Well, back to the normal daily grind we go. I hope everyone had a good holiday weekend, at least those of you in the states. Mine was good, with some hanging out with friends and family a good portion of the weekend, then lazed about watching movies and playing video games the rest of the time. Now today’s movie is another classic movie from the Sci-Fi Classics box set and, just like White Pongo, I don’t have any idea why it is in here. Again, there is no hint of science fiction to be found in this movie; if anything, it might fit more in the fantasy category. But, I always felt like some of these box sets from Mills Creek were interested more in filling out the set with movies that fell under public domain, rather than make sure they all fit into the proposed category. That’s why we have a bunch of Hercules movies in here as well. Oh well, enough griping over my issues with the set and let’s move on to today’s movie, The Wild Women Of Wongo.
The plot: The voice of Mother Nature can be heard, talking about how she, along with Father Time, helped create everything around them. She then mentions an experiment they had with the human race; where on the island of Wongo, all of the women were beautiful while the men where brutes and on the neighboring island of Goona, all of the men were beautiful while the women were…not, and both tribes were unaware of the other’s existence. One day, King of Wongo travels to the Temple of the Dragon God to speak with the priestess to ask the gods blessings in the women’s decision to mate. The priestess takes him to see the great dragon (a crocodile) and the priestess listens to it’s hissing, then sends the king on his way after delivering it’s message. Some time later, as the women of Wongo are going about with their chores, the men return from hunting/fishing and the king comments to his daughter, Omoo, that one of the men, Gahbo, will attempt to buy her hand in marriage that day. As the men carry the food into the village, Gahbo approaches Omoo and her friend and drops his catch in front of them but before he can say anything, their lookouts notice a stranger approaching in a canoe. The king orders all of the women and children to get in the huts while he and his men ready their spears, but the king sees that the stranger carries the “wing of the white bird of peace”. As the stranger approaches, the women all stare at him from their huts and become attracted to him, which causes Gahbo to become jealous. The stranger approaches the king and his council and says he is Engor, the son of the king of Goona, and asks to relay a message to the king of Wongo. Inviting Engor to sit, the king calls out for food to be brought and Omoo and friend Mona argue over who will bring it to Engor, but Omoo ends up winning. Engor says his father has fear, as strange men are bringing war to their island. Before he can say anything else, Omoo arrives with the food and Engor finds himself transfixd by her beauty, saying she does not look like the girls from Goona. After the king dismisses Omoo, he asks Engor to continue and Engor tells him of the ape-men that come from the sea at night to attack their island, leaving many dead. The king of Wongo is skeptical, as he has never heard or seen the ape-men before but Engor insists they are real and will soon defeat Goona and then attack Wongo. His father asks that the king of Wongo and his men come to Goona, as together they could defeat the ape-men. Gahbo mocks Engor’s appearance and the king chastises Gahbo for his words, then tells Engor that he and his council will think on the situation. The king then tells Gahbo to take Engor to the hut where the young men sleep, warning that if any harm befalls him, he will be punished and Gahbo reluctantly agrees. As the people begin to disperse, Omoo and her friend discuss Engor and Omoo says she is considering a way to keep him there, though it would anger the Dragon God. Meanwhile, the king’s council feel like this is a trick by the Goona people to capture the Wongo women, as they have noticed how the women all have begun acting with the arrival of the prince. The king agrees that they should not go but when the council argues that they can’t let him leave or else the women will follow after him, they make plans to kill him in the morning while the women are at the temple. When the king returns to his hut, Omoo speaks with him and learning that Engor is the son of a king, she asks her father if she could be given to him but the king grows angry and yells at her to get in the hut, as what she asked would anger the gods. Later, Gahbo’s father approaches the king and gives him a sack full of shells as a dowry and the king accepts it. Gahbo’s father then asks that Gahbo be the one to kill Engor and the king agrees, unaware that Omoo has overheard them. That night, Omoo sneaks out of her hut and meets up with Engor, and they head into the jungle. Once there, they talk briefly about the differences in their tribes and Omoo warns him of the plot to kill him before they begin kissing. The next morning, the king leads the village in a prayer to the dragon god when Engor approaches and asks the king’s answer. The king says they will not leave Wongo and Engor goes to depart when Gahbo charges at him with his spear. Meanwhile, Omoo had told the women about the plot to kill Engor and, agreeing to help Omoo, they all rush at Gahbo, distracting him enough to allow Engor to escape. During the struggle, the totem for the Dragon God was knocked over and the king says that the women have insulted the gods. He then banishes the women into the jungle until the Dragon God has received blood as payment for the insult. Meanwhile, Engor returns home to his Goona and after speaking to his father, he begins telling the Goona men about the women of Wongo, which causes the Goona women to become jealous. Back on Wongo, Omoo and the other women arrive at the temple and the priestess makes them perform a ceremony before sending them out of the temple. Later, some of the women decide to go swimming in the nearby river when a crocodile starts swimming towards him, the women all scream but Omoo, who was supposed to be the one to wait for the god, swims towards it and begins fighting the crocodile. On shore, Omoo’s friend Mona wants to help her but she is held back by Ahtee and some of the other women, while Ahtee argues she hopes Omoo is chosen so they can return to the village. Omoo manages to survive the crocodile’s attack, drowning it in the river, and when she returns to shore, Ahtee argues with her about displeasing the gods but Omoo counters that if it was a god, it would have come killed her or all of them if it wanted. As the nights pass and all of the women take their respective turns, none of them are chosen. When it is Mona’s turn to wait again, Omoo walks with her and tells her that if she shouts out, she will come help. As Mona waits, two of the ape-men appear and attempt to grab her but she is able to briefly scream out before they silence her again. Omoo and the other women hear her scream and go rushing out to help, forcing the ape-men back to the water, where a pair of crocodiles kill them. Realizing that the ape-men Engor warned them about had attacked Wongo, the women want to return and Omoo says they are free to return, as the gods have had the blood of the ape-men, but one of the women, Wana, says they should wait until daylight, as she remembered Engor’s words about the ape-men attacking in the dark. The next day, the women return to the village to find no sign of the men anywhere save for one of the king’s council, who is mortally wounded and dies shortly after they arrive. Some time later, Ahtee returns to the village, abandoning her watch at the stream, and she argues with Wana, claiming that Omoo isn’t the boss and she is free to do what she wants. Wana and Ahtee begin fighting but it is eventually broken up by Omoo and Mona. After hearing what the fight was about, Omoo agrees that they shouldn’t stay in a village with no men around and die alone and decides that they should head south to Goona. Some time later, Gahbo and the young hunters arrive at the village and find it empty and believe the women, whom they had searched for, were taken by the ape-men. Gahbo wants to stay there but some of the men say they should take their chances going to Goona and Gahbo reluctantly agrees. Meanwhile, on Goona, Engor and the other young men are sent out on a ritual where they go into the jungle for one month without weapons and when they return, the women shall choose their mates. Omoo and the other women reach Goona and encounter the Goona women but when Omoo approaches them, the women tell her to leave, as they have heard of the Wongo women. When Mona and the others appear, the Goona women think they have come to attack them and they quickly run. Meanwhile, Gahbo and the Wongo men appear on the island and as they scout around, they find the Goona women, who lead them back to their village. Elsewhere, Omoo and the women find Engor and another Goona man in the river and as Omoo talks with Engor, they learn that all of the young men are in the jungle without weapons. Omoo and the women realize that they can use that to their advantage and quickly capture Engor and the other man, then proceed to hunt down the rest of the men, so that each of the women has a prospective mate. The women then take the men to the Dragon temple to be presented as their mates and the priestess demands that the be released from their bindings. As Omoo and the women free the men, the priestess suddenly says that spears are approaching the temple and the men quickly grab the Wongo women’s spears and make for the entrance, only to see that it is Gahbo and the Wongo men, presenting the Goona women to be their brides. When the priestess asks Gahbo about the arrangement his father made for him to marry Omoo, Engor speaks up and says that Omoo is to be his mate. A hissing sound is heard from below the temple and the priestess happily says that the gods have spoken and approve the match ups.
Holy crap, this is such a crappy movie that it is funny to watch. The acting was absolutely craptacular, completely wooden and lacking almost any emotion at times. The dialogue was also terrible and simply cries out to be mocked and laughed at. The story honestly was pretty weird, a little sexist in a way in the way the Wongo men treat the women, as well as having a somewhat fable type feel to it in how the movie resolves, with the men and women ending up mating with the men and women of the opposite island. There wasn’t much in the way of special effects and a lot of the action was limited to when the ape-men tried to grab Mona and the women capturing the Goona men. I will say that I thought the fight between Omoo and the crocodile was a pretty good fight scene. All told, this is a terrible movie, but it is definitely something that can be fun to watch because it is so laughably bad.
Rating: 1 1/2 out of 5