VIKING WOMEN AND THE SEA SERPENT

ll of the men of a Viking tribe have disappeared across the great waters, so their lovesick ladies decide to build a boat and go find ’em. They run into a whirlpool and a giant sea monster before sailing their ship to Bronson Canyon, where they find a tribe of mean and cruel barbarians who are keeping the Viking men chained up in a cave.

Believe me, folks, I really would’ve liked to spend a little more time on the plot, but sadly, that’s all we’ve got to work with here.

The Viking women are all gorgeous 1950s starlets, including such favorites as Abby Dalton (ROCK ALL NIGHT), Susan Cabot (THE WASP WOMAN), June Kenney (TEENAGE DOLL) and Sally Todd (THE UNEARTHLY). Jonathan Haze of LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS fame is along for the ride, too, as a hot-headed young Viking anxious to prove his manhood, which you’d think wouldn’t be too difficult considering that it’s him and three dozen horny and nubile young women living alone in the village, but what do you expect from Seymour Krelboing, anyway?

Brad Jackson plays the leader of the Viking men, and you’re surprised that (a) they elected him leader, or (b) that the women went to find him in the first place. He’s dull and not very good in a fight. On the other hand, what lonely Norse lady wouldn’t want to snuggle up to hunky Gary Conway, sans his TEENAGE FRANKENSTEIN makeup, all rippling muscles in his li’l Viking pelts? Richard Devon, who played Satan in Corman’s THE UNDEAD, is Stark, King of the Barbarians (Ooh! Good name!) and has a son who’s a sissy, which matters not in this report but looms large in the film itself.

The picture is stolen by Miss Cabot, the only dark-haired Viking woman, who first schemes with King Stark to rub out her rival for the dull guy’s attentions, then calls down the wrath of Thor when her plans go awry. She’s by turns funny, mean, sexy, and pouty, and she blows the higher-billed Abby Dalton out of the water.

VIKING WOMEN AND THE SEA SERPENT is a goofily enjoyable movie despite its many shortcomings (as Corman put it, ‘When working on a low budget, you are better off with material that does not depend primarily on spectacular special effects’). The film was originally released as a double-feature with THE ASTOUNDING SHE-MONSTER, so go ‘head and treat yourself to a full double helping of freaky ’50s female fun.

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