The first spaceship to Mars, presumed lost, is found in space and brought back to Earth by remote control. Only two from an initial crew of four are still alive, but one is unconscious due to an attached alien growth, while the other is traumatized, blocking out all memory of what happened. In hopes to save the unconscious crewman, the amnesiac is interrogated back into remembering. Those in charge thereby learn of the terrible dangers awaiting anyone venturing into the spooky, ruddy stillness of the very alien Martian ecosystem. Written by
Sidney W. Pink wrote the screenplay at home on his kitchen table, recruiting his children in to act as critics. His initial draft was called "The Planet Mars" and included all sorts of strange creatures and an entire Martian city. Naturally, budgetary restraints precluded all that. See more »
We are left to assume that four trained scientists - one of whom comments that its leg-shaped "trees" are at least 40 feet high - fail to notice the rat-bat-spider-crab monster standing in the midst of an otherwise empty plain. See more »
Fans of the "so-bad-it's good" style of film making will have a real hoot with this film. Contains virtually all of the prerequisites for cheeseball sci fi, i.e. really bad effects, cornball dialogue, comic relief, and sexual stereotypes and innuendos. What the film lacks in budget and execution it more than makes up for in pure spirit and fun. Sci Fi fans will remember Jack Kruschen from Abbott and Costello Go to Mars playing, what else, comic relief in this film as well. Red tinted Mars scenes are pretty cool and psychedelic looking. Marionette rat-spider is a scream.
Overall, a very entertaining way to spend a rainy Sunday afternoon.
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