- Actors: Peter Graves, Beverly Garland, Lee Van Cleef, Sally Fraser
- Directors: Roger Corman
- Format: NTSC
- Rated: Not RatedNR
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: RCA Columbia Home Video
- Run Time: 71 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0001M6X9Y
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,726 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
It Conquered the World
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"It conquered the world" is a classical science fiction movie, made by Roger Corman in 1956. There is also a later version by Barry Buchanan, "Zontar: The Thing from Venus". The films are almost identical, apart from the monster. In "Zontar", he, she or it looks like a badly mauled bat, while Corman's original monstrosity is a gigantic vegetable with crab claws! Unfortunately, the bad special effects draw attention away from the plot, which actually has a philosophical message.
The main protagonists are a rocket engineer and a "mad scientist". The latter feels misunderstood and underrated, and decides to betray humanity to a race of bizarre aliens from Venus (the previously mentioned vegetables). Naturally, the mad genius thinks he is actually doing humanity a favour, saving us from ourselves by letting the aliens control our minds and extinguish our emotions. In this way, peace and harmony will finally prevail. By contrast, the rocket engineer is a veritable wonder of patriotic duty, humanist values and upright behaviour. The scientist's nagging wife doesn't believe in him either. Naturally, the coming utopia turns into tragedy and mayhem, as Zontar (one of the Venusian aliens) comes to Earth and attempts to take over a small town and a military facility. The mad genius finally realizes his mistake when Zontar kills his loving wife. The grand finale leaves much to be asked for, and was actually better (!) in the even more low-budget remake.
I think it's obvious that Zontar and the evil, authoritarian, brain-washing, collectivist aliens who pit family members against one another and infiltrate our military, are really metaphors for Communism.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I do not own this film on dvd but I had seen this film way back in the 50's and I once had the vhs tape. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Joe Eastlack
Thank goodness for SCI FI collected THINGS .this is a great double feature DVD .it's region 0 the two films look great picture and sound. Read morePublished 16 months ago by ANTON PHIBES
Great dialouge and Lee Van CLeef's 'over confident' performance give us one of the best of the alien invader flicks of the 50's - even if the alien is stupid looking. Read morePublished on December 12, 2005 by Tuco
What else can be said of this movie: Frank Zappa wrote a song about the splendid story line and production values of this movie. Read morePublished on October 26, 2005 by Lorne Terry