Monday, September 16, 2013

1969 - LATITUDE ZERO, daffy fun for 12 year old boys and up.

One Mad Hatter of a film from Toho studios and director Ishiro Honda, Latitude Zero is (or better be) an elaborate science fiction fantasy which must have been made for young 10-12 year old boys.  The film features, flying lions, flying monkey men and a flying submarine.

The plot is apparently about an underwater city doing battle with an evil scientist on an island called Blood Rock.  The film has lots of American actors like Joseph Cotton, Richard Jaeckel and Cesar Romero trying to desperately keep a straight face throughout it. This is "Where's my paycheck?" acting at it's finest.

Watching it one assumes the whole thing is kind of a put on with it's weird creatures particularly the giant felt rats which are clearly very small people in costumes crawling around on all fours,  to the flying monkey men with the vampire teeth, it had to be intentional (or at least I hope it was intentional).

The end of Latitude Zero literally rips off the ending of The Wizard of Oz.  The film is highly watchable camp if you are in the right mood.  As usual the model work by Eiji Tsuburaya is a lot of fun.

105 minutes.

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