“Let’s not forget the penguins!”
Residents on a South Seas Naval base are terrorized by acid-secreting monster trees transplanted from Antarctica.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Killer Plants
- Mamie Van Doren Films
- Science Fiction
Rated just 2.4 stars by users on IMDb, this notoriously awful sci-fi horror flick offers stunningly few redeeming qualities, even for diehard bad-movie aficionados. Clearly inspired by both The Thing From Another World (1951) and The Day of the Triffids (1962), it attempts to bank upon the (questionable) cinematic trope of killer plants — yet the “monsters” that appear on-screen are simply laughably non-menacing walking tree costumes.
Other than its intriguing alliterative title, this film is probably best known for co-starring Mamie Van Doren as a naval nurse with a penchant for wearing tightly revealing au couture uniforms; but even she herself was highly dismissive of her work here.
This clunker is most definitely skippable.
Note: You WILL have to watch the film for yourself if you want to understand the significance of the quote selected above; seriously, I can’t help you on that one.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Stanley Cortez’s cinematography
No; definitely feel free to skip this one. Listed as a Camp Classic in the back of Peary’s book.