The Angry Red Planet (1959) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Angry Red Planet (1959)




Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

The Angry Red Planet Trailers & Photos

Movie Info

The United States space program reports that its missing, overdue manned Mars probe has returned to Earth orbit, but that they haven't been able to make radio contact with it. When it is brought down by remote control, they find three of the four crewmembers aboard: one of them, Professor Gettell (Les Tremayne), is dead; another, mission commander Colonel Tom O'Bannion (Gerald Mohr), is in a coma and suffering from some kind of alien infection; and the third, exo-biologist Iris Ryan (Nora Hayden), is in a state of shock. The ship's tape library seems to have been wiped clean of any record of what took place on the mission, and the doctors can't begin to save O'Bannion until they know what happened. In desperation, they decide to put Iris Ryan into a state of hypnosis, forcing her to recall the events of the mission. The bulk of the film is an un-narrated flashback in which we see the voyage to Mars and the quartet of explorers -- rounded out by technician Sam Jacobs (Jack Kruschen) -- proceeding successfully to a landing. As they draw closer to signs of intelligent life, however, the group also encounters increasingly dangerous creatures, including a man-eating plant, a giant bat-rat-spider, and a huge amoeba-like creature that consumes anything in its path. Sam is killed in an encounter with one of these menaces and O'Bannion is infected with an alien microbe, even as the ship is held fast by a powerful magnetic force. Gettell figures out a way to launch, at the cost of his own life, and Iris is left alone with the stricken O'Bannion on the journey back to Earth. The film concludes as the scientists find the one piece of information left on the ship's tapes, a warning from the Martians that the primitive, war-like people from Earth may not visit the planet again, except at risk to their lives. One of a relative handful of 1950s sci-fi films done in color, The Angry Red Planet did its rivals one better with the use of a special effects process called "Cinemagic," which gave the entire screen a deep red tint but also created the illusion of dimensionality (i.e. 3-D, sort of), and made the monsters look particularly eerie. The mixture of better-than-usual special effects, coupled with more than competent acting (Mohr, Tremayne, and Kruschen were veterans of mainstream films and television) helps make this one of the more entertaining space-flight stories of its period, though not quite in a league with It! The Terror From Beyond Space for sheer suspense.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Horror, Classics, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Cult Movies
Directed By:
Written By: Sidney Pink, Ib Melchior, Pinkg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 20, 2001
American International Pictures (AIP)


Gerald Mohr
as Col. Thomas O'Bannio...
Nora Hayden
as Dr. Iris 'Irish' Rya...
Les Tremayne
as Prof. Theodore Gette...
Jack Kruschen
as CWO Sam Jacobs
Paul Hahn
as Gen. Treegar
J. Edward McKinley
as Prof. Weiner
Tom Daly
as Dr. Gordon
Edward Innes
as Gen. Prescott
Show More Cast

News & Interviews for The Angry Red Planet

Critic Reviews for The Angry Red Planet

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | May 10, 2005
New York Times
Top Critic

Gimmicky sci-fi, outer space B-flick.

December 28, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Very bad special effects mar this only-average s-f excursion. Only the giant rat-bat-whatever creature has any flair.

October 17, 2003
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

They don't make 'em like this anymore. It's easy to see why.

December 4, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

August 16, 2005

Full Review… | January 18, 2002
Apollo Guide

Audience Reviews for The Angry Red Planet

One of the many American International Pictures Sci-fi films to hit the drive - in theaters during the sixties. Is there some life form on Mars, maybe no the kind everyone thinks now days, but in 1959 Mars was Red so when we walked on mars during this movie everything was red. This is a film from the MGM Midnite Movie Series. Reason I watched it, The special effects are pretty cheap but he its 1959 and cheap was good. 4 stars

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Nora Hayden is sexually harassed all the way to Mars and back. Worth seeing just for the rat-bat-spider!

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

Despite a decent cast, this 50s entry was poorly written and is neither exciting, suspenseful or that interesting. The red filter used on the camera lens while exploring on Mars was unique, but that alone does not compensate for this cheesy effort.

alan jay

Super Reviewer

The Angry Red Planet Quotes

There are no approved quotes yet for this movie.

Discussion Forum

Discuss The Angry Red Planet on our Movie forum!