Written by: George Pacheco on January 27th, 2013
Theatrical Release Date: September 18th, 1987
Director: Ken Dixon
Writers: Richard Connell, Ken Dixon
Cast: Elizabeth Cayton (Kaitan), Brinke Stevens, Cindy Beal, Don Scribner
DVD Release Date: January 14th, 2013
Approximate Running Time: 80 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Fullframe
Sound: English Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles: 18 (UK)
DVD Release: 88 Films
Region Encoding: Region 0 PAL (UK)
Retail Price: £8.99
Slave Girls From Beyond Infinity is the latest in 88 Films’ releasing of the Full Moon/Charles Band catalogue in the U.K., and yet another release which shows some serious care and respect on the part of its new parent company.
Originally released in 1987, Slave Girls From Beyond Infinity is a relatively harmless, sexy space romp which owes a huge debt of gratitude to the landmark 1932 The Most Dangerous Game with regards to its plot and story. Actually, the phrase “shameless rip off” is probably more fitting, with Slave Girls doing little—other than transporting Richard Connell’s short story into space and casting it with nubile, semi-naked female heroines—to differentiate itself from its source material.
Still, director Ken Dixon and his crew do a good job at not taking any of this too seriously, and Slave Girls benefits much from its wink/nudge B-movie aspirations, in that in never really attempts to be anything but silly and farcical in nature. The film’s cast –led by the undeniably sexy Elizabeth Kaitan, alongside Cindy Beal and Brinke Stevens—woodenly deliver their lines in an unimpressive monotone, while the film’s villain Zeb (played by Don Scribner) hams things up in a major way, yet at the same time, the affair as a whole simply feels as it should…completely ridiculous, but not without its charm.
Nicely rendered special effects and an above average, if repetitive, score serve as additional highlights within a film which clearly had a modest budget on its hands, yet did its damnedest to ensure that things never became boring for the audience. Then again, when one’s audience is young men and teen boys and there’s a bevy of nude and scantily clad female flesh on display…the job really takes care of itself, doesn’t it?
88 Films presents Slave Girls From Beyond Infinity in a crisp, well presented full screen picture, with an equally matched stereo sound. The dark of space is nicely rendered, as are the colors depicted within the strange planet upon which our heroines are stranded. The stereo sound fares just fine, as well, while the extras include a trailer show, still gallery and a bonus film from Charles Band and Ken Dixon titled Famous T & A.
As if this wasn’t self-explanatory, Famous T&A is a collection of nude clips and scenes from famous actresses of the sixties, seventies and eighties, introduced in grand, glorious style by B movie queen Sybil Danning, herself an icon of skin-tastic cinema. This tradition of 88 Films including these bonus films within the extras of their releases is certainly appreciated, granting some additional bang for the buyer’s buck each and every time. Overall, 88 Films receives yet another strong recommendation on this release of Slave Girls From Beyond Infinity.