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.