The middle year of the decade saw a few enduring classics, but mostly obscure B-movies. Producers found that there was a market for low-budget B grade sci-fi. Matinee or drive-in fodder, especially for double features, B-grade sci-fi didn't have to be too fancy to be entertaining. It wasn't a year of innovation, so much as it was a year of repeating already-successful plot formulae. Here are 1955's sci-fi movies in chronological order:
Conquest of Space -- is George Pal's almost-epic tale of a realistic vision of a future trip to Mars.
Revenge of the Creature -- is the sequel to the popular "Creature from the Black Lagoon". Here, gill man is brought to Florida and pretty much repeats the first movie's plot.
This Island Earth -- is a sci-fi classic. It's an intriguing tale of aliens who try to recruit earth's nuclear scientists to help them stave off interstellar defeat.
King Dinosaur -- is an ultra-low-budget movie about an earth expedition finding "dinosaurs" on a rogue planet.
The Quatermass Xperiment -- is actually a fairly well done British film about an amorphous creature from space which comes to earth in an astronaut.
Beast With a Million Eyes -- an incorporeal alien who feeds on fear, causes animals to attack people, but love triumphs. Very low-budget.
It Came From Beneath The Sea -- is a classic Ray Harryhausen stop-motion animation monster movie about a giant octopus which terrorizes San Francisco.
The Creature With the Atomic Brain -- is a low-budget, but somewhat innovative zombie film. A vengeful mobster uses electronically re-animated dead people to extract his revenge.
Tarantula -- amounts to another installment in the giant bug sub-genre begun by Them! in '54. A mad scientist looking for synthetic food creates giant animals. His tarantula escapes and terrorizes.
Godzilla Raids Again -- is Toho's sequel to Godzilla. Here, he battles another dinosaur-thing, laying waste to Osaka in the process.
Day the World Ended -- is a post-apocolyptic tale of seven people who survive in a sheltered valley. Radiation-spawned mutations lurk in the shadows.
Phantom from 10,000 Fathoms -- is a very cheap recast of the Godzilla theme, but with a human-sized rubber suit monster.
Bride of the Monster -- is an ultra-low-budget crossover sci-fi / horror flick. Only Bela Lugosi, in his last speaking movie, saves it from the dumpster of total humiliation.