The Wild World Of Batwoman
(a.k.a She Was a Hippie
Cast: Katherine Victor, George Andre, Steve Brodie
"Give her another happy pill."
WHAT THE F**K?!?!?! This movie was just as insane this
second time around
I watched it! It's hysterical, and there's never been anything like it
before or since.
Yes, I laughed long and hard at this movie. But not in
the way producer/director
Warren intended. It's intended as a comedy, but the material and
is funny for reasons that Warren never intended! There's a saying that
there's nothing good about a comedy that doesn't work - well, I think
should take a look at this beauty.
I'm not sure when this movie was made. My reference
books list it as
1965 or 1966. If it was the latter, then it could very well have been
I think is a strong possibility - a lampoon of the Batman
TV show which started in January of that year. Yes, a lampoon of a
Reminds me of the time that Cracked magazine did a parody of
second Naked Gun movie, though that wasn't very
(has Cracked ever been?)
DC Comics wasn't very amused by this movie, and sued
Warren for copyright
infringement. So he changed the title to She Was a Hippy Vampire
added a new scene before the credits, showing an initiation ceremony
the participants having to drink glasses of blood. But don't worry -
of the girls explains the blood is actually, "mint, cherry, and
After the credits, we witness a nighttime mugging, with
the victim getting
shot. A few feet away two "Batgirls" are hiding behind some garbage
- How did they get there? How come they are not seen? - and report the
incident on their wrist bracelet radios to Batwoman. Not really bad so
far, except for the fact that this incident is never resolved or
referred to again in the rest of the movie!!!
Cut to a nightclub, where we watch several minutes of
Two shifty men named Bruno and Tiger slip an early prototype date-rape
drug into an attractive woman's drink, and they both casually pick her
up and walk out of the club in front of everyone after she goes
several seconds later. When she wakes up in their car, they tell her
they know she is one of the Batgirls, and plan to use her to force a
with her leader, Batwoman.
So who is this Batwoman? We soon see her listening to
the threesome's conversation
on her radio set via the girl's radio wrist. Quite an unconventional
heroine; a black bat tattooed above her bosom, wearing what appears to
be a black teddy, dark pantyhose, black party mask, black peacock
on her head, and black gloves. Oh yes, and a ring with a diamond about
the size of a ping-pong ball.
Batwoman eventually meets with the kidnappers at their
kidnappers work under a Dr. Neon, a very mad scientist with a wavering
German accent, and his hunchback assistant Heathcliff. The kidnapped
has been forced to take "happy pills" which make her go-go dance
Dr. Neon tries to slip Batwoman a pill in her drink, but Batwoman pulls
her own switch on the doctor when they are having a teleconference with
Dr. Neon's masked boss Ratfink. In a hysterical scene which can't be
described (you'll have to see it for yourself), the doctor begins go-go
dancing all over the lab, prompting Batwoman to start a fire and riot,
making cover for their escape.
The bad guys desire a hearing aid that, when combined
with cobalt, will
create an atomic bomb, so Batwoman arranges with the hearing aid owners
(after her organ recital and bikini meeting) the safekeeping of the
aid at her secret hideout. But Dr. Neon and his goons slap on some
bogus beards and serve some happy-pilled soup for Batwoman and the
While everyone is go-go dancing, the bad guys....the scene ends here.
It's a big blow for Batwoman (if we assume the
hearing-aid was stolen),
so she holds a sťance with the owners of the aid to call the spirits
help. They manage to call a slow-talking voice who promises to help.
they ask the spirit where the villains are hiding, we suddenly hear
CHONG GOLIGODO CHANG CHUNG WHOHHHHH...." Oops! The spirit lines were
Batwoman tries to clear the lines, but she keeps hearing the Chinese
utter more incredibly bogus Chinese-sounding noises. "Would you please
leave the channel free?" she asks. But it's too late, and the
is cut. What was the point of this scene - to include some cheap racial
humor? It's the one sour scene in the movie.
Batwoman and the Batgirls hit the beach to search for
secret lair and for some more go-go dancing and surf instrumentals.
the way, Ratfink manages to capture some of the girls (with almost no
a secret underground city infested with monsters is revealed (which
to be footage stolen from 1956's The Mole People),
to a heart-pounding climatic battle/riot with Dr. Neon, the goons,
and Ratfink's clones. As a special treat, this climax also features
of the worst editing you'll ever seen. Everything ends happily, with
Neon, Heathcliff, and a reformed goon invited to the
There's nothing else I can say about a movie like this.
You either buy
into it, or you turn up your head and watch a Canadian art movie
concerning sexual perversion. Though since you came to this page, I
doubt very much
that you're in the latter. At 70 minutes, this trim number delivers a
more laughs than many legitimate comedies. And since Warden managed to
do the impossible task of delivering an amusing lampoon of a lampoon,
we shouldn't be so quick to mock his direction skills.
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