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Zontar: The Thing from Venus (1966)

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A young scientist who helps a lone alien from Venus, finds out it wants to destroy man.

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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 ...
Rocket Scientist at Zone 6
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Sheriff Brad Crenshaw
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Sgt. Magalari
Jonathan Ledford ...
Zone 6 Gate Guard
George Edgley ...
Mr. Ledford - Newspaper Editor (as George Edglley)
Carol Gilley ...
Alice - Zone 6 Clerk
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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$22,000 (estimated)
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Earliest TV showings December 1967. See more »

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As Curt and Ann discuss the worldwide power failure that has shut down their car, two cars drive by in the background. 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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Referenced in Deformed Monsters (1997) See more »

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Someone, anyone, PLEASE make it stop!!!
13 May 2007 | by See all my reviews

Sitting all the way through "Zontar, The Thing From Venus" can seriously lead to self-mutilation and, in case you have absolutely no experience with zero-budget 60's Sci-Fi at all, maybe even to suicidal tendencies! You could laugh at the overall incompetence of this TV-production, but I don't suppose it was Larry Buchanan's intention to make a terribly dull & irritating remake of Corman's "It Conquered the World", because all the actors and actresses desperately attempt to keep a straight face whilst poorly speaking their inept lines and horrid dialogs. John Agar starred in a whole lot of Sci-Fi films that were produced on a shoestring-budget, but the majority of them were very enjoyable & well-made ("Tarantula", "Revenge of the Creature", "The Brain from Planet Arous") and "Zontar" is simply embarrassing. Even when people die from getting shot, this movie is dull! They're hit, reach for the wound and pull a stupid face approximately 5 seconds later and then they fall down on the ground horribly fake. The "plot" is as follows: oddball scientist Keith Ritchie supposedly communicates with an alien from Venus, and he even helps it find its way to earth, because Keith is convinced that this one alien can prevent the entire human race from destroying themselves. How? I haven't got the slightest clue. Naturally, Zontar turns out to be a mean monster and he sucks the intellect out of people's brains by sending fake bats after them. The special effects and monster designs look as if they were created by a kindergarten class during pottering hour. Zontar itself is a hideous creation, resembling something that emerged from a muck-heap, and his sidekick bats don't even remotely look like bats. The weird dork-scientist who communicates with Zontar is easily the dumbest character I've ever seen in a horror movie (and that even includes Paris Hilton in "House of Wax") and his wife isn't much better. She, imbecile woman that she is, confronts the alien all by herself in his hideout cave and stupidly tells him that she hates his guts. This all may sound funny and cheesy, but it's mostly painful and unendurable to watch. "Zontar, The Thing From Venus" wasted 80 precious minutes of my life and then still it felt like they lasted at least twice as long. Please, don't make the same mistake. Roger Corman's original "It Conquered the World" isn't a very good film neither, but it's an unhinged masterpiece compared to this irredeemably bad excuse for a film.


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