Sins of the Fleshapoids

November 29, 2016 at 3:50 am (7 Heads, Sins of the Fleshapoids) (, , , , , )

Sins of the Fleshapoids – 1966 – United States

A million years in the future, Earth is an Eden-like utopia. There is enough of everything for everyone, and people do nothing but eat and frolic around naked. All labor is done by android slaves called Fleshapoids. When two Fleshapoids gain sapience, they kill their human masters, fall in love, and bear a robot child.

Sins of the Fleshapoids is ambitious for a low budget short film. It is challenging to cheaply film a story featuring robots, wealthy nobles, and castles. Sins of the Fleshapoids’ homemade sets and costumes mix motifs from ancient Greece and 1950s sci-fi. One character wears a toga, a football helmet, and a glittering plastic garland. The music “assemblages” (as they are described in the film’s credits) are equally chaotic. Music of various styles is crammed together with little regard for rhythm or melody. Other than a narrator, Sins of the Fleshapoids has no recorded dialogue, and the characters speak using comic-style word bubbles. The film’s opening sequence is drawn (rather masterfully) in crayon.

On the Sins of the Fleshapoids DVD (from Other Cinema) are two other short films by the same director. The Secret of Wendel Samson (1966) is about a man struggling to tell his girlfriend that he is gay. He fantasizes about being in a giant spider web and having sex in front of a firing squad. The soundtrack has a song by the rock band The United States of America. I love them!

The other film is The Craven Sluck (1967). It follows a woman as she has an affair and is vaporized by flying saucers.

Rating: 7/10 Shrunken Heads. Their plots might sound suggestive, but these films could be rated PG.


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