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Pajama Party In Space,
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This review is from: Space Thing (Special Edition) (DVD)
This is a poorly made adult space spoof from the late 1960s, and despite the fact that I normally like the Something Weird line, this one is probably best left on the shelf. The print of the film is much better than most films of this generation, and the color is excellent, but besides that and a few not unattractive girls, it does not have much to recommend it.
The acting here is very bad and the sets would have made Ed Wood blush. The movie begins with a guy fighting with his wife about the plausibility of some sci-fi magazines he was reading, then quickly he becomes a space refugee stranded in what appears to be a model of part of the USS Enterprise (from "Star Trek") but he refers to as a "small space canoe." We later learn that he was saved from a collision that killed all his crewmates by his "supersonic sneakers."
He pulls along this saucer that must be seen to be believed, and comes aboard. You will note that everyone is wearing some form of pajamas, including the cat-suited female Captain. Perhaps the biggest spectacle of the film is the hair on these women. (Well, that and the blue eye shadow.) We see a bit of life onboard the spaceship (do not miss the toast performed at mealtime!) and then realize that our protagonist is out to destroy this ship as they are sworn enemies.
Because of his sabotage, they are forced to land on an asteroid (which looks exactly like the desert of Southern California), which they all explore in gauzy gowns. They basically wander around the desert scheming against each other while bad pan flute music plays in the background, further annoying the audience. Before it is over we get to see a very bad ray gun effect, a game of space checkers (which is a clear rip off of the "Star Trek" three dimensional chess) and the power of a "micro atomic bomb!" The best scene in the film is when the protagonist looks longingly at a picture of his family. You will laugh so hard you may fall off the sofa.
The film comes with a commentary track from Producer David F. Friedman, who reveals, among other things, that the entire film was made for $17,000 and was shot on 35mm stock, which means the actors must have been very well compensated, indeed...
There are two shorts, "Roll Oh Robot" is a futuristic tale of a robot butler and the hilarity he causes (he has a unique vacuum foot attachment that would be kind of useful), and "Dance of Tomorrow" is a little musical nightmare you might have seen on MST3K, featuring ugly fashions, and even uglier cars.
Overall, this has some funny moments, most of which involve "special" effects, but there are better Something Weird titles out there.