Best Science Fiction Movies of 1936


Things to Come

6.6/10 IMDB

The story of a century: a decades-long second World War leaves plague and anarchy, then a rational state rebuilds civilization and attempts space travel.

Starring: Raymond Massey, Edward Chapman, Ralph Richardson, Cedric Hardwicke, Margaretta Scott, Maurice Braddell, Sophie Stewart, Derrick De Marney, Ann Todd, Pearl Argyle ..
Directed by: William Cameron Menzies
Release date: 1936-03-31

The Devil-Doll

7.0/10 IMDB

Wrongfully convicted of a robbery and murder, Paul Lavond breaks out of prison with a genius scientist who has devised a way to shrink humans. When the scientist dies during the escape, Lavond heads for his lab, using the shrinking technology to get even with those who framed him and vindicate himself in both the public eye and the eyes of his daughter, Lorraine. When an accident leaves a crazed assistant dead, however, Lavond must again make an escape.

Starring: Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O'Sullivan, Frank Lawton, Rafaela Ottiano, Robert Greig, Lucy Beaumont, Henry B. Walthall, Grace Ford, Pedro de Cordoba, Arthur Hohl ..
Directed by: Tod Browning
Release date: 1936-07-10
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1936 : Flash Gordon

Flash Gordon

7.0/10 IMDB

Three earthlings visit the planet Mongo to thwart the evil schemes of Emperor Ming the Merciless.

Starring: Buster Crabbe, Jean Rogers, Frank Shannon, Charles Middleton, Priscilla Lawson, Richard Alexander, Jack 'Tiny' Lipson, James Pierce, Theodore Lorch, Earl Askam ..
Directed by: Frederick Stephani, Ray Taylor
Release date: 1936-10-10

The Walking Dead

6.6/10 IMDB

Down-on-his-luck John Ellman is framed for a judge's murder. After he's convicted and sentenced to death, witnesses come forth and prove his innocence. But it was too late for a stay to be granted and Ellman is executed. A doctor uses an experimental procedure to restore him to life, though the full outcome is other than expected.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Ricardo Cortez, Edmund Gwenn, Marguerite Churchill, Warren Hull, Barton MacLane, Henry O'Neill, Joe King, Addison Richards, Paul Harvey ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1936-03-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1936 : The Man Who Changed His Mind

The Man Who Changed His Mind

6.6/10 IMDB

Dr. Laurence, a once-respectable scientist, begins to research the origin of the mind and the soul. The science community rejects him, and he risks losing everything for which he has worked. He begins to use his discoveries to save his research and further his own causes, thereby becoming... a Mad Scientist, almost unstoppable...

Starring: Boris Karloff, Anna Lee, John Loder, Frank Cellier, Donald Calthrop, Cecil Parker, Lyn Harding, Clive Morton, D.J. Williams ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1936-09-11

The Invisible Ray

6.5/10 IMDB

Dr. Janos Rukh discovers a certain type of radium that has almost magical healing properties. But the element has a dangerous side, too, and it has already started affecting Rukh. Consumed by paranoia, he begins to suspect that his wife is having an affair. Wild for revenge, Rukh hatches a deadly plot...using his own poisoned body as a weapon to kill.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Frank Lawton, Frances Drake, Violet Kemble Cooper, Beulah Bondi, Walter Kingsford, Paul Weigel, Frank Reicher, Georges Renavent ..
Directed by: Lambert Hillyer
Release date: 1936-01-20
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1936 : Trapped by Television

Trapped by Television

5.8/10 IMDB

An inventor looking for backing for his television invention gets involved with a crooked businessman and gangsters who try to steal his invention.

Starring: Mary Astor, Lyle Talbot, Nat Pendleton, Joyce Compton, Thurston Hall, Henry Mollison, Wyrley Birch, Robert Strange ..
Directed by: Del Lord
Release date: 1936-06-15
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1936 : Ghost Patrol

Ghost Patrol

4.5/10 IMDB

A Professor has an invention that will bring down planes causing them to crash and Dawson is forcing him to use it on those carrying money. When Tim arrives to investigate he is mistaken for a noted outlaw. So he assumes that identity to force Dawson to make him a partner. But just as a plane bringing Tim help is arriving, his true identity is revealed and while he is a prisoner, Dawson forces the Professor to start his machine.

Starring: Tim McCoy, Claudia Dell, Walter Miller, Wheeler Oakman, James P. Burtis, Lloyd Ingraham, Dick Curtis ..
Directed by: Sam Newfield
Release date: 1936-08-02

Undersea Kingdom

4.6/10 IMDB

Crash Corrigan, a recent graduate of Annapolis, and Diana, a go-getting reporter, join Professor Norton for a search for the source of a string of earthquakes, Atlantis. They ride Prof. Norton's rocket submarine searching the sea and little Billy Norton, the professor's son stows away, of course. When they find Atlantis they are caught in a war between peaceful Atlanteans, note their white capes, and war-monging Atlanteans, note their black capes. After many harrowing moments for Crash, Diana, Prof. Norton and Billy, they barely get away with their lives when they escape a tower of Atlantis raised to the surface for the sole purpose of dominating or destroying the Earth (Which one depends on the compliance of the upper world dwellers.)

Starring: Ray Corrigan, Lois Wilde, Monte Blue, William Farnum, Lon Chaney Jr., Smiley Burnette, Boothe Howard, Raymond Hatton, C. Montague Shaw, Lee Van Atta ..
Directed by: Joseph Kane, B. Reeves Eason
Release date: 1936-05-30
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1936 : Shadow of Chinatown

Shadow of Chinatown

3.9/10 IMDB

1936 serial starring Bela Lugosi.

Starring: Bela Lugosi, Bruce Bennett, Joan Barclay, Luana Walters, Maurice Liu, Charles King, William Buchanan ..
Directed by: Robert F. Hill
Release date: 1936-10-10
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1936 : Shadow of Chinatown

Shadow of Chinatown

0.0/10 IMDB

Feature version of the 1936 serial starring Bela Lugosi.

Starring: Bela Lugosi, Bruce Bennett, Joan Barclay, Luana Walters, Maurice Liu, Charles King, William Buchanan ..
Directed by: Robert F. Hill
Release date: 1936-10-17

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