THE ADVENTURES OF TAURA: PRISON SHIP STAR SLAMMER
PRISONSHIP; STAR SLAMMER: THE ESCAPE; STARSLAMMER
Predictably, The Adventures of Taura: Prison Ship Star Slammer is another of Fred Olen Rays cheap and cheesy science-fiction bimbo films. Olen Ray readily sources various other B science-fiction movies of the past (as he usually does in his films) there is a planet named Arous after the legendary Z movie The Brain from Planet Arous (1957) and the film even comes divided into chapter titles just like a serial. All the elements of the film come with a tongue-in-cheek silliness the warden wears V-neck leather bondage costumes and an eyepatch while wielding a whip; the heroine is outfitted in one-piece bodysuits; and the villain comes in black body armour and cape. There are typical Olen Ray-esque lines of dialogue How do you like it in the can? the mechanical-armed villain taunts heroine Sandy Brooke. How do you like being a can opener? she taunts back. Ross Hagen in particular gives an entertainingly lunatic performance, full of mad villainy even a scene where he is whipped and relishes it.
The Adventures of Taura: Prison Ship Star Slammer has been designed as no more than a Women in Prison film set in space. The Women in Prison mini-genre was an exploitation movie fad that emerged in the 1970s, most famously with Caged Heat (1974), and featured the titillation of women fighting, often extreme and sadistic scenes of institutional abuse, and above all girl-girl love scenes. There are all the expected Women in Prison genre cliches here cat fights, sadistic female warders, knife fights, scenes being thrown in the hole and the inevitable overthrow of the corrupt system. Although, the one element that is surprisingly tame in regard to Fred Olen Rays usual proclivities and especially in regard to being a Women in Prison film, is the lack of gratuitous nudity, of which there is almost none, and the complete lack of lesbian love scenes, which are almost a de rigeur requirement for a Women in Prison film.
Fred Olen Ray made The Adventures of Taura: Prison Ship Star Slammer in conjunction with legendary producer Jack H. Harris, the man behind The Blob (1958) and John Carpenters Dark Star (1974). Olen Ray is judicious and cheap enough to borrow effects shots from other films, including Harris Dark Star, Battle Beyond the Stars (1980) and even recycling the creature effects from The Deadly Spawn (1982). The end credits promise that The Adventures of Taura will continue in Chain Gang Planet, a film that Fred Olen Ray, with his penchant for multiply sequelizing his own product, has surprisingly failed to deliver.
Fred Olen Ray has made a lengthy list of genre films. These include:- The Brain Leeches (1977), It Fell From the Sky/The Alien Dead (1979), Scalps (1983), Biohazard (1984), The Tomb (1985), The Phantom Empire (1986), Cyclone (1987), Beverly Hills Vamp (1988), Deep Space (1988), Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers (1988), Warlords (1989), Alienator (1990), Bad Girls from Mars (1990), Spirits (1990), Haunting Fear (1991), Scream Queen Hot Tub Party (1991), Wizards of the Demon Sword (1991), Evil Toons (1992), Little Devils (1993), Dinosaur Island (1994), Mind Twister (1994), Possessed By the Night (1994), Attack of the 60 Foot Centerfolds (1995), Cyber Zone/Droid Gunner (1995), Invisible Mom (1997), Star Hunter (1995), Night Shade (1996), Passionate Revenge/Friend of the Family II/Hell Hath No Fury (1996), Hybrid (1997), Little Miss Magic/Kidwitch (1997), Billy Frankenstein (1998), Dear Santa/My Dad Santa (1998), Illicit Dreams 2 (1998), Invisible Dad (1998), Active Stealth (1999), Fugitive Mind (1999), Invisible Mom 2 (1999), The Kid with X-Ray Eyes (1999), Prophet (1999), Critical Mass (2000), Sideshow (2000), Kept (2001), Stranded (2001), Venomous (2001), Thirteen Erotic Ghosts (2002), Final Examination (2003), Bikini-a-Go-Go/Curse of the Erotic Tiki (2004), Genie in a String Bikini (2004), Haunting Desire (2004), Teenage Cavegirl (2004), Glass Trap (2005), Tomb of the Werewolf (2005), Bikini Girls from a Lost Planet (2006), Bikini Pirates (2006), Ghost in a Teeny Bikini (2006), Bewitched Housewives (2007), The Girl With Sex-Ray Eyes (2007), Nuclear Hurricane (2007), Super Ninja Bikini Babes (2007), Polar Opposites (2008), Solar Flare (2008), Tarzeena, Queen of Kong Island (2008), Voodoo Dollz (2008), Dire Wolf (2009), Silent Venom (2009), Bikini Frankenstein (2010), Bikini Jones and the Temple of Eros (2010), Housewives from Another World (2010), Turbulent Skies (2010), Twilight Vamps (2010), Lady Chatterlys Ghost (2011), Little Witches (2011), Rewind Time Machine (2011), Super Shark (2011), Dirty Blondes from Beyond (2012), Abner the Invisible Dog (2013) and After Midnight (2014).
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