Sunday, January 25, 2015

Brief Thoughts - SNOW DEVILS (1967)


I was able to rewatch Antonio Margheriti's SNOW DEVILS the other night on the Warner Archive's DVD and it was wonderful to see it in as crisp and clear a version as I'm ever likely to find. I'm a big fan of all of Margheriti's 1960's science fiction movies even as I can explain clearly how some of them are terrible. Indeed, SNOW DEVILS is one of if not the worst of the Gamma One quartet of SF adventures he directed but I still get a kick out of it. Yes, its easily fifteen to twenty minutes too long and the story is silly & poorly thought out and the special effects are not great and the dubbing makes it even sillier...... wait. Where was I?

Oh- I like this film, despite its many flaws. The Gamma One films have a wonderful 1960's charm about them that defies criticism for me. They hit that grin-inducing groove of coolness that only the 1960's and 1970's imagined far future can tap into where brightly colored sets, macho he-men, strange costumes, curvaceous babes and sleek rocket ships combine perfectly. I never got to see these movies on a rainy weekend afternoon but I wish I had - and now I can.




4 comments:

Nick Rentz said...

I've only seen The Wild Wild Planet. How is that one in comparison to the others?

Rod Barnett said...

WILD WILD PLANET is by far my favorite! it is completely mad and gives you everything promised by its insane poster art. I like the others in the series but it is the tops.

Randy Landers said...

Love the Italian sci-fi flicks like this!

Brian Lindsey said...

SNOW DEVILS isn't a very good movie (at all), but I love the theme music. Pure "Astro Lounge" coolness!