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LIQUID SKY - Skull
Rated R
Copyright 1982 Z Films Inc.
Reviewed by Andrew Borntreger on 'a long time ago'

The Characters:  

  • Margaret - Freaky fashion model. It's her sexual partners that the aliens kill off. Vaporized in the end.
  • Adrian - Another psycho woman and Margaret's lover. She likes to make up songs about everything and they're none to easy on he ears. Dissolved by the aliens.
  • Jimmy - Supposedly a dude (Played by the same girl as Margaret actually.) who hates Margaret. Dissolved by the aliens.
  • Johann - German scientist who has been studying the aliens. Stabbed by Margaret.
  • Sylvia - Jimmy's undersexed mom.
  • Owen - Margaret's old professor who has spent some time in the sack with her. Has a glass pipette stuck through his head.
  • Paul - Heroin addict. Gets the old glass pipette through the head then dissolves.
  • The Aliens - Little guys who look like irritated eyeballs, they feed on heroin and a chemical produced in the human brain during orgasm.

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The Plot: 

Few movies are specifically tailored for appeal to those on controlled substances, here's one film though. Heralded as a great work in science fiction and so on... ...well, my ass. There is no damn way this thing sits alongside Alien, Bladerunner, or The Thing. What you have is a great number of lifeless and disturbed people having sex with Margaret then dying. Aliens come to Earth looking for heroin but find that the chemicals produced by human brains during orgasm are even better. So they park their flying saucer, it's about two feet wide, on top Margaret's apartment and begin killing everyone who has sex with her. Then we have a barely understandable German scientist who is studying the aliens, at least he describes the plot to us. Throw in a crazy girlfriend and a few other weirdos to fill gaps. Margaret finally goes completely bonkers, it's difficult to find that special someone when everybody you sleep with dies, and gets vaporized. In addition, her face is always covered with smudged makeup, probably to disguise that the actress played Jimmy as well. My main problem with this movie wasn't that there are aliens. Nor that these aliens were after heroin or human brains. You just have all these dysfunctional relationships between the characters and nobody ever goes postal. Even talking to most of these people would be like getting beaten in the head with a sock full of quarters.

Things I Learned From This Movie: 

  • Aliens are best represented by something which belongs in an eyedrop ad.
  • Microphones make handy stethoscopes.
  • Philosophy is less convincing when dispensed by a heroin addict.
  • Telescopes are equipped with crosshairs. (Shoot the moon you say?)
  • Some women take pride in being told they dress like a hooker.
  • Junkies often mistake German scientists for police officers.
  • The brain produces a chemical that tastes just like heroin during orgasm.
  • Having your toes stomped doesn't hurt.
  • A dozen people screaming at you to have an orgasm can be distracting.
  • Don't have sex with someone if their partners mysteriously dissolve.

Stuff To Watch For: 

  • 3 mins - Is that a flying saucer or two light covers?
  • 8 mins - RANDOM ACT OF VIOLENCE AGAINST SHOES!
  • 11 mins - Hey Adrian, shut the hell up! Do you make enough money to eat singing like that?
  • 24 mins - What sort of goofy alien tracking telescope is that?
  • 26 mins - Whoa! The "C" word! And I don't mean communist, try "see you next Tuesday." (Think about it.)
  • 44 mins - Glass pippette through the brain huh? Yeah, we get that around here.
  • 48 mins - Any particular reason you're sitting on a dead man's face Adrian?
  • 58 mins - She's half your size Johann, kick her ass - good grief.
  • 63 mins - Another guy died on top of you Margaret? Maybe you should get that thing checked.
  • 84 mins - Why are you all looking for the body? You watched the um, guy I think, dissolve.

 Audio clips in wav formatSOUNDSStarving actors speak out 

FileDialog
Green Music Note liquidsky1.wav Margaret: "Whether or not I like someone doesn't depend on what kind of genitals they have."
Green Music Note liquidsky2.wav Adrian: "Margaret is an uptight WASP c**t (Word bleeped here, even I don't throw this one around.) from Connecticut."
Green Music Note liquidsky3.wav Johann: "The most interesting fact we've found, these killings occured during sexual intercourse."
Green Music Note liquidsky4.wav Johann explaining to Margaret about aliens, heroin, and orgasms.
Green Music NoteTheme Song Listen to a clip from the soundtrack.

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Video Clipliquidsky1.mpg - 1.6m
Owen and Margaret were going to town when he became more lifeless than normal. Why does having a probe stuck into your brain kill you anyway? Wouldn't it just give some people a lobotomy?

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Liquid Sky
Reply #17. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Honest Annihilator
OK, not a great film, I can certainly understand why someone wouldn't like it.  Nevertheless, if you have the patience, is an atmosphere that is truly creepy - not creepy as in 'there is a big slime covered monster waiting to jump out from behind a bush' creepy, but 'the universe is fundamentally out of whack' creepy.  And if you get into it, the soundtrack is kind of neat.

That the aliens are tiny is a neat idea - and that they are never really seen or explained in any way.  (As Gregory Benford once said: the thing about aliens is, they're aliens). And the scientist character was wonderful - we should all be so calm in the face of insanity.  

In sum: not a great movie, but not really bad like Megaforce or Spacehunter bad...  Parts of the movie (can) capture a mood that few other sci-fi movies have.
Liquid Sky
Reply #18. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Holly
OK. . where is Anne Carlisle now?  She did Desperately Seeking Susan, Perfect Strangers, and Crocodile Dundee II, but I WANT TO KNOW, WHAT IS SHE DOING NOW? I can't seem to find ANYTHING on her except freaking naked pictures on the net. .  .  but anyway, this film is a must-see especially for aspiring cinematographers. . . what an eclectic variety of brain candy!!!!  
Liquid Sky
Reply #19. Posted on February 16, 2001, 10:46:37 PM by Kal
   This movie just had an odd way of staying with me. I really liked it a lot. Far more intruiging than your average hollywood lameness. and NO, that was NOT darryl Hannah. I watched it again and found myself wondering whatever happened to Anne Carlisle. Anyone know?
Liquid Sky
Reply #20. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Peter Lang
I will definitely write a more extensive comment when i got more time. Unfortunately, the different reviews are not dated - so I have no idea whether they are 2 months or 10 years old.

Just wanted to mention that i first saw this film in 1984 and watched it at least 20 times since then. One of my absolute favourites!!

As to the different ppl here who destroyed the movie: Read the comment from wobbly lettuce (Emperor Zorg) above - there is nothing to add.

I found this site by accident and just cant fight the goosebumps.

The movie was part of my youth. I watched it in different states of mind and have to admit that it is much better on dope than on mineral water. ;-) Nevertheless its DEFINITELY not a bad movie. Keep in mind the budget and  the spirit of the 80s when reviewing this film.

The fairlight soundtrack is superb and i did also very much like "Me and my rhythm box". I still listen to the soundtrack in my car from time to time

Many thanks to the poster "Margaret" who once again reminded my of this fantastic scene. Again goosebumps, when i remind the scene when they show the different pictures in Margarets life, together with this weird fairlight music.

BTW: Ive seen Anne Carlisle in a miami vice episode. Just for those who didnt know.

GREAT MOVIE.

PS: Can anybody tell me where I can get it on DVD?
Liquid Sky
Reply #21. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Rusty
I saw this when it came out in the theaters. When it came out, Siouxie of the Banshees looked like them.  The art crowd who listened to "new wave" and punk looked like them.  It was a time-appropriate film.  I still own the soundtrack on vinyl and want it on CD.  Do not overanalyze - simply be satisfied with your reaction.  If you get a strong reaction, positive or negative, the film was effective.
Liquid Sky
Reply #22. Posted on March 28, 2005, 03:40:32 PM by Paul
I saw this movie at the Waverly in Greenwich Village.It had the longest run of any movie ever shown at the Waverly. Need any more be said.
Liquid Sky
Reply #23. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Chris
Wow, thats some heated debate on this film. Alas I have not seen it though it seems from the comments above that indeed I must locate the film in whatever form of media available and watch it to see what all the fuss is about.

The only reason I show interest in the film in the first place is that its suggested as a "Cyber-punk" genre film. I hate spoon feeder s**tty , "big dollar" , strangle the creative juices of your director or writter films and it would seem from the comments that this is the opposite.

If anyone reads this post and shares an interest in cult-cyberpunk-off the wall-different genre films then feel free to email me for a chat about em , my horizons need some broadening.

Chris -England-

PS- Has anyone found a film yet that doesn't have a love theme in it. If so please email me.

 
Liquid Sky
Reply #24. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Kornopolous
There are many works of art that envoke great passion;  Stravkinskys Rite of Spring.  The priemer in Paris, 1911 stirred a riot!  Both sides doing much to convice the other is wrong.   Late in the 20th century, we have Liquid Sky.   I love everything about it;  the "acting", the dialouge, the sets, the costumes, the aliens and... the MUSIC!!  Yes, its irritating, but if you know thats what its supposd to be.  Not everyone has an ear for Brittney spears.  Nor does everyone have an ear for this caliope induced, restoration attachment, "new wwave" sound that Slava Tsukerman lovingly titled: the score.    

If anyone out there kmnows where it is... PLEAse... HELP ME.
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