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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 #41. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Keith Koenig
I saw LIQUID SKY at a Midnight Showing here in Kansas City, back in 1983 or 84. I was in my late teens and just discovering Independent and Foreign films. This was a far cry from most of the schlock I was paying to see at the multiplex at that time. To each his own, but I LOVED LIQUID SKY! The cinematography and use of color were incredible and in retrospect, I think the film is pretty much a harbinger of what was to come into the mid-late 80's. It's look at excess and style over substance more or less defined that period in time.

About two years ago, I bought the dvd from AMAZON.com and although the packaging and content could have been better, I was just glad to finally have a copy of the film in ANY format. Until that time, the only place in KC I could find Liquid Sky, was a beat up copy on VHS from my local Library(!!). I probably checked that tape out a dozen times, just to show friends, many of who, depite what you might think of us simple folk here in the Red States, absolutely loved it! The film made New York and it's hip, arty inhabitants, seem as if they were from another planet. They were no less strange than the alien, or whatever the hell that thing was in the film.

Like many others here, I am curious to know what ever became of Anne Carlisle and Paula E. Sheppard. There is almost zero information about them anywhere in Cyberspace. I did want to pop in to say, after viewing the film again last night on DVD for the umpteenth time, that I am crazy about this weird, beautiful little film. It captures everything that was cool about Independent film in the 80's. Colorful, bizarre, risque, dark, smart and yes, even funny. I can see how this film would divide people, but if you like it, that's cool. If you don't, well, that's also cool. That I still have it etched in my brain over 20 years later, to me, says a good deal about it's appeal.........    
Liquid Sky
Reply #42. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by reina roja
I saw this on video in the 80's, and it's stayed with me. Very enlightening reading some of the other comments - thanks. I must say, bad or not, I liked it.
Liquid Sky
Reply #43. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Jamey
I saw this twice at an "Art House" theater in 1983 (once altered, once not!).  I though it was fascinating, disturbed entertainment.  Perhaps a lot of the folks who really disliked it saw it too late (i.e. post 1990's).  The soundtrack of relentless altered synth version of Ravel's "Bolero" is simply perfect in context.  There again, it was produced in a pre-"midi" environment on analog instruments (before your time).  I think, absorbed in context of time and social realities, this stacks up.  I do think that it should be categorized with Eraserhead, etc. rather than "Sci-Fi???"
Liquid Sky
Reply #44. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by dekuji
ME AND MY RHYTHM BOX = The quintessential song of the whole arty-burnout-postpunk-electro-deathdisco asthetic. Best song from the early 80s i've heard so far. It is a rant about where music was inevitably headed, it is music of complete isolation. It is in effect one person's heart beat which is then embellished by machine music from this rhythm box which "doesn't eat or s**t." By this time (1983? the future? it rerally doesn't matter; everything is cyclical), bands are played out; this is an isolated, masturbatory world where one cannot be bothered to put up with other people long enough to start a group, compose songs, sing on any key, or clap at the end of a performance.

I first saw this movie when i was about 10. My father and I went to the video store to see what we could see and we picked this up based on the cover. I didn't quite understand it at the time, but i know it shaped me somehow because i remembered it for years after. I liked the visuals, and the profanity, and the jarring out and out perverseness of the whole affair. And the thing that stuck with me most was that beautiful Me and My Rhythmbox song. I am 22 now and have watched it again, and the song is just how i remember it. Now that I am older and have discovered bands like Public Image Ltd. circa 1979-80 and Young Marble Giants, this song makes all that much more sense. Whoever composed and/or improvised this song, thank you, because this song is one of my favorites ever.  
 
Liquid Sky
Reply #45. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by JULIAN
I rented this film 17 years ago and enjoyed it--it was punk
and freaky, the colors we're cool and the soundtrack sounded like a 1970's zombie flick-- very hypnotic effect overall.
Rented it again the other night and enjoyed it all over again
from a different perspective. Ive since given up drugs and booze and the constant references to drugs throughout made me shudder--total death scene and the movie does a good job of showing what fiends people can be for that s**t. Seeing those pre-punk photos of the lovely Anne Carlisle was worth the price of the rental and I still think they are the central "omygod" moment of the film. Weird, powerful,captivating and oddly relaxing period piece from the heart of new wave's glammy,punky,future-now,shiny soul. Worthwhile film on a lot of different levels.
Liquid Sky
Reply #46. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:10:12 PM by Mit
So, you say you're looking for a movie dripping with great ideas and bad dialogue. You say you're looking for a film drenched in 1983 style-- drugged-out new York City art cognisinti bulls**t?...Then, this is your film...A minor (and I mean minor) mini-masterpiece with the best "Kurzwille" keyboard synth soundtrack I've ever heard...Heck, buy the film just for the soundtrack...**** out of *****
Liquid Sky
Reply #47. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Sylvia
I'm going to buy this movie and play it for my conservative husband and watch his face.  It will be at least as interesting as the movie.  He married me because I was exciting, liberal, raised in Hollywood, had green hair, etc.  OK, sweetheart, here come the perks!
Liquid Sky
Reply #48. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by Alex
Put the chicken in the pot!
Here he is ...  Miss America...
and they call me beautiful... and I kill with my c**t...
Is'nt it fashionable.
So com'on who's next,who wants to teach me?

Why do you wear all this weird make-up and strange clothes?
Your strange...
What do you mean by that,I'm not wearing rags!
Your wearing what they want from you...baby.
Who are they?
America.

Liquid Sky is the key to heaven.

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