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Movie 17 – Amazon Women on the Moon

Amazon Women on the Moon – March 17, 2010

Much like last night’s Kentucky Fried Movie, tonight’s is a channel flip movie. But where last night’s was so very obviously from the 1970s, Amazon Women on the Moon is pure 1980s. The first sketch stars Arsenio Hall! It’s lacking a little something in the way of the charm of Kentucky Fried Movie, but it’s still got breasts. As Andy has pointed out, you can tell when implants got popular.

The fun part about this one for me is that the central “movie” is a parody of old 1950s sci-fi adventures, and thanks to MST3K, we own and have seen several of those. I love them. They’re so horrible and yet so awesome at the same time. This one definitely has the combined feel of Firemaidens from Outerspace and the Rocky Jones serials, with the soundtrack from This Island Earth. Anyhow, one of the things about this one that’s a little different is how they’ve presented the movie within the movie. It has interruptions for ads and other sketches, often complete with channel switch static and noise, then comes back with an apology for the interruption. It’s made to look like an entire reel is missing mid-film. The point behind it is for “realism” but while the laconic announcer and still title cards do make me nostalgic for channel 56’s Movie Loft from my childhood, it just isn’t as much fun to me as the set-up in Kentucky Fried Movie.

Still, there are some great sketches. Like “Bullshit or Not?” A Ripley’s Believe It or Not parody with Henry Silva, who asks at the end “Did I just take this job for a quick buck?” Also a favorite is “Video Pirates”, which is still relevant, even if it’s DVDs now, not videocassettes and laserdiscs and oh my god, betamax. Really, it does have some fantastic bits, but it’s not quite as quotable as Kentucky Fried Movie is. I’ll think of the “I’m soooo scaaaaared!” bit from “Video Pirates” when I see an FBI warning, and we can’t say the title normally, we have to say it in the cadence of the announcer in the movie. But compared to last night when every other line had me laughing and wanting to quote it, it’s just not the same.

One thing I do love about this that gives it an edge is the post-credits extra: Reckless Youth. It’s a parody of a health/informational short films like the ones MST3K did and Rifftrax does now. It stars Carrie Fisher as a poor young woman who contracts “a social disease” while partying in New York. The tone is so spot on, it cracks me up. Having seen a ton of educational shorts, I’m always up for a good parody of them.

So yeah, overall? It’s a fun movie, much in the same vein of Kentucky Fried Movie (and there are some callbacks to it, like Samuel L. Bronkowitz showing up twice in Amazon Women), but it’s not quite as good.

Tomorrow we move on to a channel flip movie with a plot! Weird Al’s UHF.

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Amazon Women on the Moon

March 17, 2010

Amazon Women on the Moon

We follow up on Kentucky Fried Movie with its spiritual successor Amazon Women on the Moon.  It’s not really a sequel (it’s not a Abraham and Zucker film, indeed I don’t believe many of the team from yesterday’s movie were involved) but it shares the sketch comedy format and the risque sense of humor.  Indeed the central film spoof in today’s movie (a sci-fi fifties movie heavily influenced by such films as Fire Maidens from Outer Space) is credited as a Samuel L. Bronkowitz production.

We’re definitely in the eighties today.  The hair!  The cars!  The plastic boobs!

Two things set this movie aside from its predecessor.  One is the much higher level of star caliber.  Practically every sketch has some big eighties star.  Arseneo Hall, B.B. King, Steve Guttenberg, Michelle Pfeiffer.  Andrew Dice Clay!  It’s the eighties!  The list of big names goes on and on.  The other big difference is that this movie is slightly more cohesive.  It has running gags that go from sketch to sketch and call-backs to bits from much earlier in the movie.

I feel like I’m not doing a great job reviewing the movie because I’m so caught up in watching it.  Really, it is full of very funny moments.  Things like Don “No Soul” Simmons and the Son of the Invisible Man.  And the spoofs have such a sense of respect for their source material.  Things like using incidental music from This Island Earth.  All the studio logos (Universal International and such.)

And once again I must advise you not to turn the movie off before the credits end, or you’ll miss the very strange Paul Bartel and Carrie Fisher!  (Makes me think.. we don’t own Eating Raoul.  Should see about fixing that.)

Also: wow that was a short movie.  Clearly this film was a symptom of the success of the home video market.  It has several references to videocasettes and rentals.  I’m guessing it had barely any theatrical release but did gobs of business in the rental stores of the day.

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