SINS OF THE FLESHAPOIDS

“George and Mike Kuchar's films were my first inspiration. George's HOLD ME WHILE I'M NAKED, Mike's SINS OF THE FLESHAPOIDS – these were the pivotal films of my youth, bigger influences than Warhol, Anger, even THE WIZARD OF OZ."

- John Waters

Twin brothers Mike and George Kuchar were born in the Bronx.  They began making 8mm films in the mid-1950s, and then graduated to 16mm filmmaking in the 1960s.  They played an important contributing role to the development of the American underground narrative cinema that emerged during this period.  They also influenced the work of contemporary filmmaker Marie Losier (HELLO HAPPINESS!). Their films evoked the grandeur of Hollywood cinema, but with bargain basement production values, including hand-drawn main titles, homemade sets and costumes, overwrought acting styles, and dramatic music scores.They pioneered a hilariously campy, lurid style situated between Ed Wood’s exploitation films and Douglas Sirk’s melodramas.

“Some people are raised on works that hang in museums.  With me, it was the bombastic paintings printed on the covers of science-fiction paperbacks and the garish posters or horror movies that low-budget companies advertised as being shot in 3D.”

 - Mike Kuchar

 

SINS OF THE FLESHAPOIDS is set a million years in the future, after "The Great War" has scourged the planet, mankind has forsaken science for self-indulgence in all the carnal pleasures afforded by art, food, and lust. Work is left to a race of enslaved androids. One rebellious male robot tires of pampering his lazy masters, and joins the humans in sin.

Bonus materials include two classic featurettes from the Kuchar catalog. THE SECRET OF WENDEL SAMSON (1966) stars Pop artist Red Grooms in a dark, surreal psychodrama of sexual desire and the entanglements of intimacy. THE CRAVEN SLUCK (1967) tells a torrid tale of adultery and flying saucers.

 
  Red Grooms in THE SECRET OF WENDEL SAMSON

Red Grooms in THE SECRET OF WENDEL SAMSON

 
  THE CRAVEN SLUCK

THE CRAVEN SLUCK

 
 
 

Contents

Format: DVD-NTSC (Region 0)
(No Regional Code)

SINS OF THE FLESHAPOIDS
(US, 1966)

Director: Mike Kuchar
Cast: Bob Cowan, George Kuchar, Donna Kerness, Maren Thomas, Gina Zuckerman, Julius Middleman 

  • 43 minutes
  • 16mm
  • Color
   

BONUS MATERIAL

THE SECRET OF WENDEL SAMSON
(US, 1966)

Director: Mike Kuchar
Cast: Red Grooms, Mimi Gross, Floraine Connors, Maren Thomas, Albert Salzano, Bob Cowan, George Kuchar

  • 33 minutes
  • 16mm
  • Color

THE CRAVEN SLUCK
(US, 1967)

Director: Mike Kuchar
Cast: Floraine Connors, Bob Cowan, George Kuchar, Donna Kerness

  • 33 minutes
  • 16mm
  • B&W
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    Total Running Time: 01:37:00

    Language: English, with French subtitles

    Booklet Text: Mike Kuchar interviewed by Jack Stevenson (14 pages, in English and French)

    Published By: Re:Voir Video

    Institutional Price: $250 (plus shipping).

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