Thursday, July 7, 2011
MOON ZERO TWO (1969) Theatrical Posters
The plot was cribbed from a half-dozen standard Western B-movie scenarios, just transplanted to the moon. Unfortunately, director Roy Ward Baker, a Hammer veteran, who could be excellent when working within his element, was way out of his comfort zone with this offbeat sci-fi flick. What should be a fast-paced, tongue in cheek Lunar frontier romp is, instead, an unfortunate, plodding misfire.
The movie does have a lot going for it, though, especially for Space: 1970 aficionados. The female lead is Catherine Schell (Space: 1999), looking gorgeous in a variety of futuristic (circa 1969) space fashions, and the overall production design is delightfully "mod" - very much in line with Gerry Anderson's UFO and Journey To The Far Side Of The Sun. Someday soon, I'll try to write up an full review of the film. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy these colorful one-sheets and quad posters from the movie's original international release.
It's interesting to me that the U.S. poster (top) portrays the film more along the lines of something like 2001 or Marooned (i.e.a more "reality-based" space adventure), while the British and other international posters play up the more comic strip (literally in the case of poster #3), sixguns 'n spacesuits intent of the filmmakers.