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Liquid Sky
(1982)
Reviewed by Steven Dixon
Rating: 10 Beans

any people have their own personal bad movie. It grates on them years after they first saw it. That is what happened to me and Liquid Sky.
Liquid Sky is a strange amalgamation of punk, sci-fi, and drug-induced weirdness. Anne Carlise stars as Margaret, a face-painted heroin addict who apparently can't say no. She also gets to play adrogynous male model Jimmy.(talk about confused sexuality!)

An alien space craft lands on Margaret's roof, searching for heroin. However, they soon decide that feeding on orgasming people is much tastier. She lives there with Adrian(Paula E Sheppard), her beatnik lesbian lover, who sings some song about her rhythm box. Speaking of the music, it starts out as very annoying and goes downhill from there. All the music is synthesized, and after a while it just grates. Apparently nobody likes Margaret, since throughout the film she's called every filthy name the writers could think of. Somehow she's invited to do a photo shoot with Jimmy the following night, which she agrees to do.

Enter Johann(Otto von Wernherr), a German scientist who is tracking the aliens with his handy-dandy high-tech telescope. He spends the movie trying to warn Adrian and Margaret of danger, or being hit on by shrimp-obsessed Katherine(Elain Grove), who happens to be Jimmy's mom. He fails miserably on his mission, and when people start jumping Margaret's bones(she just lets them), they end up dead with huge crystal spikes in their heads. Later on in the movie they just vanish in front of her. She eventually thinks that whoever has sex with her will die, so she decides to take revenge on all the guys who've messed with her.

At the photo shoot people egg her into having sex with Jimmy. So she has sex with herself(?) and lo and behold, Jimmy disappears. People freak out, then Adrian decides to have sex with her herself. Amazingly enough, Adrian disappears too! She then goes off to a club to exact her revenge on a drug-dealing tv star who pseudo-raped her(she just kinda let him, too) and he vanishes as well. She heads home, and Johann tries to warn her about the aliens. For some reason she stabs him and gets beamed up by the spaceship as it takes off.

I thought that after all these years that I might be able to understand Liquid Sky. Unfortunately, the second viewing solidified my pure dread for the movie. The plot is extremely disjointed, and the first half hour has a serious "huh?" quotient. Many people lovingly hate "Plan 9". Many people lovingly hate "Manos". I, however, hate Liquid Sky.






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