15 / GORT’S EN­TRANCE

THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951)

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Never mind that at one point you see the crease in the foam-rub­ber suit (worn by 7’7” ac­tor Lock Martin) that’s sup­posed to be a metal body. This is how to pull off an en­trance. Af­ter Klaatu (Michael Ren­nie) ar­rives on Earth and is shot by a pan­icky sol­dier, Gort ap­pears, im­pe­ri­ous and im­pla­ca­ble, at the top of the space­ship ramp. Pop­ping back his vi­sor to re­veal a glow­ing eye that would in­spire count­less sci-fi bad ’uns (hello, Cy­lons!), he de­stroys the army’s weapons with pre­ci­sion blasts be­fore go­ing back on duty as the orig­i­nal guardian of the galaxy. The all-cg Gort in the 2008 re­make didn’t come close.

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