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Zontar, the thing from Venus is a 1966 made for TV sci-fi film about an alien, named Zontar, from Venus and its attempt at taking over Earth with the help of a bitter-yet-idealistic human scientist. It was directed by self-proclaimed Schlockmeister Larry Buchanan and based on the teleplay by Hillman Taylor and Buchanan. It is a low-budget 16mm film color remake of a Roger Corman film titled It Conquered the World, which also featured an alien invader from Venus.

At a dinner party with their wives, NASA scientist Dr. Keith Ritchie (Tony Huston) reveals to his colleague Dr. Curt Taylor (John Agar) that he has secretly been in communication with a three-eyed, bat-winged alien from Venus named Zontar who he claims is coming to Earth to solve all of the world's problems. However, as soon as Zontar arrives on Earth via a fallen laser satellite it quickly becomes obvious that the skeletal black creature has a hidden agenda.

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The film was commisioned to pad out one of American International's television syndication packages and became one of Buchanan's best known work.


Zontar, the Thing from Venus contains examples of:

  • Action Girl: Martha Ritchie, played by Pat Delany, grabs a gun and goes to Zontar's lair to confront him.
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