Sunday, September 8, 2013
ZONTAR, THE THING FROM VENUS (1966)
This movie pretty much defines what a classic bad movie is. You mostly just get tons of dialogue and all of it sounds really stupid. On the plus side you do get a cheesy ugly monster, and his stupid giant bat minions, but if you can actually stay awake long enough to see these creatures you are a better person than me.
This was an AIP TV-movie remake of their 50's flick IT CONQUERED THE WORLD and that movie was way better, mostly because it had a much goofier monster that looked like a big upside down ice-cream cone and Lee Van Cleef in it. Here we get John Agar, instead of Mr. Bad, who is fairly good in a lot of other stuff but is pretty dull here along with everyone else that appears. I will give credit to Zontar for having what may be the coolest name of any old-school monster and the name my offspring would have if I was ever dumb enough to procreate and trusted enough to name the little jackass.