Thursday, December 31, 2015

Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity (1987)

Director: Ken Dixon

Writers: Richard Conell, Ken Dixon

Composer: Carl Dante

Starring: Elizabeth

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  Big Movie. Big Production. Big Girls.

Plot: Lovely and resourceful Daria and Tisa escape a space gulag only to crash land on a nearby world where a guy in tight pants named Zed is playing The Most Dangerous Game. Zed turns the girls and another guest loose in his jungle preserve to serve as the prey in a mad hunt. Armed only with knives and their wits, the girls must battle their way across the jungle to a hidden arms cache before Zed catches and kills them.

My rating:  5.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

You know what's fun?  Giving dialogue loaded with technical jargon to attractive women for whom the acting bug hit them a few minutes ago and hasn't had time to take hold and spread.  I tell you what, from the first few seconds from the start I was really impressed by the music and I was thinking that it could be James Horner but more likely Basil Poledouris.  Nope, it's Carl Dante, a name I'm not familiar with but I'll be checking out more of his work.  Good score for this one and it's better than the picture probably deserves.  The acting is on the weaker side but the filmmakers clearly knew what they were going for and it works.  This is yet another re-telling of THE MOST DANGEROUS GAME () but the setting is on another planet that looks just like ours.  Convenient, right?  Where could they have found such a planet?  Fortunately we've got these two gals to keep us company...

There's even a nice nod to the original film...

You can tell everyone was having fun with this and that goes a long way in the audience enjoying it, too.  The sets are pretty good (considering the film's low budget) and the effects are a lot better than you'd expect.  The acting and cheesy dialogue are the weakest parts but, again, that might be part of the fun.  Besides, they had the sense not to pad this out to make it feature length.  It's only 74 minutes long and 3.5 minutes of it is end credits.  You've got 70 minutes, right?  Fans of B-movies will dig it.  The Cult Video DVD really only has trailers for extras.  There are 7 and they're all fullscreen.

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