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SINS OF THE FLESHAPOIDS (director/writer: Mike Kuchar; screenwriter: George Kuchar; cinematographer: Mike Kuchar; editor: Mike Kuchar; cast: Bob Cowan (Mr. Robot/Narrator), Donna Kerness (Princess), George Kuchar (Prince Gianbeano); Runtime: 50; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Mike Kuchar; Other Cinema; 1965)

 
"So inane that it makes Ed Wood Jr. look like a serious filmmaker."

Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz

This Kuchar brothers, twins from the Bronx, legendary '60s underground bargain basement campy comic book styled sci-fi spoof is so inane that it makes Ed Wood Jr. look like a serious filmmaker. It was shot in 16mm Kodachrome. 

It's set a million years in the future, after "The Great War" had nearly destroyed the world. The humans created mechanized beings to act as their servants. Their aluminum built flesh resembled human flesh, and they were computerized to obey without question and have no emotions. The humans survived by forgoing their quest for knowledge and instead lived hedonistic lives as children of nature. Trouble begins when one enslaved robot (Bob Cowan, also acts as narrator) is jealous of the humans and sins--he develops the use of his emotions after doing without them for 20,000 years. The robot overcomes his carnal lady master (Donna Kerness) and escapes to find his robot love Melenka, who is enslaved in the house of the evil Prince Gianbeano (George Kuchar). The Prince's wife is carrying on an affair with her lover, which reaches tragic portions when she wants to flee with him but he won't without her jewels. Into the scene comes the hot robot, who shocks the human world by showing that robots are capable of making love and ruling the world.

Filled with weirdly designed costumes, a biblical theme of temptation, guilt and redemption, and the dishing out of ample servings of beefcake and boobs, the Kuchar brothers serve only to entertain with their madcap puerile antics. It's a film for the chosen few who find humor in the ridiculous and have no pretensions of this being an art film. The dialogue is tossed out comic book style in captions.

REVIEWED ON 12/12/2005        GRADE: C

Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"

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