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The Wizard of Mars (1965)

In 1975, four astronauts, Dorothy, Doc, Charlie, and Steve, crash land on Mars when taking readings, with only four days of supplies. They must try to survive on the surface, which is ... See full summary »

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David L. Hewitt

Writers:

Armando Busick (story), David L. Hewitt (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
John Carradine ... The Wizard of Mars
Roger Gentry Roger Gentry ... Steve
Vic McGee Vic McGee ... Doc
Jerry Rannow Jerry Rannow ... Charlie
Eve Bernhardt Eve Bernhardt ... Dorothy
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In 1975, four astronauts, Dorothy, Doc, Charlie, and Steve, crash land on Mars when taking readings, with only four days of supplies. They must try to survive on the surface, which is barren except for some canals with huge maggots with fins. After embarking through a golden igneous cavern, braving a storm and finding an unmanned Earth vessel, they discover a golden road which leads them to the unchanging ruins of what was once a beautiful Martian city. The Martians are modeled on the Flatheads of Oz, and their collective consciousness, the "Wizard," forbids them to leave until they perform a very small task. Written by Scott Hutchins <scottandrewh@home.com>

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WE TRIPLE DARE YOU To Retain Control of Your Mind as Screeching Creatures Attack Your Brain! See more »

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Fantasy | Horror | Sci-Fi

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While John Carradine was busy shooting a day's work on this film, Doris Rich--his wife at the time--was playing Mrs. Santa Claus in the campy Santa Claus Conquers the Martians (1964) (she died in 1971). See more »

Alternate Versions

The film was cut to 78 minutes for television airings. See more »

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Referenced in Space Probe Taurus (1965) See more »

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A Horse Of A Strange Color
9 December 2003 | by rufasffSee all my reviews

Hewitt's "Gallery Of Horrors" is one of the great "so bad it's good" funny films, and his really stupid "Monsters Crash the Pajama Party" is inept but a lot less amusing. so the genuine qualities of "Wizard Of Mars" caught me off guard. It's video title "Horrors Of The Red Planet" is actually a lot better and more fitting. I hate to get into a fight here about the obvious merits of MST3K, who did not even do this movie, but it would have in fact been a bad choice for the show, as the film does have a strange, hypnotic effect that goes along with the clumsy flubs one expects from a Hewitt film. The film has a dream like quality, and it's strange story seems, yes, an interesting forerunner to "2001".

Three of Hewitt's "Gallery Of Horrors" stars (Carridine, Roger Gentry, and Vic McGee) are back. McGee does the best work of his career, even toping his

sleazy ganster in Ed Wood's "Sinister Urge." Opps, there I go. Actually, Vic McGee is a terrible actor who appeared in a handful of grade Z films, but his work here is somehow moving. See, this movie just won't let you make fun of it. I don't know if the actress is overdubbing her own voice, but they should have found a better one to use(the whole movie is overdubbed). In any case, see this film. It's right up there with "Creation Of The Humanoids" in the strange department.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 January 1965 (USA) See more »

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Alien Massacre See more »

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Budget:

$33,000 (estimated)
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