Journey to the Seventh Planet (1962)

Genres - Horror, Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Sci-Fi  |   Release Date - Mar 1, 1962 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 83 min.  |   Countries - Denmark , United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Craig Butler

Journey to the Seventh Planet is a cheesy, terribly bad slice of low-budget science fiction -- which on one level is cause for celebrating. Yes, Planet is one of those bad films that's quite a lot of fun to laugh at. It's also rather endearing; despite the fact that they have stolen liberally from much better science fiction masters in creating their script, director/screenwriter Sidney Pink and co-scripter Ib Melchior approach their material with an air of commitment and naivete that makes the proceedings difficult to resist. Make no mistake about it: the writing is absolutely terrible, with dialogue that a third grader would be ashamed to place his name to and characterizations that put a capital "s" in "Stereotype." But it's so poor that one can't help feel like patting the writers on the back and saying, "There, there, you gave it a good go, didn't you?" Pink's direction is rather on the languid side, perhaps because the mostly-foreign cast seems to have been told to speak very slowly. Dubbing is subpar (and all the more entertaining) and the acting -- including that of "B" sci-fi legend John Agar -- is pretty awful. As for the special effects -- well, what can one do on $1.98? To be fair, there are one or two moments, such as an apple rotting, that are well done. But these are more than made up for by the horrible monster and footage from other films which is quite obviously patched in. Despite its pacing, Planet is still a hoot.