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The Angry Red Planet

2 Ratings: 3.0
A movie directed by Ib Melchior, B Science Fiction film, 1950s

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Tags: Movies, Science Fiction Movies, Cult Movies, 1950s Movies, Cinemagic Film Technique
Cast: Les Tremayne
Director: Ib Melchior
Release Date: 1959
MPAA Rating: Unrated
1 review about The Angry Red Planet

Get Out of MY Back Yard!

  • May 29, 2008
Pros: Decent acting, interesting story, FUN visuals.

Cons: Cheesy dialog and effects. (Possibly a pro, depending on point of view)

The Bottom Line: This is a very fun vintage movie. It's kind of off the beaten track. It certainly has it's own charm.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot.

I first saw this movie as a Saturday double-feature at the Whitehaven Cinema in Memphis. I think it was 1968. For a dollar, I got the double-feature and a Coke and some popcorn. This kept me out of my parents' hair for at least three hours.

There was a late night movie host in Memphis. He dressed like a campy vampire and went by the name Sivad (Davis spelled backwards). I loved Sivad and I stayed up late on Friday and Saturday nights to watch his offerings. I guess he was a very southern male version of Elvira. Often, what I'd seen at the Cinema that afternoon was shown starting at 10:30 on TV. I'd watch the movie again. I probably saw this movie ten times before I was ten.

I love sci-fi and fantasy and have since I was a child, but The Angry Red Planet is one of those "moments" that became a standard for me. I can't even imagine how many times I've seen it in the last 40 years.

My children watched The Princess Bride and Yellow Submarine and Willy Wonka enough times to wear out multiple videotapes. The Angry Red Planet filled that kind of niche in my viewing life.

Is it a good movie? I shrug and roll my eyes and say "DANG." It's not a great movie. I love it though. It's just one of my favorite movies ever.

The basic story is a flashback told by Dr. Iris 'Irish' Ryan (Nora Hayden). She's traumatized, she's been through a horrific experience. She was part of a crew that traveled to Mars. She's feisty and she's cute and obviously worthy of being the love interest of Colonel Thomas O'Bannion (Gerald Mohr).

The explorers are recovered after an expedition to Mars. It's a wonder that there are survivors and Col. O'Bannion suffers from coma and some horrific fungal growth. It's up to Dr. Ryan to remember what happened. Thomas depends on her.

"Irish" recounts the tale of their landing on Mars and their encounter with terrifying alien creatures. The makers of this film capitalized on many monster stereotypes that made so much money in the 1950's. There is a gigantic creepy spider-like creature and there is a flesh eating blob with a whirling single eye.

The special effects are cheesy. They are pop-culture cheesy in a major way. The eye blob is very reminiscent of an egg sunny side up, but a evil, twisted, demented egg.

Much of the action takes place inside the space craft which limited the work that the set designers had to do.

The dialog is witty at times and filled with innuendo. At times Mohr's voice takes on a very self-important commanding quality which is right at home in this lower-budget science fiction thriller.

This movie doesn't have the Technicolor and star presence found in The Blob, but the acting and plot are certainly better than The Crawling Eye.

It's a fun horror flick from 1960. Here we are 48 years later and darned if we didn't just land something on Mars this past weekend. What will Phoenix find?


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Better than Watching TV
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 9 - 12

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