Movie Poster Collection: The Sci-Fi of Willie Wilder

Wilhelm (“Willie”) Wilder, who lived from 1904-82, was an interesting director mainly known for his eight film noirs and for being the estranged, older brother of Billy Wilder. Willie also left an interesting sci-fi legacy which I’ve tried to capture the outlines of here. We first bumped into his Phantom From Space when we looked at sci-fi and horror from 1953. A more complete biography can be found here, written by his granddaughter.

1954. Cheaply made warning of immanent alien attack.

1954. Cheaply made warning of immanent alien attack.

Probably the first motion picture about a Yeti.

1954. Probably the first motion picture about a Yeti. Myles Wilder is Willie Wilder’s son.

Spoiler alert: "Manfish" is the name of a boat, not some sort of sea creature. (spoiler alerts for a nearly 60 year-old movie?)

1956. Spoiler alert: “Manfish” is the name of a boat, not some sort of sea creature. (spoiler alerts for a nearly 60 year-old movie?)

1956. AKA Spell of the Hypnotist

1956. AKA Spell of the Hypnotist

1958. The head of Nostradamus and . . . monkeys?

1958. The head of Nostradamus and . . . monkeys?

1958. Low budget spy thriller against the backdrop of Sputnik.

1958. Low budget spy thriller against the backdrop of Sputnik.

 

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