Widely considered to be one of the worst science fiction movies ever made, Fire Maidens of Outer Space (1956) revolves around a perilously laughable mission to the 13th moon of Jupiter by a band of chain-smoking astronauts in a rocketship replete with office furniture, a telephone and two-lever control system.
The moon has an Earth-like atmosphere and the terrain looks suspiciously like the countryside around Surrey, England, where the movie was filmed. One there, the tobacco-addicted astronauts discover a remnant of the lost city of Atlantis, ruled over by an old man named Prasus and populated by a bevy of rather plain-looking but scantily-clad females.
They are all being terrorized by an invincible monster with the body of a man and head of a creature. Called the "Fire God" by the maidens (hence the title "Fire Maidens"), the monster runs around growling "GURRRR!" in a costume with its zippers clearly showing.
The alpha female of the maidens decides to keep the astronauts captive to use as mates. But after the monster kills Prasus and the brave Earthlings kill the monster, they're allowed to return home. Taking along one of the maidens, the astronauts blast off in a cloud of tobacco smoke with promises to send a ship back for the rest.
Next: Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
Back to Cinema Fantastique from Fire Maidens of Outer Space