Damsels in distress – part I – horror and sci-fi films
Cinema has had a long history of damsels in distress. Early days in silent films we’d witness tied up women laid on railroad tracks. Today we can see wives and daughters kidnapped and heroes like Liam Neeson rushing in to save them.
Take a look at the Damsel in Distressin HORROR and SCI-FI as they are carried off by apes and creatures, brutes and beasts.
The Brain that wouldn’t Die
Caveman want women
The Cabinet of Dr Caligari
Captive Wild Women
This Island Earth
The Mummy’s Curse
The Mummy’s Ghost
the brain that wouldnt die
damn I forgot this one
The Robot Monster
There you are honey!
The Monster from Piedras Blanco
Mummy’s Shroud – bad date
The Mummy’s Shroud
the curse of frankenstein
Raquel Welch vs Pterosaur
Plan 9 from Outer Space
The Mummy’s Hand
Lugosi in Frankenstein meets the wolfman
Konga when he was little
lost in space – ok, she’s not in distress, she’s being saved
I remember going to see this in the theaters when I was a young ‘un and thinking it was pretty good, Jaws made you scared to go in the water, and now this flick made you scared of the sand. The tagline for the film, (also one of John Saxon’s lines) “Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, you can’t even get to it.” For whatever reason, the thought of people being sucked down into the sand and the simple practical effect of the film worked for me at the time. However, this is a B-movie in every sense of the meaning, from hokey characters, to bad acting, to a lame monster that they show only once at the end. If you can find the VHS, the film quality is horrendous and I don’t believe it has ever been released on DVD or Blu-Ray. The whole film is on you tube, but the original bad quality is made even worse by the digital compression needed to post it. It takes place at Santa Monica Beach, right near the famous pier. Some unknown worm-like creature, with a head like a sunflower (?), has taken up residence beneath the sand and picks off beach goers (mostly) in the wee hours of the night. Between John Saxon’s stiff acting as the police captain and Burt Young’s ‘so loose, I might not even be following the script’ performance, any scene with either of them is a train wreck. Burt Young plays Sergeant Royko like a NY Crime Boss, oddly out of place in the Cali setting. David Huffman plays a romantic who’s girlfriend disappears (is eaten) by the beach creatch, but that’s okay ‘cause his ex-fiancé is here and he is on the prowl for the hook up. The flick still retains the casual feel of movies from the 1970’s, which makes it all the more bizarre (and boring). The one tell-tale sign that lets you know it was an 80’s flick is, it ends with explosions! As they blow up the pier and the beach. Halleluiah!
ahhhh! something gave me a wedgie!
my girlfriend just died, wanna’ make out?
Rosie O’Donnel’s career sinking…
zipper incidents account for 6% of emergency room visits
So, are we getting a hot dog, or not?
Burt spends most of the movie looking for his lost comb
Richard Simmons forced to cancel his beach exercise classes
Directed by Barbara Peeters Produced by Roger Corman
Doug McClure Ann Turkel Vic Morrow
This is one of the better post-gothic Roger Corman films. He had a formula for his films of the 80s that harkened back to his early films, a simple plot, show some skin, reveal a terrible creature or monster, and mimic successful horror films on a low-budget. It’s a formula that allowed him to be the most prolific b-movie director and producer for many decades.
A fishing company’s attempts to cultivate bigger/better fish leads to a mutant species of man-fish hybrid living in watery caves by a seaside town. While the town plans to celebrate the new plant opening, the creatures have their own agenda, to propagate their species. They attack and rape young women at the beaches while dispensing with their boyfriends with a swipe of their nasty claws. The night of the big celebration is the night the humanoids attack to overtake the town. Pandemonium ensues!
I have to mention that the creature effects in this film were done by Rob Bottin, who within the next couple of years did both, The Howling (1981) and The Thing (1982).
It’s a fun flick with some jump scares, great monster design and plenty of gory action. It’s not to be taken too seriously but it’s played straight (not comedic) making it a favorite Corman film of the 1980’s.