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Film / Zontar, the Thing from Venus

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Poster for the film.

Zontar, the thing from Venus is a 1966 made for TV Sci-Fi Horror film about an alien from Venus named Zontar, and its attempt at taking over Earth with the aid of an idealistic but embittered human scientist. Directed by self-proclaimed "schlockmeister" Larry Buchanan and featuring a screenplay by Buchanan and Hillman Taylor, it's a low-budget, 16mm film color remake of Roger Corman's 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.

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

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.