A and A's Movie A Day

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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.

March 17, 2010 - Posted by | daily reviews | , , ,

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