Blast off for action with the galaxy’s sexiest space pirates? Why yes…I’d love to. You know, it’s sort of hard to describe the feeling that I used to get as a young man back in the mid 1980’s when I would stumble across a new, cheesy, exploitation title in the video store. Particularly if it happened to star the sexy trio of Brinke Stevens, Linnea Quigley, and Michelle Bauer.
Virtually anything that was directed by David DeCoteau, Fred Olen Ray or Jim Wynorski was a guaranteed winner in my eyes. Well, guess what? I experienced that feeling once again when I popped TFO Productions’ Planet Of The Vampire Women into the dvd player last night.
This movie was so much fun. The sets were cheap looking but in an awesomely retro sort of way, and that old school theremin music was just what the doctor ordered to set the campy tone that a fleshy, fright, flick like this needs. You may not know what a theremin is but I guarantee you’ve heard one before. They were used quite often on the soundtracks of those old sci-fi/horror movies of the 50’s and 60’s, such as The Day The Earth Stood Still and it’s used here to wondrous effect.
Director Darin Wood delivers a low budget science fiction treat that really packs a punch…albeit a ridiculous, b-movie punch, but isn’t that why you rent a movie like this in the first place? Well, for that and the nudity of course. Produced by Christy Savage and Amy Slockbower, Planet Of The Vampire Women has that same aesthetic sensibility that a movie like Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity had back when I was bringing these puppies home from the video store on vhs. The actresses are as adept at delivering well-timed, hilarious dialogue as they are at…well, just being plain old hot!! Especially, pleasure-clone Astrid Corvair played by an actress Stephanie Hyden. She changes costumes and her look throughout the movie with a sexy flick of the hip that has to be seen to be believed. I am quite proud to have this future cult classic in my movie collection as I know it will get many repeat viewings. Want more info? Well, chump, I suggest you visit www.planetofthevampirewomen.com and pick yourself up a copy. Hell! Pick up TWO!