Science Fiction Films of the 1950s: Them

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I wanted to revisit some of the posts from this series on science-fiction films.

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One of the main themes that ran through many science fiction films of the 1950s was the combined fear of nuclear war, nuclear explosions, and fallout. This atomic fear is one large terror that haunted the Cold War world and was developed in many ways in science fiction films.

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One such expression was in the advent of the giant bug movies, which addressed the question of what might happen to  the world after radiation had somehow been released either through detonation of weapons or by accident. In Japan, the consequences of having been the only nation to have suffered the devastation of nuclear bombs, saw the emergence of giant monsters like Godzilla, often seen destroying Japanese cities–a very direct metaphor for nuclear explosions. In America, a similar motif was seen in the proliferation of Giant Bug movies.  This might be considered an early example of ecological concern in…

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17 thoughts on “Science Fiction Films of the 1950s: Them

  1. Charles, this is so scary and fascinating at the same time. Large bugs terrify me and small ones too. This would be my worse fears seeing it in a movie. Thank you for sharing, I think? Just kidding! Great post!! Karen

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