FLESH GORDON (1974)
Article 3217 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 4-9-2010
Posting Date: 6-5-2010
Directed by Michael Benvenite and Howard Ziehm
Featuring Jason Williams, Suzanne Fields and Joseph Hudgins
What it is: Science fiction serial porno parody
Flesh Gordon, Dale Ardor and Dr. Flexi Jerkoff fly to the planet Porno to defeat the evil Emperor Wang.
The movie opens with a crawl in which the filmmakers acknowledge the great influence the serials and superheroes of the thirties had on this movie. This is a pretty odd touch for a porno parody, but it’s a telling moment. If this movie works, it’s because it actually seems that the makers of this movie had seen, enjoyed, and been influenced by their target; the plot of the movie does parallel the plot of the Universal serial. On top of that, a few other movies appear to have had an influence as well; there are moments here that will conjure up memories of THE SEVENTH VOYAGE OF SINBAD and KING KONG. It even throws in a cliffhanger, stops the movie for an intermission, and resolves it in part two with the classic “bail-out” solution that was all too common in the form. Even the design of the robots harkens back to THE UNDERSEA KINGDOM and THE PHANTOM EMPIRE. Throw in some fine stop-motion animation from Jim Danforth and a cameo by John Hoyt and you have that rarity of rarities; a porno parody that is genuinely amusing. Only in the seventies could something like this come out.