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One way of wasting 74 minutes.
on 3 January 2013
A rocket in the year 2020 is journeying to the planet Venus to explore this, one of our neighbours in space. After a promising opening, the film descends into cheapness personified. I'm a fan of low-budget 'so bad they're good' sci-fi films, but really this is just slow and soon becomes tedious. Basil Rathbone appears, yes, but he is wasted in a minor role which sees him playing a cardboard scientist. Scenes from this movie were lifted straight from a Russian sci-fi film, which means some dreadful dubbing and some strange switches between colour and black-and-white.
When they arrive on Venus the spacemen, who have no kind of personality whatsoever, are accompanied by a clunky-looking robot which lacks any of the charm or character of Robbie the Robot or the robot from the "Lost in Space" series. The team soon find briefly-seen "lizard-men" (people in tatty-looking ceratosaurus costumes), a bronotsaurus, a hilariously bad pterodactyl, the soundtrack from "Dinosaurus" and some giant man-eating plants. The female voice and the reflections in the pond are never explained, and the 'monsters' have very little screen time. Oh, and the picture quality is dreadful. Not that there's really very much of interest to see.