Thursday, June 11, 2009

VOYAGE TO THE PLANET OF PREHISTORIC WOMEN


What man doesn't dream of traveling to an entire planet of prehistoric women? A better world with no Oprah or Cosmopolitan magazine to fill the heads of women with silly nonsense or women forcing us to sit through chick flicks. Today I watched Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women and wow, what a strange film. It was obvious the movie was spliced together with another film. Turns out that's wrong, it's actually several films.

The original film was a Russian movie called Planet of Storms. Schlock producer Roger Corman picked up the US distribution rights and decided to spice up the film for American audiences. New scenes were shot to be intercut with the existing Soviet footage and later retitled Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet. Still not satisfied with the cut and convinced few had seen the latest version, Corman hired Peter Bogdonavich to direct more scenes which could be added to the movie.


Bogdanavich hired a group of women and dressed them in bikins made of sea shells to play women from Venus. Since the Russian actors could never directly interact with the Venusian women, Bogdonavich shot the footage silent and later dubbed it to appear the women were in telepathic communication with the space explorers. Mamie Van Doren was hired to add a little more sex appeal and the film was released as Voyage to the Planet of Prehistoric Women.

Roger Corman always gets his money's worth. You can read more about the history of this film here. It's a rich and fun story, you won't be disappointed.

2 comments:

Keith said...

Great post. I think I saw this movie years ago.

K and S said...

Thanks, Keith. Roger Corman sure knows how to milk a movie for all it's worth!

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