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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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Re: Liquid Sky
Reply #57. Posted on April 23, 2008, 08:45:10 AM by Chuck
Whenever I see people reviewing this movie I have to wonder........what drugs were you on when you saw this movie and LIKED it? My ex-wife's step-sister (Brenda Hutchenson) did most of the soundtrack. Even after years at the Exploratorium, her music hasn't changed much. At least her CD of her playing a didjeridoo didn't make my ears bleed like the "sounds" in this movie. I actually bought it just to subject unsuspecting friends to hell on earth and an excruciating headache. Hatred
Re: Liquid Sky
Reply #58. Posted on May 04, 2008, 10:54:20 PM by Thomas
I saw Liquid Sky back in it's theatrical release back in 1982.  I was speeding at the time, and I thought it was pretty bad then...I watched it again this morning, it's even worse when your clean and sober.... Buggedout
Re: Liquid Sky
Reply #59. Posted on June 30, 2008, 07:27:12 PM by Pat Sinatra
Hmmmm. Worst Movie ever? I'm so glad I was in it. Filming it was quite interesting. There was a blackout from 12th Street south the first day of shooting at a niteclub called Heat. I was one of the very few extras who returned the following day. Hey, that's me in the opening sequence. I'm the first HUMAN face on screen! My very cool, vintage rhinestone sunglasses are still fabulous today. Needless to say, I never continued with my "acting" career. Tattoo anyone?

Pat Sinatra
www.patsinatra.com
Re: Liquid Sky
Reply #60. Posted on July 19, 2008, 02:28:04 AM by phelv
perhaps im not well in the head, i dont know!!!
this is my fav movie ever,as it stands today im 40,first saw it at the age of 20.if you like surrealism,this is for you. i can recite it word for word.would love to start a fan club of people who also love this movie,but no one else has even heard of it!
i can relate to margaret.the whole "you can beat me if i do it wrong baby" line came in very handy once!long story! if perchance you love this movie as i do and wanna starta fan club you could contact me  phelvcat@paradise.net.nz.this movie is one of  kind..would love to talk to the people who made it too if their reading this!!
Re: Liquid Sky
Reply #61. Posted on July 30, 2008, 05:47:00 AM by MourningReign
I love this movie! Sure it's low budget, thin on plot, with barely tolerable acting and not a single character you can really like. Strangely, that may be what makes it so likable.
Even though you are up close and personable with every character you still wish you weren't. It's similar to early John Waters films only the humor is completely different. This is a dryer humor, but it's definitely a comedy film.
Re: Liquid Sky
Reply #62. Posted on November 21, 2008, 02:02:56 PM by Parkdale
I saw this film about 8 years ago, and just watched it again last night. There was a lot more structure to it than I remember. The first time I was kind of in disbelieve that something so bizarre would have ended up on my television. In the most recent viewing however, it really started to make a lot more sense. The acting was still hokey, but I certainly have more respect for the art direction and general themes than I did before.

The early part of the film jumps from scene to scene, and I think it could easily have a revised edit with a modernized soundtrack. There's nothing that could be done to help that 'Me and My Rhythmbox' song.
Re: Liquid Sky
Reply #63. Posted on February 01, 2009, 12:03:38 AM by Rebecca
Okay, to start out... I've never saw this movie until just a while ago tonight... The start was rather long and after a while kind of got annoying. The transitions were rather bad also. But as the movie went on, I found there actually was some what of a plot...

I do love the some of the music and the "Me and My Rythum Box" I thought it was pretty creative and sweet... Also, I liked the part were she had the glow in the dark make-up on. It added a nice touch to what she was saying.  Smile

I guess, over all... It was okay, something I'd watch maybe once in a while and then put it back on the shelf for a long time...
Re: Liquid Sky
Reply #64. Posted on February 26, 2009, 10:56:43 PM by crockagator919
I finally aquired Liquid Sky on DVD. I watched it once and forgot I still have it! Reading these reviews makes me want to dig it out and watch it again. Like I said in my post a few years back - there's just something about this movie......
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