Prince of Space & Invasion of the
I've wittered on about the culural wossname
of a Popcorn Double-Feature elsewhere, so I'll just dive in to The Prince of
Space which starts with a small Japanese child jumping gleefully on a
As is the way of these things, a man with a crap nose and an
aerial in his head has hacked into the telly and demanded the surrender of the
earth or there'll be trouble. He's probably going to steal our dinner money.
Meanwhile, the scientist chap loitering about looking like Kyle McLachan and
inventing a new rocket fuel seems to know more about this sort of malarkey than
he's letting on. Look at him, striding around a deserted Tokyo looking all hard
in the dark.
On the other side of town, aerial-bloke's landed his
spaceship in a rather picturesque pine coppice and is setting about the local
constabulary with his ray-gun. At this point, the chap from the front of the
Gong LP Radio Gnome Invisible pitches up in his flying kettle to prance
about in a cape and generally gives aerial-bloke what for. It's a ding-dong
battle and no mistake, but it looks like someone's spaceship's throw a rod and
is now emitting smoke like a shagged Allegro. That'll be a bugger to get
Things you don't want to see in a film: aerial-bloke's
beergut and disturbingly-sized package. Apparently they're deploying the
undergound tank. Is that a euphemism for... No, I don't want to think about it.
Instead we watch a showdown in an abandoned factory with quite terrible
shuttering work on the concrete. It must have been thrown up in a hurry by
jerry builders. Very poor quality.
Then things just get odd. Shame about blowing up the
rocket-propelled Vulcan bomber. No, this is making no sense at all. I'm just
going to admire the buildings. Apart from the bit where it turns into
Antiques Roadshow inside a Constructivist cinema. That's just really
Invasion of the Neptune Men is even less
It features small boys with flags. Perhaps there will be a
Socialist Realist calisthenics display. Then again, perhaps not. There are men
from space wearing suits constructed from Wurlitzer organ parts. Yes, it
appears to be the SF version of 'The Wurlitzer land speed record' featuring
modernist interpretative dance.
Or is it that the Neptune Men are in fact a race of
improvisational jazz ballet dancers with weapons designed by Banksy, intent on
destoying any symbols of industrial music that they can find? Yes. I fear
Who will save us? Perhaps someone from the Yellow Magic
Orchestra? Yes! Hurrah!
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