For author George R.R. Martin, the best science-fiction film ever made remains MGM’s 1956 Forbidden Planet. He was about 8 years old when he first saw it at the DeWitt Theater in Bayonne, New Jersey. “It was amazing,” Martin recalled. “At that time the big difference between science fiction in print and in movies was that science-fiction films were stupid. But Forbidden Planet got much of it right ... the special effects were state-of-the-art for the time. Robby the Robot was incredible. I’ve seen it over 100 times since.”
Martin will probably see it again when his Jean Cocteau Cinema on Montezuma Street runs Forbidden Planet during its first week of operation. The picture tops the list of Martin’s 10 favorite science-fiction films — followed by Aliens, Blade Runner, Alien, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (the 1956 version), The Road Warrior, Dark Star, The War of the Worlds (1953), The Day The Earth Stood Still (1951), and The Empire Strikes Back.
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