Mars Madness! Day Three: The Wizard of Mars (1965)

This movie feels WAY longer than its 1:15 run time.  This will be a quick review, folks, the movie was very underwhelming.

Another scientific expedition meant to orbit Mars gets caught in a magnetic storm and crash lands on Mars.  They then spend the next hour of the movie just travelling and bitching about their air supply.  Eventually, after a storm, the remains of a road made of golden stones leads them to the ancient ruins of an alien culture.

Inside they encounter one of the goofiest aliens you’ll ever see.  Seriously, this guy would have fit in in the old “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” series.  Then the disembodied head of John Carradine shows up and gives a huge dump of back story for about 10 minutes.  I’m not even kidding.  Then after a five minute scene of performing a simple quest objective, the party levels up and the movie just kind of ends.

This film is just boring.  The characters are dull, they spend so much time just walking and barely talking, then all the story is crammed into the last few minutes.  Watch it if you want, but I’d recommend “Space Truckers.”  Trust me.

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