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.

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