Small-town, California teen, Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) gets sent back in time to the 1950s when an experiment by this quirky scientist, Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) goes terribly – and awesomely – wrong. Traveling through time in a modded-out DeLorean, Marty runs into younger versions of his parents and has to make sure they fall in love. If he doesn’t? Well, then he will cease to exist. Even more stressful is the fact that Marty must return to his own time and save Doc Brown’s life. Can he do it??

5. Logan’s Run

This may have been filmed in 1976, but took place in 2274. In this futuristic film, people live to enjoy a pleasant, peaceful, hedonistic lifestyle within the confines of their domed city. When someone turns 30, they become reincarnated and get to enjoy another blissful life cycle. Unfortunately, the truth is much darker than that. Those who have found out the terrible secret of the city become “runners” and flee to a hidden sanctuary. When a police officer named Logan (Michael York) goes on an undercover mission in order to locate the sanctuary, he finds himself falling for runner Jessica (Jenny Agutter). Will he stick to his mission, or help her start a revolution?

Runner Up: Soylent Green . . .It’s PEOPLE

It was really difficult to narrow my favorites down to just five, and it took quite some time to really do so. There are just so many great films out there! For example, I really wanted to say The Man Who Fell to Earth, but then remembered that the movie came out in 2011. . . and then I felt really old. I hate when that happens.

What are YOUR top 5 old sci-fi movies? Do you like any of the aforementioned films? Let me know in the comments below!


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