Zontar: The Thing from Venus (1966)

TV Movie   |  Unrated   |    |  Horror, Sci-Fi


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A young scientist who helps a lone alien from Venus, finds out it wants to destroy man.


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  • Susan Bjurman in Zontar: The Thing from Venus (1966)
  • Tony Huston in Zontar: The Thing from Venus (1966)
  • Tony Huston in Zontar: The Thing from Venus (1966)
  • John Agar and Tony Huston in Zontar: The Thing from Venus (1966)
  • John Agar in Zontar: The Thing from Venus (1966)
  • Pat Delany in Zontar: The Thing from Venus (1966)

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Director:

Larry Buchanan

Writers:

Hillman Taylor (screenplay), Larry Buchanan (screenplay)

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16 February 2010 | gpeltz
6
| interesting in retrospect
OK, so you get over the low budget cheesy production values. This was 1965, cold war and the Ruskies had everyone nervous. And then along came Zontar...The thing is, I can relate to the basic horrors of the film. Fears of being cut off, and isolated. OK, at one point the General even points to the Commies as the culprits. The process for take over had validity, our social patterns are fragile and subject to sabotage. A few key figures at a time, Military, Scientific and Political, and control may be possible, such are the implications. The thoughts of killing a loved one is heavy ground for a Z movie to tread upon.

Mind controlling parasites were much more convincingly portrayed in later films like, "The Puppet Masters", and the whole "body snatcher" concept was already ten years old. The movie still conveyed the creature, not so much as an alien, but rather as a terrorist planing a plot to blow up the President. Tapping this, gives this cheesy production, subliminal bite. The writing was better then I expected. The dialog was for the most part concise, with the nonsense mixed with the sublime. ( I saw a funny boid. Indeed !)

Now then, go ahead and laugh at the funny looking monster, if only they had CGI, they cudda been a contenda!

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Genres

Horror | Sci-Fi

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Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

Casa Linda, Dallas, Texas, USA

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Budget:

$22,000 (estimated)

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