The Wild World of Batwoman (1966)

In 1966, thanks to the TV show, Bat-Mania was sweeping the country. So Jerry Warren decided to make his own movie, ignorant of things like copyright law and good taste. Soon enough, he’d be sued for copyright infringement and this movie got an even better title: She Was a Hippy Vampire. The funny thing is, Warren won the case and still re-released this movie with a different name.

Jerry reached out to one of his favorite leading ladies for the film, Katherine Victor.

She turned him down.

Yes, even the star of Mesa of Lost Women, Teenage Zombies, Creature of the Walking Dead, House of the Black Death, Frankenstein Island and The Cape Canaveral Monsters knew a turd when she saw one.

In Fred Olen Ray’s book The New Poverty Row: Independent Filmmakers as Distributors, Victor said that Warren promised her “large production values, color photography and her own Bat Boat.”

Of course, none of that came true.

She still played Bat Woman in this, even if she had to make her own costume.

Our heroine has several young and lithe Batgirls helping her battle the forces of Rat Fink over an atomic hearing aid. The weapon of Rat Fink’s choice? Bowls of soup with drugs in them.

That’s it. That’s the movie.

For the monsters, Warren just ripped off footage from The Mole People and the 1959 Swedish film No Time to Kill. No, really.

Bruno Ve Sota, who directed Female Jungle, The Brain Eaters and Invasion of the Star Creatures — he also shows up in around fifteen Roger Corman movies like Attack of the Giant Leeches — is in here. Plus, Bob Arbogast — who wrote the shortest-lived TV show ever, Turn-On, has a cameo.

You can watch the Mystery Science Theater 3000 version of this on Tubi. Trust me, you’re going to need the help.

4 thoughts on “The Wild World of Batwoman (1966)

  1. How did you like the Fred Olen Ray book you cited? Before I hunt a copy down on Ebay, would love to know a bit more about it, and if it covers more than just the better known names like Warren and Corman.

    I tried to watch “Wild, Wild World Of Batwoman” without my MST3k robot friends once. Do not recommend.

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  2. I never read it myself. The lame library doesn’t carry it, and never came across it at Barnes & Noble either. Sam, who runs this site, wrote this review. I’ll have to see if he has it.

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