FIRE MAIDENS OF OUTER SPACE
Cat Women of the Moon is usually regarded as the Z-movie classic in this particular genre. I would be happy to put forward the argument that Fire Maidens of Outer Space is an even worse variant of essentially the same plot. The effects are expectedly impoverished when we see the rocketship coming in for a landing, the rockets vapour trail has merely been double-exposed over the trees. The alien moon looks laughably terrestrial the planets surface seems like no more than a standard woodland park with a monster roaming in the trees amid nicely mown pathways, while the cave where the New Atlanteans live appears to have its own sunlight and hedges and looks as though it has simply been shot at some holiday resort or sanatorium. The science is feeble at one point, it is announced Gentlemen, we are in freeflight, [an early way of referring to zero g] but all that we see are ordinary men sitting in lab coats and civvies around a console. (Not to mention smoking in a recycled air environment).
Perhaps what is worse than this is the sheer shabbiness of Cy Roths set-ups this is a director to whom style seems an alien concept and who has just shot each scene by vaguely aiming the camera in the direction of what is happening. Visually, the film looks shabby. If you say nothing else about Cat Women of the Moon, at least Arthur Hilton had an essentially competent directorial style. This is a far more poorly directed, lazily plotted, shabbily shot and indifferently produced film in all regards.
Fire Maidens of Outer Space was the third and final directorial film of American director Cy Roth. Elsewhere, Roth directed two pitifully cheap war films Combat Squad (1953) and Air Strike (1955). Although Fire Maidens of Outer Space is a US production, you get the impression that it was shot in England due to the number of British actors among the supporting cast. This has been explained away by stating that the expedition is a joint Anglo-American mission.
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