Zontar: Thing from Venus (1966)
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Critic Reviews for Zontar: Thing from Venus
Audience Reviews for Zontar: Thing from Venus
It doesn't take long to figure out that it's a remake of 'It Conquered the World' (unless you've never seen it), and while it's silly and goofy too, Zontar is missing the b-movie charm, and Buchanan is no Corman. Though one must admit that the monster is not as silly looking, and that the pacing is a bit better. Hits in some marks, misses in others, still trash.
Remake of It Conquered the World. I've never seen It Conquered the World all the way through. ZONTAR is awesome-enough. A Mind Controlling Alien using a Bat-creature and Human Drones.
This was probably not the best movie to watch for the first time on the little screen of an iPhone but the Horror Stories podcast on iTunes was nice enough to give me the opportunity to see this Corman remake. At a run-time of 80 minutes, the basic story is Zontar, an alien from Venus, has come to Earth with a plan of world conquest. With the aid of a scientist he gets far, he gets to hitch a ride to Earth, land, finds his headquarter location (in a cave because it matches Venus' climate) and has mind controlled key members of the government, before events happen that cause the scientist to wise up and turn on Zontar, attempting to destroy him. Like most 60's horror films, cheesy acting, mediocre effects and the typical winged bat looking alien make it a bad movie by today's standards, but it had a few things that kept me watching, from a somewhat large amount of murder scenes, husband/wife and friend/friend betrayals, and appropriate danger music. I give this movie 5/10 because it does not have any one thing that makes it stand out over other films, no single great performance, effect or anything, and in the last 20 minutes or so you already know the outcome of the film so reluctantly have to watch it unfold just to say you did.
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