SPACE THING (1968)
Article 2660 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 7-24-2008
Posting Date: 11-24-3008
Directed by Byron Mabe
Featuring Carla Peterson, Merci Montello, Dan Martin
A space alien disguises himself as a human and becomes part of the crew of a spaceship. He means to destroy the ship, but, in the meantime, he decides that in order to convince his crew members that he’s really human, he has to study their love-making techniques. Then he tries them out.
Here’s some more soft-core porno science fiction. You know, I can understand the appeal of movies like this, but when you’re watching them for their fantastic content, they’re bloody bores. The most interesting moment from a science fiction perspective comes early on in a scene that feels like it was tacked on later to add to the running length; a woman tries to tempt her husband away from his beloved science fiction magazines, and, at one point, he talks about a story that puts forth the theory that there are an infinite number of universes we all exist in. I almost hoped that the story proper that followed this prologue would deal with that idea, but alas, it’s just sexed-up space opera of the most primitive kind. The scenes without sex are dull and trite, and the scenes with sex are dull and passionless, at least partially because no one here can act their way out of a paper bag. As far as the special effects go, Ed Wood’s PLAN NINE FROM OUTER SPACE is better. And between the false eyelashes that all the women are wearing that make it look like they’re wearing caterpillars on their eyes, and the eye-makeup that looks like it was applied by the gallon with a spatula, I swear every woman hear looks like they’ve added an extra ten pounds to their weight on their faces alone.