15 / GORT’S ENTRANCE
THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (1951)
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.