Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965)

Article 3073 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 10-6-2009
Posting Date: 1-12-2009
Directed by Curtis Harrington
Featuring Basil Rathbone, Faith Domergue, John Bix
Country: USA / Soviet Union
What it is: Russian science fiction movie given an AIP makeover

Astronauts land on Venus and try to survive while searching for intelligent life.

I’ve already covered PLANETA BUR, the Russian science fiction movie from which this movie has culled most of its footage. I’ve also covered VOYAGE TO THE PLANET OF PREHISTORIC WOMEN, another AIP movie that also culled extensive footage from PLANETA BUR. The main difference between this movie and that last one is that the new American footage is different; whereas that one featured Mamie Van Doren and her tribe of seashell-bikini-wearing women, this one features Basil Rathbone and Faith Domergue mostly talking to each other over an intercom. The new footage here is less intrusive but less fun; in any case, it’s still the PLANETA BUR footage that wins out. If you’ve seen any of these movies, you’ll probably remember the scene of the robot carrying the two astronauts through the lava (my favorite scene) and the final revelation that shows that human life does indeed exist on Venus. Really, when you get down to it, you only need one of these movies, and I’d opt for PLANETA BUR.

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