Before you start in about how your favorite femme was left off the list, be aware, some of my personal favorites didn't make the cut for one reason or another. Faith Domergue is fabulous, but does her role as a scientist in This Island Earth qualify her as a Babe From Beyond? Darlene Tompkins' turn as Trirene in Beyond The Time Barrier was terrific, and who can forget Dolores Faith, "The Girl From Outer Space" (as she was billed on posters) in The Phantom Planet? And what about The Astounding She Monster? Longtime B Monsterites may think we've written enough about that flimsy film already -- but they're wrong. (I love the movie for reasons only my analyst might understand, so consider this an honorable mention.) We're limited to 10, and, as the list demonstrates, "memorable" and "good" are not necessarily synonymous. That being said ...

10. Devil Girl From Mars
Holy Hannah, what a dopey movie. Lovely Hazel Court gets preferred billing, but it's Patricia Laffan as the Devil Girl who gets most of the attention, if not quality screen time. She's parked her spaceship just outside a pub in some remote part of the British Isles, strutting about in a tight, black-leather ensemble. There's not much plot here, (Mars Needs Men, if you will) but the laughable, Maytag refrigerator robot almost makes it worth sitting through.

9. Fire Maidens Of Outer Space
You'll be hard-pressed to find a science fiction film dumber than this one. Tedious, talky scenes, thoughtless editing and more padding than a Sealy Posturepedic mattress. Hammy Anthony Dexter leads a team of Brit space explorers who discover the remnants of the lost city, Atlantis, transplanted to another world. The Fire Maidens cavort to the strains of Stranger in Paradise, which almost makes enduring the rest of the film worth the price of your ticket.

8. Queen of Outer Space
No, Zsa Zsa Gabor does NOT play the Queen. That honor falls to lovely Laurie Mitchell, whose radiation-scarred face is hidden through much of the film by an ornate mask. Director Ed Bernds makes the most of recycled props and situations in detailing how the males of Venus brought about a devastating war, leaving the Queen and her minions unable to procreate. MEN!

7. Terror From the Year 5,000
This patchwork film features plot elements from a dozen other B movies, including that most overworked of scenarios, the "dystopic future." In their efforts to breach the time barrier, scientists stationed in a Florida swamp have somehow managed to transport Salome Jens from the year 5,000 right into their laps. A mutant of the post-apocalyptic future, she wears a spangled leotard and sports glittering, hypnotic fingernails. This one's a ragtag effort, but not without a certain energy.

6. Cat-Women of the Moon
How could this movie NOT make this list? Marie Windsor in the cast is reason enough. Sonny Tufts and Victor Jory in the cast are reason enough. The raggedy giant spider that appears in half the films on this list is reason enough. Add The Hollywood Cover Girls as Cat-Women, a breed of feline moon maidens who live under the Lunar surface, and you can't miss!

5. Missile to the Moon

A remake of Cat-Women of the Moon directed by our good friend, Richard Cunha! Need we say more? Well, we will, in any case. Former Warner Brothers contract player Richard Travis leads the team this time, stumbling upon rock men, a cache of diamonds and the aforementioned giant spider. Once again, it's a subterranean society that's the focus of the story, led by "The Lido" (?) as embodied by K.T. Stevens. Treachery ensues in the person of Space Patrol's Nina Bara. Toss in juvenile delinquents Tommy Cook and Gary Clarke, and you've got real entertainment.

4. World Without End
Okay, it's a tired premise, but this is my personal favorite of the "future where humans are forced by some atomic catastrophe to live underground" films. Director Ed Bernds is at the helm again, reusing a bit of this film and a bit of that one. (Watch out for that resilient spider!) Hugh Marlowe, Rod Taylor and crew have managed to mess up the space-time continuum and land in a devastated future world where mutant surface-dwellers have forced what's left of humanity below ground. Timeworn story notwithstanding, Nancy Gates and her mini-skirted handmaidens are the feature attraction.

3. The Time Machine
Rod Taylor again, plunked down in a war-ravaged future where the ghastly Morlocks have forced the innocent Eloi into a subterranean existence. Taylor, of course, is the Great White Hope of the Eloi, and eye-popping Yvette Mimieux as Weena, makes his arduous, 4,000-year trip worthwhile. This is one of George Pal's most highly regarded forays into science fiction, and it's puzzling that Mimieux never emerged as a bigger star.

2. Project Moon Base
Donna Martell is cute as a button as Colonel Breiteis (that's right, Bright Eyes) -- but perhaps that's not the kind of confidence-instilling quality you'd want in the leader of a remote Lunar outpost. Who cares? Not a whole lot happens in this flick, anyway, and anyone who can look adorable in the bargain-basement space togs this cast is forced to wear scores big points in our book. Originally slated to be a low-budget TV series (and it looks it), Moon Base runs barely an hour. The highlight is General Hayden Rorke's threat to spank Martell for insubordination!

1. Forbidden Planet
It's no contest! Altaira takes the cookie. Fetching Anne Francis dominated the Id of many an adolescent boy as the innocently alluring daughter of Walter Pigeon's Morbius. Forbidden Planet remains one the best-loved films in the genre, due in no small measure to Anne's presence. Robby is cool, the Id monster is scary, and the Krell city breathtaking, but every scene Anne is in belongs to her.

""Terror stalks! Half monster, half man!"
Giant From the Unknown

"Yesterday they were cold and dead. Today, they're hot and bothered!"
Dracula vs. Frankenstein

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The Living Head

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