“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
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.