Wham! Bam! Thank You Spaceman!

January 28, 2012 6 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

When two strange aliens are sent to our planet to seek out females for procreation, the land of Hollywood has never been so turned on. As the two spacemen explore the various sexual encounters they find, they decide to get some hands on experience, thanks to some very advanced technology. The two wait until just the right moment, then they beam the gorgeous ladies on board their craft and then get down to business. The tools at their disposal don’t look what Earth’s men have, but their strange devices seem to work well enough, as the girls love the action and return back with super sexual powers. With the fate of their home world hanging in the balance, these two brave spacemen must have sex with all sorts of human females, or else return back home with a failed mission behind them.

As you should be able to tell from the title, this film is a fireball of sexploitation, complete with hilarious dialogue and tons of flesh. In other words, if you need rational storylines, well written dialogue, and other traditional film elements, then this isn’t the kind of movie you’re looking for. But this is an excellent genre piece and I think it is loads of fun, especially if watched in groups, for humor purposes. There is a lot of curse words also, mainly from the aliens and of course, that adds even more laughs to this flick. Wham! Bam! Thank You, Spaceman! is an offbeat sexploitation adventure to be sure, with a liberal dose of science fiction mixed in for good measure. The banter between the aliens is priceless and with all the nudity on deck, you’ll think you’re watching a Showtime late night film gone wrong, which is cool by me. Of course, this was a pretty low budget effort, so while the costumes and sets aren’t advanced, they do look decent enough and the bad ones just kick in more humor, which is always welcome. If you’re a fan of sexploitation flicks, then Wham! Bam! Thank You, Spaceman is a release you simply cannot miss, very recommended.

In an unusual notion, this film actually has some name players, even if they’re best known to cult film lovers. I was surprised to see Dyanne Thorne in this one, but then again, it seems like the kind of flick she’d be involved in. Her role isn’t that large in Wham! Bam! Thank You, Spaceman!, but it was still cool to see in another lower profile exploitation picture. You can also see Thorne in such films as Ilsa Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks, Sin in the Suburbs, The Erotic Adventures of Pinocchio, Ilsa She Wolf of the SS, Chesty Anderson USN, Blood Sabbath, The Swinging Barmaids, and Ilsa The Wicked Warden. The cast also includes April Grant (The Master and Mrs. Johnson), Valda Hansen (Night of the Ghouls, Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off), Samuel Mann, Jay Rasmumny (To All A Good Night, The Abductors), and Sandi Carey (The Devil’s Garden, Black Lolita).

Video: How does it look?

Wham! Bam! Thank You, Spaceman! is presented in a full frame transfer. This looks much better than I expected, as the print is clean and minimal defects surface to complain about. I was really taken back here, as this image looks excellent and defies the age & budget of the film itself. The colors seem bright and bold, while flesh tones are natural also and no real errors emerge, very impressive work. No issues with contrast either, shadows seem accurate and I detected no visible detail loss either. I do think the image is a shade soft, but that’s a minor issue here, as this transfer is excellent and I commend Something Weird (via Image Entertainment) for their work here.

Audio: How does it sound?

The mono audio here is adequate and in the end, I don’t think the cheese laden sound effects should be heard any other way. I’m sure surround sound would thicken the richness, but I like the limited sound here, it seems to add to the flick’s charms. The music also sounds good, including the massive disco sensation smash, You’re My U.F.O. Romeo. No glitches in terms of dialogue either, as vocals seem sharp and always at the proper volume. As far as older mono tracks go, this is a good one and all the bases are covered.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes the film’s theatrical trailer, as well as other Harry Novak bonus materials. I would have loved an audio commentary track, but I suppose you can’t win them all, right? You’ll find a wealth of Novak’s trailers, a bonus short film, and of course, a selection of exploitation artwork. Again, I like these features, but I wish more film specific extras were included as well.

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