Best Science Fiction Movies of 1962


The Day of the Triffids

6.1/10 IMDB

After an unusual meteor shower leaves most of the human population blind, a merchant navy officer must find a way to conquer tall, aggressive plants which are feeding on people and animals.

Starring: Howard Keel, Nicole Maurey, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore, Mervyn Johns, Ewan Roberts, Alison Leggatt, Geoffrey Matthews, Janina Faye, Gilgi Hauser ..
Directed by: Steve Sekely, Freddie Francis
Release date: 1962-07-05

The Three Stooges Meet Hercules

6.1/10 IMDB

The Three Stooges manage to crash through the time barrier with their slap-happy antics in this classic feature-length comedy. Larry, Moe, and Curly-Joe are friends of a young scientist, Schuyler Davis, who has created a time machine. Together with Schuyler's girlfriend, Diane, they are all transported back to ancient Ithaca which is ruled by the tyrannical King Odius. The lecherous king promptly takes a liking to Diane and banishes Schuyler and The Stooges to the galleys. When they manage to escape, they begin promoting Schuyler as "Hercules" at local gladiatorial combats - until the real Hercules shows up. But, with their unique "charm," The Stooges convince Hercules to help them rescue Diane. Written by Robert Lynch

Starring: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Joe DeRita, Vicki Trickett, Marlin McKeever, Mike McKeever, Emil Sitka, Barbara Hines, Terry Huntingdon, Diana Piper ..
Directed by: Herb Wallerstein, Edward Bernds
Release date: 1962-02-15

The Damned

6.6/10 IMDB

An American tourist, a youth gang leader, and his troubled sister find themselves trapped in a top secret government facility experimenting on children.

Starring: Macdonald Carey, Shirley Anne Field, Viveca Lindfors, Alexander Knox, Oliver Reed, Walter Gotell, James Villiers, Tom Kempinski, Kenneth Cope, Brian Oulton ..
Directed by: Joseph Losey
Release date: 1962-11-16

Panic in Year Zero!

6.6/10 IMDB

While on a fishing trip, Harry Baldwin (Ray Milland) and his family hear an explosion and realize that Los Angeles has been leveled by a nuclear attack. Looters and killers are everywhere. Escaping to the hills with his family, he sets about the business of surviving in a world where, he knows, the old ideals of humanity will be first casualties.

Starring: Ray Milland, Jean Hagen, Frankie Avalon, Mary Mitchel, Joan Freeman, Richard Bakalyan, Rex Holman, Richard Garland, Willis Bouchey, Neil Burstyn ..
Directed by: Ray Milland
Release date: 1962-07-05

The Creation of the Humanoids

5.7/10 IMDB

Many years after a nuclear war, the human survivors have created a new society where much of the work done by androids, referred to derisively by humans as "clickers". A police official who is concerned that his sister has become involved with an android is sent to investigate a larger rumor that the androids are developing reason and emotion.

Starring: Don Megowan, Erica Elliott, Frances McCann, Don Doolittle, David Cross, Richard Vath, Reid Hammond, Malcolm Smith, George Milan, Dudley Manlove ..
Directed by: Wesley Barry
Release date: 1962-07-03
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1962 : Martian Through Georgia

Martian Through Georgia

6.6/10 IMDB

Way out in space, on another world whose population is contented, one of its people decides that travel broadens the mind and relieves boredom. So, he flies to Earth in hope of helping the alien Earthlings improve their lot, only to cause panic and be declared a monster just because he looks different. So, he decides to return home, where, at least, he can find love.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Ed Prentiss ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones, Abe Levitow
Release date: 1962-12-28

Icarus Montgolfier Wright

6.5/10 IMDB

The film focuses on the thoughts inside the head of a man, an astronaut scheduled to go to the Moon. As he ponders the flight, he laments having an “ordinary” name he fears will not resonate throughout history. His thoughts lead him to consider some of the pioneers of flight-Icarus and his wings, the Montgolfier brothers and their balloon and the Wright brothers and heavier than air flight. (IMDb)

Starring: James Whitmore, Ross Martin ..
Directed by: Osmond Evans
Release date: 1962-01-01

Journey to the Seventh Planet

4.7/10 IMDB

A space expedition to Uranus is menaced by a giant brain that can make illusions come true.

Starring: John Agar, Carl Ottosen, Peter Monch, Ove Sprogøe, Louis Miehe-Renard, Ann Smyrner, Greta Thyssen, Ulla Moritz, Annie Birgit Garde, Bente Juel ..
Directed by: Sidney W. Pink
Release date: 1962-03-10

The Brain That Wouldn't Die

4.5/10 IMDB

Dr. Bill Cortner and his fiancée, Jan Compton, are driving to his lab when they get into a horrible car accident. Compton is decapitated. But Cortner is not fazed by this seemingly insurmountable hurdle. His expertise is in transplants, and he is excited to perform the first head transplant. Keeping Compton's head alive in his lab, Cortner plans the groundbreaking yet unorthodox surgery. First, however, he needs a body.

Starring: Jason Evers, Virginia Leith, Doris Brent, Audrey Devereal, Eddie Carmel, Adele Lamont, Bonnie Sharie, Paula Maurice, Marilyn Hanold, Bruce Brighton ..
Directed by: Joseph Green
Release date: 1962-02-25

The Three Stooges in Orbit

5.6/10 IMDB

The fate of the planet in the hands of Larry, Moe and Curly Joe? That's exactly the situation the trio finds themselves in when they befriend a wacky scientist and must defend his secret invention from a pair of malevolent Martians. Sight gags, slapstick and plenty of nyuks abound as the Stooges bumble their way through an adventure of intergalactic proportions.

Starring: Moe Howard, Larry Fine, Joe DeRita, Emil Sitka, Carol Christensen, Edson Stroll, George N. Neise, Rayford Barnes, Jane Wald ..
Directed by: Edward Bernds
Release date: 1962-07-04
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1962 : The Brain

The Brain

5.2/10 IMDB

A millionaire businessman's brain is kept alive after a fatal accident, and communicates clues to a doctor on the trail of the killer

Starring: Peter van Eyck, Anne Heywood, Cecil Parker, Bernard Lee, Ellen Schwiers, Siegfried Lowitz, Hans Nielsen, Jeremy Spenser, Maxine Audley, Jack MacGowran ..
Directed by: Freddie Francis
Release date: 1962-09-05

This Is Not a Test

5.3/10 IMDB

A highway patrolman stops motorists on a highway after he hears news reports of a possible nuclear attack.

Starring: Seamon Glass, Thayer Roberts, Aubrey Martin, Mary Morlas, Michael Greene, Alan Austin, Carol Kent, Norman Winston, Ron Starr, Don Spruance ..
Directed by: Fredric Gadette
Release date: 1962-01-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1962 : Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel

6.7/10 IMDB

Fan short from Donald F. Glut in which Captain Marvel faces off an asteroid heading to earth.

Starring: Rich Hagopian ..
Directed by: Donald F. Glut
Release date: 1962-06-13

Varan the Unbelievable

4.6/10 IMDB

In an effort to find an economic means of purifying salt water, a joint U.S.-Japanese military command is set up on an isolated Japanese island where an unusual salt water lake is situated. However, their purifying experiments arouse the prehistoric monster Obaki from hibernation at the lake's bottom, and it proceeds to attack Japan. Although made by a U.S. independent film company, this film was based on a Japanese Toho monster film of 1958, "Daikaiju Varan", from which all of the monster effects scenes and a few incidental dramatic shots were edited into it.

Starring: Myron Healey, Koreya Senda, Kôzô Nomura, Ayumi Sonoda, Fumito Matsuo, Tsuruko Kobayashi, Akihiko Hirata, Fuyuki Murakami, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Minosuke Yamada ..
Directed by: Jerry A. Baerwitz, Ishirô Honda, Ishir? Honda
Release date: 1962-12-07
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1962 : The Underwater City

The Underwater City

4.8/10 IMDB

An engineer, a psychologist and several other disparate types take part in an experiment to see if people can live for extended periods of time in a city built under the ocean.

Starring: William Lundigan, Julie Adams, Roy Roberts, Carl Benton Reid, Chet Douglas, Paul Dubov, Karen Norris, Kathie Browne, Edward Mallory ..
Directed by: Frank McDonald
Release date: 1962-08-08

Hand of Death

4.6/10 IMDB

A scientist spills a new serum in his lab, accidentally inhales its fumes, and turns into a murderous monster who kills anyone he touches.

Starring: John Agar, Paula Raymond, Stephen Dunne, Roy Gordon, John A. Alonzo, Jack Younger, Joe Besser, Butch Patrick, Norman Burton, Fred Krone ..
Directed by: Gene Nelson
Release date: 1962-03-01
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1962 : Masters of Venus

Masters of Venus

5.9/10 IMDB

A spaceship from Earth lands on the planet Venus, and encounters a race of beings that the crew begins to suspect are descended from the lost city of Atlantis.

Starring: Norman Wooland, Mandy Harper, Robin Stewart, Robin Hunter, Patrick Kavanagh, Arnold Diamond ..
Directed by: Ernest Morris
Release date: 1962-09-07

Invasion of the Star Creatures

3.1/10 IMDB

Beautiful alien Amazonian women plan to conquer the world using an army of vegetable monsters. Dim-witted privates Philbrick and Penn bumble into a cave in search of atomic activity but collide instead with fierce carrot-topped tree mutants and their leaders, the 7-foot space sirens Prof. Tanga and Dr. Puna. This lavishly low-budget sci-fi romp has the bodacious aliens planning to overrun Earth with their vege-men army, but first they want the G.I.s to explain the meaning of love.

Starring: Robert Ball, Frank Ray Perilli, Gloria Victor, Dolores Reed, Trustin Howard, Mark Ferris, Richard Adams ..
Directed by: Bruno VeSota
Release date: 1962-05-03
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1962 : Tor, King of Beasts

Tor, King of Beasts

5.1/10 IMDB

The models in Tor, King of Beasts (1962) were a slight improvement over those in Time Is Just a Place…but the models would be better in the sequel Son of Tor.

Directed by: Donald F. Glut
Release date: 1962-04-11
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1962 : To Serve Man

To Serve Man

0.0/10 IMDB

An alien race comes to Earth, promising peace and sharing technology. A linguist and his team set out to translate the aliens' language, using a book whose title they deduce is "To Serve Man."

Starring: Lloyd Bochner, Richard Kiel, Susan Cummings, Hardie Albright, Theo Marcuse, Bartlett Robinson, Carleton Young, Nelson Olmsted, Robert Tafur, Lomax Study ..
Directed by: Richard L. Bare
Release date: 1962-03-02
Best Science Fiction Movies of 1962 : Little Girl Lost

Little Girl Lost

0.0/10 IMDB

Awakened in the middle of the night by the cries of his daughter, a father enters the girl's room to find that she has vanished - even though he can still hear her crying out for help.

Starring: Sarah Marshall, Robert Sampson, Charles Aidman, Rod Serling, Tracy Stratford, Rhoda Williams ..
Directed by: Paul Stewart
Release date: 1962-03-16

Battle Beyond the Sun

4.4/10 IMDB

In the distant future, the post-nuclear holocaust Earth is divided into two rival superpowers, North Hemis and South Hemis. Both empires are engaged in competitive race to reach Mars. When a badly under-equipped rocket malfunctions and begins drifting toward the sun, its helpless crew is rescued by the rival mission team. The combined crew continue the flight to mars, when colossal monsters lies in wait on the Martian moons!

Starring: Ivan Pereverzev, Aleksandr Shvorin, Larisa Borisenko, Konstantin Bartashevich, Gurgen Tonunts, Valentin Chernyak, Viktor Dobrovolsky, Aleksandra Popova, Taisiya Litvinenko, Lev Lobov ..
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola, Mikhail Karzhukov, Aleksandr Kozyr
Release date: 1962-01-01

The Weird Ones

5.8/10 IMDB

In this very low budget regional sexploitation comedy, a couple of modeling agency publicists enlist the aid of a beauty queen in a plan to detain a malevolent alien named "Astronik".

Starring: Mike Braden, Rudy Duran, Phyliss Warren, Lee Morgan ..
Directed by: Pat Boyette
Release date: 1962-01-01

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