Dejah Thoris Index
|Asylum Pictures is a movie studio that is well known
out with grade-B clones of actual, more watchable A-level movies, often
with very similar titles to said A-level movies. The aim, of course, is
to trick unwary (i.e., stupid) moviegoers into watching their generally
more crummy-ass films insead of the much better movies they actually
intended to see.
That's how Princess of Mars became the first actual movie to made based on Burroughs' Mars books: Asylum actually got their movie out first, probably because Disney diddled around with their version forever. And of course, since Princess of Mars is FINALLY out of fricking copyright (as of 1983, I think) Disney can't sue Asylum for plagiarism, I'm sure that had SOMETHING to do with their considerations.
Given that it's the first Burroughs Mars story to be made into a movie, Princess of Mars OUGHT to be something special, but of course, it's NOT something special, though it actually is a decent B-movie, after all is said and done. It's got pretty good special effects considering its lack of budget and it rolls along pretty good generally in the spirit of the original.
Given that Asylum is
sort of studio, you might think that it would probably be a good idea
to make Dejah Thoris as naked and sexy as they possibly could, given
whatever rating they were shooting for -- and you would be right! And
given that Asylum cast former porn actress Traci Lords as Dejah
Thoris, you might think that is what they did -- but you would be oh,
the middle of the movie Dejah is thrown into the harem of a gigantic
green thark (15 foot tall, four-armed Martian warriors in the books,
down to two arms and six or seven feet in the movie, but at least
they kept the tusks!). Here her top magically changes into some kind
of bejeweled harem girl top, much nicer than the Slave Leia knockoff,
though not exactly skimpy, either. But once Dejah escapes from the
harem, it's back to the Slave Leia outfit.
Also, if you're going to cast someone as a princess, maybe you should cast someone who looks a wee tad younger. Lord's torso is tight and fit, but she doesnt look so princess-y in closeups.