From the folks who brought us The Angry Red Planet (director Sid Pink and writer Ib
Melchior) comes this inane 1962 space
adventure about a trip to Uranus in the year 2001.
With peace flourishing on Earth, a rather spacious
United Nations spaceship with five astronauts of varying nationalities
is sent to investigate mysterious radioactive emissions from Uranus,
which is clearly pronounced Ur-AH-nus throughout the film. This makes
everyone sound snooty but no doubt cuts down on the "your anus" jokes.
While orbiting Ur-AH-nus, the crew goes into a
hypnotic-like trance, apparently for days, in which an ominous voice
threatens to drain their minds and possess them.
intrepid multi-national crew bravely presses on, landing on the frozen
surface of the seventh planet, which instantly turns into a lush forest
with rootless trees. Familiar structures and beautiful women appear, as
some of the crewmembers seem to be transported back to the familiar
surroundings of their past. But just outside a force field containing
the lush woodlands lies the real frozen, unforgiving landscape of the
planet, along with several tacky-looking monsters.
Turns out that the thing controlling the bizarre
environment is a giant disembodied brain that lives amongst swirling
psychedelic lights deep in a cave warmed by geothermal gases. The
astronauts have to fight the alien brain as well as the demons lurking
in their own minds to survive their perilous trip to Ur-AH-nus.
Catch a ride on the
flying saucer back
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