Creature Features Title Screens

Movie Title Screens

 

Sci-Fi & Creature Features
of the Mid-20th Century (the 1950s)

Movie Title Screens - Sci-Fi & Creature Features of the Mid-20th Century (the 1950s): Title screens are the initial titles, usually projected at the beginning of a film, and following the logos of the film studio. They are often an ignored aspect of films, although they reflect the time period or era of the film, the mood or design of the film, and much more.

Science fiction films took off in the early 50s during what has been dubbed "the Golden Age of Science Fiction Films," pioneered by two 1950 films: Rocketship X-M (1950) and Destination Moon (1950). Many of these films were exploitative, second-rate sci-fi flicks or B-movies with corny dialogue, poor screenplays, bad acting, and amateurish production values.

Many other sci-fi films of the 1950s portrayed the human race as victimized and at the mercy of mysterious, hostile, and unfriendly forces, during the Cold War period of politics - with suspicion, anxiety, and paranoia of anything "other" - or "un-American." These moods were reflected allegorically in sci-fi and horror films of the era. Threats and evils surrounded us (alien forces were often a metaphor for Communism), and there were imminent dangers of aliens taking over our minds and territory. UFO sightings and reports of flying saucers or strange visitors from outer space found their way into Hollywood features as allegories of the Cold War.

With the threat of destructive rockets and the Atom Bomb looming in people's minds after World War II, mutant creature/monster films featured beasts that were released or atomically created from nuclear experiments or A-bomb accidents. The aberrant, mysterious and alien monsters or life forms that terrorized Earth were the direct result of man's interference with nature. These profitable, low-budget horror/sci-fi/thriller hybrids were perfect for non-discriminating teenagers who attended drive-ins - caring little for character development, plot integrity or production values. Examples of these low-budget 50s films (many of which bordered the horror genre as well as adventure, fantasy, thriller and sci-fi) included The Thing from Another World (1951), It Came from Outer Space (1953), The War of the Worlds (1953), Them! (1954), Tarantula (1955), Forbidden Planet (1956), The Amazing Colossal Man (1957) and Attack of the 50-Ft. Woman (1958).

Other pages with title screens include All-Time Top Summer Blockbusters, Greatest Film Franchises (Box-Office), Highest-Grossing Films by Genre, Great War Films, Greatest Guy Movies of All-Time, and the Pixar-Disney Animations.


Movie Title Screens Index
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100 Years of Title Screens (1900-1919) | (1920-1929) | (1930-1939) | (1940-1949) | (1950-1959) | (1960-1969)
(1970-1979) | (1980-1989) | (1990-1999) | (2000-2009) | (2010-now) | Film Noir (1940s) | Film Noir (1950s)
Hitchcock Films | Greatest Westerns | Creature-Features of the 1950s
Filmsite's 100 Greatest Films | Filmsite's Another 100 Films | Filmsite's Third 100 Films



Sci-Fi & Creature Features of the Mid-20th Century - History of Title Screens
1950

Atom Man vs. Superman (1950)

Destination Moon (1950)

Flying Disc Man From Mars (1950)

The Flying Saucer (1950)

The Invisible Monster (1950)

Prehistoric Women (1950)

Rocketship X-M (1950)

Two Lost Worlds (1950)
1951

Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)

Bride of the Gorilla (1951)

Captain Video: Master of the Stratosphere (1951)

The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951)

Five (1951)
 

Flight to Mars (1951)

Lost Continent (1951)

The Man From Planet X (1951)

The Man in the White Suit (1951, UK)

Mysterious Island (1951)
 

Superman and the Mole-Men (1951)

The Thing (From Another World) (1951)

Unknown World (1951)

When Worlds Collide (1951)

Wild Women (1951) (aka Bowanga Bowanga: White Sirens of Africa)
1952

Alraune (1952, W. Germ.) (aka Unnatural)
Captive Women (1952) (aka 1000 Years From Now)

Invasion USA (1952)

The Jungle (1952)

Jungle Jim in the Forbidden Land (1952)
 

My Son the Vampire (1952, UK) (aka Vampire Over London, or Old Mother Riley Meets the Vampire)

Radar Men From the Moon (1952)

Red Planet Mars (1952)
Untamed Women (1952)

Zombies of the Stratosphere (1952)
1953

Abbott and Costello Go to Mars (1953)

Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953)

The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms (1953)

Cat-Women of the Moon (1953)

Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe (1953)
 

Donovan's Brain (1953)

Four Sided Triangle (1953, UK)

Invaders From Mars (1953)

It Came From Outer Space (1953)

It Came From Outer Space (1953) - 3D

The Lost Planet (1953)

The Magnetic Monster (1953)

Mesa of Lost Women (1953)

The Neanderthal Man (1953)

Phantom From Space (1953)
 

Planet Outlaws (1953)

Port Sinister (1953)

Project Moon Base (1953)

Robot Monster (1953)

Spaceways (1953)

The Twonky (1953)

The War of the Worlds (1953)
1954

The Atomic Kid (1954)

Crash of Moons (1954)

Creature From the Black Lagoon (1954)

Devil Girl From Mars (1954)

Gog (1954)
 

Gojira (1954, Jp.)

Killers From Space (1954)

Monster From the Ocean Floor (1954)

The Naked Jungle (1954)

Riders to the Stars (1954)

The Rocket Man (1954)

The Snow Creature (1954)

Stranger From Venus (1954)

Target Earth (1954)

Them! (1954)
 

Tobor the Great (1954)

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
1955

The Atomic Man (1955, UK) (aka Timeslip)

The Beast With a Million Eyes (1955)

Bride of the Monster (1955)

Conquest of Space (1955)

Creature With the Atom Brain (1955)
 

Cult of the Cobra (1955)

Day the World Ended (1955)

Godzilla Raids Again (1955, Jp.) (aka Gigantis, the Fire Monster)

It Came From Beneath the Sea (1955)

Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955, Czech.) (aka Cesta do Pravěku or Trip Into Prehistory)
 

King Dinosaur (1955)

Panther Girl of the Kongo (1955)

The Phantom From 10,000 Leagues (1955)

The Quatermass Xperiment (1955, UK)

Revenge of the Creature (1955)
 

Tarantula (1955)

This Island Earth (1955)
1956

The Beast of Hollow Mountain (1956)

The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)

Curucu, Beast of the Amazon (1956)

Day the World Ended (1956)

Earth vs. The Flying Saucers (1956)
 

Fire Maidens of Outer Space (1956, UK)

Forbidden Planet (1956)

The Gamma People (1956, UK)

Godzilla King of the Monsters! (1956, Jp./US)

Indestructible Man (1956)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

It Conquered the World (1956)

Liane Jungle Goddess (1956)

Manhunt in Space (1956)

Menace From Outer Space (1956)

The Mole People (1956)

1984 (1956, UK)

Rodan (1956, Jp.) (aka Sora no Daikaijû Radon)

Rodan (1956)

Satellite in the Sky (1956, UK)

The She-Creature (1956)

Supersonic Saucer (1956)

The Sword and the Dragon (1956, Soviet Union) (aka Ilya Muromets)

Unidentified Flying Objects - The True Story of Flying Saucers (1956)

Warning From Space (1956, Jp.) (aka Uchûjin Tôkyô ni Arawaru)

Warning From Space (1956)

The Werewolf (1956)

World Without End (1956)

X The Unknown (1956, UK)
1957

The Abominable Snowman (1957, UK)

The Amazing Colossal Man (1957)

The Astounding She-Monster (1957)

Attack of the Aztec Mummy (1957, Mex.) (aka La Momia Azteca)

Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)
 

Back From the Dead (1957)

Beginning of the End (1957)

The Black Scorpion (1957)

Blood of Dracula (1957)

The Brain From Planet Arous (1957)

Cat Girl (1957)

The Curse of the Aztec Mummy (1957, Mex.) (aka La Maldicion de la Momia Azteca)

Curse of the Demon (1957, UK) (aka Night of the Demon)

The Cyclops (1957)

The Deadly Mantis (1957)
 

From Hell IT Came (1957)

The Giant Claw (1957)

The Incredible Petrified World (1957)

The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)

Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957)
 

The Invisible Boy (1957)

I Was A Teenage Frankenstein (1957)

I Was A Teenage Werewolf (1957)

Kronos (1957) (aka Kronos: Destroyer of the Universe)

The Land Unknown (1957)

The Living Idol (1957)

The Man Who Turned to Stone (1957)

The Man Without a Body (1957)

The Monolith Monsters (1957)

Monster From Green Hell (1957)

Monster From Green Hell (1957)

The Monster That Challenged the World (1957)

The Mysterians (1957, Jp.) (aka Chikyû Bôeigun)

The Night the World Exploded (1957)

Not of This Earth (1957)

Pharaoh's Curse (1957)

Quatermass 2 (1957, UK)

The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent (1957)

She Devil (1957)

20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)

The 27th Day (1957)

The Unearthly (1957)

The Unknown Terror (1957)

The Vampire (1957)

Voodoo Island (1957)
 

Voodoo Woman (1957)

Zombies of Mora Tau (1957)
1958

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (1958)

Attack of the Puppet People (1958)

The Aztec Mummy Against the Humanoid Robot (1958, Mex.) (aka La Momia Azteca Contra El Robot Humano)

The Blob (1958)

Blood of the Vampire (1958)

The Brain Eaters (1958)

Colossus of New York (1958)

The Cosmic Monster (1958, UK) (aka The Strange World of Planet X, Cosmic Monsters, etc.)
 

The Day the Sky Exploded (1958)

Earth vs. The Spider (1958)

The Electronic Monster (1958, UK) (aka Escapement)

The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (1958, Czech.) (aka Vynález Zkázy, or A Deadly Invention)

The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (1958, Czech.) (aka Vynález Zkázy or A Deadly Invention)
 

Fiend Without a Face (1958)

The Flame Barrier (1958)

The Fly (1958)

Frankenstein 1970 (1958)

From the Earth to the Moon (1958)
 

Giant From the Unknown (1958)

Half Human (1958) (aka Half Human: The Story of the Abominable Snowman)

The H-Man (1958, Jp.) (aka Bijo to Ekitainingen)

How to Make a Monster (1958)

I Bury the Living (1958)

I Married a Monster From Outer Space (1958)

IT! The Terror From Beyond Space (1958)

The Lost Missile (1958)

Missile to the Moon (1958)

Monster on the Campus (1958)

The New Invisible Man (1958, Mex.) (aka The Invisible Man in Mexico, or El Hombre Que Logró Ser Invisible)

Night of the Blood Beast (1958)

Queen of Outer Space (1958)

Road to the Stars (1958, Soviet Union) (aka Doroga K Zvezdam)

The Screaming Skull (1958)

She Demons (1958)

She Gods of Shark Reef (1958)

The Space Children (1958)

Space Master X-7
(1958)

The Strange World of Planet X (1958) (aka The Cosmic Monster)

Teenage Cave Man (1958)

Teenage Monster (1958)

Terror From the Year 5000 (1958)

The Thing That Couldn't Die (1958)

The Trollenberg Terror (1958) (aka The Crawling Eye)

Varan the Unbelievable (1958, Jp.) (aka Daikaiju Baran, or Baran: Monster From the East)

War of the Colossal Beast (1958)

War of the Satellites (1958)

The Wild Women of Wongo (1958)

Womaneater (1958, UK) (aka The Woman Eater)
1959

The Alligator People (1959)

The Angry Red Planet (1959) (aka Invasion of Mars)

The Atomic Submarine (1959)

Attack of the Giant Leeches (1959)

The Bat (1959)
 

Battle in Outer Space (1959, Jp.) (aka Uchû daisensô)

Beast From Haunted Cave (1959)

The Black Pit of Dr. M (1959, Mex.) (aka Misterios de Ultratumba)

Caltiki - The Undying Monster (1959, It.) (aka Caltiki - Il Mostro Immortale)

The Cosmic Man (1959)
 

Destination Space (1959) (TV)

First Man Into Space (1959)

4D Man (1959)

The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake (1959)

The Giant Behemoth (1959)
 

The Giant Gila Monster (1959)

Have Rocket -- Will Travel (1959)

The Head (1959, W. Germ.) (aka Die Nackte und der Satan)

The Headless Ghost (1959, UK)

The Hideous Sun Demon (1959)
 

Horrors of the Black Museum (1959, UK)

Invisible Invaders (1959)

Island of Lost Women (1959)

Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)

The Killer Shrews (1959)
 

The Leech Woman (1959)

The Manster (1959)

The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)

The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959)

The Mummy (1959, UK)

On the Beach (1959)

Plan 9 From Outer Space (1959)

Prince of Space (1959, Jp.) (aka Yûsei ôji)

Return of the Fly (1959)

Sampo (1959, USSR/Finland) (aka The Day the Earth Froze)
 

Santa Claus (1959, Mexico)

Teenagers From Outer Space (1959)

Terror in the Midnight Sun (1959, Swe.) (aka Invasion of the Animal People or Rymdinvasion i Lappland)

Terror is a Man (1959, US/Philippines)

The 30-Foot Bride of Candy Rock (1959)
 

The Tingler (1959)

The Wasp Woman (1959)

The World, The Flesh and the Devil (1959)

The World, The Flesh and the Devil (1959)

The World, The Flesh and the Devil (1959)


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