Zontar: The Thing from Venus is a 1966 American science-fiction film directed by Larry Buchanan and based on the teleplay by Hillman Taylor and Buchanan. Also known as Zontar: Invader from Venus
The film is a loose remake of Roger Corman’s It Conquered the World (1956).
Doctot Curt Taylor (John Agar) meets an alien from Venus, who claims to have come to the earth to solve its problems. But Zontar has different ideas. He begins causing worldwide blackouts and controlling people’s minds. Taylor now knows that Zontar is seeking world domination. The power failures Zontar causes make cars stall.
“Zontar is crammed with painfully wooden acting, hilarious over-acting (Pat Delaney as Keith’s tormented wife), dreary set pieces and locations, horrendous special effects, grating stock music, pacing as dull as a decade-old butter knife, and a John Agar performance not to be missed. Always looking like he can’t believe he’s in this movie, Agar is a hoot as the hero, and his best line, “A drink I could use,” says it all!’ DVD Drive-in
“As Martha winds her way deeper into the cave in search of Zontar, each successive shot is connected by a dissolve, which is filmic shorthand for a passage of time. Thus her trip – and the successive journey of everyone else who seeks out the titular bad guy – seemingly takes hours. These sequences would be too long, even if joined by cuts; but Buchanan, in true low-budget filmmaker style, shot and paid for that footage, and dammit, he’s going to use it!” The Bad Movie Report
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