Bad Girls from Mars

October 24, 2012 at 1:53 am (5 Heads, Bad Girls from Mars) (, , , )

Bad Girls from Mars – 1990 – United States

Prolific director Fred Olen Ray is more interesting than his movies. With his slapdash melding of horror, sci-fi, comedy, and erotica, I regard him as a modern Ed Wood. Considering the plentiful Wood homages in Bad Girls from Mars, Ray might welcome the comparison.

Bad Girls from Mars is the title of the movie-within-a-movie, where slutty aliens molest knuckle-headed Earthmen in awkward scenes recalling Plan 9 from Outer Space (1956). This movie-within-a-movie is more entertaining than the flick itself, whose plot follows a low-budget Hollywood studio struggling to shoot Bad Girls from Mars during an epidemic of on-set murders. The fictional lead actress is named Emanuelle (sic), a too-obvious reference to Emmanuelle Arsan. Emanuelle is a raunchy old dame who is aroused by the smell of garbage. In the nonsensical yet unsurprising twist, her ex-boyfriend is a psychotic Leatherface-like murderer, who turns into a kinky chick after a sex change operation.

Bad Girls from Mars is a dumb exercise in camp. Every lady gets naked and cartoonish sounds play as their breasts bounce about. And the jokes are painful. A dude eats an Alka-Seltzer, a blowup doll pops out of a car, and a topless chick leaps off a diving board with a dog. In case this flick wasn’t puerile enough, there is also a nude catfight.

But actually, Bad Girls from Mars is sort of entertaining. Fred Olen Ray seems to be having fun and doesn’t care if his audience isn’t. I can appreciate an independent attitude like that. Is he a genius, a madman, or just lazy? Those unfamiliar with Ray’s wacky, crappy work should watch this unfunny, unsexy mess and judge for themselves.

Rating: 5/10 Shrunken Heads. I wasn’t sure how to rate this, so I rolled a die.

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