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Darna vs the Planet Women
Darna and the Planetmen

Philippines 1975
produced by
Espiridion Laxa for Tagalog Iland-Ilang Productions
directed by Armando Garces
starring Vilma Santos, Rosanna Ortiz, Zandro Zamora, Bentot jr, Eva Linda, Lita Vasquez, Liza Zobel, Diana Villa
screenplay by Armando Garces, based on the comicbook by Mars Ravelo, music by Carding Cruz, special photographic effects by Tommy Marcelino

Darna, Darna (Vilma Santos)

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Just because he cares for his limping girlfriend Narda (Vilma Santos), Ramon (Zandro Zamora) gets into fight after fight with the local ruffians. Then though he gets paralyzed by a survey ray from a UFO and questionedabout the identity of several key humans, an atomic scientist, a metal specialist and two philosophers ... now it's not as if Ramon would have any special knowledge, but he knows the names from a magazine he has read at Narda's the other day. Narda, seeing him caught in the ray, turns into scantily clad superheroine Darna (she can do that), frees Ramon and chases the UFO away.

Narda does her best to get Ramon to tell her what he has told the aliens without him finding out she is actually a superheroine, then visits the people Ramon has mentioned one by one, and wouldn't you know it, she saves them all from being kidnapped by sexy female aliens in eccentric skin colours.

The alien girls are commandeered by Elektra (Rosanna Ortiz) and are from planet Arko Eris, a planet where a immortality formula was found and now the planet is grossly overpopulated. Thus earth has to be dragged into Arko Eris' galaxy to house a bunch of immortal aliens, and thus the alien girls need the scientists, the philosphers mainly for propaganda purposes - after all we earthlings have to be explained why it's good for us to be dragged to another galaxy, right?

Of course, Darna stands in the way of Elektra's plans, so she (who other than Ramon knows that Narda and Darna are one and the same very well) kidnaps Ramon and puts him into a trance to lure her to her lair. Once there, Darna is chained up so she can't interfere anymore - but Darna offers the aliens her help - should Elektra be able to beat her fair and square in a one-on-one fight. Elektra accepts and ... well, it all ends happy for us earthlings.

 

Low budget superhero flick that certainly has its moments and is kept alive by a slightly ironic performance by Vilma Santos ... but somehow it just could have been better. Basically, the film suffers from a weak directorial effort that never tries to hide its budgetary shortcomings, or to milk the films many campy elements to their full effect. What remains is still a fun film for trash movie afficionados, but also one that falls short of its many promises.

 

review © by Mike Haberfelner

 

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