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Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968)

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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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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)
Georgi Zhzhyonov ...
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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This is actually a re-edited version of a film previously released in the U.S. as Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965), which itself was an edited and dubbed version of the Soviet film Planeta bur (1962). For this version the already dubbed Russian footage was re-used but the American insert shots of Basil Rathbone and Faith Domergue were removed and new insert shots featuring Mamie Van Doren and other actresses (as inhabitants of Venus) were inserted. Director Peter Bogdanovich did the narration as if he were one of the cosmonauts telling the story in flashback. Some additional special effects shots from another Soviet production, Battle Beyond the Sun (1959), were also added. For this version, the famous shot of the Venusian reflected in the pool of water was removed. See more »

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The "U.S." rocket-ships journeying to Venus bear the red star of the USSR. See more »

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Moana: There is a stronger god.
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interesting sci-fi oddity
17 May 2002 | by (seattle, WA) – See all my reviews

"Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women" concerns a party of cosmonauts attempting to rescue another group on Venus. Along the way they encounter prehistoric monsters and other perils, and there is an intelligent robot. This part of the film is really an excellently made Russian sci-fi film called "Storm Planet", while the other part concerns a band of telepathic Venusian cave girls led by Mamie Van Doren, who worship a pterosaur named Tera and watch the struggles of the cosmonauts from afar; this other part was spliced in by P. Bogdonovitch (at R. Corman's behest? I'm not sure), and is ridiculous camp. I've seen two versions of this film (not including the Russian original), one without the Van Doren sequences. Although it is regarded as a psychotronic/cult/camp type of film, the classiness of the original manages to come through most of it, and the pacing benefits from the exclusion of a stereotypically sexist subplot involving a female crewmember's misplaced patriotic zeal.


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