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Zontar: The Thing from Venus (1966)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | TV Movie
A young scientist who helps a lone alien from Venus, finds out it wants to destroy man.

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Dr. Curt Taylor
Susan Bjurman ...
Anne Taylor
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Keith Ritchie (as Anthony Houston)
Pat Delaney ...
Martha Ritchie (as Patricia De Laney)
Neil Fletcher ...
Gen. Matt Young
Warren Hammack ...
John - Rocket Scientist at Zone 6
Colleen Carr ...
Louise - Zone 6
Jeff Alexander ...
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Sheriff Brad Crenshaw
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Jonathan Ledford ...
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George Edgley ...
Mr. Ledford - Newspaper Editor (as George Edglley)
Carol Gilley ...
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Bertha Holmes ...
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A misguided scientist enables an alien from Venus named Zontar to come to earth in order to help solve man's problems. However, Zontar has other ideas, like disabling the power supply of the entire world and taking possession of important officials with mind control devices. Written by Jeremy Lunt <durlinlunt@acadia.net>

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From another planet... sent to enslave mankind!

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Earliest TV showings December 1967. See more »

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When they are trying to bring the satellite down it is approaching the moon, not the Earth. See more »

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Martha Ritchie: Keith, you talk as if this *thing* was a personal friend of yours!
Anne Taylor: Oh yes, they're real chums.
Keith Ritchie: The days when people made fun of me are over!
Dr. Curt Taylor: Ah he's here to help us save ourselves? From what?
Keith Ritchie: *From* ourselves Curt! *From* ourselves!
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Featured in Svengoolie: Zontar the Thing from Venus (1997) See more »

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interesting in retrospect
16 February 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK, so you get over the low budget cheesy production values. This was 1965, cold war and the Ruskies had everyone nervous. And then along came Zontar...The thing is, I can relate to the basic horrors of the film. Fears of being cut off, and isolated. OK, at one point the General even points to the Commies as the culprits. The process for take over had validity, our social patterns are fragile and subject to sabotage. A few key figures at a time, Military, Scientific and Political, and control may be possible, such are the implications. The thoughts of killing a loved one is heavy ground for a Z movie to tread upon.

Mind controlling parasites were much more convincingly portrayed in later films like, "The Puppet Masters", and the whole "body snatcher" concept was already ten years old. The movie still conveyed the creature, not so much as an alien, but rather as a terrorist planing a plot to blow up the President. Tapping this, gives this cheesy production, subliminal bite. The writing was better then I expected. The dialog was for the most part concise, with the nonsense mixed with the sublime. ( I saw a funny boid. Indeed !)

Now then, go ahead and laugh at the funny looking monster, if only they had CGI, they cudda been a contenda!


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