The 1960s Sci-Fi Movie Quiz

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The miniaturized medical team only has six minutes left to perform life-saving brain surgery -- from inside the body, in which 1966 two-time Academy Award winner?

1966's "Fantastic Voyage" had clot-busting suspense, and two Oscars.

Which psychedelic sci-fi sex-romp is based on Jean-Claude Forest's comics?

1968's "Barbarella," directed by Roger Vadim and starring Jane Fonda, is based on Jean-Claude Forest's French Barbarella comics. It didn't reach cult status until its 1977 re-release.

Which is not a remake of 1964's "The Last Man on Earth?"

Both 1971's "The Omega Man" and 2007's "I Am Legend" are both remakes of "The Last Man on Earth."

Which 1966 sci-fi thriller starring Rock Hudson used footage of an actual surgical makeover -- a nose operation -- leaving audiences (and crew) physically ill?

This may hurt a little... It's John Frankenheimer's "Seconds," which went from boos at Cannes to cult classic.

Which movie takes us to the year 802,701, when the world is populated with the peaceful Eloi and the monstrous Morlocks?

It's the year 802,701 in 1960's "The Time Machine."

Which sequel to 1958's "The Fly" came first, "Curse of the Fly" or "Return of the Fly?"

"Return of the Fly" was released in 1959, six years before 1965's "Curse of the Fly."

Which sci-fi daydream was named Best Rediscovery by the Boston Society of Film Critics in 2014?

Retold, among others, as "Solaris" and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind," 1968's "Je t’aime, je t’aime" was named Best Rediscovery in 2014.

What is the name of the 1962 photo-roman, 28-minute short that became the inspiration for "12 Monkeys" and other time-travel films?

Terry Gilliam's "12 Monkeys" draws heavily from the French sci-fi short "La Jetée," directed by Chris Marker.

Which science fiction-meets-detective movie opened the 1965 New York Film Festival?

Jean-Luc Godard's dystopian future world of "Alphaville" opened the 1965 New York Film Festival.

True or false: The 1964 sci-fi retelling of the classic novel, "Robinson Crusoe," stars Adam West.

True. "Robinson Crusoe on Mars," the 1964 retelling of the Daniel Defoe novel, does star Adam West.

What was the British sci-fi/horror film "Quatermass and the Pit" titled in the U.S.?

1968's "Quatermass and the Pit" was called, "Five Million Years to Earth" when it was released in the U.S.

What's the name of the sentient computer that gave us the line, "I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that?"

Hal 9000, in 1968's "2001: A Space Odyssey," is the fictional computer with the line, "I'm sorry, Dave. I'm afraid I can't do that."

Which story about a race of radiation-proof super beings is based on H.L. Lawrence's novel, "The Children of Light?"

The movie "The Damned" (1963) is based on "The Children of Light," a novel by H.L. Lawrence.

Who wins the climactic battle in 1962's "King Kong vs. Godzilla?"

Neither; it was a draw.

Which film, adapted from the novel "The Midwich Cuckoos" by John Wyndham, features blond-haired children with glowing eyes?

Blond-haired, glowing-eyed children are born into this small town in "Village of the Damned," from 1960.

Which 1964 sci-fi comedy includes a bomb-loving, mad scientist with an artificial arm and a German accent?

That's Peter Sellers, in one of his three main roles in Stanley Kubrick's 1964 film, "Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb."

Who produced, directed, co-wrote and starred in the 1963 original version of "The Nutty Professor," a parody of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde?

"The Nutty Professor," released in 1963 (and then remade in 1996), was produced, directed, co-written and starred Jerry Lewis.

An electrical accident does what to Dexter, played by a young Kurt Russell, in 1969's "The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes?"

During the electrical accident, Dexter's brain is fused with the computer, leaving him with knowledge of what's in the database.

Which quote is not from 1968's "Planet of the Apes?"

I don't see how you could be amused by gorillas. I think they're dull, is from 1967's "King Kong Escapes," not from "Planet of the Apes."

True or false: "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" stars Barbara Eden, Peter Lorre and singer Frankie Avalon.

True. Plus, Frankie Avalon sings the title song, "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea."

Which Joseph Green-directed film is about a mad scientist who discovers how to keep human organs alive?

This is the plot of "The Brain That Wouldn't Die" (almost called "The Black Door"), released in 1962.

Released four months before the first moon landing, what late-60s film exploring a space emergency during the Apollo program stars Gregory Peck and Gene Hackman?

This is the plot of "Marooned," based on the novel of the same name by Martin Caidin.

Which 1961 release could have been released three years earlier, but wasn't because of distribution problems?

"The Most Dangerous Man Alive" sat for three years before finally being sold to Columbia.

Although narrated, which sci-fi director gave us "The Beast of Yucca Flats," which doesn't have any dialogue?

Coleman Francis, his movies now considered so-bad-they're-good cult-classics, directed "The Beast of Yucca Flats" in 1961.

Which of Ishirō Honda's kaiju characters is the second most-popular from Toho Studios?

The giant female caterpillar moth, Mothra, is Toho's second most-popular, after Godzilla.

Which 1961 film based on the novels "Robur the Conqueror" and "Master of the World" by Jules Verne stars Vincent Prince and Charles Bronson?

Although based on "Robur the Conqueror" and "Master of the World," the film is “Master of the World."

What is 1964's "The First Men in the Moon" known for?

This story of lunar explorers is known for Ray Harryhausen's special effects.

Which 1966 film has been mocked on Mystery Science Theater 3000 as one of the worst movies ever made?

MST3K named Hal Warren's directorial debut (which he also wrote and produced), 1966's "Manos: The Hands of Fate," the worst movie ever made.

Which sci-fi movie with a beach-party feel starred a young Beau Bridges and an even younger Ron ("Ronny") Howard?

Beau Bridges and Ronny Howard starred in "Village of the Giants." "Attack of the Puppet People" and "The Amazing Colossal Man" were both released in the 1950s.

Which song from the movie "Village of the Giants" did Quentin Tarantino use in the main title of his 2007 film "Death Proof?"

Quentin Tarantino used "The Last Race," composed and arranged by Jack Nitzsche, as the theme song for "Village of the Giants" in "Death Proof" in 2007.

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The first sci-fi film was made in 1902, but it would take more than 50 years for science fiction-loving audiences to find themselves in the Golden Age. From superhuman abilities to space exploration, show what you know about 1960s sci-fi cinema.

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