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Journey to the Seventh Planet (1962)





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This passable low-budget science fiction oddity stars John Agar as the leader of a scientific mission to Uranus (not mentioned in the movie's title in order to avoid the inevitable chuckles), where the crew fall under the control of a powerful psychic force apparently emanating from the planet itself. The entity in question is able to tap into the astronauts' minds, giving physical form to both their greatest desires and most terrifying nightmares. This intelligent sci-fi premise is nearly identical to Soviet director Andrei Tarkovsky's 1972 art-house epic Solaris, which took three hours to tell nearly the same story. As if that weren't enough déjà vu, the story is set in the year 2001, calling to mind a certain space odyssey which changed the face of science fiction cinema a mere seven years later. Though a far less significant entry in the annals of movie history, Journey to the Seventh Planet is at least uncluttered by the intellectual posturing which predominates the latter two films.

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John Agar
as Capt. Don Graham
Bente Juel
as Colleen
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A very cheaply made film about a group of United nations astronauts exploring Uranus. Soon after arriving on the planet they realize everything they see is a projection from their own memories, sometimes desirable, other ties terrifying. This leads them to explore further, finding the alien source of these mirages. Interesting storyline, but more acting and direction; too much inept dialog.


A low budget sci-fi creature feature that gives a hilarious view of the present time period. Originally a Dutch product, some scenes were re-shot for release in the US. The concept isn't bad and the acting was not atrocious as usual in these kinds of movies. I enjoyed this more than similar movies of the era.

Don Schick
Don Schick

"Come to me, / Let your dreams become reality." Synopsis: A United Nations space mission bound for the planet Uranus blasts off in the year 2001, the crew reaches its goal but finds an exotic form of evil awaiting them. Made on a budget of merely $75,000 (by comparison, "The Magnificent Seven" made just two years earlier had a budget of 3 million), the onscreen images are often footage filmed in what looks like Wyoming or something, the dialogue is poorly written, the acting is sometimes laughable and theres little kinetic energy to speak of, most definitely a campy film. The scenarios are fittingly contrived of course which i suspect is a chief cause of this picture being almost maddeningly boring for most of it's runtime, besides maybe the cinematography. That being said the ending was quite a surprise, and made me think twice about what i just finished watching. The film was released during a time when drive-in theaters were extremely popular, many would not watch the film but make out, and there is allusions to romantic loss within the script, such themes are not emphasized, but some depth can be syphoned out of the experience. Though the film is the epitome of campy sci-fi, a script that shows slight signs of depth, ensure the time spent on Journey to the Seventh Planet isn't a total waste, though be prepared for a boring movie experience.

aaron aaron
aaron aaron

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