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Trailers from Hell: Mick Garris on 1956's 'Fire Maidens of Outer Space,' with Curvy Women Galore on Jupiter's 13th Moon

Photo of Trailers From Hell By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood October 11, 2013 at 11:42AM

Keep Watching the Skies! concludes at Trailers from Hell with director Mick Garris introducing "Fire Maidens of Outer Space," where hapless ’50s astronauts land on what we’re told is the 13th moon of Jupiter (which wasn’t discovered until 1974!) and find it’s another planet full of zaftig women who like to dance to Borodin’s Polovtian Dances at the drop of a needle.
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A fire maiden of outer space
A fire maiden of outer space

Keep Watching the Skies! concludes at Trailers from Hell with director Mick Garris introducing "Fire Maidens of Outer Space," where hapless ’50s astronauts land on what we’re told is the 13th moon of Jupiter (which wasn’t discovered until 1974!) and find it’s another planet full of zaftig women who like to dance to Borodin’s Polovtian Dances at the drop of a needle. The popular planet-of-pulchritude formula seems to have originated with "Abbott & Costello Go to Mars."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.