Friday, April 12, 2013

See the lost city of love-starved cat-women!

I have a new favorite movie.

We killed the cable about a month ago, figuring five channels of nothing on for free was better than 50 channels of nothing on for $50 a month. "Reality" shows have killed television. I miss the days when I could watch earth-ending asteroids on cable instead of Honey Boo-Boo.


Cat-Women of the Moon trailer

So last night we hooked up the laptop to the television for the first time ever and randomly picked a full-length sci-fi flick off YouTube -- Cat-Women of the MoonSomeone, I'm sure, made this in all earnestness back in 1953. What a find. The funniest movies are usually those that are unintentionally hilarious.

From the toilet paper tube rocket to the exotic alien women in heavy eye makeup and black leotards, this was top-quality cinema. The best was the spider attack. Remember being in 3rd grade art class? It's October and the leaves are changing and you had to wear your jacket that morning. They hand you a pile of black pipe cleaners so you can twist them together to make a spider for Halloween Maybe you get some googly eyes to stick on top with the Elmer's glue, to make it really scary.

Now take that sucker and put it in the Miracle Expandomatic Machine and blow it up to a 5-foot diameter. Dangle it up and down on a string above a pretty young actress's head. Watch her scream. Have the four manly men stab and shoot it. Repeat with a second spider.

They gave you enough pipe cleaners for a second spider, didn't they?

Coincidentally, this morning, I was happy to discover that the American Heritage Center in Laramie, Wyoming had a blog post on this same movie recently, courtesy of AHC Intern Shaun Milligan. (Go read it. It's great.) The AHC's Forrest J. Ackerman Collection had a Cat-Women of the Moon promotional poster in the files, that urged people to "SEE: THE LOST CITY OF LOVE-STARVED CAT-WOMEN." Ackerman was a promoter and collector of science fiction who amassed so much memorabilia that it takes up 184 boxes (94 cubic feet) in the archives. It's one of the many amazing collections over at the AHC.

This is a movie firmly in the "so bad it's good" category. My husband, who'd finagled all the cables to get things connected, said "It was worth it to hear you laugh like that." I haven't been laughing much this winter, but I literally laughed at this one until I couldn't breathe.

The full length movie is on Youtube here. Put it on a big screen. Make some popcorn.

1 comment:

  1. I'm glad you are finding cheap entertainment -- it's the best! I'm getting cabin fever and I can't guarantee that I won't check out Honey-boo boo. Yes, it's that bad!

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