Only one film today, but it’s a big one: the monsters from the id, otherwise known as Forbidden Plant, opened this day in 1956. Along with The Day the Earth Stood Still, it stands a the high water mark in a decade where science fiction ruled the box office, and its clever updating of Shakespeare’s The Tempest has helps it stand the test of time in the ensuing 60 years.
And then came that moment when we found ourselves staring eyeball to eyeball with the Nicolas-Cage-needs-money turd Season of the Witch — released today in 2011 — and said “what the heck, we’ll start the column with it!” We’re not proud, but there it is. (Incidentally, today is also Cage’s birthday. We hope he celebrates by watching one of his many many many better films.) If crappy movies are your thing, today also saw the release of Michael Winner’s ridiculous supernatural thriller The Sentinel in 1977, and Michael Keaton trudging his way through a career low point in White Noise released in 2005.
Better movies? Okay we got one…. and luckily, it’s a doozy. The John Sturges classic Bad Day at Black Rock, released today in 1955, featured a brilliant western/crime thriller story and terrific performances from the likes of Spencer Tracy, Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine and Anne Francis.