Monday, December 17, 2007

Movies That Fell Through the Cracks # 33


"See stewardesses battle king-fu killers!" screamed the radio ads for this 1973 low budget, hign concept sexploitation picture. It was a drive-in movie at a time when I had no source for drive-in movies so I actually did NOT see stewardesses battle kung-fu killers. Based on the fact that IMDB says virtually nothing about this film other than its credits, I'd say it looks like very few people DID see it. The actresses went on to TV character roles. The writer, one Miller Drake, apparently switched horses and became a visual effects editor, working in recent years on such blockbusters as MEN IN BLACK II, NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM and THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM. Perhaps even more interestingly, he's credited as "first mutant" in the delightfully bad HOLLYWOOD BOULEVARD. Cirio Santiago, credited as director, was a Filipino filmmaker who had worked extensively for Roger Corman and has continued to churn out low-budget action films ever since as a producer and/or director.

1 comment:

Marty McKee said...

I actually own a copy of FLY ME. At the time, Roger Corman's New World Pictures was having great success with his unofficial "3 Girls" series--formulaic comedy/dramas about three stewardesses, three nurses, three teachers, three models, whatever, that featured nudity, feminism, politics and action. FLY ME was another Corman production, following basically the same "3 Girls" format, but shot quickly in the Philippines by the incredibly prolific Santiago (who was making movies for Corman as recently as last year, when BLOODFIST 2050 came out). Miller Drake continued to work for Corman too, writing and directing the new prologue of SCREAMERS after Corman bought the Italian fantasy and needed some extra gore in order to sell it on the drive-in circuit.