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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 #9. Posted on March 30, 2000, 06:21:18 AM by joshu@umr.edu
Silly tooth-baring folk.  Ok -- you can be a very brilliant thoughtful non-conformist and still hate this movie.  This movie is the perfect ammo for people who like to be more-underground-than-you -- I suggest that some people, merely by watching this movie, start kicking other people's asses in their own minds.  I think the movie was great in the same way "Slacker" was great.  You saw and heard a lot of things that for some reason, never get said in movies.  But it suffered from a lack of adequate casting & budget.  And I think there were spaces in between the good moments, where things had to be hacked together because of lack of patience, money, etc (both in filming and in writing).  The music is also a key area where certain types of people chime in because they know most people will "miss" why it is so obviously good music.  I happen to have a bit of this attitude myself, and am quite p**sed off at pop culture too.  How about this -- if you don't like U.S. Maple you're an idiot and I rock cause I LOVE THEM.  You're so brainwashed by your damn ricky martin!  NO.  Not necessarily.  I need to cope with how isolated I feel that nobody else likes this band.  I need to do something constructive about the fact that I can't freakin FIND all my favorite albums in stores.  

The music was too much dicking around with synths.  It was music done by a smart person, and was at times nicely synchronized with the imagery, and was at times interesting.  But at other times it seemed like half-hearted filler.  And that's not impossible -- especially when we're talking about something so bare, so on-the-virge, created by a person who is just a person.  It's not rational to think you can know.  All you can do is be affected or not be.  I make music, and some of the music in Liquid Sky reminded me of me screwing around.  I might've discarded or ignored some of the stuff they kept.  I don't think that implies I'm ignorant of my own subconscious brilliance.  

Anyways.  I betcha the filmmakers would agree this film is a bit campy.. perhaps they dont' take themselves quite so seriously.  Maybe you can get serious messages from films by not taking them so seriously.  Or literally, etc etc.  

Speaking of films to get yourself off on being so non-pop-culture.. be sure to see Julien Donkey Boy.  It's great, and it makes you feel really cool in an isolated nobody-else-likes-this way, if you're LUCKY enough to like it.  Damn fine acting too.  And directing (Harmony Korine).  I'm too long winded.  
Liquid Sky
Reply #10. Posted on May 01, 2000, 02:07:59 PM by master.node
I really liked this movie.  And it wasn't just me.  The friend I was with was blown away too, and we talked it up for the next week.  Okay, yeah.  When you deconstruct it there is plenty to criticize.  But as a whole, it rocks!
Liquid Sky
Reply #11. Posted on June 11, 2000, 07:44:08 AM by Oliver
Very interesting PUNK/art flick, about 4 years too late.
Lots of (dated) Bowie/New Wave imagery.  Similar in tone to Derek Jarman's 'Jubilee' and some Warhol pictures.
I thought the music was powerful & disturbing but they could also have used something by A Flock of Seagulls to lighten the soundtrack!
Liquid Sky
Reply #12. Posted on June 15, 2000, 08:28:00 AM by Eschient
Where can I get one of those pipettes? I could have used one to drive through my own eye while watching this pathetic excuse for a movie. It's nothing but try-hards attempting to be "Oh-so-underground". I can just see all the behind the scenes footage...everyone pivoting between Bevis and Butthead-esque "Huh huh huh, yeah, that will be cool, huh huh huh" and thrashed coffee-house "art" students muttering "Man, that's like, so deep" as their eyes roll back in their heads.
Liquid Sky
Reply #13. Posted on July 12, 2000, 06:08:38 PM by (Z)
 Unlike most of the people who've written comments, I really loved this film. It's one of my favorites. If someone thinks LS sucks that's their opinion. This film, like any film, is NOT for everyone. However, I agree with r van chalix, comparing this film to Aliens(vomit here) is an insult. In an industry with trendy bulls**t and yes, intolerable egomaniacs like Harmony Korine, one could benefit from watching an original film like Liquid Sky.    
Liquid Sky
Reply #14. Posted on August 31, 2000, 08:20:50 PM by ithur
Okay, "Me & My Rhythm Box" is the BEAT. It predates Madonna's new single by so many years, and yet she _obviously_ bit that s--t from this movie. Y'all better recognize.  But, well, the drawback is that it's the best thing about this movie next to the premise.  Oh well.
Liquid Sky
Reply #15. Posted on October 11, 2000, 07:27:55 PM by Mighty Atomic Pikachu
Actually, the brain DOES produce a dopamine-like substance in the "pleasure center", that's probably where the whole prospect of the 'brain chemical sucking' thing came from...

(they made me learn that in drug education class, if you must know-dopamine is one of the chemicals in cocaine that messes up your brain too.)
Liquid Sky
Reply #16. Posted on November 25, 2006, 04:09:49 PM by siggy
This is great! I didn't know there were other people out there who could relate to my love of this little film.  The movie was like a drug, where time and reason are suspended in a haze and anything can happen and does---besides the visual effects and the contagious sounds, the movie has so many classic lines about life, etc. -Adrian spiel on p**s--she is a street philosopher-pearls of wisdom that are still relevant in the new millenium in a tongue-in-cheek sort of way. Margaret's character is Shakespearian in form-definitely a tragic hero. She has beauty, boyfriends, girlfriends, but no happiness and all her choices seem to drive her deeper in the hole-perhaps a sarcastic metaphor for our times!  
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