The Phantom Planet (1961)
William Marshall's The Phantom Planet
Nomination Year: 2000
SYNOPSIS: It's the far future (okay, it's 1980, but they have spaceships). An astronaut on a search-and-rescue mission lands on a strange asteroid where the atmosphere makes you shrink. There, little people with control over gravity fight a battle against the stupid-looking Solonites. The square-jawed hero meets a couple of space-babes there, but eventually plots to escape back home. He does so with the aid of his former rival, and in the end, we're all left to wonder: Is This Only The Beginning???? (No, I don't understand it, either.)
- "Wanna Run That By Me Again?"
All Things Trite and Troublesome
The "good and beautiful" speech.
- Stupidest-Looking Monster
The "Solarites" are really stupid-looking bear-like things. They look so sad.
- Worst Science
One Breath Makes You Grow Larger; One Breath Makes You Grow Smaller
They have different (denser!) oxygen on their planet, so when he breathes it, he will shrink to match their size. And when he returns to his own planet and its oxygen, he will return to his regular size. And there's this bridge, in Brooklyn....
- Worst Science
"Our Entire Culture Is Based on Bad Science"
They talk about their use of Gravity, Atoms, Heat, and Time. Also, they bring up the shrink gas again, and the food is really bad.
- Crummiest Ending
Sorry, I mean THE BEGINNING.
- Worst Picture
What Do You Know? They Were Right.
The unconscious hero breathes the atmosphere and, yes, there's shrinkage.
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