a question by Jun 1, 2011
What is the attraction to the campy science fiction films of the 1950s? (Them, Day the Earth Stood Still, etc.)
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answered:    June 11, 2011
I wouldn't call them campy…perhaps nostalgic, earnest, innocent or just charming. A campy movie for me means something the cognoscenti amuse each other with by making fun of the movie, mainly because it's dated and awful. Well, everything becomes dated, one way or another. The better of the 50's science fiction movies were made with sincerity. If the acting wasn't all that great at times, it was the best the studios could afford. Computer Generated Effluvium was not around to take the place of human ingenuity and imagination. I find many of these movies to be not campy, but just…nostalgic, earnest, innocent and charming. For me, that makes them enjoyable, in moderation. At the risk of being hanged, films I consider campy have been made deliberately to emphasize style, directorial auteurism and with a need to be noticed. Two examples, which I think achieved campiness as soon as they were released, are Once Upon a Time in the West and Reservoir Dogs. I think both will wind up in 10 years on the TV show, "Robots Laugh at Human Films." **Departs quickly for nearest bomb shelter : - ) **
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answered:    June 11, 2011
Charles had the same idea as myself. Many of us older fans remember watching those films on Chiller Theater and Creature Features during the 60's and early 70's. Those films stuck with us.
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answered:    June 10, 2011
Many older people such as myself watched these movies on the late night show that came on at 10:30 Saturday nights when we were young and were scared to death. Watching the movies again is a way to put that fear away.
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