As I’ve mentioned before, this is a great time for comic book fans because we are living in the golden age of comic book movies. Thanks in large part to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, comic book movies are everywhere these days.
With so much material to consume, it’s easy to forget some of the comic book adaptations that came before. But I think it’s fun to look back at some comic book related movies that are now mostly forgotten. Here are three movies I watched years ago, but many have forgotten they exist:
Lady Death: The Movie
Based on the Chaos Comics series. The origin of the legendary Lady Death. When Hope finds out her father is Lucifer himself. She is condemned to Hell, and a legend is born.
During the 1990’s Bad Girl craze, Lady death was propably its most popular member. Her first mini-series was almost impossible to find back then, and although Lady dEath’s populatiry has waned over the years, she’s still being published today.
I always hoped for a live action Lady Death film, but this 2004 direct to video animated movie was surprisingly good. I thought the animation was very close to the comic, and the voice talent was top-notch too.
I’s a shame we never got a sequel to this movie, or at least a spinoff of some kind. The Chaos comic characters deserve another shot at a movie. “Lady Death: The Movie” is out on dvd and Blu Ray.
Sheena’s parents are killed while on Safari, ans she is raised by the mystical witch woman of an African tribe. Years later when her foster mother is framed for the murder of a political leader, Sheena and newsman Vic Casey are forced to flee the mercenaries hired by the real killer, who hopes to assume power. But Sheena’s ability to talk to the animals and knowledge of jungle lore give them a chance against the high tech weapons of the mercenaries.
The movie was co-written by Lorenzo Semple Jr. the same man who brought us the Adam West Batman show and the 1980 “Flash Gordon” movie.Batmana nd Flash worked because they were campy fun, “Sheena” on the other hand tries to be a drama and it doesn’t work.
Leads Tanya Roberts and Blossom’s dad have zero chemistry. The action gets a C- at best, and the movie lacks any humor. Don’t get me wrong, “Sheena” has plenty of laughs, but the unintentional kind. “Sheena” is one of those terrible movies you know is terrible but you still can’t help watching.
Thirty centuries ago on the planet Drakulon a cult led by Vlad kills the Council and escapes to earth to become the bloodsuckers known as vampires. Ella, daughter of the slain High Elder, pursues the cult with vengeance in her heart. Shipwrecked for centuries on Mars, she eventually gets to earth as stowaway on a manned expedition. On present day earth Adam, a descendant of the Van Helsings, works for PURGE, a paramilitary group dedicated to hunting vampires. Ella is now known as Vampirella, and must form an uneasy alliance with Adam in order to locate and deal with their common enemy, Vlad.
To call “Vampirella” a B movie would be and insult to B movies everywhere. If my memory serves me correctly, this travesty was a Roger Corman production that like his Fantastic Four flick, should have stayed on the shelf.
“Vampirella” was directed by Jim Wynorski, and its easy to see he had a tiny budget to work with. Vampi’s costume looks like they cut some holes into a bathing suit. The acting is barely passable, there’s a couple random explosions, and there’s even some moments of unnecessary nudity.
The plot is nothing like what I remember in the comics, it not even the kind of plot that so-bad-it’s-good. This movie turned out to be a bizarre mix of a space saga/revenge story that’s also a vampire movie, and a cop movie all rolled into one. And did I mention Vlad is played by Roger Daltry?