A double bill of trashy cinematic fun inspired by the adventurous programming of the Scala Cinema Club (1978-1993).
FLESH GORDON (1974) dir Michael Benveniste and Howard Ziehm, starring Jason Williams, Suzanne Fields, Joseph Hudgins. A rare chance to see on the big screen this 1970s smutty parody based (very loosely) on the cinema serial Flash Gordon (1936). Emperor Wang (The Perverted) is leader of the planet Porno, and sends his mighty “Sex Ray” towards Earth, turning Earthlings into sex-mad fiends. Only one man can save the Earth, football player and non-actor Flesh Gordon. Along with his girlfriend Dale Ardent and Professor Flexi-Jerkoff, he sets off towards the source of the Sex Ray, unaware of the perils that face them all!
Flesh Gordon enthusiastically blends the banal soft-core porn of the Seventies with the hackneyed film story lines of the Thirties. The sex takes the hackney out of the story, and the story takes the banality out of the sex scenes. Watch for surprisingly good Ray Harryhausen-style stop-motion monsters; lovingly-recreated scenes from the original serials; a generous helping of campy pantomime-style fun; very silly dialogue … oh and lots of gratuitous nudity. Not a film for prudes!
I WAS A TEENAGE FRANKENSTEIN (1957) dir Herbert L. Strock, starring Whit Bissell, Phyllis Coates, Robert Burton. A drive-in classic from the Fifties, with university lecturer/mad scientist Professor Frankenstein (who happens to have an alligator pit under his house) stealing body parts of dead athletes from the wreckage of a crashed airplane so that he can assemble a hunky male monster with a hideously disfigured face. Of course the monster goes on a killing spree. Shock! or should that read Schlock….. “Immensely silly but enjoyable piece of hokum, with a classic title, a serious performance against the odds by Whit Bissell…” Alan Frank, The Horror Film Handbook
Both films will be screened from original 35mm prints, and there also will be a supporting programme of quirky cinematic surprises.