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The Angry Red Planet (1959)
A rocket ship returns from Mars. Contact was lost since the ship arrived on Mars. Now the crew does not answer any radio messages from mission control. The people from mission control try to land the rocket ship by remote control and investigate what happened on Mars.
Gerald Mohr ... Col. Thomas O'Bannion
Naura Hayden ... Dr. Iris 'Irish' Ryan (as Nora Hayden)
Les Tremayne ... Prof. Theodore Gettell
Jack Kruschen ... CWO Sam Jacobs
Paul Hahn ... Maj. Gen. George Treegar
J. Edward McKinley ... Prof. Paul Weiner
Tom Daly ... Dr. Frank Gordon
Don Lamond ... TV newscaster (narrator) / Martian Voice
Edward Innes ... Brig. Gen. Alan Prescott
Gordon Barnes ... Maj. Lyman Ross
Jack Haddock ... Lt. Col. Davis
Brandy Bryan ... Nurse Hayes
Director: Ib Melchior
Runtime: 83 mins
Codecs: OpenDivX 4 / MP3
This is definitely one movie I grew up watching when I was a kid. The acting may be bad and the science may be convoluted, but it is still a fun ride. You know you are going to have a good B movie when Les Tremayne, who was in so many B's during the 60's, is one of the stars. Also, did you ever notice that the mail crew members were in wing tips? At least they flew in space in style. Also, the character of Dr. Ryan is supposed to have earned respect with her degree, but she is constantly referred to as the girl, but then again, this was the early sixties and what good b-flick doesn't have a female scientist that is all business until she's in peril and then she becomes the typical damsel in distress. This film isn't great, but it definitely is fun.
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.
"The Angry Red Planet" will be a treat for anyone who admires sci-fi flicks from the '50s and early '60s. Basically, a group of astronauts travels to Mars looking for life. They find an over-sized being which appears to be a cross between a rat and a spider. And the Munchkin mayor from "The Wizard of Oz".
I guess that there's nothing particularly unique about this movie; that era yielded many movies about people finding things in outer space. But like I said, if you have a special affinity for old-fashioned B-movies, then this is the movie for you.
* Director Ib Melchior was given just 9 days to shoot the film, on a budget of $200,000.
* The 40-foot alien monster was actually a marionette about 15 inches high. It was essentially a combination of a rat, bat, spider, and crab.
* The alien monster is the same one featured on the cover of the album "Walk Among Us" (1982) by The Misfits.
* The "Cinemagic" process, used for all scenes on the surface of Mars, was the result of an attempt by producer Norman Maurer to turn live-action footage directly into hand-drawn animation - or to simulate that. This would enable hand-drawn backgrounds to look as real (or as unreal) as the live action footage. It didn't have that effect here, of course. But see The Three Stooges in Orbit (1962) for Maurer's second (and failed) attempt at the same process.