Friday, August 22, 2014

Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965)

How bad is it? It's low of budget, but not terrible.
Should you see it? Yes.
Curtis harrington directed some interesting cheap science fiction, including this film with Basil Rathbone and Faith Domergue. This was produced by Roger Corman, who cut the budget dramatically by using footage from the soviet film "Planeta Burg" ("Planet of Storms"). Astronauts land on a planet that they explore with a hovercar and robot and where they find artifacts that suggest a past civilization existed that had people who looked like us... and, while fighting giant lizards and mechanical problems, they wonder if the civilization might still exist. The film has a real cheapness to it, but it's well-written and, except for some dull stretches, interesting.

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