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The first spaceship to Mars, presumed lost, is found in space and brought back to Earth by remote control. Only two from an initial crew of four are still alive, but one is unconscious due to an attached alien growth, while the other is traumatized, blocking out all memory of what happened. In hopes to save the unconscious crewman, the amnesiac is interrogated back into remembering. Those in charge thereby learn of the terrible dangers awaiting anyone venturing into the spooky, ruddy stillness of the very alien Martian ecosystem.Written by
Sidney W. Pink wrote the screenplay at home on his kitchen table, recruiting his children in to act as critics. His initial draft was called "The Planet Mars" and included all sorts of strange creatures and an entire Martian city. Naturally, budgetary restraints precluded all that. See more »
Irish claims the creature is single-celled like an amoeba, but it clearly has an eye, which would indicate something more complex. See more »
CWO Sam Jacobs:
All right, everybody! Come and get it! Breakfast's ready! Hot coffee, hard tack and vitamin pill!
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The main title, cast and credits do not appear until the end of the film. See more »
Take every hackneyed gimmick you've ever seen in bad science fiction movies, add in bad acting, cornball dialogue, extraordinarily amateurish special effects, silly 'Martians', and add a garish crimson filter for your 'Martian landscape' shots, and you have a monster of a movie like this one turned out to be.
On the other hand, the monster ameba with the rotating eyeball was fun to watch, as was the gigantic rat-bat-spider creature.
This was made in those grand old days before 'political correctness' was so common; the Astronauts waste no time in wasting the local flora and fauna whenever they get the chance. Hey, why conduct a serious scientific expedition when you can romp around roasting the locals?
All its faults aside (and there are many of them), this is a fun movie to watch, particularly if you enjoy screaming in delight at all the bizarre events depicted on the screen.
Go ahead and rent this one, just make sure no one sees you with the evidence.
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