Saturday, November 26, 2005

Zontar Deranged Carrot From Venus: It Conquered The World

Once in a generation a really important movie is made that redefines the craft of acting and the univeral magic that is cinema. This is not one of them.But Zontar:Thing From Venus, is still a very important part of movie history.The film was supposed to be a metaphor for Communism but we all know that if Communism could be as entertaining as a Roger Corman flick we'd all be wearin red.
The plot is simple:one of several remaining members of its race, an alien from Venus is guided to Earth by disgruntled scientist Tom Anderson, who tells it which humans it should attach mind control devices to. Among them is his old friend, fellow scientist Paul Nelson. Nelson, after killing a flying bat-thing which carries the device, finally persuades the paranoid Anderson that he's been wrong to ally himself with an alien bent on world domination. They hurriedly leave when they discover Tom's wife has picked up a rifle and gone to the alien's cave to try to kill it.

Memorable Quotes from
It Conquered the World (1956)
[Dr. Paul Nelson's closing observation about his misguided friend, Dr. Tom Anderson]
Paul Nelson: He learned almost too late that man is a feeling creature... and because of it, the greatest in the universe. He learned too late for himself that men have to find their own way, to make their own mistakes. There can't be any gift of perfection from outside ourselves. And when men seek such perfection... they find only death... fire... loss... disillusionment... the end of everything that's gone forward. Men have always sought an end to the toil and misery, but it can't be given, it has to be achieved. There is hope, but it has to come from inside, from Man himself.
Dr. Tom Anderson: I made it possible for you to come here... I made you welcome to this Earth... You made it a charnel house.
Dr. Tom Anderson: I'll still need you even when there are no emotions.
Claire Anderson: [bitter] For a few dollars you can hire a woman who'll fulfill all your fetishes. And when you get tired of her you can run down to the employment agency and hire another.
Dr. Tom Anderson: He wants you on his side. Next to me, he wants you.
Paul Nelson: And you want me to condone this reign of terror? To swear allegiance to this monstrous king of yours? To kill my own soul and all within reach? Well, I won't, Anderson. I'll fight it 'til the last breath in my body. And I'll fight you, too, because you're part of it - the worst part. Because you belong to a living race, not a dying one. This is your land, your world. Your hands are human but your mind is enemy. You're a traitor, Anderson. The greatest traitor of all time. And you know why? Because you're not betraying part of mankind - you're betraying all of it.


Blogger Justin Kreutzmann said...

^didn't Zontar do well at Cannes^

2:29 AM  
Blogger SuperAmanda said...

He tried to but sadly the weeks of partying took it's toll on our robust Venusian thespian.
When it came time for Zontar's red carpet moment he was "juste une autre carotte ivre à un festival de ciné n'a conquis rien":(

5:46 AM  
Blogger Delbut said...

"For a few dollars you can hire a woman who'll fulfill all your fetishes. And when you get tired of her you can run down to the employment agency and hire another".

I tried that once -my wife wasn't happy. I said, bitterly.

I love these early alien films. Really hammy acting that you just have to watch. Can't say i've seen this one tho.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Jupiter Woman said...

SA, I haven't seen 'It Conquered the World' (1956), though now I will have to when I have the chance. One of my favorite movies of all time is 'The Incredible Shrinking Man' (1957). The closing soliloquy is brilliant. Thanks for reminding me.

3:30 AM  
Blogger SuperAmanda said...

I agree about TISM and its parting thoughts...heady stuff. It seemed like every cheese sci fi film attempted to do that during the 50's. "Eegah" starring Richard Kiel (Bond's Jaws) had an amazing one that featured At the end, Robert Miller (played by Arch Hall Sr.) quoting the Book of Genesis, Chapter 4, Verse 32: "There were giants in the Earth, in those days." That verse doesn't exist; in fact, there is no verse 32 (the quote is from Genesis 6:4, not 4:32)according to some "Eegah fanatics" of which there are many out there!

3:46 AM  
Blogger Jupiter Woman said...

So many movies, so little time. Which reminds me... Mystery Science Theater 3000. Don't get me started.
SA, this is why you are SUPER!

3:58 AM  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...



6:15 AM  
Blogger E.L. Wisty said...

Have to admit that from the pictures it looks like a film which is good precisely because it's so bad. But I am well aware that these films actually often have very profound themes that are the actual things said in the metaphors of the seemingly silly surface. Same thing goes for scifi literature really.

Hope you get the heavy duty concept album going! Be sure to contact me to learn about the weather situation before travelling all the way to Finland to do the photography, hehe. The snow isn't at all a given in these modern times!


12:37 PM  
Blogger Dante said...

AAHHHH!!! That's weird!

7:25 PM  
Blogger ginab said...

Ironic. Funny. Thank you SA. I like that: thank you SA.

I'm going to read now.


3:15 AM  
Blogger crallspace said...

I growl toward the moon as the spirits of Golgotha fill this room. Our solstice fills the souls of the dead, as they reap upon the earth.

3:44 AM  
Blogger SuperAmanda said...

Cool. Was that from "The Giant Gila Monster" or "The Day The Earth Stood Still?"

4:11 AM  
Blogger mr_g said...

Nice post. It's always tough to work, "...important movie is made that redefines the craft of acting..." and Roger Corman in the same story. Well done!

4:48 AM  
Blogger ing said...

Hola, hola, hola. Thanks for the well-written jeans article. I want the pair with the red stitching on the pockets. I'm swimming in piles and piles of final papers, so I have to run. My students are presenting their final art projects tonight -- very exciting -- but I have a zillion short films and performing art pieces to watch.

I'll say something more pertinent soon.

12:30 AM  
Blogger TheStLouieWhoie said...

Thank you for posting to my blog. She is definitely a sweetheart! Would love to hear an audio clip from your tribute band ;)
When I get time off in the summer, I'll have to add this to my list of movies to see.
Love, Denise

2:20 AM  
Blogger Lillet Langtry said...

There are no winners today -- but we have all witnessed the power of really. smooth. music.


6:49 PM  
Blogger JackJumpedOverTheMoon said...


Woah, woah, woah. Was checking out your jeans article as well as some other stuff of yours, discovered that is YOU in the picture. You are one very good-looking lady! I'm so jealous! :) Camera likes you!


2:35 AM  
Blogger Nabonidus said...

Hi SuperAmanda, I find that consistently love your blog posts!
Always kinda creeps me out when I hear the word Golgatha.Doesn't that translate to " The place of the skulls" (shudder)?

And Amanda, I just bet you are probably the most underestimated person on the brains/beauty scale, I can just I bet guys and even gals insult your intelligence all the time.
And because you are so bright, I'm sure that you know it's better to be underestimated, than overestimated,
and you probably don't let it get to

6:31 PM  

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