Mesa of Lost Women

Mesa of Lost Women

Director: Ron Ormond, Herbert Tevos

Cast: Jackie Coogan, Richard Travis

     
 

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Known under various titles, Mesa of Lost Women is widely regarded as the worst horror film ever made (including Plan 9 From Outer Space!) Jackie Coogan, light years away from his kiddie-star glory, plays mad scientist Dr. Aranya, who spends his waking hours creating a race of "spider people." Aranya's associate Masterson (Harmon Stevens), belatedly

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Known under various titles, Mesa of Lost Women is widely regarded as the worst horror film ever made (including Plan 9 From Outer Space!) Jackie Coogan, light years away from his kiddie-star glory, plays mad scientist Dr. Aranya, who spends his waking hours creating a race of "spider people." Aranya's associate Masterson (Harmon Stevens), belatedly seeing the light, rescues a group of castaways from becoming human arachnids themselves. This one concludes with a variation of the old chestnut "The End...or Is It?" Take our word for it: It is.

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All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
In Mesa of Lost Women, viewers get two bad films for the price of one. First, there's the footage shot by Herbert Tevos for a film that was to be called Tarantula. That name was scrapped when the result was so poor that the film was deemed to be unreleasable. When a shortage of product for movie houses developed, the Tevos footage was taken over by Ron Ormond, who filled out the film with silent-era child star Jackie Coogan, some spider-babes, and a few dwarfs. Unfortunately, even the energetic presence of Angelo Rossitto didn't help enough. This is one of those films that's fun to read about and tedious to watch. The story is more incoherent than non-linear, the characters are woodenly constructed, and the overall film is a dull, tepid mess. Several people with notable credentials worked on Mesa of Lost Women, including cinematographer Karl Struss, who won a richly deserved Oscar for his work on F.W. Murnau's silent-era classic Sunrise. Composer Hoyt Curtin would later go on to write the television theme songs for The Flintstones and The Jetsons. Bit player Dinky Dean Riesner (credited here as "Dean Reisner") had, like Coogan, worked as a child actor with Charles Chaplin. Later he would become a successful screenwriter, working on such Clint Eastwood classics as Dirty Harry. Unlike the auteur efforts of Ed Wood, the spliced together parts of Mesa of Lost Women lack the single-visioned sincerity of such "so bad they're good" efforts as Plan 9 From Outer Space. Incidentally, the copyright date on the film is 1952, though there are indications that the film didn't receive much distribution until 1956, following the success of Universal's Tarantula.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/18/2003
UPC:
0089218411099
Original Release:
1953
Rating:
NR
Source:
Alpha Video
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:10:00
Sales rank:
65,335

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jackie Coogan Dr. Aranya
Richard Travis Dan Mulcahey
Allan Nixon "Doc" Tucker
Mary Hill Doreen
Robert Knapp Grant Phillips
Chris-Pin Martin Pepe
Harmon Stevens Masterson
Nico Lek Van Croft
Samuel Wu Wu
John Martin Frank
Tandra Quinn Tarantella
Lyle Talbot Narrator
George Barrows George
June Benbow Actor
Candy Collins Actor
Margia Dean Actor
Kelly Drake Actor
Dianne Fortier Actor
Dolores Fuller Actor
Karna Greene Actor
Fred Kelsey Actor
Mona McKinnon Actor
Sherry Moreland Actor
Doris Lee Price Actor
Chris Randall Actor
Dean Riesner Actor
Angelo Rossitto Actor
Ginger Sherry Actor
Katherine Victor Actor

Technical Credits
Ron Ormond Director
Herbert Tevos Director,Screenwriter
Hoyt Curtin Score Composer
Melvin Gale Producer
Joy N. Houck Executive Producer
Ray H. Lockert Editor
G. William Perkins Producer
Karl Struss Cinematographer
Gilbert Warrenton Cinematographer
J. Frances White Executive Producer
Hugh Wynn Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [10:17]
2. Chapter 2 [9:59]
3. Chapter 3 [11:05]
4. Chapter 4 [10:04]
5. Chapter 5 [13:17]
6. Chapter 6 [14:09]

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