Hilariously terrible, sexist and juvenile in its 'humour', with costumes and props borrowed from other films, the film isn't actually worse than most of other science fiction flicks of the era. However, it is shot in colour and cinemascope. Zsa Zsa Gabor said of the film that all the actors were asked not to laugh at the dialogues... that sums it all.
This is a bizarre film directed as usual by the ho hum Bernds, who shouldve stuck with the Stooges. Gabor is good here, but the whole cast seems like they dont know whether to camp it up or not which makes it a very strange watch. One character is so chauvinistic its borderline nauseating, but theres a lot of cheese to recommend here. 3 stars, barely.
Cpt. Patterson recognizes male lunacy via observing his crew: lustful pride, naivety and cold scientific outlook. Summed up by the phallicy of their spaceship, the heights of man's achievements are rendered symbolic through a ship's orgasmic liftoff. When faced with female controlled Venus, subversive gender dynamics show men's conceptual limits, yet excessively vilify powerful women to wrongly reaffirm subservience.