1986 / Director. Albert Pyun. Movie #4
When it comes to Albert Pyun's cult status, VICIOUS LIPS would probably rank as his cultiest film. When you trawl the message boards it becomes clear that this is one of his most revered exploits and possibly his most underrated. It comes from my favourite "Pyun" era which was in the early to mid 80s when every film was ambitious, daring and hugely atmospheric. VICIOUS LIPS tells the story of an intergalactic all-female rock group, which crash lands on a strange planet while en-route to a gig elsewhere in the galaxy. The film is jam packed with synthy 80's pop music, big boofy hair styles and hideous monsters... there is no question that VICIOUS LIPS is a hokey film and that is its ultimate charm. This is the type of film that midnight movies are made of. It plays out like Star Trek on acid and pays homage to the classic sci-fi B-movies of the 50s. It's also full of self satirical gags and references to Pyun's previous films. I should also add that there seems to be quite a lot of influence hidden within this gem. We are briefly treated to a 3-breasted woman (several years before Total Recall laid claim) and it seems very obvious where Bono's fly persona from the 90s came from... just two examples. I'm not sure if the movie's title works in its favour and perhaps that contributes to its obscurity. Nevertheless there is no denying the awesomeness of VICIOUS LIPS and with the passage of time it's magic has grown on people. It's not to be taken seriously. It requires an appreciation of classic B-movie culture and it represents Albert Pyun perfectly. It's right up there with my favourites!