Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet

Synopsis: In 2020, after the colonization of the moon, the spaceships Vega, Sirius and Capella are launched from Lunar Station 7. They are to explore Venus under the command of Professor Hartman, but an asteroid collides and explodes Capella. The leader ship Vega stays orbiting and sends the astronauts Kern and Sherman with the robot John to the surface of Venus, but they have problems with communication with Dr. Marsha Evans in Vega. The Sirius lands in Venus and Commander Brendan Lockhart, Andre Ferneau and Hans Walter explore the planet and are attacked by prehistoric animals. They use a vehicle to seek Kern and Sherman while collecting samples from the planet. Meanwhile John helps the two cosmonauts to survive in the hostile land.
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi
Production: American International Pictures (AIP)
74 min

The year, 2020. The moon has been

explored and colonized.

And the next space goal is about to be reached.

The first landing by man on the planet Venus.

Scientists profoundly hope that life, similar

to that on earth, may be found on this planet...

...where so many physical conditions are like our own.

Three rocket ships of an international

space expedition - the Sirius, Vega and Capella...

...after having successfully traveled

two hundred millions miles...

...are in the final stages of their journey...

...rapidly approaching their destination.

What is it? What's happened?

Capella, sir. I'm afraid she's been hit by a meteorite.


Completely destroyed, sir.

Contact the Sirius at once.

Yes, sir.

And almost there. It seems so unfair.

There's no fair or unfair to

a meteorite. You get hit.

You die.

Seems so unreal.

I'd just spoken to them.

We joked.

It's Lunar 7, Commander!

Patch it in.

Attention, crews of Sirius and Vega!

We were deeply sorry to learn of the loss of the Capella.

Flight Path A, however, must still be followed.

Therefore, we request both ships to go into orbit

and remain there til the arrival of Spaceship Esther...

...due to blast off here immediately.

Meanwhile, secure and relay instrument information

about conditions on Venus.

That is all.

That's swell.

Orbit and wait.

For how long?

- Huh?

- Why complain?

It's Hartman. He's the one who built this baby.

And know when he says we should go

fly all around Venus...'s precisely what'll happen.

Better plan on it.

There's more I can do than orbit and wait.

What do you mean?

Look, the plan before was to land at one ship.

That's true, with the cybernetic machine.

You keep it! Why don't I pilot?

But, Andre, the machine will study the land.

This I know. But I'm more observant, more apt

to see what's going on.

You don't wanna send a monster.

Venus must be seen by more than a robot!

Alright. Just suppose we go

along with you, Andre.

What about Hartman's plan?

- Hartman would agree with me.

- But we can't take that chance.

Then, what do we do?

We contact Kern, and we ask him to have the

robot computer landing plan for the auxiliary spacecraft.

Assuming he'll be out for it.

Awaken, John.


Go, John. Monitor, John.

I hear you.

Preview us. Be extra precise.

There are changes you must make in our

present landing pattern program.

Plan now for Sirius and Vega.

You, me and Sherman.

On the same spaceship.

Commander Lockhart, Walters and Ferneau

on the second ship.

First ship, Sirius. Second ship, Vega.

Problem? Land on Venus and return.

Land three, and three. Sirius return five,

leaving one.

What man remains?

Then one of six must remain.

That one shall be me.

Lunar Station 7.

Lunar Station 7.

This is command ship Vega calling.

Command ship Vega.

Come in, Vega. We read you.

Professor Hartman, message from the Vega.

Alexandre Townman has computed a new flight plan.

We request approval for landing of Kern, Sherman,

and robot in the auxiliary spacecraft.

They will seek a safe area on Venus to land.

Command ship Sirius with Lockhart,

Walters and Ferneau.

I will keep the Vega in orbit, in order to ensure the

safe return of the Sirius with our men.

We feel it unnecessary to have to wait for the

arrival of the auxiliary.

This is Professor Hartman speaking.

Your plan is quite logical.

But I'm concerned about the possible psychological

danger to you in remaining too long on the Vega.

Get the psychological tests ready.

Well, I had expected to land with the others, but...

In view of the emergency situation, I feel this is a better plan.

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Curtis Harrington

Gene Curtis Harrington (September 17, 1926 – May 6, 2007) was an American film and television director whose work included experimental films, horror films, and episodic television. He is considered one of the forerunners of New Queer Cinema. more…

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