Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.
USA, 1953. Z-M Productions. Screenplay by Roy Hamilton, from an original story idea by Jack Rabin, Al Zimbalist. Cinematography by William P. Whitley. Produced by Jack Rabin, Al Zimbalist. Music by Elmer Bernstein. Production Design by William Glasgow. Film Editing by John A. Bushelman.
The usual silliness of diner waitresses and gas station attendants in the form of astronauts heading into space is given a bit of a lift by the ridiculously fun premise and some very nice visuals in this otherwise forgettable bit of fifties sci-fi junk. The team of four men and one woman (played by the unforgettable Marie Windsor) land on the dark side of the moon and explore a giant cave in a crater that Windsor is drawn to because of dreams she’s been having for a very long time. Inside they find giant spiders and barely survive them before being taken to a Grecian-looking temple inhabited by slinky women in black tights, an all-female civilization that predates ours and has no need of any pesky men. They’ve drawn the group here through Windsor’s dreams in the hopes of being taken back to Earth, they say it’s to save their own dying civilization but possibly they have more diabolical plans in store for us pesky earthlings? Who would complain about us all being turned into such fit bodies that look great in body stockings and can perform Martha Graham dance numbers at the drop of a hat! The dialogue is too atrocious to even merit your attention and the sets are all cheap and recycled from earlier films, but there’s a few matte painting shots that are lovely and the cat-ladies are all good sports about their roles.