Film / Fire Maidens from Outer Space

A 1956 Science Fiction Film‎ written, produced and directed by Cy Roth; rivals Lost Continent and Star Trek: The Motion Picture for sheer glaciality of pace. Only the Mystery Science Theater 3000 treatment could make this snail watchable. On the other hand, it has lots of pretty ladies...

The plot (such as it is) follows a space expedition to the newly discovered 13th moon of Jupiter, where the astronauts are captured by a bevy of young women (the titular "fire maidens", so called only because of one scene at the climax) who turn out to be descendants of the fabled Atlantis, and who need breeding stock as well as protection from a mysterious creature lurking about.

For the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version, please go to the episode recap page.

This film provides examples of:

  • All Planets Are Earth-Like: Even if they're as far away from the sun as Jupiter. And Jupiter itself didn't become a sun until 2010.
  • Atlantis: Well, New Atlantis, at any rate.
  • Captain Obvious:
    Prasus: Food and drink will provide the necessary sustenance!
  • Damsel in Distress: Hestia, during the final sacrifice (seeing that she was the sacrifice).
  • Dull Surprise: Duessa looks on as The Creature bears down on her.
  • Expospeak Gag
    Stanhope: Beautiful, gorgeous! A species of fauna that demands extensive research program.
    Anderson: You mean different to all this [forest]?
    Stanhope: My dear Anderson, 'fauna' — or in this case, 'fauni' — refers to the animals characteristic of the region.
    Anderson: Who cares about animals?
    Stanhope: Man (and woman) has sometimes been refered to as an animal.
    Anderson: Oh, you mean people... [light bulb] GIRLS! Hey, why didn't you say so before!
  • Homage:
    • Duessa is actually named after a villainess in The Faerie Queene. Who knew there was so much culture in this movie?
    • The Dark One is a reference to Caliban from The Tempest.
  • Hello, Nurse!: A secretary walks a long long catwalk (and we watch every minute of it) to come down and take a memo.
  • Leitmotif: The Fire Maidens have Borodin's 'Polovtsian Dances'.
  • Lost World: New Atlantis.
  • Mr. Exposition: Clarissa Prasus Explains It All.
    • And what he doesn't tell us, Hestia does.
  • Neutral Female: All the Atlantean girls.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: Most prominently featuring Borodin's "Polovtsian Dances" from the opera Prince Igor. There's also a lot of ballet music.
    • Soundtrack Dissonance: Stirring, energetic music is often played during the exciting moments of the film.note 
  • Recycled In Space: The Tempest in space.
  • Rubber-Forehead Aliens: The Monster
  • Schizo Tech: New Atlantis has all the trappings of ancient Greece, plus electricity.
  • Science Marches On: This film predates the actual discovery of Jupiter's real 13th moon by a couple of decades. Dialog covers this by saying the moon is normally shrouded by "terrestrial fog". Of course, Jupiter has been found to have 67 moons.
  • Space Is Noisy: Especially during the "dodging meteoroids" scene.
  • Stock Footage: Most of the footage of the spaceship is of a V2 rocket used for spaceships in many films.
  • Subspace Ansible: Not mentioned in the film itself, but there's no other way to transmit real-time updates from Jupiter to Earth.
  • Suspiciously Apropos Music: "Polovtsian Dances" is also known as "Stranger In Paradise".
  • Take Our Word for It:
    • When the astronauts first exit their spaceship on Jupiter's moon, they use "remote control" (read: they all look upward at their ship) to close the hatch.
    • Used again later when one character finds a hidden door out of his cell.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: One of the fire maidens is very masculine-looking. Oddly, this is not commented on by Joel and the bots.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?/What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: The Creature.