1978 / Director. Joshua White.
Disco Beaver From Outer Space... HILARIOUS! The first of the National Lampoon's movie franchise this short hour long feature carries on the sketch tradition of The Groove Tune and Kentucky Fried Movie. Made for HBO it was a much more raunchy and daring experiment in political incorrectness. The movie is presented from the point of view of an unseen couple who are watching tv. As they indecisively switch channels we are treated to an random assortment of hilarious sketches. Some are a fleeting second or two long while others are closer to 5 minutes... ALL of them are fantastic. One recurring sketch throughout the film is a late-night presentation of Dragula: Queen of Darkness... a gay vampire who turns everyone he bites into homosexuals. The gay theme runs throughout other sketches too but never in a derogatory way. In fact being a cable network program, the themes and topics are approached very liberally. Dragula is eventually defeated when confronted with a giant beaver (LOL). Hitting his head he sees double and cries "Split Beaver!" and vanishes in to a lavender mist. And then there's the girl who confesses to an addiction to Perrier, which ultimately led her to salads. Disco Beaver From Outer Space was way ahead of its time and still resonates now. The writing is brilliant and just about every gag hits the mark. At just under an hour's length, its a super easy watch and you should track this fucker down! Great stuff.