10 Sci-Fi VHS Boxes that Blew My Mind: 'Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity'


Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity 1987

Growing up, I spent a lot of time walking the aisles of various video stores, enraptured by all the flashy and trashy VHS box art.

Last time I focused on the horror movie covers and how they affected the young me. But it wasn't all "Slumber Part Massacre II" and "Ghoulies." The pinewood shelves of that mom-and-pop video rental store also offered some amazing sci-fi visions. Like their horror counterparts, the sci-fi boxes tended to advertise far more than they delivered. I wouldn't see most of them till years later, but the box art alone filled me with futuristic dreams.

So in this series, I'm running down the 10 films I remember the most, starting in 1980 and following the boxes up through 1992.

Slave Girls from Beyond Infinity (1987)

The Sell: This box promises silver-headed androids, horned monsters, a castle and bikini women with laser weapons - so it was everything I desired in middle school. But there was also an air of danger surrounding this film because the mom-and-pop video store my family went to had a backroom for all the adult movies -- and this was one of the movies that wound up on the shelf of vaguely naughty titles just outside that gateway to sleeze. So I never got to get a good look at the box since I didn't want to be seen checking out videos so close to the depravity vault.

The Reality: So this film really got a bad rap for what really amounts to some partial female nudity in a sexist but otherwise harmlessly cheesy sci-fi flick. Think "USA Up All Night" (if you're old enough to remember such things) and you're on the right track. It didn't help that Jesse Helms singled the film out on the Senate floor in 1992, but its absurdly tame by 2013 standards.

The trailer is awesome, but I can't show it here due to (barely) visible boobies. Still, look it up on YouTube when you get home.


About the Author: Robert Lamb spent his childhood reading books and staring into the woods — first in Newfoundland, Canada and then in rural Tennessee. There was also a long stretch in which he was terrified of alien abduction. He earned a degree in creative writing. He taught high school and then attended journalism school. He wrote for the smallest of small-town newspapers before finally becoming a full-time science writer and podcaster. He’s currently a senior writer at HowStuffWorks and has co-hosted the science podcast Stuff to Blow Your Mind since its inception in 2010. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling with his wife Bonnie, discussing dinosaurs with his son Bastian and crafting the occasional work of fiction.