Retro Futurism: 1969's 'Moon Zero Two' Was Set In The Year 2021

By | March 5, 2021

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Lobby card for 'Moon Zero Two.' Source: Pinterest

What will the year 2021 hold? In 1969, Moon Zero Two, a film from the Hammer studio famous for horror movies, pondered just that question. Starring Catherine Schell and James Olson, the movie depicts a lunar mining colony and a plot to get rich by hijacking an asteroid made of emerald -- so as a speculation about the then-future, Moon Zero Two is far off the mark. The colorful space suits, mini-skirts, and go-go boots show that this is a film that looked to the future but couldn't quite get out of the '60s. 

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A great poster but it failed to draw crowds to the box office.(picturepalacemovieposters)

Space will always remain a mysterious frontier for brave adventurers. During the Groovy era, space was hot, thanks to Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. Throw in the historic ‘69 moon landing, and every creator under the sun suddenly needed to bring their space idea to life just three months after Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin “made one giant leap for mankind.” 

Moon Zero Two directed by Roy Ward Baker and produced by Hammer films hit the big screen. Dubbed “The first moon 'Western,'” the film scored very poorly at the box office. However, as films often do, it became a cult classic on the strength of Catherine Schell’s beauty and campy action scenes.