Sunday, November 13, 2011
This is probably one of my favorite sci-fi movies. At least as far as non-serious, goofy, comic-book inspired sci-fi movies go. This here, along with DANGER: DIABOLIK(which also starred John Philip Law), is probably among the best representations of what a comic book would look like if you were to transfer it to a film screen. Everything is brightly light and oddly colored and since this was made in '68 everything seems very psychedelic and it's probably a good film to drop acid to before watching. The whole movie is just jam-packed with weird things that would only exist together in the comics. You get an angel, a pleasure machine, crazy-ass non-aerodynamic looking spaceships, killer birds, killer dolls with teeth, robot assassins, orgasm pills(exaltation transference pellets actually), wacky 60's pop tunes and Jane Fonda looking her absolute hottest ever! Way hotter than in those stupid aerobics videos my mom used to watch.
Fun facts: 80's band Duran Duran took their name from the power-mad villain in this. There was some talk of a remake starring Rose McGowan a while back but I think that's been cancelled. I'm sure it would be pointless and horrible. Director Roger Vadim had stated that he wanted to make a sequel at some point but now that he's dead that seems less likely. This film was originally released unrated with a "mature audiences" warning and then later on re-released with a PG-rating. I'm not sure what the differences are since every version I've seen of this, except for a few TV-showings, has Barbarella's boobs on display right there during the opening credits but not really any other nudity to speak of just lots of different hot outfits.