Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Flesh Gordon 
Internet, I know what you're thinking--"Kate, we've accepted your love of third-rate films featuring face-stealing surgeons, your unquenchable lust for banana-flavored coffee*, and the joy you derive from painting tiny watercolor boobs, but this is just too much. Your passion for 'Flesh Gordon' is more than we can accept." I'm going to set forth a case for this 1974 softcore porno sci-fi comedy that will beg you to reconsider this film based not only upon its sheer batshittery, but upon all the great stuff it gives you in addition to insanity and copious nudity.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this particular nugget of Americana, "Flesh Gordon" was the brainchild of Graffiti Productions, a company that had previously churned out hardcore porn reels. Graced with a budget of $100,000, the minds behind the production company devised a plan to merge their passion for porn with a love of Golden Age Science Fiction. The hilariously hokey end product is the result of various misadventures brought on by a combination of zeal and naivete that infuse the end product with a manic glee that never fails to bring a smile to the Tenebrous Lips.
If you're not won over to the AWESOMENESS that is "Flesh Gordon" yet, check out the Flickr gallery of stills for further evidence of the visual madness and excellence of this movie.
*Firstly, this is not a euphemism. Secondly, don't knock it till you've tried it--it's awesome.