17 October 2015 | Red-Barracuda
Antiquated sci-fi that is pretty hard going nowadays
Flash Gordon battles Ming the Merciless over a new plague devised by the latter called the Purple Death which is presently causing perturbation and despair on the planet Earth.
A film edited from several instalments of the 40's serial 'Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe', these were then played on television in the 60's as standalone movies. They are I suppose moderately amusing in that they were made at a time when we knew so much less about outer space, meaning this kind of nonsense could be passed off as vaguely plausible. But on the whole these TV movies edited from ancient sci-fi serials are interminably bad to watch now. The constant stirring music was also fairly hard going to my ears as well. This one may not be quite as painful as its lower budget 50's 'Rocky Jones' equivalent but it is still very much off its time and even though it gives me about as much pleasure as kicking a puppy to say so, I have to say that I thoroughly disliked it more or less from start to finish.