Angry Red Planet

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The Angry Red Planet

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Ib Melchior
USA, 1959
83min, dF

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The Angry Red Planet

Ib Melchior
USA, 1959
, 83min, dF

Cast: 
Gerald Mohr
Col. Thomas O’Bannion
Nora Hayden
Dr. Iris Ryan
Les Tremayne
Prof. Theodore Gettell
Jack Kruschen
Sam Jacobs
Paul Hahn
Maj. Gen. George Treegar
Screenplay: 
Ib Melchior
Sidney W. Pink
Sound: 
Victor B. Appel
Camera: 
Stanley Cortez
Editor: 
Ivan J. Hoffman
Composer: 
Paul Dunlap

Production: 
Sino, American International Pictures (AIP)
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Three American men and a woman are the first people to fly to Mars in a space missile. On landing, they are faced with carnivorous plants, huge spider bats with rat’s heads, giant amoeba and evil Martians. The film was shot in the questionable “CineMagic” technique, with strong red filter and negative effect in all the scenes on Mars. This was probably supposed to conceal the insufficiencies of cheap special effects, which are all too obvious. Nevertheless, it is especially the hand-made rubber creatures, the monster puppets and cardboard landscapes that continue to make this ambitious science-fiction spectacle an uncrowned classic of trivial cinema to this day.