Welcome to the weekly movie trailer of the week. This is where I share with you, the retro peepshow of cinematic sleaze. Since this is only the second week of film trailer madness, I promise that it shall get only sleazier.
This week shall be no exception. I introduce to you a classic from the year 1974. Among Nixon, Evel Knievel and Ted Bundy, was the post-psychedelic erotica spoof of Flesh Gordon. Originally rated X, it was later re-released with an R rating. Not to be confused with Flash Gordon, it was still slightly impressive with the Ray Harryhausen influenced stop-motion animation. The flick wasn’t as ‘wholesome’ as Jason and the Argonauts, but at least it was bong-appropriate.
Believe it or not, there was actually a sequel to Flesh Gordon, titled Flesh Gordon Meets the Cosmic Cheerleaders. However, do yourself a favor and skip it. It wasn’t sexy nor funny, but rather just a complete waste of time. Besides not being boner worthy, it suffers from the curse that sometimes falls upon pornos and comics: outdated fashions. Although the film was released in 1989, it looks as if the styling came straight out of 1985. Bleh.
I recently caught a home viewing of Flesh Gordon along with a double feature of 1980’s Flash Gordon. Flash might’ve had the Queen soundtrack, but at least Flesh went both ways on camera (containing both straight and gay sex scenes). I think Flesh and Flash can still be friends though, since they’re both rather on the campy side.