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 Moon. Someone, I'm sure, made this in all earnestness back in 1953. What a find. The funniest movies are usually those that are unintentionally hilarious.
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.