Nuclear Monsters? I'm In
Here is an excellent article which examines the cold-war mentality which produced one of my guiltiest pleasures in life - science fiction monster watching!
"People who want to talk about the jumpy, kitschy, gloriously lurid movie genre we now know as 1950s sci-fi usually start with Susan Sontag. This is not because Sontag is a bug-eyed alien or 50 feet tall but because she wrote, in 1965, the definitive essay on Cold War dystopian fantasy: 'The Imagination of Disaster.' 'We live,' she claimed in that piece, 'under continual threat of two equally fearful, but seemingly opposed, destinies: unremitting banality and inconceivable terror.' The job of science fiction was at once to 'lift us out of the unbearably humdrum... by an escape into dangerous situations which have last-minute happy endings' and to 'normalize what is psychologically unbearable, thereby inuring us to it.'... "