Which ten sci-fi movies of the 1960s deserve a Golden Rocket Award? Depends on who you ask, I suppose.
There were roughly 120-plus sci-fi films released in the 60s. Some would become famous standouts. Lots of weird ultra-cheapies. I made up my list of films that I'd bestow a Golden Rocket to, but I had a hard time deciding which to put in the 10th slot.
1 2001: A Space Odyssey '68. THE big sci-fi film of the 60s. Kubrik set a new, high benchmark for the look and feel of sci-fi movies, even if his plot was a bit obtuse for most viewers.
2 Planet of the Apes '68. A close second. The start of a franchise that would recur several times in the 70s and still had "legs" enough for the 21st century.
3 First Men on the Moon '64. H.G. Wells' story in lavish color and steam-punk sets. Animated Selenites by Ray Harryhausen.
4 Time Machine '60. George Pal's version of H.G. Wells' novel and a bleak future for mankind. Atomic doom, Eloi and Morlocks!
5 Planeta Bur '62. A Soviet sci-fi which was epic enough in its own right, but also served primary source material for two American B movies -- and still looked good!
6 Fantastic Voyage '66. A visual feast of special effects and an unusual twist on the "inner space" plot, and a good application of the not-so-new miniature people effect.
8 Marooned '69. Serious science fiction set in the Apollo program. Interesting for how its story line played out for real in Apollo 13, just a few months after release.
9 Day of the Triffids '63. A bit campy, and quirky, but so memorable among the common invasion films.
What to pick for number 10? So many movies seemed deserving. They might not be epic greats, but were worth mentioning. Which 60s sci-fi would you give a Golden Rocket to?
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