T500FC, 441st: Darna Vs. The Planet Women (Armando Garces, 1975)March.15.2011
If this film created big waves when it was shown at its time and at the same time if it was chiseled as one of the local industry’s greatest then it could’ve garnered a lot of following for today beating the supposed recent local heavyweight, in this genre, Zsazsa Zaturnnah. Though the franchise is still considered a heavyweight, this film was left forgotten in the dust, thanking Crying Ladies to resurrect one of Vilma Santos’s Darna films during its own heyday in the local cinema.
I never knew that this film existed. As far as I can remember the most prolific local Darna film that starred Santos was Darna At Ding, maybe because of Nino Muhlach’s, as Ding, unforgettable performance. As said, nostalgia rose up when Crying Ladies was shown as it sort of highlighted the other Santos as Darna film, Darna And The Giants.
As the name suggests, it features a paraplegic Santos as Narda, Darna’s human counterpart, living her daily life in the province. The Planet Women came, meaning female extraterrestrials riding inside an U.F.O., and plans to take over Santos’ town, and probably planning to take over the whole country / world. Santos found out about this scheme and finds a way to fight the evil aliens and kicks their butts off of our planet.
Darna Vs. The Planet Women is the third film in the franchise where Santos was the superhero. The first two were Lipad! Darna! Lipad! and Darna And The Giants. Currently, I have three of the four Santos as Darna films, which includes the Darna At Ding film minus the Lipad! Darna! Lipad! movie. And the funny thing about this is that I am not even a Darna fan. Maybe I just enjoy the nostalgia and novelty behind it. Though I reasonably enjoy the acting in the seventies. Fairly slow and predictable but can still be digested without the help of any liquid.
With the seventies having the bombardment of local films, a movie like this can tell that this was actually immortalized and currently sold to the public meaning a few or a lot of people could’ve clamored for such film, though this point greatly contradicts to my earlier statement, my apologies. But I am sticking to my own disagreement.
It would’ve been nice if this film garnered cult status. You can really see the similarities of the villains of this film versus the villains in Zsazsa Zaturnnah. It feels that the creator of Zaturnnah took something from this fantasy film and eventually understands that he or she could’ve paid homage to this movie. Such film is a definite for the Darna fan and anyone who adores screaming drag queen outfits and such.