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3.0 out of 5 stars Get ready for Corman the barbarian, 5 Aug 2005
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Daniel Jolley "darkgenius" (Shelby, North Carolina USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Viking Women And The Sea Serpent [DVD] (DVD)
Most directors would have us believe that film characters were here one minute and there the next - transported instantly from scene to scene as if by magic. Not Roger Corman. Corman exposes this dirty Hollywood secret by showing the least gullible among us what we already suspected - people actually travel from one place to another. This explains all of the walking scenes you will find in virtually every film Corman ever made. Yes, you can actually lose weight by watching a Corman film - that's how much walking there is. No one can accuse Corman of being lazy (with the obvious exception of his monster creations); just look at the man's preferred title for this particular film: The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent. Is that the longest movie title you've ever seen, or what? Forgive me if I refer to the film by its common name: The Viking Women and the Sea Serpent.
What gives here, anyway? Well, basically, you've got a group of Viking women whose men left three years ago for some reason (they probably said they were going to the store for a loaf of bread or something) and have never returned. Deciding enough is enough, they load up and take to the sea in an effort to either find their men or die trying. These Viking women are pretty tough, but don't go thinking this is a cast of Brunhildas or anything - think Swede, with one attractive, dark-haired oddball (Susan Cabot, Corman's future Wasp Woman) on the side. Anyway, their boat runs up on a vortex, and the next thing they know a huge sea serpent is attacking them. The girls wash up on a beach, where they are soon enslaved by Grimolt warriors who, despite the hot, arid conditions, wear thick wool coats all the time (thus sparing us of the horrible possibility of any stray buffalo shots). The good news is that the women find their missing men; the bad news is that all those brave Viking warriors have been easily broken and enslaved by the Grimolts. Since these hardy warriors have turned into major wusses, it's up to the women to free them all and engineer an escape from both the Grimolt warriors (all nine or ten of them) and the dreaded sea serpent (which, in one far-off view, consists of a stage guy's finger with a fin stuck on it). For your amusement, though, Corman also throws in two of the dweebiest male characters in cinema history. First there is Ottar (Jonathan Haze), who makes Will Wheaton look like a Roman gladiator. For three years, Ottar was the only male living in the community of Viking women, and never once did he score. His only consolation is the fact that the young prince of the Grimolt warriors is even more pathetic than he is. Remember Horshack from Welcome Back, Kotter - well, Prince Senja could well be his long-lost, more annoying little brother.
I'll give Corman his due, though - up close, this sea serpent is actually one of his more impressive monsters. He's really not in the film long enough to merit mention in the title, though, so don't expect a lot from the big, scaly dude. As a matter of fact, don't expect much from anyone or anything in this movie. You will find plenty to laugh at, however, and that (plus the cast of buxom blondes) makes The Viking Women and the Sea Serpent fun to watch - and just barely worthy of 3 stars in my book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Nordic Nonsense, 24 Nov 2013
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Considering its low budget, this isn't anything as bad as might first be thought. It's not brilliant either. Being early Roger Corman, at least the poster is colourful and over-descriptive, here replicated beautifully on this "Arkloff Library" DVD.

The opening shots, which look more Pacific than North Sea, do have a reasonable glass shot of distant snow clad mountains, which are no worse than those featured in the films of larger studios', including MGM. The Long Ship, (boat), looks like a rowing boat with dragon's head attached. I love Corman's economy. The scantily clad Viking Women, for that is what they are, set sail in this ship/boat to rescue their menfolk, held prisoner in the land of the Sea Serpent. Oh, I can't go on, see it for yourself...

Mercifully, the Sea Serpent makes only a brief appearance, just enough so you know he/she is there. The film would have looked better in colour, but who am I to challenge Roger Corman's budget. As it is, this is an entertaining romp, with no pretensions. Taken in that spirit, I'm rather fond of it. But then I've always considered Roger Corman as a genius at making something out of less than nothing.

These original "Arkoff Library" editions are becoming a bit scarce, each one has a set of nine American International trailers plus a fifty minute interview with Samuel Z. Arkoff at the NFT.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Acting More Wooden Than A Long Boat, 25 April 2013
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It is not surprising that this dull piece has ever shown up on Channel 4. I was fairly bored within fifteen minutes of the start of the film. I resisted the temptation to jump ship or fast forward using scene selection but battled through to the end of the film. The acting was some of the most wooden I have ever seen and the leader of the male Vikings, (cannot remember his name, was truely awful.) At one point he was facing certain death, the way the actor portrayed this was like he was waiting in a queue for a bus that was running a bit late. The Sea Serpent itself is hardly ever in the film, (bit plastic.) The dramatic climax of the film only one of three appearences.
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