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Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968)

Unrated | | Adventure, Sci-Fi
Astronauts landing on Venus encounter dangerous creatures and almost meet some sexy Venusian women who like to sun-bathe in hip-hugging skin-tight pants and seashell brassieres.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mary Marr ...
Verba
Paige Lee ...
Twyla
Gennadi Vernov ...
Astronaut Andre Freneau (archive footage) (as Aldo Romani)
Margot Hartman ...
Mayaway
Irene Orton ...
Meriama
Pam Helton ...
Wearie
Frankie Smith ...
Woman of Venus
Georgiy Teykh ...
Capt. Alfred Kern (as James David)
Judy Cowart ...
Woman of Venus
Vladimir Yemelyanov ...
Cmdr. William 'Billy' Lockhart (archive footage) (as Roberto Martelli)
Robin Smith ...
Woman of Venus
Cathie Reimer ...
Woman of Venus
Yuriy Sarantsev ...
Astronaut Howard Sherman (archive footage) (as Ralph Phillips)
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Astronaut Hans Walters (archive footage) (as Murray Gerard)
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In 1998, six months after the collision of a meteor and subsequent explosion of a rocket sent to Venus, the team composed by the astronauts Kern and Sherman with the robot John is launched to explore Venus. They arrive in the Space Station Texas for refueling but they have problems while landing in Venus. Without communication, another rocket is launched with Commander Brendan Lockhart, Andre Ferneau and Hans Walter to rescue the first team and explore the planet. They use a vehicle to seek Kern and Sherman, but they are attacked by a flying reptile. They kill the animal without knowing that it is worshiped and considered the God Terah by Venusians women that use their powerful connection with nature to destroy the invaders. Meanwhile John helps the two cosmonauts to survive in the hostile land. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Director "Derek Thomas" is actually Peter Bogdanovich. See more »

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The prologue voiceover refers to the Apollo Lunar Module as carrying three men to the lunar surface. While the Apollo Command Module had a three-man crew, the Lunar Module carried only two men to the surface. See more »

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Corman and Bogdanovich Team up to Complete the Destruction of Planeta Burg
18 September 2007 | by (Vulcan) – See all my reviews

In 1965 Roger Corman produced Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet, and in 1967 he produced (uncredited) Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (VPPW). But the similarities do not end there. Both films are essentially recycles of Planeta Burg, a great Soviet sci fi adventure from the 1950s. Most of the footage from both films - and ALL of the coherent and interesting footage - comes from the original Soviet film.

VPPW is Peter Bogdanovich's first directorial effort, and unlike some of his later films, it's entirely disposable.

It is not the first, nor the last, time that an American director essentially plagiarized a good foreign film, but it is among one of the worst examples of Ameicanization I have ever seen. Even compared to what was done to Gojira, La Femme Nikita, Wings of Desire and Open Your Eyes, this is close to an all-time low.

Like the previous Voyage to a Prehistoric planet, but less seamlessly, Bogdanovich simply took a little new footage and added it to the original film. The story is essentially an adventure set on the planet Venus, where two cosmonauts and a robot await rescue, and follows the cosmonauts and their rescue team through a series of harrowing adventures involving giant carnivorous plants, lizard men, and geological hazards. Planeta Burg also introduced a little mystery by showing some evidence that Venus may once have been inhabited by an intelligent species capable of producing works of art.

The most interesting aspect of Bogdanovich's retelling of this story is his exploration of this mystery. It seems that the last remnants of Venusian civilization are scantily clad telepathic women who worship, among other things, a Pteradactyl which their earthling visitors have murdered. These women have apparently figured out how to reproduce without men, and to produce cotton pants and hats for themselves out of Venus' barren wastelands, but are otherwise quite primitive. Remarkably, despite the fact that there do not appear to be any Venusian men, the gods the women worship are referred to as "him". You get the picture, yes?

The basic idea of examining the Venusian perspective on the events depicted in Planeta Burg was a good one. But this was, apparently, the only good idea involved in the design of this film.

This film is worth seeing if you ever felt compelled to see Mamie van Doren chewing on a freshly caught raw fish, or if you are a fan of Planeta Burg and just have to see how it has been butchered in this final act of cinematic violence. Otherwise, I can't recommend it.

The special effects are way below the quality of those which appear in the 1950s film, the added content is poorly acted, badly edited, and adds very little to the film.


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