Saturday, May 11, 2013

MMM: Horror Nostalgia 1950s

I learned to love Horror when I watched TV and movies as a child.  Even if you weren't alive when these came out, you've probably seen reruns of them like me.  Join my celebration of Horror Nostalgia!

Horror TV Shows of the 1950s:

“Alfred Hitchcock Presents” (1955-1965)
Opening Music Theme: “Funeral March for a Marionette”
Guest Stars: Ed Asner, Barbara Bel Geddes, Charles Bronson, James Caan, Bette Davis, Peter Falk, Jack Klugman, Jayne Mansfield, Steve McQueen, Bob Newhart, Robert Redford, Burt Reynolds, Gloria Swanson, Dick Van Dyke and Fay Wray.

“The Twilight Zone” (1959-1964)
“You're traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind; a journey into a wondrous land whose boundaries are that of imagination. That's the signpost up ahead—your next stop, the Twilight Zone.”
Narrator: Rod Serling
Guest Stars: Joan Blondell, Ann Blyth, Buster Keaton, Burgess Meredith, Ed Wynn, Veronica Cartwright, Bill Bixby, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Carol Burnett, Julie Newmar, Dennis Hopper, and Robert Redford.
“Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” 
The episode where William Shatner spots 
a monster on the wing of the plane.

“H.G. Wells’ Invisible Man” (UK 1958-1959)
Dr. Peter Brady (the Invisible Man): Tim Turner (voice over) and Johnny Scripps (a little person who played the costumed-but-headless doctor, moving by peeking out through the button holes.)

“One Step Beyond” (1959-1961)
Narrator: John Newland
Guest Stars: Elizabeth Montgomery, Charles Bronson, Yvette Mimieux, Warren Beatty, Christopher Lee, Beverly Washburn, Robert Blake, Patrick Macnee, Cloris Leachman, Mike Connors, William Shatner, and Pernell Roberts.

Horror Films of the 1950s

House of Wax (1953)
War of the Worlds (1953)
The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
The Bad Seed (1956)
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Frankenstein (1958)
The Blob (1958)
The Fly (1958)
The Mummy (1959)
Turn of the Screw (1959)

Do you remember any of these shows or films? Which 1950s shows or films were your favorites (even if they're not Horror)?

Come back tomorrow for 1960s nostalgia!

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Anonymous said...

There are some real classics there... I just adore the old / original Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Blob... very cool.

Little Gothic Horrors said...

There's something very special about the horror classics!

Sean McLachlan said...

Didn't know Shatner starred in a one Step Beyond episode. I've never seen that show. Absolutely LOVED Twilight Zone as a kid!

Sophie Duncan said...

Those kinds of old movies like The Mummy and The Blob and Invasion of The Body Snatchers, used to run on Friday nights on BBC2 when I was a kid and I loved being scared by them. :)

Sophie's Thoughts & Fumbles

Ben Ellis said...

Hell yeah, The Creature from the Black Lagoon is awesome! In Australia we had re-runs of The Twilight Zone in the 80's, but it had dated a bit by then... still cool though. Here's my MMM at Design du Jour.

Brandon Ax said...

I used to love watching old reruns of The Twilight Zone.

Candilynn Fite said...

Loved, loved, loved The Twilight Zone and the movies The Creature From the Black Lagoon and Body Snatchers! Fun MMM post. :)

Shah Wharton said...

I always watched The Twilight Zone, loved H.G. Wells’ Invisible Man, House of Wax (1953)
War of the Worlds (1953), The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Frankenstein (1958), The Fly (1958), and Turn of the Screw (1959). Haven't seen the others. I also loved all the Hitchcock's movies. The Bird gave me nightmares!! and of course, Psycho.

Shah X

DL Hammons said...

You left out THEM (1954) and THE THING (1951)...two of my all-time favorites!!!! :)

Luna Valentine said...

They recently started airing the Alfred Hitchcock Hour on one of the cable channels that comes in (which I believe was the 1960's continuation of Alfred Hitchcock Presents) and I've been trying to record it whenever possible. I think Syfy network used to air the Twilight Zone weekday afternoons because I remember watching a lot of that show whenever I was home sick from school. So many great series!

Dani said...

Oh I love the nostalgia! These are some great lists Lexa! I loved watching twilight zone!!

Ali Ginger-Read said...

I really miss Alfred Hitchcock, truly I think it was my first real step into anything creepy and there was no stopping me from there.

Diane Riggins said...

Love your picks. Great post. :)

Magaly Guerrero said...

Now I have to have a Twilight Zone marathon!

Mina Lobo said...

I LOVED the opening theme from the Hitchcock series. And I loved that the man himself did the intro for each episode. :-)
Some Dark Romantic

Kate Larkindale said...

I always loved The Twilight Zone. So eerie!

mshatch said...

I'm afraid I don't remember most of those. I did see a few Twilight Zone repeats as a teen and I remember the Saturday Creature Feature but that was in the 60s. I'll be back tomorrow to see what the first decade of my life had to recommend it :)

MJ Preston said...

I watched a lot of this, Twilight Zone was probably my favorite.
Nice nostalgia piece.
Happy Blog hopping.

The Dark World of MJ PRESTON

Anonymous said...

These sound amazing, but I honestly haven't seen most of these. I'm only familiar with The Twilight Zone. I might have seen snippets of the others.

Nancy LaRonda Johnson said...

Nice list. I know them all except the last one. Never saw that. I have to say, that I became more of a fan of horror from the 70s horror films, some of which are very cheesy, while others will remain indelible classics. Writer’s Mark

Suze said...

I remember 'Nightmare at 20,000 feet!'

Kim (YA Asylum) said...

Alfred Hitchcock Present and the Twilight Zone are always watching when the reruns appear late at night. They're both so strange and can be creepy in a non-blood-massacre type of way, which I appreciate it. I had no idea this blog hop was going on, but it sounds like fun :)

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