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Fans of badfilm will want to check this one out. This schlock horror-comedy-burlesque hybrid doesn't take itself too seriously, although hero Tod Griffin appears to be taking himself too seriously. It is fascinating to hear his deep and earnest voice, resonating as it does from his skinny chest, as his skinny arms gesticulate.
For counter-point to our under-whelming and over-acting hero, we are treated to the spectacular physical endowments of Irish McCalla, whose performance does not resemble thespian-ism in even the most theoretical sense.
The most likable of our 3 heroes is comic-relief Sammy, played ably by Victor Sen Young, a veteran of many B-films and a former screen son of Charlie Chan. Shortly after this film, Young took the role of Hop Sing in Bonanza, playing a very distasteful stereotype...Young fares better in this film, as there is only one obligatory Chinese joke...the rest being non-denominational wise-cracks and general goofiness.
The Mad Nazi Scientist Commandant is fun to watch...very evil, very nuts, very lecherous...and the actor appears to have been drunk during most of the filming...good stuff all around.
There's some fun cheap monster make-up, and for good measure it's worn by a bunch of burlesque dancers wearing grass skirts and bikini tops. Got to love that. The burlesque dancers are billed in the credits as the Diane Nellis dancers, and most of them thankfully are not wearing the monster make-up, so we see their lovely faces as well as their lovely bodies.
The dancers play some kind of strange pale-skinned primitive women, and they perform a sleazy nightclub type 'jungle dance.' This dance lasts for several minutes and is the highlight of the film...this type of cheesecake stuff is incredibly tame compared to what our 12-year-old children can watch on MTV. The dance is a good thing because pretty girls in bikini tops and grass skirts will always be needed by our world.
I have seen plenty of schlock-horror films from this era, and this is the only one I know of that contains an actual cheese-cake burlesque club type dance. It is this innovation to the genre, plus Irish McCalla's endowments and her very brief semi-striptease (a tease striptease, if you will) that she performs early in the pic, that distinguish this film. For surely the infusion of burlesque elements into this epic foreshadows the nudie-horror films that came in the 1960's.
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