persona non sequitur

a review of media by a slightly jaded baby boomer.

Friday, April 11, 2008

BAD SF FILMS (more on a topic)

A faithful read named Ron said he liked bad science fiction films as well, and mentioned THE WILD WOMEN OF WONGO.

Oh that one. A picture that looked like it had no budget. A half rumor has floated around that Tennesse Williams had a smudgy hand in the "script". Island of good looking women want good looking men on another island. In order to pad out the film to feature length, there are many shots of a parrot on a log, hopping up and down and making shrieking noises.

WILD WOMEN OF WONGO has been re released with a format similar to SCIENCE MYSTERY THEATER, called The Film Crew.

As an aside, I find the format of Mystery Science Theater annoying, akin to being in a real theater and having people nearby talking too loud or shouting into their cell phones.

On another note: SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS has been novelised, and a disc of the film is enclosed as a gift (?). I've no interest in reading this, let alone seeing any more of the movie than I already have.

The horror show host Zacherly issued a VHS tape with excerps from many films, mugging it up between clips and trailers and showing a condensed vesion of the film. Someone told me a lot of the actors in the film also did porno, which makes for a strange kind of ambiguity ("I do porno and children's movies!")

I know that if you take one form of art and present it in another format, the content changes. I'd find it easy to believe that the novel version of said film could only be improved.

The book's selling point is Pia Zadora, who was of brat age when the film was shot. It currently is available from for a mear $2.50.


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