British Science Fiction: A Poster Gallery

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Today (May 14th) TCM has programmed a batch of entertaining and inventive British science fiction films beginning with THE TUNNEL aka TRANSATLANTIC TUNNEL (1935) in the early morning hours of 5:45 AM EST/2:45 AM PST followed by FIVE MILLION YEARS TO YEAR aka QUARTERMASS AND THE PITT (1968), VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1961), THE COSMIC MONSTER aka THE STRANGE WORLD OF PLANET X (1958), THE GIANT BEHEMOTH aka BEHEMOTH, THE SEA MONSTER (1959), FIRST MEN IN THE MOON (1964), THESE ARE THE DAMNED aka THE DAMNED (1962), X THE UNKNOWN (1956), and SATELLITE IN THE SKY (1956). In an effort to entice viewers and rouse the imaginations of the most sedate classic film fans I thought I’d showcase some striking film poster art for these surprisingly imaginative films. The timid among us might be put off by the bold graphics, eye-popping layouts and outrageous claims they make but my fellow adventure seekers should relish the opportunity to dream bigger and embrace the improbable. So without further ado, I bring you British Science Fiction Films: A Poster Gallery.

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THE TUNNEL aka TRANSATLANTIC TUNNEL (1935)

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FIVE MILLION YEARS TO YEAR aka QUARTERMASS AND THE PITT (1968)

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VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED (1961)

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THE COSMIC MONSTER aka THE STRANGE WORLD OF PLANET X (1958)

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THE GIANT BEHEMOTH aka BEHEMOTH, THE SEA MONSTER (1959)

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FIRST MEN IN THE MOON (1964)

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THESE ARE THE DAMNED aka THE DAMNED (1962)

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X THE UNKNOWN (1956)

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SATELLITE IN THE SKY (1956)

Can’t get enough science fiction films? I recommend making some time to explore the various contributions to the current Film Preservation Blogathon devoted to preserving “film heritage for future generations.” This year the theme is “Science Fiction” and contributors are encouraged to write about various sci-fi movies that will undoubtedly appeal to anyone who finds today’s TCM programming as arousing and engaging as I do.

4 Responses British Science Fiction: A Poster Gallery
Posted By Bill : May 14, 2015 5:15 pm

The Brits figured we wouldn’t know what a “behemoth” was so they added “giant” to the title, just for us. These homegrown films film were ususally rated “X” in England, that’s why you have titles teasing the rating like X THE UNKNOWN. There’s also QUTERMASS XPERIMENT, not in this showing. QUATERMASS AND THE PIT the ultimate example of thought-provoking, rippied-of British scifi, equal to the same year’s 2001.

Posted By swac44 : May 14, 2015 9:19 pm

Love these posters! Would love to have a These Are the Damned poster, but at least I’ve got a lurid Mexican lobby card for Village of the Damned.

Posted By Gamera2000 : May 15, 2015 1:34 am

Great posters for a wonderful group of films, especially FIVE MILLION YEARS TO EARTH. Looking forward to seeing SATELLITE IN THE SKY, the only one of these films I haven’t seen before.

Posted By Joe Thompson : May 19, 2015 2:30 am

What a beautiful collection of posters, especially the group for Transatlantic Tunnel, which I have always wanted to see. That was nice to see The Giant Behemoth. There are so many possibilities for sequels. The Little Behemoth. The Mid-Sized Behemoth. The Vente Behemoth (for Starbucks fans).

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