Fire Maidens of Outer Space (1956)

As the fire maidens walk briskly around in circles the suspense builds to a crescendo while a taut rescue is planned to save the lead Fire Maiden from her imminent sacrifice, a scene with this measure of suspense has never been matched. This film set a metric for dialogue, and action that later British movies like Bridge over the River Kwai, and Lawrence of Arabia tried to meet, but paled in comparison. This film casts a giant shadow with the Ballet sequences so difficult, they could only be duplicated by Isadora Duncan. So if you are looking for a Science Fiction movie, this is not it, but if you are looking for an existential film with depth and philosophic questions that you will be plagued with after viewing, then this forgotten gem is for you. I guarantee that after viewing this, you will ask yourself a question in wonderment that is against all known laws of science and religion ,” How can I get those 55 minutes of my life back, and if I can’t…will the universe punish me for wasting them so greatly.”