Love-Starved Amazons in Outer Space
This trend had its heyday in the 50's, when astronauts were always landing on paradisical but fatally flawed planets full of sex-starved women who were just waiting for men to show up and make their lives complete. Not that I'm denying that for straight women, having no men around would get awfully frustrating, but the genre tends to high camp.
And Terry, in his secret heart, had visions of a sort of sublimated summer resort - just Girls and Girls and Girls
- and that he was going to be - well, Terry was popular among women even when there were other men around, and it's
not to be wondered at that he had pleasant dreams of what might happen. I could see it in his eyes as he lay there,
looking at the long blue rollers slipping by, and fingering that impressive mustache of his.
Fire Maidens From Outer Space
Astronauts visit one of Jupiter's moons to discover that the last living refugee from Atlantis has already settled there, and somehow created an entire planet full of daughters to keep him company.
In the juvenile novel The Kidnapping of Courtney Van Allen and What's-Her-Name, one elderly character was a silent-era film star. One of her most famous movies was The Planet of the Lavender Women, where male astronauts from Earth landed on a planet full of lavender-hued women and no lavender men in sight.
The Sapphire Sirens
Queen of Outer Space
On Venus, an evil queen prevents scientist Zsa Zsa Gabor (!) and other straight women from getting back to Earth where they can enjoy male companionship. "26 million miles from Earth and the little dolls are just the same!"
Charles Beaumont wrote the screenplay based on an idea by Ben Hecht. The director missed or perhaps ignored the satirical intent of the script.
The Professor, and Mary Ann. And Mary Jane, and Mary Lou, and....
Cat-Women of the Moon and its remake Missile to the Moon are perhaps the most famous classics of this genre, and were the chief sources the wonderful spoof Amazon Women on the Moon (below) drew on. A lunar society of telepathic women, astronauts, an evil queen, palace coups, forbidden romance, love triangles.... Also, one greedy astronauts attempts to snatch a bunch of treasure from the Cat Women, which inevitably proves his undoing.
Amazon Women on the Moon
A hilarious spoof of the 50's all-female world genre of movies. (It doesn't actually have Japanese subtitles; I got this image from a Japanese website.)
Devil Girl From Mars
On Mars the war between the sexes became literal, and there are only a handful of men left. Despite their advanced technology, the Martians haven't figured out any method of reproducing aside from the traditional one, and since the few males left are kinda sickly, they've sent a Martian woman to earth in search of what she euphemistically calls "new blood".
Her spaceship lands on a Scottish moor and she terrorizes the random occupants of an inn by summoning her robot. They are all terrified as they watch a man in painted cardboard boxes lurch out of the spaceship at a rate of nearly two feet per minute. Eventually he gets around to vaporizing a pickup truck, so you see, they were right to be scared.
As in most such movies, the men are all horrified at the thought of going to a planet full of gorgeous women in black leather for stud service.
There's a review here with a priceless beginning: "One of the hazards of reviewing a 'bad' movie is the all too real danger of winding up liking it; a type of cinematic 'Stockholm Syndrome'."
We can also thank this movie for the excellent fiction of Octavia Butler.
So one day I decided to rent a Hammer film, and I came across one called Prehistoric Women. I wasn't sure if I wanted to rent it till I read this from the blurb on the back: "David Marchant runs through the split in the temple wall and enters a prehistoric world where he meets the striking blonde Saria, who is one of several fair-haired tribeswomen oppressed by a rival group of dark-haired women led by the evil Queen Kari."
So I rented it, hoping I might pick up some pointers on how to oppress fair-haired tribeswomen. Turns out, when this chap David Marchant goes back in time via the ancient African temple, he lands in this tribe of brunette warriors who have the same designer as Xena and who keep blonde slaves who have the same designer as the Viking women in Roger Corman's The Viking Women and the Sea Serpent. (In that "Viking Women" movie, you could spot the villainess instantly, because she was the only brunette.) Turned out the men were all chained in this cavern doing hard physical labor. There was no visible result of their labor, but it was certainly grueling. I'll be moving there as soon as I can pack up some things to trade with the local brunettes to ensure my acceptance by the tribe. (Let's see: some Chanel No. 5, a few tubes of Revlon's Cherries In The Snow, and maybe some bleach for that embarrassing brunette problem of pale grey peach fuzz on the upper lip. [Even Elizabeth Taylor and Vivien Leigh had it. It's a curse.])
Anyway, Queen Kari, who hasn't seen a clean-shaven man in years, promptly presses Marchant into stud service. Marchant, however, is evidently a gentleman, because he refuses to, er, replenish the gene pool of the gorgeous brunette queen wearing skimpy furs because he prefers the gorgeous blonde slavegirl wearing skimpy furs. Some guys are just picky. As a penalty, he gets tossed into the cavern with the other men.
Meanwhile, the blondes plot to overthrow the brunettes. Turns out trying to escape is pointless, because the area where this tribe lives is surrounded by a really fierce tribe that captures all escapees in return for the occasional blonde. Which seems like a perfectly reasonable exchange to me. While the blondes are plotting, Saria asks the others, "Where is he?" "Who?" the others ask, as if there's been more than one male outside the cavern since the movie started. They decide to ask him to help them overthrow the brunettes. "He wouldn't betray me," Saria says. Blondes.
So at Saria's request, Marchant makes the huge sacrifice of joining the gorgeous brunette queen in her chambers. The scene goes like a sort of reverse bodice-ripper, a codpiece ripper. The strapping dark-haired alpha female smacks the hero around a little, forces a couple of rough kisses on him, enjoys his feisty resistance which she can tame at her leisure, and shoves him onto her sleeping furs.
In the next scene, however, Saria cannot endure seeing Kari parade her new arm decoration around and blurts out the entire plot. (Blondes.) So he gets tossed back into the cavern, and Saria gets picked to be the next offering to the fierce tribe.
But it's too late. The blondes and the men conspire to overthrow the brunettes. All the characters run around the jungle, apparently fighting or something. Matters come to a head when a white rhinoceros shows up. That's the god they worship, you see. Everyone runs away from the rhino but the queen, who stands right in front of it, announcing, "He is our god! He wouldn't hurt us!" Apparently she's been hanging around too many blondes.
So the rhino gores the queen, the men and blondes settle down to enjoy a life free of brunettes, and the hero is hustled back through the time-travel portal, where a reincarnation of Saria is waiting for him. The End.
No, those aren't mermaids, those are alien women from the Roger Corman movie Voyage to the Planet of the Prehistoric Women. This movie only sort of fits this category, as the astronauts bumbling around the planet never actually encounter these prehistoric women.
What, No Men!
The War Against The Yukks by Keith Laumer
The girls all instinctively gravitate towards the men despite their total ignorance. The propaganda isn't doing much good, though, as many of the women find the legend of the Yukks sinfully compelling. They all keep thinking "Strange" (heterosexual) thoughts. It isn't really very logical, but at least for a change the men rejoice at their good fortune instead of being horrified at the thought of spending their lives surrounded by sexually frustrated women in need of their attention. As always, their role in reproduction makes them politically valuable, but luckily for them, the women's ignorance about how it all works (a few millenia and you forget about these things) means that they get to be esteemed citizens rather than put under lock and key as precious commodities.
Jo-Jo, Congo King, a Tarzan clone, meets a tribe of lilliputian women.
Petticoat Planet is a s0ft-c0re pr0n movie about a planet populated only by women. When a man shows up, some are curious while others could care less. Lots of sex happens.
In the Twilight Zone episode Mr. Dingle, the Strong, a pair of aliens visit Earth. Well, actually, it's just one alien with two heads. At the end, one head remarks to the other, "I think we should be off. Three planets on tomorrow's itinerary. One should be particularly interesting. Contains only females."
The old animated series Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space features an episode titled Warrior Women of Amazonia in which the gang lands on a fiercely matriarchal planet. The two male characters are thrown into prison immediately for talking back to women.