Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Angry Red Planet - Trailer (1959)

The Angry Red Planet (aka Invasion of Mars and Journey to Planet Four) is a 1959 science fiction film starring Gerald Mohr and directed by Ib Melchior. The director was given only 10 days to shoot the movie and a budget of $200,000 with which to make it.
The movie was made with a CineMagic technique which was applied for all of the scenes on the surface of Mars. This was an attempt to make the hand drawn animations appear as real as the live action footage. Although this process was largely unsuccessful, producer Norman Maurer would attempt the same technique again in The Three Stooges in Orbit.

The first manned flight to Mars the rocketship MR-1, returns to Earth after being thought lost in space. Attempts to raise the crew via radio fail, so a decision is made to land the spacecraft under remote control.
Two survivors are found on board, Dr. Iris Ryan (Naura Hayden, billed as Nora Hayden) and Colonel Tom O'Bannion (Gerald Mohr), the latter's arm covered with a strange alien growth. Racing against time to find a cure for his condition, Dr. Ryan recalls the mission's fateful journey.
After landing on Mars, the well-armed crew set out to explore the planet's red-tinted surface. They find carnivorous plants, and are attacked at every turn by horrific creatures, including a huge amoeba with a rotating eye. Battling for their lives, the survivors make it back to the ship and ultimately receive a warning from the Martians never to return.


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