Perhaps you’ve met this byotch before: cult horror flicks featuring female monsters

21 March 2012

Marathon announcement! Join me in watching some cult horror movies featuring female monsters!

If there’s one thing you might say about me, it’s that I enjoy cracking myself up. To me, I’m hilarious. Which is one of the reasons I had such a very good time last year hosting my own little mini-marathon of cult movies about female rockers — meaning I rented a bunch of cheesy movies, popped myself some popcorn, laughed my butt off, and then wrote posts discussing the relative feminism in each. Some of those films (not all) were just terrible (feminist or not), and I enjoyed every minute.

Naturally, I’ve been scouring BlogLand looking for fresh ideas for a second marathon, when JB’s terrific blog The Fantom Country suggested a vision quest in the form of this amazing title: Gill-Women of Venus, aka Voyage to the Planet of the Prehistoric Women (1968), which has possibly the lowest rating I’ve ever seen (2.4/10). Here’s the capsule of the plot:

Astronauts landing on Venus encounter dangerous exotic creatures and almost meet some sexy Venusian women who like to sunbathe in hip-hugging skin-tight pants and seashell bras.

And yet it’s directed by Peter Bogdanovich, just a few years before The Last Picture Show!

Isn’t it interesting that most of the monsters out there in horror films are male? Now that’s a great opener for a conversation, if you ask me. Just imagine the possibilities, once I’ve set aside the need to find quality filmmaking. Plus, with a marathon focus like this one, I doubt seriously I’m going to uncover much feminism … yet just imagine what such storylines might say about male fears about women. I suspect we’re going to get very deep into the male psyche here — and we might well be laughing our butts off while we do so.

Plus, I’ve always wanted a good reason to see the 1950s classic, Attack of the 50-Foot Woman, which also looks terrible. I can hardly wait.

Sorry, the Alien franchise is out — those are objectively good films, and plus we’ve all seen them before. But I’m looking for recommendations.

A few rules: I’m really not interested in evil women; I want actual female monsters. Also, I do like a good vampire, but not for this marathon. I want Wasp Women, 50-Foot Women, Gill and/or Prehistoric Women, and so on. And I do love the idea of other people out there, watching terrible cult films with me while they eat their popcorn — so once I’ve finalized a few titles I’ll let you all know.

8 Responses to “Perhaps you’ve met this byotch before: cult horror flicks featuring female monsters”

  1. Aldine Says:

    i don’t think you can go past the Astounding She Monster

    and what about Zsa Zsa Gabor’s Queen of Outer Space (I believe she’s kind of a monster).

    why, oh why, can’t i participate in this marathon? i’m dying to see the wasp woman.

    • Didion Says:

      Oooh! Aldine, this is just what I’m looking for! The words “Zsa Zsa Gabor” just reek of cult horror flicks about female monsters.

      Oh. Except, hmmm…Zsa Zsa does not seem to be a real monster (and no gills or prehistoric-ness) — just a gorgeous Venusian sexpot. Will consider.

      Surely Sydney has an excellent video store where one might procure films like The Wasp Woman. Tell ya what: let’s powwow and if it works out, we could do some kind of online “chat” about such films. I’ll find out whether there’s some other way of seeing these films (i.e., illegally) and get back to you. !!!!

  2. JB Says:

    Just tell me you won’t spend too much time on Margaret Thatcher.

    • Didion Says:

      Wouldn’t Meryl Streep be great as a horror-film female monster? “And you feared her as Margaret Thatcher — Now she appears as Kay Bailey Hutchison From Outer Space!”

      It has occurred to me that Lindsay Lohan could re-boot her career by appearing as one of these female monsters. Too bad Wasp Woman is already taken.

      • JB Says:

        Come now, there’s always room for more Wasp Woman…

        However, and, But seriously, folks, and, Meanwhile: I’d love to read your thoughts, D, on Simone Simon in Cat People. And, why not?, Curse of the Cat People. Now there’s a female monster I can spend some real time with!

        …Not to mention Nastassja Kinski in Paul Schrader’s Cat People. Purrrrrr…

      • Didion Says:

        Ahh, Cat People. Have I ever seen Curse of the Cat People? I’m not sure it fits my criteria for this mini-marathon but I might do it anyway.

        Which reminds me to contact NYC’s Film Forum to remind them that I’m available to serve as a curator for their next film series. “Dear Film Forum: Perhaps you remember me from my recent lengthy letters regarding my availability to curate unusual film series feature female directors and/or female leads. Please refer to my last letter regarding my extensive rationale about the necessity of such series. Also refer to each of my previous letters re: my stunningly affordable fees. I’m writing now to suggest a variant of this theme: cult horror films featuring female monsters….”

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