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Queen of Outer Space (Queen of the Universe) (1958)


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Release Date: Sep 7, 1958 Wide



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This legendarily campy sci-fi epic (shot in color and CinemaScope, and rather lavish for a sci-fi film of this period) concerns a team of astronauts (all men -- this was 1958, you know) who are drawn off course and land on the planet Venus, only to discover it's populated entirely by beautiful women! The space travelers spend a lot of time drooling over their new hosts, dressed in highly practical mini-skirts, but the Venusian queen (Laurie Mitchell) does not much care for her visitors and wants

Jun 26, 2007

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It belongs on a list for worst film ever made.

June 6, 2014 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Dorky sci-fi glitz starring Zsa Zsa.

March 20, 2008

...a '50s sci-fi effort that would certainly be right at home within Ed Wood's oeuvre.

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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It's everything "camp" is meant to be, really, over-the-top in a blindingly goofy you-can't-be-serious manner.

July 9, 2007 Full Review Source:

At least the movie has its tongue in its cheek and there are some light humorous touches - 1950's style, that is.

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
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A laugh riot, if you're in the right mood

December 3, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

A s-f turkey that never should have blasted off.

February 12, 2004
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Everything you've heard is true.

January 9, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Zsa Zsa as an alien? Perfect.

October 11, 2002
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Some movies are so bad, they are good.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Queen of Outer Space (Queen of the Universe)

Absurdly entertaining junk with Zsa Zsa the resident Venusian scientist by way of Hungary. She's gorgeous as are the rest of the ladies, although Zsa Zsa has that extra something, but the film is wildly sexist and at times unintentionally laugh out loud funny.
June 4, 2014
jay nixon

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"Vimmen cannot live vizout ze men".

Sigh.... Turner Classic Movies always provides us with the best and the worst. The "Queen of Outer Space (Queen of the Universe)" can be described as the so bad its good movie but not quite that good. This is one of those films you can't take very seriously, because if you do you're bound to hate it. If you are able to by-pass the sexist dingers and the incredibly poor special-effects, you may find this film likeable due to the campy-vintage feel.
The plot is extremely frivolous as expected. A space ship carrying four American astronauts is struck by a mysterious ray and forced down on the planet Venus; which is ruled by evil Queen Yllana (Laurie Mitchell), who has banished men from the planet and who now determines to kill our heroes and blow up the earth to seal the deal. Fortunately, the astronauts are befriended by Talleah (Zsa Zsa Gabor), scientist and rebellion leader. Along the way we encounter lots of leggy, busty women in mini-skirts, silly special effects that include a large rubber spider, and a doomsday machine that looks like it has been slapped together from cardboard and spray paint.
The script was written by TV's Twilight Zone writer Charles Beaumont, obviously he didn't put much effort in this film here as there were great stretches of flat dialogue with accidentally funny one-liners, most memorably Zsa Zsa Gabor's "I HATE zat Queen!" Not to mention some awful sexist one-liners that would send feminists today into a crazy rage. The film was directed by Edward Bernds, a prolific creator of grade C movies during the 1940s and 1950s, and in general consists of people standing around looking like they wished they had something to do.

Now if you're watching the picture with a critical eye, not something I'd recommend mind you but nevertheless, you'll marvel at the incredible occurrence of the hijacked astronauts landing on the planet Venus which last time I checked contained no oxygen and hazardous/poisoned rain clouds but somehow they don't need pressurized suits or an oxygen supply. What a lucky break! Then there's the whole business of Queen Yllana (Laurie Mitchell) looking to blow up Earth with that game-boy gizmo. When she finally got around to it, she kept punching that red button like one does on an elevator that fails to respond the first ten times. With all that, we never got to find out why the thing malfunctioned turning her into a crispy critter. Don't even ask me how the acting was.....
"So bad it's good" movies really are a matter of personal taste; one person's hilarity is another's boredom. I personally felt the film held its own pretty well considering how noticeably stupid the whole concept was. In the end, "The Queen from Outer Space" is very easy on the eyes, can be hilariously bad at certain points but it just goes on about twenty minutes too long. The sexist liners were actually starting to bug me and I'm a dude so, you know it is pretty bad.

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** out of 4 stars
April 23, 2012
Matthew Rodrigues

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