Archive for the ‘Old Sci-Fi Movie Posters’ Category

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Watch the Skies!

May 23, 2012

Really, especially after this week’s solar eclipse (excuse me, “ring of fire”). Learned recently that this phrase, “watch the skies,” is also the name of a song in the video game Skyrim. As far as I can tell, the phrase — in the context of UFOs as we know it, came from the Howard Hawkes 1951  film, The Thing from Another World.  It was one of my Dad’s favorite movies. The film was later remade as John Carpenter’s  The Thing — one of my favorite sci-fi movies. Both from the original short story, “Who Goes There,”  by John W. Campbell, Jr. — first published in Astounding Science-Fiction in 1938 (!). Just proves the rule that a good tale is both adaptable and eternal.

Anyway, none of the posters below have anything to do with any of those  Things. But, as Scotty advised in The Thing from Another World —  ” Watch the skies everywhere. Keep looking. Keep watching the skies.”  ‘Cause you never know what’s coming. So, from my little collection:

Rocket Ship! 1936. The first appearance of Flash Gordon. All hail Buster Crabbe!

The Flying Eyes. 1962. Monarch Publishers. When book covers made great movie posters.

Things to Come. 1936, an Alexander Korda production. (First published as  The Shape of Things to Come, George Orwell, 1933.) 

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More Old Sci-Fi Movie Posters: Two Creatures and a Crabbe

October 14, 2011

Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). Directed by Jack Arnold. German language poster (obviously).  Doesn’t look like he’d be very fast on land. Oh, and we could make all sorts of remarks about his ruby red fish lips, phallic fish head and the dark mouth of his cave, but — this is a PG site, after all.

The Creature Walks Among Us (1956). Directed by John Sherwood. Raising watery hell in San Francisco. Again, a literal fish out of water story (and, again, note those puffy red fish-lips — eeeew). Quick, doc, the needle!

And now,  a fish-man of another spawn:

Flash Gordon (1936).  Starring Larry “Buster” Crabbe. Raised in Hawaii,  Buster was an Olympian swimmer (gold medalist) who starred in everything from B-movies (Tarzan, The Most Dangerous Game, Island of Lost Souls, Buck Rogers, etc., etc.) to myriad television appearances. He worked consistently from 1930 to 1982 (in 114 titles). He died in 1983. He’s my new old movie-star crush.

Buster Crabbe, Pool-boy Extraordinaire.

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Some Women of Old-School Sci-Fi Movies

May 22, 2011

I have several old science-fiction movie posters; here are three featuring strong women — in this case, strong equals evil. Unless the woman is Barbarella. Then she’s not evil, just kinda dumb. Hmm. Attractive women just have to be either intellectually toxic or helplessly naive, don’t they?

Terror from the Year 5000. 1958. Scientist makes time machine, brings back woman from the future. Future woman wants to take healthy men back to her time for procreation. How is this a bad thing? Looks like a woman’s carnal needs are pretty scary to emasculated lab rats. Gotta love the graph paper background — makes it all the more science-y, doesn’t it?


The Wasp Woman. 1959. Cosmetics queen, afraid of growing old, creates youth serum from wasp venom. Because (unlike middle-aged men), middle-aged women are SCARY! Experiments on herself, becomes all waspy when aroused. Fear of women’s sexuality? Gee, ya think? A Roger Corman production.


Barbarella. 1968. Ah, every fanboy’s favorite bubble-headed booby (with apologies to Dr. Smith). So über-sexy she’s always getting abducted, and well, you know the rest. She’s a victim of her own desirability. Poor thing. A Dino De Laurentiis production.