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Old 16-08-2007, 10:17 AM   #1
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Default British Sci-Fi films.

People may scream in wonder at my question (sheltered upbringing and all) but what are some of the great British Sci-Fi films worth catching? I confess a very limited knowledge of Sci-Fi films in general and I am trying to catch up.
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Old 16-08-2007, 11:50 AM   #2
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The Day The Earth Caught Fire (mainly because of Leo McKern) and Quatermass And The Pit (tv series or Hammer movie, they're both seriously good) are two of my favourites.
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Old 16-08-2007, 07:18 PM   #3
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I second both of those.
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Old 16-08-2007, 08:54 PM   #4
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I remember seeing "No Blade of Grass" on late night TV once and thought it was quite good. Some plague was killing all the crops and society had started to break. Never seen it repeated...

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0066154/
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Old 17-08-2007, 04:12 AM   #5
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Quatermass & The Pit (or Five Million Years to Earth, as it was called on this side of the pond) was my first choice, but you beat me to it!
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Moon Zero Two
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Old 17-08-2007, 05:05 PM   #7
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I love Moon Zero Two. Mind you, it had Catherine Schell taking her clothes off in one scene...
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Things to Come produced by Alexander Korda in the 1930s has to be one of the earliest British science fiction movies. It's a little slow, but has some amazing miniature work. It's also on Beeb 2 this Sunday.
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Old 24-08-2007, 02:00 PM   #9
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I've just watched it on DVD. What an amazing film, with such vision, for 1936. Very cool, and yes, top model work.
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Old 26-08-2007, 05:01 PM   #10
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Just seen the TV screening and just knocked out by the production design and the scale of the production. Quite jaw droppingly awe inspiring for a 1930s British movie.
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Old 27-08-2007, 12:06 PM   #11
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I love Moon Zero Two. Mind you, it had Catherine Schell taking her clothes off in one scene...
As it was a U certificate I would'nt get to excited :-)

I always prefered Adrienne Corri, now she did get her kit off in a Clockwork Orange...

I have the original UK quad front of house poster for Moon Zero Two, it is a fantastic poster and really gives a false impression about the movie itself. I had it framed a couple years back, which almost left me penniless :-)

The appeal in Moon... in my opinion is it one of those films it is so bad it is good and now because of it's retro kitsch appeal makes it a must sci-f. I'm not sure the makers quite meant it that way, if they did it was a stroke of genius. Anyway, it's way over due for a proper DVD release.

Suprised no one has mentioned Doppelganger, it would be nice to see that one back on DVD and hopefully in it's original UK guise.

Not a sci-fi per-se, but what about Seven Days to Noon -- that was a mightly impressive film.

Not so impressive and way more kitsch than Moon Zero Two, was the Terrornauts, when I saw it is was the B feature to musical Scrooge. Every one at school was going to see this because of the Terrornauts, not Scrooge.

No Blade of Grass has had a few outings on Tv and if my memory serves me right it featured a youngish Wendy Richards, also recall there was a rape scene which gave it problem with the censors.

I consider 2001 a British movie, so thats got to be the best.

Marty...
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Old 27-08-2007, 12:26 PM   #12
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MZT is a film I first saw when I was 9 or so, it was on mid morning ITV if my dodgy recall is working correctly. I just like the whole look and feel of it. Yes it's cheesy, yes it's tacky but it's fun.

I saw an AVI of Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun on a chum's laptop (am I allowed to say that?) a while ago. I'd forgotten how much I enjoyed that film.

Seven Days To Noon... last saw on Channel 4, had London evacuated IIRC? I love films with empty, evacuated, desolate buildings and large areas.
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Old 29-09-2007, 01:46 AM   #13
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I strongly recommend 'Day of the Triffids'. Not the 1962 US film - which I don't rate very highly - but the 1981 British mini-series starring John Duttine. It's available on DVD (at least in Australia).
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Old 29-09-2007, 02:55 AM   #14
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That takes me back. I should hunt it up thanks Dr Kane
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Old 29-09-2007, 03:24 PM   #15
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A downright odd and creepy miniseries was Children of the Stones starring Gareth Thomas of Blake's 7 fame.
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Old 02-10-2007, 06:09 AM   #16
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Films

Village of the Damned 1960
Invasion 1965
2001: a space odyssey 1969
Fiend Without a Face 1958
Island of Terror 1966
Journey to the Farside of the Sun 1969
A Grand Day Out 1989


TV series

Life On Mars
The Prisoner
Dr Who
Blakes 7
The Avengers
The Champions
UFO (and all the Anderson productions)

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I just watched a recent one - set in Britian, think its a Brit prodcutions - should look up IMDB to confirm. Children of Men - dark, disturbing. No space ships etc - if it wasnt set in 2027 - it probablly wouldn't be classed as sci fi? I loved it.
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One word: Brazil
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Old 04-10-2007, 12:29 PM   #19
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Good choice Stew! I particularly enjoyed the DVD for its extended scenes, never seen before on the big screen. Simply brilliant! De Niro’s character was so funny!

On a different stroke…
Hated by many, loved by a few…I’ve also enjoyed The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (2005).
I still have the DVD's official website in my fave movies folder (lower your sound volume...the alarm is a bit loud...)

http://video.movies.go.com/hitchhikersguide/global/
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Old 04-10-2007, 03:08 PM   #20
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Hey EagleTransporter, don't tell the others, but ...I like the 2005 Hitchhiker's movie, also. Shhh.
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