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DEVIL GIRL FROM NETWORK/STUDIO CANAL
on 1 May 2014
I would love to have given this more than 3 stars, but just can't. For those who don't know anything about the film don't be influenced by the rather lurid title and repro publicity on the front cover. This is in fact a very talky 1954 Danziger Bros re;lease ("U" Cert then, "U" Cert now), with 3 basic studio sets - The Inn, the Space ship and the surroundings. There is about 3 mins of location filming. The cast is (at the time) fairly low key, but interesting. Hugh McDermot (Canadian?) is the nominal hero, a bulky 40 plus. The gorgeous ladies Hazel Court and Adrienne Corri brighten things up and try hard. Peter Reynolds is a convict on the run and Joseph Tomelty is a professor investigating "goings on". Light relief comes from John Laurie and Sophie Stewart as the owners of the Inn where most of the film is set. Anthony Richmond, so good in "Bang You're Dead" is a nephew caught up in the action. Now let's get to the raison d'etre for getting this DVD...Patricia Laffan-perhaps best known for her Poppae (Spelling??) in "Quo Vadis" here she plays NYah, a Martian who lands on earth looking for men to restock Mars-As you do. Dressed magnificently if not a little fetishly in black latex and black tights she does look scary and dare I say it-pretty sexy. Personally I found some of the film a bit boring, but when push comes to shove I enjoyed most of it. Even the SFX weren't too bad (tho not very good). I do have one little grumble and I don't see anyone elser emarking about it so it may be my Flat screen TV, but the sound track whilst good (as is the 4.3 B/W picture) varied in volume so much I had to have the remote to hand all the time. The dialogue was fine but when the music and Sound effects came in the volume notched up to Heavy Metal level. Don't let that put you off. Good for Network for finding yet another long lost British film. Worth a view, I just wish I had liked it more No extras.