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Monsters in the Machine: Science Fiction Film and the Militarization of America after World War II

Steffen Hantke


During the 1950s and early 1960s, the American film industry produced a distinct cycle of films situated on the boundary between horror and science fiction. Using the familiar imagery of science fiction, the vast majority of these films subscribed to the effects and aesthetics of horror film, anticipating the dystopian turn of many science fiction films to come. These films often evinced paranoia, unease, fear, shock, and disgust. Not only did these movies address technophobia and its psychological, social, and cultural corollaries, they also returned persistently to the military as a source o ... More

Keywords: American film industry, science fiction, horror film, US military, 1950s, American life

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781496805652
Published to University Press of Mississippi: May 2018 DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496805652.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Steffen Hantke, author