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?
- 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. HINT: There are no exciting moments in this film.
- Recycled In Space: The Tempest in space, beating out Forbidden Planet by quite a few years.
- 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: "You know, I definitely hear a bowling alley."
- 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.
- 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.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?/What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: The Creature.