t-11.jpg” alt=”” width=”295″ height=”400″ />Obviously, over the decades there has been many faces to the movie genre’s. As far as Science Fiction goes, in my opinion the earlier you go, the more opportunity you get to see some truly awesome B Scifi. The reason I think this maybe is the fact that it does seem like each succeeding generation of Science Fiction movies seem to get more and more realistic… Well I personally don’t have any problem with realisim in Science Fiction movies, as a matter of fact, some of my favorite Sci Fi movies are movies that could realistically happen at some point in the future!
But it does seem like the closer that we get to Science Fiction movies becoming Science Fact movies, we seem to loose something in the translation. The best way I can describe this is like this, when a story gets to be to close to home, you begin to loose the fiction side of it, and it goes from being Science Fiction to Science Fact… And as history has taught us, that never ends up benefiting those who watch the movie, and those who make the movie… That is why I was glad to discover this fun little gem, Journey To The Seventh Planet (1962):
Written by: Ib Melchoir (Ambush Bay) and Sidney W. Pink (Who also directed the movie as well.) Starring: John Agar (Hand Of Death), Carl Ottosen (Dine Rige Enke), Ove Sprogee (Crazy Paradise) Louis Miehe-Renard (The Counterfeit Traitor), Ann Smyrner (Reptilicus), Greta Thyssen (The Double-Barreled Detective Story), and Peter Monch.
Journey To The Seventh Planet tells the story of the crew of the good ship, Space Ship Explorer 12. The crew which includes Don (Agar) who is the leader of the expedition, Eric (Ottosen), Karl (Monch), Svend (Mielhle-Renard) and Barry (Sprogee)…
Now before I get in to that, I should tell you that this movie takes place in 2001… During this time mankind has officially united under the banner of the United Nations (as a matter of fact, the U.N. is the sole governing body on Earth at this point!) One of the Agency’s to come out of the complete unification on Earth is the United Nations Space Agency, which keeps pushing the bounds of Space Exploration further and further away from Earth!
And their latest exploratory mission is the to the planet Uranus. Responsible for the successful completion of the mission is the crew of Space Ship Explorer 12, who have been sent there, not just to explore but to investigate an unknown radiation signature.
Once they start preparing to descend in to the planet things begin to get kind of weird, you see, most of the crew end up getting frozen as the monster who currently lives on Uranus kind of introduces itself. After that though they land, and it really is nothing like what they expect!
You see they end up landing in a lush forest with a breathable atmosphere! Instead of the airless, chemical wasteland that is supposed to make up the surface of the planet…
Once the crew get out and begin to investigate the planet, they quickly come to realize that anything that they can imagine, is immediately given to them. Now of course the humans quickly come to discover that all of this is being held by a force field and decide to investigate what is outside of the barrier… Big mistake!
You see, after suiting up in their space suits and heading out in to the harsh and forbidding waste lands that is Uranus, they quickly come to discover that where as in the barrier, they get everything they can possibly dream of… Outside in the harsh forbbiding chemical wasteland of the real Uranus, they will only come up against that which they fear most!
Now with a dwindling 10 day window available for them to stay on the planet, the crew of the good ship, ‘Space Ship Explorer 12’ will have to discover who or what is doing this, and stop them before they become a true threat to Earth!
Now what I like about this movie and what I am convinced does make this an awesome b movie is a couple of things:
1. I am pretty certain that the weapons that the crew of Space Ship Explorer 12 uses were the inspiration for the Proton Pack weapons that Bill Murray (Where The Buffalo Roam), Dan Akyroyd (The Blues Brothers), Harold Ramis (Stripes) and Ernie Hudson (The Crow) use in Ghostbusters (1984).
2. Actor Ove Sprogee claims that he never actually was in the movie, that he was sick during the filming of the movie.
3. When American International Pictures (AIP) took over the U.S. distribution rights for the movie, some footage in the movie was replaced with a special effects shot from, The Angry Red Planet (1959) and some footage from Earth Vs. The Spider (1958) etc…
Well folks, if your looking for a fun, classic Scifi movie, then here is another true classic that I think you guys might enjoy!