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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 #25. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Bill the Persecutor
There is obviously a fine line between fantasy and reality, and what ever side of this line I am currently standing on, Liquid Sky is on the other.  Frankly, I didn't imagine the victims were vaporized as much as they were turned into imploding piles of aluminum foil, and it seemed more like Maragaret was hit by the ufo's "Interpretive Dance Beam" than its "Kill Freaky New Waver Chick Beam". Face it, this movie is bad.  No, really, it's bad.  Seriously.  Bad. Bad, bad bad.  It deserves its one Drop o' Goo.  It fits right into this website's line up. This. Movie. Is. Bad.  It is overdramatized, underbudgeted, and intensely monotonous.  The only reason I watched it all the way through was just to see how bad it got (which was pretty damned bad).  Oh, I admit there were plenty of artistic/philosohpical/socio-political statements made by different aspects of this film.  For example, the strong presence of sex, drugs, and horrible arrhythmic yodelling, the strange metaphor of an actress having sex with herself in third person, the goofy double entendre of "Me and My Rhythm Box", the oh-so-awful peer pressure and conflicting class issue moments, etc, etc.  But then again, I find more sense in it when I come to realize that this movie is, in fact, BAD.
Liquid Sky
Reply #26. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Anonymous
Obviously the most memorable line from this movie is "I kill with my c**t". Where are all my teachers? They are all dead. I killed them.

Think about when this movie was made -- 1983 -- right at the time AIDS/HIV was silently 'invading' America. I have no idea what the message or intent of the writers or producers were of this script/movie, but it is none the less prophetic in the regard that drugs (especially heroin needle sharing)/homosexuality/promescuity in the 1980's was in fact a catalyst for the invasion of tiny foreign 'creatures' (sexually transmitted virus) in America that has killed thousands and infected millions world wide (and is still rampantly invading our planet). In fact, many people are in fact 'killing with their c**ts' (transmitting leathal virus through sex).

This movie is very interesting in many regards. 1) It isn't the typical hollywood drivel that passes as culture in America. 2) Interesting post 60's psychedelic visuals that have more impressionistic interest than many of the high tech computer animated visuals of current films. 3) Some interesting synthesized music (although some of the music is truly abrasive beyond tolerance -- but wasn't the intent of the movie to be somewhat abrasive and mocking?). 4) Salient messages about the alienation of american youth in the 80's whose dreams were shattered by sex/drugs and a self-destructive sub-culture (incidentally this would be about the time that BUSH the current President was doing Coccaine by his own admission - or more precisely by his lack of denial of having done Coccaine). 5) It is a film made by people presumably trying to make 'art' as opposed to hollywood producers trying to make a buck (I can think of a dozen movies made the last few years by respected hollywood actors that are far less interesting and tolerable than this movie).

I find there to be several interesting themes and messages in this movie, and quite frankly those messages are social in nature and have little to do with science fiction per se. Although the little science fiction in this movie is no less lame than a typical star trek movie. I am also unimpressed by the gliz and glamor of high budget computer animation of many current films that despite techno wizardy having sound and fury, accomplish nothing (The Lord of The Rings comes to mind, a film that I walked out on and was truly insufferable).

Liquid sky certainly is not a bad film by any means (in fact I quite like this movie). But then, I am someone who enjoys movies like clockwork orange, eraser head and repo man and absolutely detest the latest (ad nauseum) installments of star wars. Go figure.
Liquid Sky
Reply #27. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by meankittyscratch
Liquid Sky rocks!!!  This is one of my favorite movies of all time.  and just for the record, it's actually better sober than on drugs.
Liquid Sky
Reply #28. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:03 PM by Baby Peanut
The music is mostly adaptations of classical pieces to the Casiotone.  This is a very new-wave retro movie.  Think Barcelona on acid.
Liquid Sky
Reply #29. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Ben Pavsner
The one thing I remember thinking after seeing this is "Hands down the WEIRDEST movie I've ever seen. Almost a quarter century later and...STILL THE WEIRDEST MOVIE I'VE EVER SEEN!!! And I've seen some real hum-dingers, too (Harold and Maude, Brazil to name a couple). This is one movie I would like seeing again just to see it through more "mature" eyes.
Liquid Sky
Reply #30. Posted on August 28, 2003, 12:36:11 AM by WhiteHairedGeek
I saw this movie about eighteen years ago.  I still think about it now and then.  I liked it then, and the fact that I still think about it means something.
Liquid Sky
Reply #31. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Jim C
My favorite example of movies that seem to separate people into distinct camps is anything by Monty Python, and their first movie "And Now for Something Completely Different" is the perfect description of why I walked out of the theater enraptured with Liquid Sky.  I had walked in with no preconceptions about it and found a visual and aural experience, leavened with an outrageous campiness, that left me wanting to call everyone I knew and tell them to go see this movie.  It's about aliens who walk among us, but it's not science-fiction.  It's not a "great" movie, but it IS a movie that rattles your senses as it whacks you on the side of the head, and that is something worth experiencing.
Liquid Sky
Reply #32. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Chuck
I really don't remember much about this movie....I saw it about 15-16 years ago under the recommendation of the owner of this little video store I belonged to (you USED to HAVE to be a member)...he also recommended Videodrome and RepoMan, so he wasn't too bad.

The main thing I remember was how much I hated the music. I thought my ears were going to bleed. Geezus.

Anyway, about 10 years ago, I got remarried. I happened to mention this terrible movie to my wife....and she tells me that her step-sister did the soundtrack to it. Her pay for the music? A free copy of the soundtrack on LP and a VHS copy of the movie. Her name is Brenda Hutchinson, she has a degree in Music Composition from Carnegie, among others. Everytime she stops by to visit, I have to give her some crap about that horrible music. She laughs....she's gotten a LOT better.

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