The Forbidden Planet

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One of the films I remember from my younger days (long, long ago, not in a galaxy far, far away) was the Forbidden Planet. It’s one of those old 1950’s sci-fi films, made when colour films had only just come to being. If you’ve never seen it before don’t let the age put you off, it a good film.

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Without spoiling the story, it’s got so much, a mystery that threatens the lives of everyone on the spaceship, a mad man that thinks he has control of what’s going on and of course Robbie. Possibly one the first robot icons of science fiction. He was clunky and slow but you felt you didn’t want to get on the wrong side of him.

The sets used to show the scale of the alien Krell technology are very impressive, the vast scales and depths come over very well. The music effects and the invisible monster bring a real sense of fear, while the blood and guts are never shown, you’re never in any doubt that the monster is vast and could easily tear a man apart. The viewer is spared the horror of the sight of the monster until near the end, but you still don’t get to see it properly adding to the suspense in the story.

The effects in the film while old are still very effective – even the battle scene with energy weapons is plausible, perhaps more than some of the acting – but this was made at a time when all Hollywood knew what to make was cowboy movies and war films. I would be bold and actually say it’s better than the original Star Trek TV episodes is a must for any Sci-fi buff who hasn’t seen it. But then, if you were a sci-fi buff, you probably already have!

Simon 🙂

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My name is Simon I'm an engineer, creator, free thinker and occasionally writer. For far too long I had ideas and nowhere to put them for the world to see, that's why Planet Simon was created. I'm an experimenter, explorer and fascinated by the world around me and the people in it. My exploration goes further than the known universe and expands out to universe's I've created in my mind and put onto the creative canvas. I'm not the person I used to be and over time I have evolved and the blog is evolving with me. Whatever this blog is in the future it's a place where all are welcome and ideas can roam free to find their magical place in the universe. I'm an experimenter, explorer and fascinated by the world around me and the people in it. My exploration goes further than the known universe and expands out to universe's I've created in my mind and put onto the creative canvas.

9 thoughts on “The Forbidden Planet

  1. This is a great old movie! I watched it again, for the first time in years, just a few days ago and I love it. That is one of the coolest movie monster ever.

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