Movie Night: Old Scifi Movies.

I thought I’d do a post about movies, instead of a review.

Lately Hubby and I have been watching the old black and white B movies from the 50’s and 60’s. Not the ones you all know, but the lesser known ones like The Killer Shrews, The Giant Claw, The Tingler (no, not that kind of tingle), and there was one with invisible brains with spinal cords wandering the land sucking the brain out of it’s victims. While these movies might have been scary sixty or seventy years ago (I know right!), the fear they create is far less than movies of today, but there were a lot of them hinting that there was a large audience for these movies, but why?

These old movies highlight an era when science was exploring into new and unknown paths. Nuclear testing and space flight, once the plots of science fiction stories, became more of a reality as society entered the mid 20th century. Fiction became fact, and that could be a scary thing, especially to the layman. Nuclear testing could result in a world of mutants and mutations. Space travel could take us to the stars or bring aliens to us, and scientific experiments could produce any number of possiblities of things going wrong, and what better way to explore all these frightening possibilities than through movies.

There are several papers on why people love to watch horror movies, but mostly I think it boils down to the fact that people want to be scared. It’s an adrenaline rush, or an adventure they could never take, and can safely watch the whole thing play out without any consequences to themselves, which I think, is a pretty good adventure to have.

About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

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