Forbidden Planet (1956)
Director: Fred McLeod Wilcox
Screenplay: Cyril Hume based on a story by Irving Block and Allen Adler
Stars: Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen, Richard Anderson, Earl Holliman, James Drury, Gavin Macleod and Robby the Robot.
The Pitch: “Hey, let’s make a big budget sci-fi film!”
Tagline: IT’S OUT OF THIS WORLD!
The Overview: Beware of Spoilers…
An interplanetary crew sent to a distant planet to discover what happened to the colony set up there years ago, are contacted as they enter the planet’s atmosphere and told to stay away. Upon landing they meet the two remaining colony survivors, a doctor and his daughter — the rest were killed by a giant monster.
As the ship’s commander digs deeper he becomes aware that all is not as it seems. He doubts the doctor’s story until the monster kills some of his crew. Then he learns that the doctor is hiding even more information and things go really bad.
Forbidden Planet is a lot of fun. I absolutely loved it as a kid and it still holds up pretty well.