Jeez, where to begin with this one. Quite frankly, I’m embarrassed as heck to admit I paid $7.50 to see this. Yeah, I know … it’s a cult classic … it’s camp. Normally, I could appreciate that argument.
To my credit, I’ve only seen the movie once before, a long long time ago. Dunno why I didn’t learn my lesson then. But this year’s Midnite Movie series at Landmark River Oaks is a little wanting, so maybe I just settled for a lesser movie this year.
For what it’s worth, there are several interesting appearances in this movie. One “non” appearance is an uncredited voice-over of a claymation monster … done by Coach’s Craig T. Nelson. My personal favorite, though … Grampa Kaniski from “Gimme A Break” as Professor Gordon.
Not surprisingly, the character portraying one Flexi Jerkoff went on to do … um … nothing. Yep, that’s the effect that doing a soft porn flick in the early 70s will have on you. The guy who played the arch-villian went on to such acclaim as performing in Critters 3. Yeah, there ya go.
What sets this movie apart is the special effects. By today’s standards, the effects seen are hideously laughable. Yet a gaggle of effects people went on to far superior acclaim in later ventures. Gregory Jein … only went on to do multiple Star Wars and Star Trek features, as well as becoming the cheif model maker on Close Encounters. Special Effects guru Dave Allen … Twighlight Zone, Ghostbusters II, Honey I Shrunk the Kids. Want a REAL curious contribution? How about Rob Maine. He did stop motion animation in FG … he also started out with the same task for Davey & Goliath. If you’ll recall, that was a campy Christian claymation show. Perhaps that explains why Maine went uncredited in the movie. Rick Baker appears to win the Lengthiest Resume Award among FG alumni. Bottom line, the behind-the-scenes people went on to bigger and better things and FG serves as the forerunner to much of the special effects that we see today.
So what to make of all this? Well, I would still like a refund for 2 hours of my life I’ll never get back, but I at least have earned the pleasure of (should I ever hobnob with any of the aforementioned celebrities) being able to say: “Oh yeah, I saw that movie!” Time to start booking those cocktail parties now so I can get that out of the way. If you’re reading this and trying to make up your mind if its worth watching … all I can say is, maybe if you’re really interested in seeing a bit of movie history. Don’t expect to be the least bit titillated by the X rating or wowed by the “acting,” though. Outside of that, make up your own damned mind.