The 1950s Sci-Fi Movie Quiz
by Staff
More than 500 sci-fi feature-length movies were released between 1948 and 1962 -- some remain standouts, some became cult classics, and all, for sure, deliver the right amount of kitsch. Test how much do you know about the Golden Age of sci-fi films?

Which movie does this tagline belong to: "A titanic beauty spreads a macabre wave of horror!"

  • Attack of the 50 Foot Woman
  • Teenagers from Outer Space
  • The Amazing Colossal Man

The idea of a "doomsday machine" was reused in a 1966 Star Trek episode -- what movie inspired it?

  • Gog
  • Kronos
  • Spaceways

Which was the first sci-fi space adventure to be made after World War II?

  • The Thing
  • Destination Moon
  • Rocketship X-M

Released within just one day of each other, which two movies shared sets and wardrobe?

  • Project Moon Base and "Cat-Women of the Moon"
  • Invaders from Mars and "Cat-Women of the Moon"
  • The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms and "Cat-Women of the Moon"

Known for shooting on shoestring budgets, director Edgar G. Ulmer filmed which of his movies in 6 days, with sets left over from 1948's "Joan of Arc?"

  • The Black Cat
  • The Man From Planet X
  • The Strange Woman

In what category did 1953's "The War of the Worlds" win an Academy Award?

  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Visual Effects

Which was Warner Bros.' highest-grossing movie in 1954?

  • Plan 9 From Outer Space
  • Red Planet Mars
  • Them!

Which film is a (loose) retelling of Shakespeare's "The Tempest?"

  • The War of the Worlds
  • Forbidden Planet
  • The Day the Earth Stood Still

Which British sci-fi comedy, starring Alec Guinness, centered around a chemist who invents an everlasting fabric?

  • The Man from Planet X
  • The Man in the White Suit
  • The Cosmic Man

Before giving us "Buck Rogers" and "The Bionic Woman" on the small screen, which director gave us nearly a dozen American sci-fi horror films?

  • Billy Wilder
  • Jack Arnold
  • Robert Aldrich

In which Jack Arnold-directed movie is Clint Eastwood credited with his first speaking role?

  • Creature from the Black Lagoon
  • The Incredible Shrinking Man
  • Revenge of the Creature

The alien in which classic from 1951, set in 1982, is referred to as "an intellectual carrot?"

  • The Brain Eaters
  • The Thing from Another World
  • When Worlds Collide

In which '50s sci-fi Cold War story does a former Nazi scientist, now working for the Soviets, beam signals that God is on Mars?

  • 2000-03-31 23:00:00
  • Radar Men from the Moon
  • Red Planet Mars

Which H.G. Wells classic story was remade by Steven Spielberg in 2005?

  • The Day the Earth Stood Still
  • Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • The War of the Worlds

What awakens the 200-foot creature in IshirĂ´ Honda's (Americanized) "Godzilla?"

  • atomic bomb testing
  • fishermen
  • Rodan and Gamera

Which of Ed Wood's movies was described as "the Citizen Kane of bad movies?"

  • Bride of the Monster
  • Plan 9 From Outer Space
  • The Sinister Urge

Which movie was almost called, "Sleep No More?"

  • The Creature Walks Among Us
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
  • Radar Men from the Moon

What Sir Arthur Conan Doyle story is 1951's "Lost Continent," starring Cesar Romero, similar to?

  • The Great Shadow
  • The Lost World
  • The Valley of Fear

True or false: The giant octopus in "Earth vs. the Flying Saucers " only has six arms.

  • 1
  • 0

Which writer penned "The Incredible Shrinking Man," as well as "I am Legend," "The Night Stalker" and the "Twilight Zone's" gremlin episode?"

  • Gene Roddenberry
  • Ray Bradbury
  • Richard Matheson

Shortly after the launch of Sputnik, who conceived of and directed "War of the Satellites?"

  • Charles Band
  • Roger Corman
  • Coleman Francis

Which was a primary theme in 1950s science fiction?

  • Cold War
  • atomic bomb
  • aliens and UFOs
  • all of the above

In which 1958 cult sci-fi film does 27-year-old Steve McQueen make his leading man debut?

  • The Blob
  • Daughter of Horror
  • I Married a Monster from Outer Space

What was the name of the robot in 1951's "The Day the Earth Stood Still?"

  • Gort
  • Gnut
  • Gog

Return of the Fly takes place 15 years after the events of the original "The Fly," but how many years were between the original and its sequel?

  • 1
  • 3
  • 15

In which movie is Woody Woodpecker used to explain the basic principles of physics and space travel -- and the case for a moon mission?

  • Rocketship X-M
  • Destination Moon
  • The Flying Saucer

Which is the correct order of movies in director John Sherwood's "Creature from the Black Lagoon" trilogy?

  • The Creature from the Black Lagoon, "Revenge of the Creature," "The Creature Walks Among Us"
  • The Creature from the Black Lagoon, "The Creature Walks Among Us," "Revenge of the Creature"
  • The Creature Walks Among Us, "The Creature from the Black Lagoon," "Revenge of the Creature"

Donovan's Brain an adaptation of Curt Siodmak's 1942 novel of the same name, starred which first lady, before she was first lady?

  • Lady Bird Johnson
  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
  • Nancy Reagan

Which story was co-written by author Ray Bradbury?

  • Battle in Outer Space
  • Fire Maidens from Outer Space
  • It Came from Outer Space

After his role in "Forbidden Planet," Robby the Robot made appearances in which TV series?

  • Mork and Mindy
  • The Twilight Zone
  • The Addams Family
  • all of the above