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A 1957 Roger Corman film whose actual title is The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent.

A group of lonely Viking women build a ship and set off across the sea to locate their missing menfolk, only to fall into the clutches of the barbarians that also hold their men captive. There is a cameo appearance by the sea serpent.

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


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This film features examples of:

  • Action Girl: The titular Viking women. It's a given for any Roger Corman film.
  • Amazon Brigade: Ditto.
  • Beta Couple: Ottar and Thyra.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Senya is very unhappy when Desir saves him from the boar.
  • Dark Is Evil: Enger is dubbed "Dark One" by Stark for her dark hair, and her appearance (dark hair and eyes) is a sharp contrast to the rest of the Viking women, who are all blonde. She's also willing to betray her own people if it nets her Vedric.
  • Deus ex Machina: Enger invokes this by praying to the gods to save Desir and Vedric by making it rain, which they do.
  • Distressed Dude: The Viking men, initially.
  • Dull Surprise: Pretty much Vedric's default state. Even when his and Desir's lives are on the line, he "begs" for her to ask for mercy and save herself like he was hopped up on valium.
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  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Enger stands out from the rest of the Vikings in being dark-haired, rather than blonde. She also considers herself every bit a match for Desir in beauty.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: The film appears to be setting Senya up for a Heel–Face Turn after Desir saves his life from the boar: He promises to tell her whatever he knew about the Viking men, and steps in when Desir is about to shank one of his father's men harassing her sister to prevent a fight. He's even visibly reluctant to light the sacrificial fires to kill Vedric and Desir at his father's orders. But then he gets zapped by Thor and it becomes a moot point.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Enger leads Stark's dogs away so the rest of her people can escape. It ends up costing her life.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Stark claims the Viking women as his slaves, and it's pretty clear what he has planned for them.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: Senya gets nailed by Thor's own lightning bolt.
  • Long Title: As mentioned, The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent.
  • Love Makes You Evil: Enger is in love with Vedric, and tries to Murder the Hypotenuse on the boat. When that fails, she tries to manipulate Stark so she can have Vedric for herself. When Vedric rejects her, Enger demands Stark kill them both.
  • The Mole: Enger betrays the others, hoping that if Desir dies Vedric will turn to her, instead.
  • Mook Lieutenant: The dark-haired savage with the whip acts as the captain of Stark's guard.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Enger tries to pull this on Desir, when she undoes the rigging of the mast while on the boat. She's also not above seducing Stark into killing Desir in hopes that Vedric will seek comfort from her, instead.
  • The One Guy: Ottar, for the first chunk of the film.
  • The Power of Love: Stark decides to test the strength of Desir and Vedric's love by burning both of them alive and promising to free whichever of them begs for mercy first. Both insist that the other should be saved.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Enger. After calling upon Thor to save Desir and Vedric, she sacrifices herself to lure away Stark's dogs so the others can escape.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Senya scorns the idea of going boar-hunting with the Viking women and is humiliated when Desir saves his life from said boar.
  • Strong as They Need to Be: After spending the bulk of the film getting beat up by the Mook Lieutenant, Ottar finally summons the combat prowess to hold the guy's head beneath the surf during the Vikings' escape, drowning him.
  • Woman Scorned: After Vedric is unwilling to abandon Desir when Enger offers him a chance to escape, Enger demands Stark kill both lovers in a fit of pique.

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