The 10 Best Worst Science Fiction Films By Generation: The Silent Era


5) Frau im Mond (Woman in the Moon), 1929

Written and directed by the legendary Fritz Lang… the technical accuracy of this film is quite impressive, involving multi-stage rockets, however the melodrama aspects of this film overshadow everything causing many an eye-roll at the over acting. A scientist finds gold on the moon, robbers force him and few others including a pretty assistant and a stowaway kid onto the ship. When they get to the moon, they find the gold, but there is not enough oxygen for everyone to return. There’s some poisoning of drinks and some hiding, eventually, the hero is stranded on the moon, but he finds the cute female stayed too! Where they apparently live happily ever after… on the moon? Yay?

6) 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, 1916

The underwater photography in this film was a feat of ingenuity and triumph. The remaining hour and 20minutes of this film is a random coupling of scenes and story beats that barely fit together when not boring you to death. It’s like Ishtar on LSD… and not in the good way.