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Sci-Fi Film Series Schedule

Mutant ants, body snatchers, and forbidden planets! Join the library’s own David Lilly this fall for a loving look back at classic 1950s science fiction movies. These free screenings will be held at the Downtown Huntsville Library on Monday nights at 6 p.m., starting Aug. 28. Lilly will introduce each film and open a discussion following the screening. In the 1950s, Hollywood filmmakers began to work in a new genre, blending science fiction and horror. Giant, irradiated monsters, extraterrestrial humanoid visitors, the tenuous existence of humans on Earth, and other prominent themes were drawn from the geopolitical tensions of the Cold War and Space Race, communist paranoia, and the emergence of nuclear weapons. Some of these films, such as The Day the Earth Stood Still and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, have been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” “What’s most interesting to me is that these were the first science fiction films for adult audiences,” said Lilly. “They were meant to entertain, of course, but also carried the weight of very serious considerations. This golden age of science fiction is easy to miss because of the many bad films that were made during the era, but we’re only going to show you the best.”

Movie Schedule:

August 28: The Thing from Another World (1951)- Second Floor Events Room

September 11: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)- Auditorium

September 18: It Came From Outer Space (1953) Auditorium

September 25: Them! (1954) Auditorium

October 2: Forbidden Planet (1956) Auditorium

October 9: Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) Auditorium

October 23: I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)- Second Floor Events Room