IT CAME FROM OUTER SPACE is notable for it's non-gimmick use of 3D. It has a very literate script (Charles Drake has a great little speech on the effect of heat on people's nerves), superb performances and a terrific score by Herman Stein. Probably my favorite 3D film.
Wonderful film that says a lot and brings a tear to my eye at the end.I too loved that speech about heat, Love the end theme tune, a mini classic. Didn't find the remake as enjoyable in the 90's.I caught the film in 3D at the Carnegie cinema on 7TH avenue near WEST 57TH decades ago.
For me the best use of 3D has been in animated films. And of them I'll Pick CORALINE as the most imaginative and effective. Special mention for the Jim Carrey A CHRISTMAS CAROL, as a film it is dead in the water but seeing it in IMAX 3-D made for the best 3-D ride I ever had. Literally 3-D is the only way it works at all. And for live action I will choose something offbeat, Joe Dante's THE HOLE. Like CORALINE it seemed to use the third dimension for more than a gimmick. The compositions seemed to integrate that extra dimension as a means to create contrasts and underline ideas (as well as the usual gimmicky shots).
Sorry but I have not any favorite 3D film and that is because I haven`t seen so many films in 3D. The reason is because my eyes can`t handle it, after about 5 minutes or so I get dizzy and get a headache.
So now I wonder am I the only one or do someone else feel the same or similar?
Years later (1981) I thought I'd take my children to the theater to see a 3-D revival film, "Comin' at Ya!" to show them what 3D was. The picture was a terrible spaghetti-western which was one 3-D rigged shot after the other, but the kids seemed to, enjoy it, especially my then pre-teen son who appeared to be greatly impressed by the gigantic 3D female breasts poking at him from the screen.
I've only seen COMIN' AT YA! on video, in the red/blue anaglyphic format, which gives only the barest approximation of a 3D effect. I'd love to see the film properly presented.
From a purely technical perspective, HOUSE OF WAX (WB, 1953) is the best stereoscopic film ever shot. Whether or not it's your favorite is something else again. The 3-D films Jack Arnold directed at Universal are stereoscopically perfect.
The old classics don't have the razzle-dazzle of the current box-office hits, but they are technically and photographically superior in terms of 3-D.
One of the worst experiences of trying to watch a film in 3d, happened back in the 80's When WPIX CHANNEL 11 in NEW YORK showed REVENGE OF THE CREATURE in 3d. Weeks before BURGER KING was giving out the 3d glasses throughout New York city. What was the problem one might ask? It was summertime and they started the film at 8.pm, so to really get the effect everyone would have to get their living room or bedroom as dark as can be for the showing, This reminds me of how some drive ins would start a film before it was dark and you could barely see the film on the screen.