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In 1974, four astronauts, silver shoe-clad Dorothy, overweight Doc, goofy Charlie, and wooden Steve, crash land on Mars when taking readings, with only four days of supplies. They must try to survive on the surface, which is barren except for some canals with huge maggots with fins. After embarking through a golden igneous cavern, braving a storm and finding an unmanned Earth vessel, they discover a golden road which leads them to the unchanging ruins of what was once a beautiful Martian city. The Martians are modeled on the Flatheads of Oz, and their collective consciousness, the "Wizard," forbids them to leave until they perform a very small task... Written by
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"The Wizard of Mars" is among the most pointless films ever made. To give you an idea of its worthlessness, it gives "The Beast of Yucca Flats" a run for its money. Absolutely nothing even remotely interesting happens in this film. The film begins with a bunch of annoying astronauts landing on Mars. Possibly to save on the budget, they wander around the red planet and encounter absolutely no peril (expect for a cave with flames, but even that features nothing in the way of excitement or entertainment). They eventually get to the castle of the title Wizard of Mars. Played by John Carradine, his disembodied head talks for a full fifteen minutes about the plight of his people. Than the astronauts are trapped. Will they escape? Does anyone actually care?
I love vintage weirdo science fiction films, but I can't see even the most die-hard fan of them enjoying this. Its cheaper than either "Teenagers From Outer Space" or "The Astounding She-Monster". All this would be palatable if there were some unintentional laughs. Unfortunately, the only one is the sight of the wizard's disembodied head floating around, and that lasts for a good ten seconds. Everything else about this production is worthless. Not to mention it features the incredibly lame "it was all a dream" conclusion, a cheap way out if there ever was one. Even more perplexing is that the film doesn't seem to have a reason for this stock ending (as opposed to "Invaders From Mars"). The films lack of purpose is almost a statement into itself, but it certainly doesn't make it worth watching. (1/10)
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