Best Science Fiction Movies of 1957

1.

The Incredible Shrinking Man

5.4
7.6/10 IMDB

While on a boating trip, Scott Carey is exposed to a radioactive cloud. Nothing seems amiss at first, but several months later Scott realizes that he's shrunk in height by several inches. He sees a doctor, who admits that he's baffled. As Scott continues to shrink, decreasing to three feet tall, he becomes bitter, and lashes out at his wife, Louise. He begins to fear a cure will never be found -- since even as he becomes a national sensation, he's still shrinking.

Starring: Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, April Kent, Paul Langton, Raymond Bailey, William Schallert, Frank J. Scannell, Helene Marshall, Diana Darrin, Billy Curtis ..
Directed by: Jack Arnold
Release date: 1957-02-22
2.

The Curse of Frankenstein

5.1
7.0/10 IMDB

Baron Victor Frankenstein has discovered life's secret and unleashed a blood-curdling chain of events resulting from his creation: a cursed creature with a horrid face — and a tendency to kill.

Starring: Peter Cushing, Hazel Court, Robert Urquhart, Christopher Lee, Melvyn Hayes, Valerie Gaunt, Paul Hardtmuth, Noel Hood, Fred Johnson, Claude Kingston ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1957-05-20
3.

Quatermass 2

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

In England, a group of space scientists led by Bernard Quatermass, who have developed plans for the first Moon colony, learn that a secret, ostensibly government-run, complex of identical design has been built in a remote part of England and is the focus of periodic falls of small, hollow "meteorites" originating in outer space. Quatermass determines to investigate and uncovers a terrifying extraterrestrial life form which has already begun action to take over the Earth.

Starring: Brian Donlevy, John Longden, Sid James, Bryan Forbes, William Franklyn, Charles Lloyd Pack, Tom Chatto, John Van Eyssen, Percy Herbert, John Rae ..
Directed by: Val Guest
Release date: 1957-05-24
4.

The Monolith Monsters

3.5
6.4/10 IMDB

Rocks from a meteor which grow when in contact with water threaten a sleepy Southwestern desert community.

Starring: Grant Williams, Lola Albright, Les Tremayne, Trevor Bardette, William Flaherty, Harry Jackson, Richard H. Cutting, Linda Scheley, Dean Cromer, Steve Darrell ..
Directed by: John Sherwood
Release date: 1957-12-01
5.

Not of This Earth

3.4
6.2/10 IMDB

An agent from a distant planet has been sent to earth to ship large quantities of blood to his world, where a plague is ravaging the populace. He comes equipped with an interstellar matter transmitter, telepathic mind-control powers, and deathray-shooting eyes. Because he is also affected by the blood disease, he gains control of the town's physician and has him place a nurse at his disposal, while he collects live humans for fresh blood; but gains the nurse's suspicions, along with those of her boyfriend - a town police officer.

Starring: Paul Birch, Beverly Garland, Morgan Jones, William Roerick, Jonathan Haze, Roy Engel, Anna Lee Carroll, Dick Miller, Hank Mann, Ralph Reed ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1957-02-10
6.

20 Million Miles to Earth

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

When the first manned flight to Venus returns to Earth, the rocket crash-lands in the Mediterranean near a small Italian fishing village. The locals manage to save one of the astronauts Colonel Calder, the mission commander. A young boy also recovers what turns out to be a specimen of an alien creature. Growing at a fantastic rate, it manages to escape and eventually threatens the city of Rome.

Starring: William Hopper, Joan Taylor, Frank Puglia, John Zaremba, Thomas Browne Henry, Bart Braverman, Tito Vuolo, Jan Arvan, Don Orlando, George Khoury ..
Directed by: Nathan H. Juran
Release date: 1957-02-08
7.

The 27th Day

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

Five individuals from five nations, including the USA, USSR, and China, suddenly find themselves on an alien saucer, where an alien gives each a container holding three capsules. The alien explains that no power on earth can open a given container except a mental command from the person to whom it is given, then anyone may take a capsule and, by speaking a latitude and longitude at it, cause instant death to all within a given radius: thus each of the five has been provided with the power of life and death. Then, they are given 27 days to decide whether to use the capsules, and returned to the places from which each one came...

Starring: Gene Barry, Valerie French, George Voskovec, Arnold Moss, Stefan Schnabel, Ralph Clanton, Friedrich von Ledebur, Paul Birch, Azemat Janti, Irvin Ashkenazy ..
Directed by: William Asher
Release date: 1957-01-07
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1957 : The Land Unknown
8.

The Land Unknown

3.0
5.7/10 IMDB

Navy Commander Alan Roberts is assigned to lead an expedition to Little America in Antarctica to investigate reports of a mysterious warm water inland lake discovered a decade earlier. His helicopter and its small party, including reporter Maggie Hathaway, is forced down into a volcanic crater by a fierce storm. They find themselves trapped in a lush tropical environment that has survived from prehistoric times.

Starring: Jock Mahoney, Shirley Patterson, William Reynolds, Henry Brandon, Douglas Kennedy, Phil Harvey, Bing Russell, Kenner G. Kemp, Bert Stevens ..
Directed by: Virgil W. Vogel
Release date: 1957-10-15
9.

The Monster That Challenged the World

3.0
5.7/10 IMDB

Giants Mollusks are released from the earth by an earthquake and start killing people.

Starring: Tim Holt, Audrey Dalton, Mimi Gibson, Hans Conried, Max Showalter, Harlan Warde, Gordon Jones, Dennis McCarthy, Marjorie Stapp, Milton Parsons ..
Directed by: Arnold Laven
Release date: 1957-06-01
10.

Kronos

3.0
5.7/10 IMDB

Scientists investigate a huge meteor that crashes into the ocean off Mexico, and encounter a skyscraper-tall, mobile machine which is designed to syphon energy from earth, including any energy directed at it in an effort to destroy it.

Starring: Jeff Morrow, Barbara Lawrence, John Emery, George O'Hanlon, Morris Ankrum, Kenneth Alton, Jose Gonzales-Gonzales, Marjorie Stapp, John Parrish, Robert Forrest ..
Directed by: Kurt Neumann
Release date: 1957-03-31
11.

The Black Scorpion

2.9
5.4/10 IMDB

Giant scorpions wreck havoc after being released due to volcanic activity.

Starring: Richard Denning, Mara Corday, Carlos Rivas, Mario Navarro, Carlos Múzquiz, Pascual García Peña, Fanny Schiller, Pedro Galván, Arturo Martínez ..
Directed by: Edward Ludwig
Release date: 1957-10-11
12.

I Was a Teenage Werewolf

2.8
5.1/10 IMDB

A hypnotherapist uses a temperamental teenager as a guinea pig for a serum which transforms him into a vicious werewolf.

Starring: Michael Landon, Yvonne Lime, Whit Bissell, Charles Willcox, Barney Phillips, Ken Miller, Cynthia Chenault, Michael Rougas, Robert Griffin, Joseph Mell ..
Directed by: Gene Fowler Jr.
Release date: 1957-06-19
13.

The Brain from Planet Arous

2.8
5.2/10 IMDB

An evil alien brain, bent on world domination, takes over the body of an atomic scientist, while a "good" alien brain inhabits the body of the scientist's dog and waits for an opportunity to defeat the evil brain.

Starring: John Agar, Joyce Meadows, Robert Fuller, Thomas Browne Henry, Henry Travis, E. Leslie Thomas, Tim Graham, Bill Giorgio, Ken Terrell ..
Directed by: Nathan H. Juran
Release date: 1957-10-01
14.

Invasion of the Saucer-Men

2.8
5.3/10 IMDB

A teenage couple making out in the woods accidentally runs over an alien creature with their car. The creature's hand falls off, but it comes alive, and, with an eye growing out of it, begins to stalk the teens. Meanwhile, Joe the town drunk wants to store the body in his refrigerator, but some of the alien's buddies inject alcohol into his system, and Joe dies of an overdose.

Starring: Steven Terrell, Gloria Castillo, Frank Gorshin, Raymond Hatton, Lyn Osborn, Russ Bender, Douglas Henderson, Sam Buffington, Don Shelton, Scott Peters ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1957-06-01
15.

The Invisible Boy

2.7
5.3/10 IMDB

A Super Computer plans world domination with the help of Robbie the robot and a 10 year old boy who is the son the computer's inventor.

Starring: Richard Eyer, Philip Abbott, Diane Brewster, Harold J. Stone, Robby the Robot, Robert H. Harris, Dennis McCarthy, Alexander Lockwood, John O'Malley, Gage Clarke ..
Directed by: Herman Hoffman
Release date: 1957-10-18
16.

The Deadly Mantis

2.7
5.1/10 IMDB

The calving of an Arctic iceberg releases a giant praying mantis, trapped in suspended animation since prehistoric times. It first attacks military outposts to eat their occupants, then makes its way to the warmer latitudes of Washington and New York. A paleontologist works together with military units to try to kill it.

Starring: Craig Stevens, William Hopper, Alix Talton, Donald Randolph, Pat Conway, Florenz Ames, Paul Smith, Phil Harvey, Paul Campbell, Helen Jay ..
Directed by: Nathan H. Juran
Release date: 1957-05-01
17.

Attack of the Crab Monsters

2.7
4.9/10 IMDB

A group of scientists travel to a remote island to study the effects of nuclear weapons tests, only to get stranded when their airplane mysteriously explodes. The team soon discovers that the tests have given rise to crabs mutated into intelligent, impervious, telepathic giants intent on increasing their numbers by breeding, then travelling to populated areas to feed, and which do not intend to be stopped by their discoverers.

Starring: Richard Garland, Pamela Duncan, Russell Johnson, Leslie Bradley, Mel Welles, Richard H. Cutting, Beach Dickerson, Tony Miller, Ed Nelson, Charles B. Griffith ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1957-02-10
18.

The Story of Mankind

2.6
4.8/10 IMDB

The devil and the spirit of mankind argue as to whether or not humanity is ultimately good or evil.

Starring: Ronald Colman, Hedy Lamarr, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, Virginia Mayo, Agnes Moorehead, Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Charles Coburn ..
Directed by: Irwin Allen
Release date: 1957-11-08
19.

The Giant Claw

2.5
4.5/10 IMDB

Global panic ensues when it is revealed that a mysterious UFO is actually a giant turkey-like bird that flies at supersonic speed and has no regard for life or architecture.

Starring: Jeff Morrow, Mara Corday, Morris Ankrum, Louis Merrill, Edgar Barrier, Robert Shayne, Frank Griffin, Clark Howat, Morgan Jones ..
Directed by: Fred F. Sears
Release date: 1957-06-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1957 : She Devil
20.

She Devil

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

Biochemists give fruit-fly serum to a dying woman, with side effects.

Starring: Mari Blanchard, Jack Kelly, Albert Dekker, John Archer, Fay Baker, Marie Blake, Paul Cavanagh, George Baxter, Helen Jay, Joan Bradshaw ..
Directed by: Kurt Neumann
Release date: 1957-04-01
21.

I Was a Teenage Frankenstein

2.5
5.2/10 IMDB

Professor Frankenstein creates a teenager from an accident victim, who gets angry when he learns he is going to be taken apart.

Starring: Whit Bissell, Phyllis Coates, Robert Burton, Gary Conway, George Lynn, John Cliff, Marshall Bradford, Claudia Bryar, Angela Blake, Russ Whiteman ..
Directed by: Herbert L. Strock
Release date: 1957-11-23
22.

The Cyclops

2.5
4.4/10 IMDB

A test pilot is missing and a search party is sent out in the jungles of Mexico; however, while searching they uncover a monster in the jungle who became this way due to a dose of radioactivity.

Starring: James Craig, Gloria Talbott, Lon Chaney Jr., Tom Drake, Duncan 'Dean' Parkin, Vicente Padula, Marlene Kloss, Manuel López ..
Directed by: Bert I. Gordon
Release date: 1957-07-28
23.

The Amazing Colossal Man

2.4
4.5/10 IMDB

Lt. Col. Glenn Manning is inadvertently exposed to a plutonium bomb blast and although he sustains burns over 90% of his body, he survives. Then he begins to grow, but as he grows he starts losing his mind. By the time he stops he is 50 ft tall, insane and is on the rampage.

Starring: Glenn Langan, Cathy Downs, William Hudson, Larry Thor, James Seay, Russ Bender, Hank Patterson, Jack Kosslyn, Frank Jenks, Jimmy Cross ..
Directed by: Bert I. Gordon
Release date: 1957-10-25
24.

The Night the World Exploded

2.1
5.2/10 IMDB

With his assistant, Laura Hutchinson (Kathryn Gant), Dr. David Conway (William Leslie) develops a device to advance the fledgling science of earthquake prediction. After forecasting a large trembleor that will rock California within twenty-four hours, Conway cannot persuade the Governor to act. When the prediction proves true and further tests indicate that there are more quakes to come, Conway and Laura seek to perfect their device. Subsequent tests deep within Carlsbad Caverns discover an unknown element—E-112—that is responsible for the earthquakes and threatens to destroy the globe if it ever reaches the surface. The team determines that with only four weeks until Armegddon, the race is on to neutralize the killer element before it takes a devastating toll.

Starring: William Leslie, Kathryn Grant, Tris Coffin, Raymond Greenleaf, Charles Evans, Frank J. Scannell, Marshall Reed, Fred Coby, Paul Savage ..
Directed by: Fred F. Sears
Release date: 1957-06-14
25.

Beginning of the End

2.1
3.8/10 IMDB

An attractive reporter investigating the mysterious destruction of an Illinois town stumbles upon a secret government laboratory conducting radiation experiments on vegetables. The lead scientist is eager to help find out what happened. Together they discover that giant grasshoppers are behind the devastation. Worse yet, thousands of them are headed toward Chicago! Can they be stopped... or is this the BEGINNING OF THE END?

Starring: Peter Graves, Peggie Castle, Morris Ankrum, Thomas Browne Henry, James Seay, Than Wyenn, John Close, Richard Benedict, Don C. Harvey, Douglas Evans ..
Directed by: Bert I. Gordon
Release date: 1957-06-28
26.

The Man Without a Body

1.9
4.7/10 IMDB

A wealthy business man discovers he has a brain tumor and seeks medical help. The business man finds a scientist experimenting with transplanting monkey heads on different monkey bodies. The business man decides to steal the head of Nostradamus from the prophet's crypt.

Starring: Robert Hutton, George Coulouris, Julia Arnall, Sheldon Lawrence, Peter Copley, Nadja Regin, Michael Golden, Maurice Kaufmann, Tony Quinn ..
Directed by: W. Lee Wilder, Charles Saunders
Release date: 1957-05-01
27.

Monster from Green Hell

1.9
3.6/10 IMDB

A test rocket carrying wasps to outer space, to study the effects on them of weightlessness and radiations, crashes out of control back to Earth, into the jungles of Africa. The two astrobiologists in charge of the test mount an expedition to the Darkest Continent to retrieve their experiment, only to find the wasps have grown to giant size which are panicking all forms of life as they quest for food.

Starring: Jim Davis, Robert Griffin, Joel Fluellen, Barbara Turner, Eduardo Ciannelli, Vladimir Sokoloff ..
Directed by: Kenneth G. Crane
Release date: 1957-05-17
28.

The Unearthly

1.9
3.2/10 IMDB

Mad doctor uses patients at his isolated psychiatric institute as subjects in his attempts to create longevity by surgically installing an artificial gland in their skulls, with disastrous results.

Starring: John Carradine, Myron Healey, Allison Hayes, Marilyn Buferd, Tor Johnson, Arthur Batanides, Sally Todd, Harry Fleer, Roy Gordon, Guy Prescott ..
Directed by: Boris Petroff
Release date: 1957-06-28
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29.

Voodoo Woman

1.8
4.0/10 IMDB

Deep in the jungles a mad scientist is using the natives' voodoo for his experiments to create an indestructible being to serve his will. When a party of gold seekers stumbles upon his village, the scientist realizes that Marilyn the expedition's evil leader is the perfect subject for his work.

Starring: Marla English, Tom Conway, Mike Connors, Lance Fuller, Mary Ellen Kay, Paul Dubov, Martin Wilkins, Norman Willis, Otis Greene, Emmett Smith ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1957-04-11
30.

The Astounding She-Monster

1.7
3.6/10 IMDB

A scientist and a gang that has kidnapped a rich heiress come up against a beautiful but lethal alien who has crash-landed her spaceship on Earth.

Starring: Robert Clarke, Kenne Duncan, Shirley Kilpatrick, Marilyn Harvey, Jeanne Tatum, Ewing Miles Brown, Scott Douglas, Al Avalon ..
Directed by: Ronald V. Ashcroft
Release date: 1957-04-10

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