Tonight we bring you a masterpiece of Schlock Cinema, Zontar the Thing from Venus. This 1966 sci-fi…ahem..”epic” was actually a remake of a Roger Corman movie from ten years earlier, It Conquered The World. It was so famously cheesy that it inspired an episode-long parody on SCTV back in the early 1980s. This film never had a full run in theaters, being cranked out on a $22,000 budget to fill out a television syndication package.
According to Jeremey Lunt’s synopsis from IMDB, “A misguided scientist enables an alien from Venus named Zontar to come to earth in order to help solve man’s problems. However, Zontar has other ideas, like disabling the power supply of the entire world and taking possession of important officials with mind control devices.”
This is one of those “so bad it’s good” movies that’s best viewed in a room full of easily amused people.