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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?
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.…
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.
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! ;-)
Most unprofessional acting Astronauts ever.
A cheapie trying it's hardest to look big but just looking bizarre. Lots of red filter applied to make the martian landscape appear Mars like but far too many "drawings" used as set backgrounds. It's definitely a strange film, from the senior citizen studly captain to the out of this world alien settings and of course the main attraction, the rat-bat-crab monster.
Average B-movie, that comes with all ups and downs (although in this case mostly downs) of that era’s SciFi films.
Sometimes you can forgive a film's shortcomings given the period that it was made....not this one. All you need to do it look at the remaining body of work coming out of other filmmakers in 1959 to know that this was subpar, even for its time.
But its a good study in film (and science) history.
Way too much dialogue. One of the guys looks like Lenin.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Touted by vintage cinema buffs as a favorite piece from director Ib Melchior (R.I.P. this last week), The Angry Red Planet nevertheless has widely disparate reviews. Many of these discussions seem to hinge on whether the special effects are "so bad they're good" or just - "so bad".
The plot, briefly: a lapsed mission to Mars is recovered, delivering only two survivors out of an original four-piece crew - and both of them ill. The one less ill is interrogated to try to piece together what went wrong, so they can help the other astronaut. As a result, much of the plot is told via backstory - a straightforward mission-to-a-creepy-planet that happened to be full of creepy critters.
It's very clear that this film was made on a tight schedule and a shoestring budget, but I still found it to be an interesting artifact of the B-science fiction genre. I actually found out that it was made in 10 days for $200,000. That's impressive and enlightening. It's lucky that this thing is even a coherent narrative.
Fun 50s sci-fi
Great monster design
To maintain the interest of a modern audience, the corniest old sci-fi flicks need a little loopiness. The Angry Red Planet, Ib Melchior's infamous 1960 Martian travelogue, is not afraid to do things differently from the outset, with a lost ship coming back to Earth and its sole untouched survivor pressed to explain why her colleagues are either dead or afflicted with a gnarly green space mold. So, most of the movie is a Titanic-style flashback, complete with scenes our heroine couldn't possibly remember because she clearly wasn't in the vicinity to witness them. On one hand, it's your typical and predictable old outer space movie, with all the slow-moving technical sequences, questionable science and rampant sexism you'd expect. On…
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