Movies that are slightly off.
The Angry Red Planet
Spectacular Adventure Beyond Time and Space
The first manned flight to Mars returns after having been out of communications since it had arrived on Mars. What would it reveal?
Not quite the "spectacular adventure beyond time and space" that its one-sheet advertises, "The Angry Red Planet" recounts the mission of a manned (and womanned) spaceflight to Mars. Though the premise is interesting, the story is undercooked, leaving any true adventure unrealized.
The film's cinematography is colorful, and its quaint creature effects are almost effective. A forty-foot tall, angry, mouse/spider hybrid thing is the film's most memorable highlight. The performances run from solid to unpolished, but all involved are game for the science fiction shenanigans on display. The film, however, never develops any real sense of peril (or fun) and falls flat throughout its short runtime.
Angry Red Planet is the story of man's first trip to Mars told as a flashback by one of the survivors of the mission. It's a pretty effective story telling device because I allows the director to pull out of the Mars action when things are just getting good, causing suspense, tension and keeping you invested in the story.
The story itself isn't very interesting. 4 people go to Mars and fumble their way through first contact with plant and animal life that all seem intent on eating them. It's the visuals that make this movie what it is. The kitschy interiors of the rocket ship, the color tinted Mars wilderness. That amazing rat/bat hybrid.
This movie has three modes.…
Mars: home of giant amoeba, giant man-eating plants, and giant BatCrabs, all awash in a blinding orange glow. Cool. Mildly interesting plot structure for such a goofy B-movie, and the last minute (literally) attempt at Day the Earth Stood Still-levels of meaning is hilarious and endearing.
A team of space explorers takes a brief pause in their galling sexism, bad Bogart impressions and painful comic relief to wander aimlessly around Mars and get in dutch with the local plants and animals. I've seen the arid hills outside Los Angeles stand in for plenty of alien planets, but I'll admit I've never seen them through an eye-searing red filter before.
Props to the creature builders, though - the ratspider puppet looks pretty decent, all things considered.
A bad film that's so bad it's just bad! The angry red planet is Mars, which strangely looks as if it' being shown on a film reel stained red to hide bad scenery and poorly made monsters. There is a nonsensical plot, with people referring to one of their astronauts as 'the girl', with said astronaut seeming to be there to get the other astronauts' food, be very frightened when they return to earth and to be propositioned by men in space with nothing interesting or important to do. A poor film that wasn't unintentionally funny.
Gloriously trippy sci-fi romp with four astronauts experiencing the unknown horrors of the first manned trip to Mars.
Tackling with killer plants, deadly fungi, giant monsters, and a technologically superior Martian race, at one point an astronaut is digested by a giant amoeba !!
Eat yer heart out, Prometheus! ;-)
What a charming movie this is. In Melchiors tale about four astronauts travelling to Mars is so adorable in all its stiff acting and silly monsters that you get all warm and gooey in your stomach. Bug-eyes aliens, giant rat-spiders and even bigger amoebas, there's no stopping this one. And the process of having all the outside scenes tinted strangely red actually works in the movies favor.
And it must be noted that Angry red planet breaks the rule of having weak female characters that faint at the mere thought of a monster, here we have a strong and resourceful leading lady that actually is the one that saves the day. Sure, there are moments when the movie has trouble deciding if she is just going to be a love interest for the captain of the Mars expedition but when things start happening, she is the, uh, woman!
Essential viewing for fans of hokey scifi.
SAW IT AT BNAT 17
The film print that I saw was a really fade out 35 mm print. The scenes that are meant to take place in mars were animated. In this print all the color had faded out and when they are on the surface of mars it looks like your watching the negatives of this movie.
The men in this movie are chauvinist. This is the Mad Men of Space movies
I needed this to be an MST3K event, but it's still better than RED PLANET.
Plus de chauve-souris géante svp
All the stars are for the Cinemagic special effects. The bat-rat-spider monster is fantastic.
After watching Queen of Outer Space (1958) which transpired on Venus, I was struck by the notion of further exploration of our solar system in Ib Melchior’s The Angry Red Planet.
Comparatively, it’s miles ahead of Queen of Outer Space‘s full-on sexism. They even have a woman on the crew of this spacecraft, the first to strike out ever for the planet Mars. It’s hardly enlightened, but far less abject.
As many have noted, the best thing about the film are the “CineMagic” techniques, the special effects that take place on the surface of the planet. Essentially, the shots are solarised (in which the print or negative reverses dark/light by flash exposure of light), tinted red, and set…
1959 !!!! Sexism on the ol spaceship, artificial gravity, cabin so hot you can wear a open shirt. Shirt ??? Ceilings so high it looks like an office. You couldn't build a set that resembled the shape of your spaceship ?
Crew is too old, not cute, bad teeth, dialogue is bad too. Pretty bad really, without being kitsch or cute.
and....you're wearing loafers to Mars ??
Giant Martian bat-spider!
UPDATE 1/27/2016: New removal. This time it's the 1980 mini-series The Martian Chronicles. Don't know why, since I was under…
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