Angry Red Planet (1959 film)

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Angry Red Planet (1959), AKA Invasion of Mars, Invasion Mars, Journey to Planet Four


"Sights beyond belief! Cinemagic and you invade the Angry Red Planet!" One of only two survivors from a Martian expedition is so traumatized she doesn't remember the circumstances of the trip.


  • Release Date: 1959
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Science Fiction, Horror, Adventure, black-and-white with minimal colorization and some animation
  • Setting: 1950s Mars (Cthulhu Icarus)
  • Runtime: 1 hr 23 min
  • Starring: Gerald Mohr, Nora Hayden, Les Tremayne
  • Director: Ib Melchior
  • Writer: Ib Melchior and Sidney W. Pink
  • Producer/Production Co: Sino Productions, MGM
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • TVTropes: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)


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)

There are elements of a cosmic horror story at play here, such as astronauts who have lost sanity at the sight of horrors seen on Mars, but this film isn't especially "Lovecraftian" beyond a handful of tentacle monsters and such.

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


Review Links:

  • Graeme Clark at The Spinning Image (6/10 Stars) (Link) - "...familiar, by this time over-familiar, story of the expedition into space and dresses it up with space monsters and numerous disasters..."
  • Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Review (2/5 Stars) (Link) - "Despite the promise of a journey to the exotic realm of Mars, not much happens throughout."

Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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An expedition to Mars meets with a series of alien horrors, before the traumatized party is lured to the shore of an alien city and warned not to return to Mars by its inhabitants.


Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • The much-touted Cinemagic process which was used for the scenes set on Mars was actually the result of a film-developing mistake. The budget was slashed mid-production so the producers considered turning the film into black and white to keep costs down. However, one reel became accidentally double-exposed which produced a shimmering, vaguely psychedelic glare that director Ib Melchior latched onto, thinking it would suit his purposes for the Mars scenes. (It also helped to camouflage the cheap Martian monsters and scenery.)

Associated Mythos Elements

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Keeper Notes