Around the time noted B-movie mogul Charles Band’s Empire Pictures was starting to struggle financially he created the short-lived Urban Classics label that specialized in cheaply made, mostly exploitive, films including such titles as Assault of the Killer Bimbos, David DeCoteau’s creature feature romp Creepozoids, and our subject here: Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity. To say that these were quickly made for the VHS market while delivering low-brow entertainment would not be a false statement and it is entirely why Slave Girls turns out to be more watchable than it probably should be. This is a movie not afraid to trot out goofy miniature effects, contain multiple scenes of our villain doing inappropriate things to the female cast, have some robot henchmen who take a time out to argue with each other while some topless beach romping goes on in the background, and also be yet another variation on the classic story “The Most Dangerous Game” only with a chintzy sci-fi bent.
When your opening scene has a bikini clad girl running through an obvious jungle set being chased by a mutant android that is promptly taken out by a laser shooting crossbow, you know what to expect. From here it’s the most basic of premises as two girls, Daria (Elizabeth Cayton) and Tisa (Cindy Beal), being held captive on a spaceship jail spend a few moments wisecracking to each other before escaping from their cell, hi-jacking a craft to escape and crash landing on a nearby planet.
Into the picture comes Zed (Don Scribner) who lives in a castle-like fortress on said planet and takes them in. We’re also introduced to Rik (Carl Horner) and his sister Shala (Brinke Stevens) that also happened to crash there. From here we muddle our way through a bunch of pointless talking (which we are, thankfully, generally distracted from by our female leads in negligees and skimpy clothing) before Zed’s true evil side comes out leading to a final third where he hunts our heroines for sport.
Made with minimal money and on a handful of sets, Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity should not be as watchable as it is. Even at a quick 74 minutes it does wear out its welcome during a prolonged, somewhat dull, finale but it gets by due to writer-director Ken Dixon never once taking things seriously. He peppers in so much intentional humour that it’s easy to forgive the fact that Zed has one heck of a rapey streak running through him (Stevens spends most of the movie naked and being held down on a stone tablet by a robot while Zed leers) and the exploitation elements are strong here with lots of lingering nudity, some goofy effects work from Band regular John Carl Buechler and a great moment between Daria and Rik involving a giant switchblade that made me legitimately laugh.
As our lead “Slave Girl”, the always watchable Cayton (usually billed as Kaitan) puts forth as much wooden effort as a movie of this budget demands but she genuinely seems to be having fun. She’d also memorably appear in the Buechler directed seventh Friday the 13th entry and in various B-movies such as four Vice Academy sequels and the aforementioned Assault of the Killer Bimbos. Scribner‘s baddie gets to give a whole lot of brooding looks while stalking around being a scumbag. It marked his first film appearance and he’s appeared in a many a B-level action flick and erotic thriller. 80’s Scream Queen Stevens does what she’s expected to for a quick payday as does Beal (who would only appear in this and My Chauffeur a year prior) who spends at least half her screen time topless. It’s also worth noting Horner did not act again but went on to be a model maker on such Hollywood productions as Fast Five and Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful.
Should you watch this? That truly depends. If you’re in the mood for a quick blast of silly, bargain basement shenanigans you’re likely to find something to smirk about here. It’s also a curio piece due to being one of the stop-gaps for Band between the fall of Empire Pictures and the launch of Full Moon. Take Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity for what it is and nothing more: mindless sci-fi junk with hot girls, amusing moments and pretty fun effects. (Chris Hartley, 12/13/18)
Directed By: Ken Dixon.
Written By: Ken Dixon.
Starring: Elizabeth Cayton (Kaitan), Cindy Beal, Brinke Stevens, Don Scribner.