US: 111 min • Universal • DVD & Blu-ray
Is Flash Gordon the embodiment of camp? Why are there many hawkmen but no hawkwomen?
Flash Gordon earns Camp Wings from its very first frames. The camera zeros in on a dodgy papier-mâché model of the Earth, and then the hands of Ming the Merciless (played by Max von Sydow) appear sporting serious Bling. He starts his destruction of Earth – a planet he’s never heard of, even though he has a button labelled ‘Earth Quake’ on his Armageddon Console …