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Sci-Fi On A Shoestring (And A G-String!),
This review is from: Space Thing (Special Edition) (DVD)
If you like to see big-breasted babes cavorting in the nude, you will enjoy this movie. If you like low-budget sci-fi with laughable special effects, you will enjoy this movie. If you like a story that makes some sense, however, you will not find one here. Even filmmaker Friedman, in his commentary, laments the lack of plot in this genre entry in the nudie-cutie field. He admits that if it were not a softcore effort, with only naked girls to provide interest, it would probably be considered a worse film than the classic Plan 9 from Outer Space. Ed Wood probably had a bigger budget on Plan 9 than Friedman had here!
The special effects? Colored cotton balls for asteroids, and plastic models bought in a hobby shop for the spaceships, hung on thread to simulate flight. One of them is a model of the flying saucer from the TV series The Invaders and the other is a model of the good ship Enterprise from Star Trek, saucer section removed, and hung upside down! Friedman says he wasn't even aware that it was upside down while making the movie! Evidently he wasn't a Trekker.
But he was a fan of the pulp magazines in his youth, in particular Amazing Stories (as was Steven Spielberg!) and Planet Stories. The latter especially because of its lurid covers which always featured a scantily-clad woman in danger from a horrible monster of some sort. He says he wanted to capture some of the sexy fun of those colorful covers, and to a degree, he did, by uncovering some sexy girls with impressive special effects of their own.
The commentary is about the only interesting thing in the special features of this DVD. There's an overlong and somewhat boring gallery of poster art, repetitive and not too well done, a couple of short subjects, scene index, trailer, and that's about it. If you want sci-fi on a shoestring, and a G-string, this movie's for you!