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Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet


Two astronauts, accompanied by their robot, set out to explore the surface of Venus. Things seem to be going well until violent changes begin to rework the surface. Will they be able to escape the planet with their lives? This film is also known as "Prehistoric Planet" and "Voyage to a Prehistoric Planet". This film began life as a Soviet-produced work. An American producer then added some new footage and changed the credits to hide the film's Soviet origin. The original film, "Planeta Bur", is also known as "Cosmonauts on Venus", "Planet of Storms", "Planet of Tempests", "Planeta Burg", and "Storm Planet".

Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet is a 1965 science fiction film directed by Curtis Harrington. The film is an American adapted and edited version of the Soviet science fiction movie Planeta Bur (Planet of the Storms) directed by Pavel Klushantsev, with Curtis Harrington filming extra scenes featuring Basil Rathbone and American actors for the US/English speaking market.
In the story, it is 2020 and the Moon has been colonized. After travelling 200,000,000 miles, the first group of men land on Venus, a prehistoric world, where the crew are attacked by various monsters, plants, etc.
While Harrington considered Queen of Blood, another film that was edited together in a similar way, good enough to keep his name on, in this film he is credited as "John Sebastian", in homage to Johann Sebastian Bach.
This edit of the film also forms the basis of another edit of Planeta Bur, Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women.


  • Gennadi Vernov - Andre Ferneau, as "Robert Chantal"
  • Georgiy Zhzhonov - Hans Walters, as "Kurt Boden"
  • Yuri Sarantsev - Allen Sherman (uncredited)
  • Georgi Tejkh - Dr. Kern, Vega (uncredited)
  • Vladimir Yemelyanov - Cmdr. Brendan Lockhart (uncredited)
  • Pavel Klushantsev - director (uncredited)


The film was shot at the same time as Queen of Blood, which also used footage from Planet of Storms. Basil Rathbone shot his scenes in half a day using the same costumes and on the same sets as Queen of Blood. Faith Domerque, a friend of producer George EEdwards, was bought in to appear in some additional sequences.
The budget for this and Queen of Blood came to $33,052.< name="ray"/>


Unlike Queen of Blood it seems this was never released theatrically and went straight to television.< name="ray"/>

Category:1965 films
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Category:Films set in 2020
Category:The Moon in film
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