Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women

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Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women
DVD cover
Directed by Peter Bogdanovich
(as Derek Thomas)
Produced by Norman D. Wells
Roger Corman
Written by Henry Ney
Starring Mamie Van Doren
Mary Marr
Paige Lee
Irene Orton
Music by Keith Benjamin
Cinematography Flemming Olsen
Editing by Bob Collins
Distributed by American-International Television
Release dates 1968
Running time 78 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women is a 1968 science fiction film directed by Peter Bogdanovich. The film is an adapted version of Curtis Harrington's Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet, which in turn is adapted from the Russian 1962 feature Planeta Bur by Pavel Klushantsev. No footage from Planeta Bur appears in Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women that did not appear in Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet, and the dubbing is the same.[1] In the United States, this film is in the public domain.


Astronauts landing on Venus encounter dangerous creatures and almost meet sexy Venusian women. The astronauts kill a creature that is worshiped by the Venusian women who then attempt to use their powers of nature to kill the astronauts but fail. At last, the astronauts leave the planet and their robot that was burnt by the volcano fire is placed as a god by the Venusian women who have already destroyed the statue of their previous god (a bird).


  • Mamie Van Doren as Moana
  • Mary Marr as Verba
  • Paige Lee as Twyla
  • Gennadi Vernov as Astronaut Andre Freneau
  • Margot Hartman as Mayaway
  • Irene Orton as Meriama
  • Pam Helton as Wearie
  • Frankie Smith as Woman of Venus


The movie was known as Gill Men at one stage. It was the last film made by the Filmgroup company.[2] Bogdanovich:

It was a Russian science-fiction film that Roger had called Storm Clouds Of Venus that he had dubbed into English. And he came to me and said, "Would you shoot some footage with some women? AIP won't buy it unless we stick some women in it." So I figured out a way to work some women in it and shot for five days, and we cut it in. I narrated it, because nobody could make heads or tails of it. Roger wouldn't let me add any sound. It was just a little cheap thing we did, and people think I directed it when I really only directed 10 minutes of it.[3]

Bogdanovich did not claim credit as director because "such a small piece of it is mine."[4] He provided narration and his then-wife Polly Platt worked on the film as a production designer.

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  1. ^ Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Ray, Fred Olen. The New Poverty Row: Independent Filmmakers as Distributors, McFarland, 1991, p 56-58.
  3. ^ Rabin, Nathan. The AV Club, Interview with Peter Bogdanovich, April 17, 2002. Accessed: August 1, 2013.
  4. ^ Lowe, Barry. Atomic Blonde: The Films of Mamie Van Doren. McFarland, p 191, 2008. Accessed: August 1, 2013.

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