TCM Goes Into ‘Future Shock’

TCM will present 19-movie festival“Future Shock: Sci-Fi Films from the Cold War Era” Tuesdays throughout June.

The network said the festival “will take a month-long look at the rise of science-fiction movies during the Cold War and how those movies often reflected the attitudes of the decades-long conflict.”

Films to be included in Future Shock are: The Thing (from Another World) (1951), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956), Village of the Damned (1960), The Wild Wild Planet (1965), Forbidden Planet (1956), From the Earth to the Moon (1958), 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957), The Blob (1958), Soylent Green (1973), Westworld (1973), Logan's Run (1976), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), No Blade of Grass (1970), It Came from Outer Space (1953), Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977), Spaceballs (1987), Mars Attacks! (1996) and The Invisible Boy (1957).

TCM also announced that it will air documentary Watch the Skies! July 5.

Watch the Skies! is a one-hour documentary that looks at the history of science-fiction movies from the silent era through today. Among those who will appear are filmmakers Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Ridley Scott and James Cameron.