Have I got a treat for you today! 1956's Fire Maidens of Outer Space!
Oh this is a CLASSIC!
And it's British!
And Jupiter looks suspiciously like Surrey!
A team of astronauts lands on a moon of Jupiter to find it populated with beautiful young women looking for mates. An old man explains to the explorers the group's story, as well as the moon's dangers.
The discovery of signs of life on the 13th moon of Jupiter leads to the sending of a crew of five chain-smoking male astronauts, armed with handguns, to investigate.
Here I shall point out the lack of space suits, the fact that they were walking around the 'ship' and they smoked the whole way. Oh and they can be contacted with the use of a standard telephone and they all have rather super hair! Splendid! We know how to travel through space in the UK!
Oh and this line is uttered while they watch a meteor storm: "Reminds me of my wife when she's mad!"
In Surrey, oops sorry, the moon with an atmosphere similar to Earth (funny that), they discover New Atlantis, a dying civilization which is a colony of the original Atlantis.
There are only seventeen people left, all women save for a single middle-aged man, Prasus, the girls' "father".
Prasus hopes the spacemen will stay and help him destroy the monster, "the man with the head of a beast".
Introducing Prasus's daughters: nubile young ladies one and all in their mini skirted dresses. Could this be any more of a male fantasy?
Duessa, the leader of the women, determines to hold them captive to use as mates.
See, see! Male fantasy!
The monster lurks outside the city's walls, but breaks into the city and kills Prasus along with several of the women, including Duessa. It is killed by the earthmen, and the remaining women decide to let them return to earth. One of them, Hestia returns with them, and the astronauts promise to send spaceships back with husbands for the rest.
This is a splendid bite of 1950's British sci-fi. I have a real soft spot for the utter bizarreness of it.
Did you know ... This 1956 release take place on the 13th moon of Jupiter. The 13th moon of Jupiter was not discovered until almost two decades later, in 1974.