QUEEN OF OUTER
STARRING: Zsa Zsa Gabor, Eric
Fleming, Laurie Mitchell, Patrick Waltz, Paul Birch, Lisa Davis, Dave Willock
1958, 79 Minutes, Directed by:
In this silly 1950’s sci-fi B-movie a spaceship crew is stranded on Venus after
crash-landing there. Venus not only is inhabitable, but actually ruled over by
all of them wearing skimpy outfits and packing ray guns. (It was in fact one of
several 1950’s movies featuring a planet inhabited exclusively by women
a subgenre of sci-fi that was later on spoofed by TV’s
Futurama amongst others.)
As is typical of this sort of
era and production, the pace is slow —
it takes fifteen minutes before one gets to the opening credits!
and the effects and sets cheap. Stock footage of a genuine rocket launch is used
at the beginning of the movie, but no attempt is made to even vaguely match the
model of the rocket used later on with the one in the footage for instance!
Famously Zsa Zsa Gabor stars in
the movie, but she is not the titular Queen of Outer Space as the film’s
original trailer might lead one to believe. At least the movie has its tongue in
its cheek and there are some light humorous touches
1950’s style, that is. In fact, the “humorous” bits are more likely to make you
groan while the unintentionally funny stuff will make you laugh out loud.
Yes, Queen of Outer Space
is so-bad-it’s-good Mystery Science Theater 3000-style
camp. However, it is never outright bad as in the way the dull
Zontar - the Thing from Venus for example was, as
Queen of Outer Space is far too breezy and light-hearted for that.
Surprisingly it was shot in some nice widescreen Technicolor.