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Three titles hold over from last week, two new enter the battle. So let’s just get right to it. Same rules as last week; new releases don’t count.
Jack Hill recalls the making of his mega-hit, the Roger Corman/Cirio Santiago jungle prison flick that started the avalanche of busty-broads-behind-bars pix that packed the drive-ins throughout the 70s.
The Bard gets Troma-tized. The story’s the same, but Troma adds all the toilet humor, explicit sex scenes and gratuitous gore that old Will thoughtlessly left out of his version.
Judy Geeson is a universe away from to Sir With Love as an astronaut abducted and inseminated by a yucky alien who causes her to start slaughtering and devouring her fellow crew members before giving birth to slimy muppet-like baby aliens. Laudably unashamed of its own trashiness, Norman J. Warren’s intergalactic gorefest was trimmed a bit for release in the US in 1982 as Horror Planet. It can be seen in 5 parts here.
Original Kong animator Willis O’Brien never got credit (nor would he have wanted it) for his treatment King Kong vs. Frankenstein ,which ultimately transmuted into the third and most popular entry in Toho’s Godzilla series. The redesigned Big G was played much more for cartoonish laughs and the series became basically kiddie-oriented. The less said about the ratty Kong suit the better. The restructured US version incorporates new American footage plus much stock material from The Mysterians.
If you want monsters, this last gasp (circa 1957) of the old-fashioned mad doctor movie delivers in spades. Made for a division of ABC television.