Rotten Tomatoes Top 100 List
Note: When I first picked this movie for the project, it was #92 on the list. I looked back at the list a couple of months later and found that it had dropped to #99. I haven’t checked in a few weeks, but chances are it will soon drop out of the Top 100.
Released 1956 (USA)
American, in English
Director - Fred M. Wilcox
Stars - Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Warren Stevens
Twenty years after a group of scientists landed on a far-flung planet for research, Commander Adams (Nielsen) and his crew are sent to discover why no one has heard from them again. On the planet, they find only two survivors, Dr. Morbius (Pidgeon) and his beautiful, naive daughter, Altaira (Francis). Soon, all are embroiled in a deadly mystery. Stevens co-stars as Lt. “Doc” Ostrow.
Some very non-graphic violence.
The soundtrack/sound effects can be described as nothing short of ear torture.
Hey, a science fiction film that actually has science in it. Imagine that!
It’s definitely a very 50s movie in both the best sense and the worst sense. I probably would have enjoyed it more if not for the soundtrack. I wasn’t kidding when I implied that I found it physically painful. I also would have been totally fine without the lone female in the movie, who existed only to be leered at and drooled over. However, you know how much I admire the rare movie that keeps me guessing, and I love a good “man is his own worst enemy” story. I guess I’ll go for the “C” average on this one.
I give the movie 3.25 stars.