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Zontar: The Thing from Venus (1966)

Unrated | | Horror, Sci-Fi | TV Movie
A young scientist who helps a lone alien from Venus, finds out it wants to destroy man.

Director:

Larry Buchanan

Writers:

Hillman Taylor (screenplay), Larry Buchanan (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Agar ... Dr. Curt Taylor
Susan Bjurman Susan Bjurman ... Anne Taylor
Tony Huston ... Keith Ritchie (as Anthony Houston)
Pat Delaney Pat Delaney ... Martha Ritchie (as Patricia De Laney)
Neil Fletcher Neil Fletcher ... Gen. Matt Young
Warren Hammack Warren Hammack ... John - Rocket Scientist at Zone 6
Colleen Carr Colleen Carr ... Louise - Zone 6
Jeff Alexander Jeff Alexander ... Rocket Scientist at Zone 6
Bill Thurman ... Sheriff Brad Crenshaw
Andrew Traister ... Sgt. Magalari
Jonathan Ledford Jonathan Ledford ... Zone 6 Gate Guard
George Edgley George Edgley ... Mr. Ledford - Newspaper Editor (as George Edglley)
Carol Gilley Carol Gilley ... Alice - Zone 6 Clerk
Bertha Holmes Bertha Holmes ... Townswoman
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Storyline

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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Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

Unrated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Also Known As:

Zontar: Invader from Venus See more »

Filming Locations:

Casa Linda, Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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Budget:

$22,000 (estimated)
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Azalea Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Earliest TV showings December 1967. See more »

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When they are trying to bring the satellite down it is approaching the moon, not the Earth. See more »

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Dr. Curt Taylor: Keith Ritchie came to realize, at the cost of his own life, that Man is the greatest creature in the Universe. He learned that a measure of perfection can only be slowly attained, from within ourselves. He sought a different path, and found death... fire... disillusionment... loss. War, misery and strife have always been with us, and we shall always strive to overcome them. But the answer is to be found from within, not from without. It must come from learning; it must come from the very heart ...
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Someone, anyone, PLEASE make it stop!!!
13 May 2007 | by CoventrySee 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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