Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity (USA, 1987)

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‘Big movie. Big production. Big girls.’

Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity is a 1987 American science fiction action horror film written and directed by Ken Dixon (The Best of Sex and Violence; Filmgore; Zombiethon).

The androids and phantazoid warrior were created by special effects expert John Carl Buechler (whose directorial credits include Cellar Dweller; Friday the 13th Part VII and Ghoulies Go to College).

The plot transports Richard Cornell’s story The Most Dangerous Game to an alien world and populates it with female space prison escapees and weird space monsters.

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Plot:

Daria and Tisa, two nubile female prisoners, break out of their cell in a space gulag, overpower their guards, and escape in a shuttlecraft.

The ship mysteriously malfunctions and the girls crash land on a nearby habitable world where they become the guests of Zed, a man with a scarred face who lives in a large fortress. He is the planet’s sole sentient inhabitant and is guarded by two robots who also act as the fortress’ keepers.

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Given new clothes, the girls are invited to join Zed for an evening meal at his table. At dinner, the two girls meet two other survivors from another crash-landing who are also Zed’s guests, Rik and his sister Shala. They warn the girls that something’s not right about Zed and that members of their party who had also survived the other crash have already disappeared…

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Reviews:

“The acting is awful, the sets are flimsy (watch the wall wobble when the mutant is killed towards the end of the film) and Zed’s robot helpers constantly make the most annoying whirring and clanking noise ever committed to film. But, on the flipside, Elizabeth Kaitan and Cindy Beal are both very easy on the eye, there’s a cool looking mutant to mix things up and Brinke Stevens also turns up join the hunt in yet another teeny-tiny bikini.” Anton van Beek, Home Cinema Choice

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” … throws plenty of sex, violence and robots into the mix this time round. Along with some gloriously bad scripting, some fantastic over-acting and a bevy of beauties who spend all their time in the skimpiest of outfits – that’s when they’re not totally naked that is! Of course anyone who intentionally sits down to watch a film with a title such as this knows what they’re in for…” Phil Wheat, Nerdly

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“This is pure B movie fodder but has a charm and innocence that endears the viewer into 71 minutes of pure fun and total silliness. The walls shake, the robots are hilarious especially in one scene when arguing with each other. Just not a film to take to serious, but a must for any fan of proper women in very little clothing for the main. And if you like your men tall(ish) dark and handsome in very tight leather pants then Zed is for you!!” The Corpse Grinder

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“The film trucks at a fairly steady pace throughout; never really getting too exciting, but never being boring. However, you will have to suffer through some awful, awful dialogue. The two leads have the acting ability and chemistry of plastic forks (and even less understanding of comic timing) – the robots show more emotion and humour than these two.” Blueprint

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“But much as I want to tout mediocrity as positive, Slave Girls carries it a bit too far. Surely a wholesale retelling of Richard Cornell’s short story The Most Dangerous Game set on an alien planet, with loincloth-clad  starlets as the prey, should have at least bit of a spark about it, right?” Empire of the ‘B’s: The Mad World of Charles Band

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Cast and characters:

  • Elizabeth Kaitan as Daria, a space prison escapee and impromptu leader
  • Cindy Beal as Tisa. A space prison escapee subordinate to Daria
  • Don Scribner as Zed, the hunter
  • Brinke Stevens as Shala, a castaway who becomes hunted with Daria and Tisa
  • Carl Horner as Rik, a castaway with a large hunting knife
  • Kirk Graves as Vak, a robot
  • Randoph Roehbling as Krel, a robot
  • Fred Tate as Alien Mutant, a hunchbacked alien with a laser rifle for an arm

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Choice dialogue:

Tisa: “We may as well face the fact we’re dealing with a maniac.”

Tisa: “I wonder what else is walking, crawling or slithering out there.”

Zed: “I’ve always found the female of the species to be the greatest challenge. Far more crafty and cunning than their male counterparts. They’re devious. Unpredictable. Full of surprises. Wonderful surprises.”

Daria: “I have the strangest feeling the normal laws of time and space no longer apply.”

Release:

The film was given a limited release theatrically in the United States by the Charles Band funded Urban Classics in September 1987. It was released on DVD in the United States by Cult Video, a subsidiary of Full Moon Entertainment, in 1999.

A British VHS release came via Colourbox in 1988. In January 2013, the film was released on DVD in the UK by 88 Films.

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Censorship:

Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity was specifically criticized on the floor of the U.S. Senate by right-wing Christian Republican Jesse Helms in 1992.

Helms cited a case in which some of his constituents had accidentally stumbled onto the movie while flipping through cable channels as justification for amendments to the Cable Act of 1992. Helms wanted to force cable operators to block “indecent” programming unless customers specifically asked for it in writing. The amendment was struck down by a U.S. Federal Court in 1993 and the decision was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 1996.

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Related: Hunting Humans: The Influence of ‘The Most Dangerous Game‘ – article by Daz Lawrence

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