5 FROM VENUS
Everyone talks about Martians! Martian smartian. In honor of the Transit of Venus on 5 June 2012, I am picking 5 from Venus. These are the biggest, baddest and coolest monsters of the galaxy. These are the Venusians! Here are my picks for a Transit of Venus party:
IT CONQUERED THE WORLD (1956)
Paul Blaisdell’s masterful creation of the cone-headed crustacean-clawed Venusian “Beulah” is one of filmdom’s wackiest monsters. It’s anatomically correct! Venus has a dense atmosphere so Roger Corman wanted a squat monster with a low center of gravity. There you have it! Brilliant! Plus there’s a pre-spaghetti western Lee Van Cleef with a blow torch.
20 MILLION MILES TO EARTH (1957)
Only Ray Harryhausen could’ve dreamed up a bi-pedal reptilian creature that hatched from an egg of Knox gelatin. This is one of the classic pre-Sinbad B/W stop-motion classics. There’s plenty of personality in the Ymir who grows exponentially in the Earth’s atmosphere. The Ymir eats sulfur and he’s my all-time favorite Harryhausen creation. And look quick for Ray!
THE SILENT STAR (1960)
Everyone knows this flick as “First Spaceship on Venus”. Check out the original East German version from DEFA Film Studios. There’s not much going on regarding monsters, but there are cool robots and awesome spacecraft!
ZONTAR: THE THING FROM VENUS (1966)
Larry Buchanan’s remake of It Conquered the World is a lot of fun. Plus it stars John Agar and a three-eyed bat creature named Zontar! How can you go wrong with that? They don’t make ’em like they used to!
WILL THE REAL MARTIAN PLEASE STAND UP? (1961)
Episode 64 of the Twilight Zone features a Martian and a Venusian! Here’s a clip: