Zontar, the Thing from Venus (1966)

16mm film, colour, 4:3
mono, English

An American television science fiction film directed by Larry Buchanan.

Plot Summary

A scientist helps the alien Zontar arrive on Earth from , believing that he will be able to solve all of mankind's problems. But Zontar immediately knocks out the world's power supplies and sets about using techniques on the world's leaders.


Directed by: Larry Buchanan
American International Television (opening logo) Azalea Pictures presents
Associate Producer: Edwin Tobolowsky
Production Coordinator: Joreta C. Cherry
Screenplay: Hillman Taylor, Larry Buchanan
Director of Photography: Robert B. Alcott
Camera Operator: Ralph K. Johnson
Assistant Cameraman: Jim Sullivan
Best Boy: Ted Liles II
Sound Supervisor: S.F. Brownrigg
Sound Recordist: Bruce Shearin
Dialogue Director: Annabelle Weenick
Art Director: Robert Dracup
Locations: Dallas, Texas, USA

John Agar (Dr Curt Taylor)
Susan Bjurman (Martha Ritchie)
Anthony Huston (Keith Ritchie)
Patricia De Laney (Anne Taylor)
Neil Fletcher (General Matt Young)
Andrew Traister (Sergeant Magalar)
Warren Hammack (John)
Jonathan Ledford (Zone 6 gate guard)
Colleen Carr (Louise)
George Edglley (Mr Ledford)
Jeff Alexander (rocket scientist at Zone 6)
Carol Gilley (Alice)
Bill Thurman (Sheriff Brad Crenshaw)
Bertha Holmes (townswoman)

Alternative Titles

Zontar: Invader from Venus – USA (video)

Remake of
It Conquered the World (1956)



  • Classic Images no.100 (October 1993) pp.26-27 – review


  • Creature Features Movie Guide Strikes Again by John Stanley p.454 – credits, review
  • The Films of Larry Buchanan: A Critical Examination by Rob Craig pp.96-109; 239-240
  • It Came from Hunger!: Tales of a Cinema Schlockmeister by Larry Buchanan pp.89-95
  • by Walt Lee p.558 – credits
  • Regional Horror Films, 1958-1990 by Brian Albright p.309
  • Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film and Television Credits Volume 2 p.1174 – credits, review