In the 50s, drive-in movies were at their peak. The drive-in became a staple of American life as people young and old gathered to catch the latest flick from the comfort of their car. To add to the excitement, movies of the 1950s pushed boundaries and captured imaginations with over the top stories of monsters, aliens, and other fantastic creatures.
50s drive-in movies held nothing back and weren’t afraid to test the limits of imagination. Some were scary, some were silly, but they were all memorable. Do you remember these 1950s classics?
Starring a young Steve McQueen, The Blob was unique in the way it blended humor, teen angst, and science fiction. Independently produced on a small budget, The Blob went on to become synonymous with the 1950s monster movie genre while breaking all the rules.
Creature from the Black Lagoon
This 1954 classic was filmed and presented in 3D, immersing audiences in the universal monsters world. Joining the ranks of Dracula and Frankenstein, the “Creature” brought a memorable cinematic experience to movie-goers in the 1950s.
The Day the Earth Stood Still
This 1951 film is notable for more than entertainment. Just over 40 years later, it was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” This was because the film was not only an entertaining science-fiction story but a reflection of cold-war era paranoia. The film went on to influence many others to come.
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