The Turner Classic Movies (TCM) network will be launching their “Out of This World: A Celebration of Sci-Fi Movies” programming this July with a series of 34 classic science fiction movies, including the original Star Wars, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Close Encounter of the Third Kind, and more.
Airing every Tuesday this month starting at 8pm EST, TCM will air scifi favorites such as 1951’s The Day the Earth Stood Still, 1958’s The Fly, 1968’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, along with several moon-related features to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s historic Moon landing.
Below are some of the highlighted films, per TCM; visit their site for the full schedule.
July 2: A look at early sci-fi, including what is considered to be the first science fiction film ever made, 1902’s A Trip to the Moon and Fritz Lang’s influential Metropolis (1927).
July 9: Acclaimed director Frank Darabont introduces films from the 1950s, one of the most influential decades for science fiction that brought us The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), The War of the Worlds (1953) and Forbidden Planet (1956).
July 16: In honor of this month’s 50th anniversary of the moon landing, TCM airs seminal moon movies such as Destination Moon (1950) and For All Mankind (1989). The night then continues with iconic creature features including Them! (1954) and The Blob (1958).
July 23: TCM travels into the 1960s with 1960’s The Time Machine and 1968’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.
July 30: The final night of galactic travel features a TCM premiere of Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) alongside Close Encounter of the Third Kind (1977) and Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982).