Mission Stardust (1967)

Great costumes...

Great costumes…

Also known as …4 …3 …2 …1 …morte, Mission Stardust is a delightfully ridiculous Italian science fiction film based on a German pulp space opera called Perry Rhodan. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: the Italians know what they’re doing, even when they have no idea what they’re doing. Wikipedia describes the film as being “so appallingly bad that fans of the series playfully deny its very existence.”

A team of astronauts led by Perry Rhodan is sent up to the moon to do something unspecified with a newly discovered and very valuable metal. The mission is top secret, but the mega ultra bad guy Arkin and his infiltrating goons are keeping close tabs on the mission. Once the Stardust lands on the moon, Rhodan and an astronaut pal of his are sent exploring, only to lose control of their vehicle. Once they safely exit the vehicle, they watch it disappear! Not long after they come upon another spaceship – but this one definitely didn’t come from earth.

Inside the spaceship they find two humanoid aliens, Arkonides to be exact – Thora, a sexy blonde bombshell with a superiority complex, and her only companion Chris, an older guy dying from Leukemia. The two have been stranded on the moon for some time now after their ship crashed during their mission to find a race to breed with. See, Thora and Chris come from an alien race that is “too evolved” – apparently their genes are old. Immediately, Thora deems Rhodan and his compatriots too primitive to share genetic code

...space tease...

…space tease!

with, and for most of the film Thora is spouting nonsense about what makes her race so much better than humanity, that is of course until she falls prey to the sexy lips of Perry Rhodan…

Meanwhile, the Stardust‘s doctor has a great idea – he knows a doctor living just outside Mombasa who happens to have an experimental cure for Leukemia! If they can just get the aliens onto earth, undetected, and convince the doctor to help them, they can save Chris’s life, get materials to fix the Arkonide ship and send the Arkonides off on their merry way.

Pity for Rhodan and his crew (but lucky for us) Arkin, his henchmen and the local military are hot on their trail. Will Rhodan succeed in healing Chris and planting his seed in Arkonide soil? Well… yes, of course.

There is so much to enjoy about this movie, from the ridiculous sexism, the awful special effects, and the terrible jokes to the awesome soundtrack by Marcello Giombini, the fantastic costumes and the creepy robots with human-skin masks. If you have b-movie tolerance, I strongly suggest watching this flick. It is totally rad.


4 Responses to “Mission Stardust (1967)”

  1. December 7, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    “the Italians know what they’re doing, even when they have no idea what they’re doing.” So true!

  2. 2 ladyfaceladyface
    December 8, 2012 at 4:56 am

    This Giombini track is amazing.

  3. December 15, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    This looks as good as anything Alfonso Brescia did.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s


Old Wave


%d bloggers like this: