Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women (1968)

Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women is better than its reputation suggests. While not a great film, it certainly is better than the low rating at IMDB suggests.

One of the films cut from the Soviet film Planeta Burg, this film, under the guidance of Peter Bognonovich reorders and reimagines the earlier film as the story of a rescue mission to Venus. What was the story of one mission to a relatively dead planet is instead split so that it shows a trapped exploration party and the crew that comes to find them. Bognonovich adds in a group of bikini clad women who worship a monster bird. No matter that the women and the astronauts never meet, the women are what give the film it’s title.

A tad slow but kind of trippy, especially if you’ve seen the source, the film spins out it’s tale in an manner that is holds your attention. Watching the film for the first time in probably a decade I was shocked how well it played. Obviously the fact that the two groups have been weirdly spliced together makes you wonder why they were ever put together, but the finale does bring it all together nicely.

A great film? Not even close, but it is a mind bending trip to the weird side and an interesting look at how Hollywood repuposed films from around the world.

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