It Conquered the World (1956 film)

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"Beluah" and "Zontar", the main monsters from It Conquered the World (1956 film) and its 1966 remake....

It Conquered the World (1956), AKA It Conquered the Earth; remade as Zontar: The Thing from Venus(1966), AKA Zontar: Invader from Venus

Summary

It Conquered the World: "See the world conquered by the horrible beast from beyond the stars! See the hideous "flying fingers" of the monster!" A well-meaning scientist guides an alien monster to Earth from Venus, so that he can rid mankind of feelings and emotions - but only death and sorrow results.

Zontar: The Thing from Venus: "From another planet... sent to enslave mankind!" A young scientist who helps a lone alien from Venus, finds out it wants to destroy man.


Details

  • Release Date: 1956
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Science-Fiction (alien invasion), Horror, black-and-white
  • Setting: 1950s US
  • Runtime: 1 hr 11 min
  • Starring: Peter Graves, Beverly Garland, Lee Van Cleef; John Agar, Susan Bjurman, Tony Huston
  • Director: Roger Corman; Larry Buchanan
  • Writer: Lou Rusoff (screenplay); Hillman Taylor and Larry Buchanan (screenplay)
  • Producer/Production Co: Sunset Productions (III); Azalea Pictures, American International Pictures (AIP)
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  • IMDB Page: (link), (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: approved (equivalent to a PG for mild Violence)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Not very "Lovecraftian", though the original film does include a rather bizarre (if comical) monster that might not be too far out of touch with some of Lovecraft's stranger creations, and the flying, mind-controlling parasites are a bizarre touch of weird body-horror.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

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Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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A well-meaning scientist guides an alien monster from Venus to Earth so that he can rid mankind of feelings and emotions - but only death and sorrow results when the monster arrives and unleashes mind-controlling parasites in a campaign of terror to conquer the world.


Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • The alien in the movie was designed, built and portrayed by Paul Blaisdell, who affectionately dubbed his creation "Beluah"; it would be one of his most famous and popular creations. Originally, "Beluah" was built as a beet-red, squat, flat-topped creature, under the mistaken belief that Venus had higher gravity than Earth's (it doesn't; Venus' gravity is slightly less than ours). When it turned out not to be imposing enough - and to actually be shorter than leading lady Beverly Garland (who according to film legend remarked sarcastically when she first saw the monster, "THAT conquered the world?"), a tapering conical top was added to it. Arguably, the results of this modification are even more comical than the original monster would have been. Among the numerous names the crew gave the monster were the "the Cucumber Critter", and "the Carrot Monster" but "Beluah" is actually supposed to be a fungus.
  • Zontar: The Thing from Venus, the 1966 made-for-TV remake of Roger Corman's low budget It Conquered the World (1956), was one of a series of extremely low-budget films shot in 16mm color used to pad out one of American International's television syndication packages. Rather than a conical Venusian fungus, the alien in the remake is a bat-like creature.


Associated Mythos Elements

  • race: Thing from Venus, a squat, vaguely conical being evolved for the heavy pressures of the Venusian atmosphere, host to bat-like flying mind-control parasites
  • location: Venus


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