Combustible Celluloid
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With: Vincent Price, Fabian, Franco Franchi, Ciccio Ingrassia, Francesco Mulé, Laura Antonelli
Written by: Giuseppe Moccia, Franco Castellano, Franco Dal Cer, Louis M. Heyward, Robert Kaufman
Directed by: Mario Bava
MPAA Rating: R
Language: English
Running Time: 82
Date: 07/29/1966

Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966)

1 Star (out of 4)


By Jeffrey M. Anderson

The idea of horror legends Mario Bava and Vincent Price making a film together is exciting, but the actual result is far less. A sequel to Norman Taurog's Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965), this is arguably Bava's worst film. It stars Vincent Price as the maniacal title doctor, who invents the "girl bombs" to kill military leaders and take over the world. Bava had no taste for broad comedy, and had little opportunity to apply his trademark colors and moods to this nonsense. Pop-star Fabian also stars, along with the embarrassing Italian comic team "Frano and Ciccio." The lovely Laura Antonelli helps a little.

Kino Lorber released this movie on Blu-ray, and it's saved by a terrific commentary track by historians David Del Valle and David DeCoteau. They explain that, yes, it's a bad movie, but that Bava was not to blame. (The movie was taken from him and cut.) They also suggest that, yes, he may well have been a good comic director. Extras include a montage of stills, a "Trailers from Hell" episode, and trailers.

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