“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds."
Thursday, June 12, 2014
The Mesa of Lost Women (1953)
How bad is it? It's almost universally included in worst-movie lists. Should you see it? Absolutely.
It's hard to give the plot of this movie, because it seems to be a different film with each reel. Jackie Coogan, in a fake beard and bushy eyebrows, portrays a mad doctor giving women the emotions and powers of insects and spiders. He creates a giant spider. He has the requisite dwarf assistant. He has pretty girls made into half-tarantulas. The music is all flamenco (and later used by Ed Wood in one of his films) and ill-suited. The sets, the acting,the writing and especially the direction (by Ron Ormond) are all awful - and rather entertaining.