Episode 224 – The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)

So, we come to the close of our “Monochrome” series, movies that were made back when the world was all in black-and-white, and we’re finishing up with a movie that is often considered a classic of science fiction. But is it? Is it REALLY? Or is that simply what our alien overlords WANT us to think? Get away from me, Mike! You think that just because we’re not doing our “Conspiracy!” series anymore that you can silence me? Never! Listen to me, sheeple! They’re here! The aliens are here! Influencing our actions! Controlling our societies! Contaminating our precious bodily fluids! It’s true . . . dammit, get off me, let go of my keyboard! They have to know! Keep watching the skies! You’re next! I am your father! Multipass! E.T. phone home! Imperial battlecruiser, stop the flow of time! All will be revealed in this week’s podcast episode! I will not be silenced! Bumpy is one of Them!

Poll question: what cinematic disaster scenario is the most frightening for you? Volcanos erupting? Tidal waves? Meteors? Bees?

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2 thoughts on “Episode 224 – The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)”

  1. This is one of my favourite films, I think the effects are very effective especially when the ship lands. That sped up scene should be slowed down, it really takes you out of the film. I am afraid of pandemics, there is no escape and no one is safe. Films that show that scare me. Climate change should be the same for me but so many of the films about it are so ridiculous it makes it seem much less frightening than it really is. I am sure many people think they can outrun “cold” because of one movie in particular!

    1. I love this film, too. It’s always been one of my favorites. As for your disaster choice, you’re thinking of “The Day After Tomorrow,” which was a particularly terrible example. It’s bad enough when people outrun explosions, but when they outrun a killer cold front, well, it’s time to hit the restrooms. Thanks, Vince!

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