Alien Invasion Movies of the 1950s

1951 the day the earth stood stillOn “Independence Day,” July 4th in 1951 there were 2,713 drive-in theaters in the U.S., and many were showing one of the most anticipated films of the year, “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” This movie is credited with inspiring Ronald Reagan to discuss an untied alliance against an alien invasion when meeting Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985. The source for the information was noted Nov. 1, 2008 New York Times news story titled “The Cold War Sci-Fi Parable That Fell to Earth.”

After the conversation with the Mikhail Gorbachev, President Regan mentioned during a speech to the United Nations:

“I occasionally think how quickly our differences worldwide would vanish if we were facing an alien threat from outside this world.”

During The Day the Earth Stood Still, a key point is when the alien visitor talks freely about the Earthlings he’s encountered and states:

“Even with their advanced technology, they cannot truly overcome death.”

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On a sheer statistical basis, alien invasion, fantasy, and horror films of the 1950s have not been equaled in any country before or since. Moreover, the 1950s saw science fiction at its peak of sheer output and diversity of theme and diversification into various subgenres, notably the alien invasion.

Before the 1950s, sci-fi cinema was dominated by mad scientists and monsters on the rampage, from James Whale’s 1931 classic Frankenstein to Ernest B. Schoedsack’s Dr. Cyclops (1940).

Alien Invasion Movies of the 1950s:

The most popular Movies in Bold

  • Rocketship X-M (1950)
  • Flight to Mars (1950)
  • The Man From Planet X (1951)
  • The Thing From Another World (1951)
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
  • Robot Monster (1953)
  • Invaders from Mars (1953)
  • Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953)
  • It Came From Outer Space (1953)
  • The War Of The Worlds (1953)
  • Devil Girl from Mars (1954)
  • The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
  • This Island Earth (1955)
  • Forbidden Planet (1956)
  • It Conquered the World (1956)
  • Earth vs. The Flying Saucers (1956)
  • Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956)
  • Invasion Of The Saucer-Men (1957)
  • 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)
  • Not of This Earth (1957)
  • The Mysterians (1957)
  • Destroy All Monsters (1957)
  • The Fly (1958)
  • The Blob (1958)
  • It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)
  • I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)
  • The Trollenberg Terror (1958)
  • Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
  • Teenagers from Outer Space (1959)
  • The Angry Red Planet (1959)
  • Battle in Outer Space (1959)

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The 1960’s saw only a few alien movies released. From the 1970s up until 2010 the filmmakers sporadically released alien films such as the remake of Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978), Close Encounters of the Third Kind, and the series of Alien.

From 2010 we are observing the largest increase of alien invasion films produced since the decade after World War 2. Indeed, 2008/09 movies of The Avatar and District 9 kicked off the beginning of the mass release of alien invasion movies.

Popular Alien Movies: 2010 Onward:

  • Monsters 10/2010
  • Megamind 11/5/2010
  • Slyline 11/12/2010
  • Predators 2010
  • Project Grey – Directors’ Cut 2010
  • Battle: Los Angeles 3/11/11
  • Paul 3/18/11
  • Apollo 18 4/22/11
  • Super 8 6/10/11
  • Falling Skies 6/2011
  • Transformers: Dark of the Moon 7/1/11
  • Cowboys and Aliens 7/29/11
  • The Darkest Hour 8/5/11
  • The Thing 10/14/11
  • Area 51 2011
  • Attack the Block 2011
  • Battleship 5/18/2012
  • Men in Black III 5/25/2012
  • Prometheus 6/8/2012
  • Pacific Rim 2012?
  • Predators 2 2012?
  • ELysium 2012?
  • Dark Moon 2012?
  • Alien 5 2012?
  • Panic attack TBA
  • E.D.F. Earth Defense Force 2013
  • Pixels TBA
  • Michael Bay’s Confidential Alien Project TBA
  • Alien Sleeper Cell TBA

There are also many alien related movies such as the Terminator Series, X-Men: First Class , Captain America: The First Avenger, and Green Lantern.

X-files were the most popular alien connected TV series in the 1990s. Now, a mass wave of Alien Invasion Television Series is infiltrating the homes where the viewer is watch their large screen high definition TVs such as V, The Event, and the latest TV series show based on an alien invasion—Falling Skies.

H. G. WELLS predicted it in 1898 with the novel WAR OF THE WORLDS. His New Jersey 1938 radio broadcast about an alien invasion caused a panic nationwide as it was broadcasted on the Columbia Broadcasting System network coast-to-coast.

United Press reported: “The federal communications commission investigated a radio program which caused thousands of persons in every part of the country to believe that the eastern United States had been invaded by creatures from the planet Mars in the first engagement of a ‘War of the Worlds’.”

In June or July of 1947, the Roswell UFO Incident was the recovery of an object that crashed in the general vicinity of Roswell, New Mexico, allegedly an extraterrestrial spacecraft and its alien occupants. The Roswell incident and the cold war era sparked the illuminati controlled Hollywood to completely brainwash the general public by flooding their minds with alien invasion movies by labeling them as “Science Fiction” or “Myth”.

The armada of incoming invasion films is an attempt by the world’s governments to mentally brainwash the deluded for the real invasion of extraterrestrials in the real world to cause a shocked reality.



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Greg

That Michael Bay Alien movie, i’m guessing, is Ninja Turtles

Colm Connolly

Researching Pop entertainment in Belfast, Northern Ireland in the 1960s (from whence I come), when I Googled your website comes up with President Bill Clinton on YouTube at Belfast City Hall talking about Roswell.

You might like to know also that at the Europa Hotel nearby in Belfast, a press briefing was opened and conducted on November 30, 1995 about this. You may trace this press briefing at the Presidency Project (Re President Clinton) at University of California Santa Barbara (ucsb)

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