Friday, August 29, 2014

The Wild World of Batwoman (1966)

aka She Was a Hippie Vampire

How bad is it? Hoo, boy... it's Jerry Warren's worst film (and he's made some real stinkers).
Should you see it? Sure.

This film got pulled from release because of the use of "Batwoman," got retitled, but was still hard to find for decades. An aging starlet in a catsuit with a rubber bat glued to it does battle with Dr. Neon and Ratfink (and, by the way, this film resembles "Rat Pfink and Boo Boo"). The bad guys are trying to steal a hearing aid that's also an atom bomb. There are laughter pills and Steve Brody makes an appearance. This tried to be in James Bond territory, but is hampered not just by its low budget, but poor script, acting and direction. As someone once pointed out, director Jerry Warren once cut away to a reaction shot from a zombie (in "Frankenstein Island"). The one thing the film does have is girls in bikinis and a nice 1960's feel. It's also so bad that you'll keep shaking your head in disbelief.

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