The mysterious appearance of an unknown planet brings miniature people, giant monsters, beautiful women and undaunted heroes to the screen. The self-contained planet "Rheton" has the ability to move in and out of galaxies to escape their enemies. Earth sends an astronaut team to investigate, which discovers miniature people. One astronaut survives to help them fight off monsters and Solorite attacks. Written by Anonymous
Running Time: 82 Minutes
MPAA Ratings: PG
In the futuristic year of 1980 Earth is losing space ships to a series of mysterious collisions. But what could possibly be causing the accidents in what should be an empty portion of space? In an effort to solve the mystery Earth sends itís best pilot, Capt. Frank Chapman, to investigate. What Chapman finds is an asteroid that is actually a planet populated by six-inch tall people. When Chapman breathes their air he also shrinks to match their diminutive size and environment. In an effort to protect their hidden planet the inhabitants treat him well, but refuse to allow him to leave. After battling a jealous local for a beautiful woman and helping them defeat an attack by the dreaded Solarites, Chapman finally makes good his escape from the Phantom Planet.
This is a silly old science fiction movie that hits every goofy schoolboy fantasy stereotype. First you have the dashing Captain who bravely pilots his rocket ship thru space. He lands on a mysterious planet and is immediately wooed by not one but two beautiful ladies. There is a duel for the hero to show how manly and wise he is. Finally there is the monster for him to save everyone from. What else could you ask for from one of these movies? To be fair this movie is way closer to the Flash Gordon serials of the 30s and 40s than it is to something like The Day the Earth Stood Still. Or what it is it isnít bad. The cast does their best with what is a juvenile script. But then delivering some of the tongue twisting dialogue and phony tech speak that are in a movie like this takes some skill, which they manage nicely. Iíll give them credit for that.
One of the things that really impressed me about The Phantom Planet is how well done the special effects are. Now of course to a modern audience the man in a rubber suite Solarite (Richard Kiel of 007 fame) is going to look silly. But if you compare it to what other movies were doing it is a nice design and looks very cool. Also impressive is the space ship sets, which include several full sized interiors and an exterior. As a coinsure of sorts when it comes to Sci-fi from this era that jumped right out at me. I donít know if these are reused sets or if the production had some money behind it, but it looks good.
Now if you are looking for a serious piece of adult science fiction then The Phantom Planet isnít going to be for you. But if on the other hand you want to check out a goofy old movie with a guy in a rubber suit, then you might get a kick out of it. Not the greatest movie ever, but Iíve seen far worse. Not a glowing recommendation, but maybe still worth a rental or a purchase if you are a big collector of 50s and 60s sci-fi. (written by www.gutmunchers.com)
I've seen Phantom Planet a couple of times now and is quite an enjoyable low-budget sci-fi. An astronaut lands on the planet Rheton and discovers everyone on it are much smaller than him and he shrinks to their size during his time here. He is greeted with hostility at first but they welcome him later. He then helps them to defeat their enemies, the Solorites, ugly monsters with pig-like heads. He succeeds but the one they have got captured on the planet escapes and starts going on the rampage until killed by the astronaut, who also falls in love with one of the girls. The astronaut then goes back to his own size and leaves, and is rescued by another ship. For a low-budget movie, this is not too bad even though it is unintentionally funny at times, especially the monsters (written by Jewnny Goodrich)
Writers: Fred Gebhardt
Actors: Dean Fredericks
Francis X. Bushman
Al Jarvis, Dick Haynes
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