Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet (1965)

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Voyage_to_the_Prehistoric_Planet_film_poster.jpgVoyage to the Prehistoric Planet is a 1965 science fiction film directed by Curtis Harrington. The film is an American adapted and edited version of the Russian science fiction movie Planeta Bur (Planet of the Storms) directed by Pavel Klushantsev, with Curtis Harrington filming extra scenes featuring Basil Rathbone and American actors for the US/English speaking market.

In the story, it is 2020 and the Moon has been colonized. After travelling 200,000,000 miles, the first group of men land on Venus, a prehistoric world, where the crew are attacked by various monsters, plants, etc.

While Harrington considered Queen of Blood, another film that was edited together in a similar way, good enough to keep his name on, in this film he is credited as "John Sebastian", in homage to Johann Sebastian Bach.

Plot Highlights

In 2020, after the colonization of the moon, the spaceships Vega, Sirius and Capella are launched from Lunar Station 7. They are to explore Venus under the command of Professor Hartman, but an asteroid collides and explodes Capella. The leader ship Vega stays orbiting and sends the astronauts Kern and Sherman with the robot John to the surface of Venus, but they have problems with communication with Dr. Marsha Evans in Vega. The Sirius lands in Venus and Commander Brendan Lockhart, Andre Ferneau and Hans Walter explore the planet and are attacked by prehistoric animals. They use a vehicle to seek Kern and Sherman while collecting samples from the planet. Meanwhile John helps the two cosmonauts to survive in the hostile land.

voyage-tothePrehistoric-4.jpgCosmonaut Marcia (Faith Domergue) orbits the planet Venus while five astronauts and a robot journey on the surface. Professor Hartman (Basil Rathbone) is also on hand to observe the exploration from a distance. The explorers are attacked by prehistoric beasts, and then lose their robot (and nearly their lives!) in a volcanic eruption. They discover signs of a lost civilization and an artifact indicating that the Venusians had looked human. But what of the strange singing sound they often have heard during their exploration? Do the anthropomorphic Venusians still exist?

Production

The film was shot at the same time as Queen of Blood, which also used footage from Planet of Storms. Basil Rathbone shot his scenes in half a day using the same costumes and on the same sets as Queen of Blood. Faith Domerque, a friend of producer George EEdwards, was bought in to appear in some additional sequences. The budget for this and Queen of Blood came to $33,052.

voyage-tothePrehistoric-3.jpgCredits

Curtis Harrington removed all original credits to hide the fact that this was not his movie, thus some soviet actors remained completely uncredited while others were given fake names.

Gennadi Vernov - Andre Ferneau, as "Robert Chantal"
Georgiy Zhzhonov - Hans Walters, as "Kurt Boden"
Yuri Sarantsev - Allen Sherman (uncredited)
Georgi Tejkh - Dr. Kern, Vega (uncredited)
Vladimir Yemelyanov - Cmdr. Brendan Lockhart (uncredited)
Pavel Klushantsev - director (uncredited)