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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Journey to the Seventh Planet (1962)



As I prepare to start college again heading toward my creative writing degree, I decided that I needed to take a trip into some other genres. After spending some time in the post-apocalyptic world and then transitioning into a classic Italian horror stage, I decided to head into some classic Sci-Fi era schlock. First up on my list to watch was one of the first flicks I remember seeing the ifluence of the United nations, the 1962 no-budget Journey to the Seventh Planet.


Plot/ Earth sends a five-man team to explore the frozen planet Uranus, only to find a temperate forest and sultry women from their past on it, courtesy of an alien brain with evil designs.


As a fan of classic-era Sci-Fi, it is always fun to kick back and watch some of the no-budget flicks from that time. This is one of those movies that, while it is far from perfect, is a great way to spend time watching. Yes, it is a typical storyline of the day, but it is far from cliché considering the 1960s release date. The women (although they could not act), the scenery, sound effect and cinematography are all solid, something that is often difficult to find in flicks from that era. While the acting is uneven, some of the script lacks depth, the editing poor and a lot of the special effects are laughable, they are also not devastating to the overall enjoy-ability of the movie. In the end, I have seen much worse in this genre and believe this one sits somewhere in the middle. Yes, it is far from perfect, but it is also entertaining and any fan of cheesy Sci-Fi must see. 


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