Sigourney Weaver is one of our favorite science fiction action heroes, so we were really sad when she came out and said "science fiction didn't exist as a movie genre" before the 1950s. She added: "The Cold War made us edgy [and] so did arrogant science fooling around with the unknown and unnatural." Sorry, Sigourney, scifi movies have been around for as long as there have been moving pictures. We've compiled a list of some of the most amazing pre-1950s scifi movies to help you catch up.
The introduction of the iconic face behind Frankenstein, Boris Karloff as the monster. He was made through science — crazy, creepy grave-robbing science, but science nonetheless.
Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)
No relation to the Poe story. Evil scientist Dr. Mirakle kidnaps lovely young women and injects them with ape blood. His plan is to scientifically prove the blood link between man and ape, but of course they die horrible deaths.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)
Dr. Jekyll runs experiments on himself, thus awakening a murderous alter personality and person Mr. Hyde (with John Barrymore). There were many more Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hydes, including the famous super-hairy Mr. Hyde, Frederich March.
Phantom Creeps (1939)
An officer and a reporter search for a scientist whose inventions can destroy the world.
Mad Love (1935)
Peter Lorre plays Dr. Gogol, a surgeon who has gone insane over an actress and replaces her loved ones hands with the hands of a knife murderer - and the hands still want to kill and throw knives.
The Invisible Man (1933)
Becoming invisible drives a scientist insane and sends him on a murderous rampage.
In the future there's still a problem between blue-collar workers and the upper class.
Flash Gordon (1936)
Humans travel to the planet Mongo and meet its many varied and strange inhabitants, from flying men to forest people.
Doctor X (1932)
A reporter tracks down the Moon Killer to Dr. Xavier's mansion and witnesses the Doctors strange science experiments crafting artificial skin. (Sort of like Darkman.)
The Island Of Lost Souls, (The Island of Doctor Moreau) 1932
Dr. Moreau plays god on his remote islands splicing humans and cats creating a whole new race.